Fort Myers Florida
When I go back to Florida, I want to do more surf fishing. I don't have a species to target, I just like fishing! I would like to learn more about Pompano fishing, as that is one that I have not tried to catch. Permit is another one.
I use Goofy jigs for Pompano and Bottom sweeper jigs for Sheep's.
Surf fishing is the best for me. Love Whiting and pompano. Also get a Big ugly Black drum added in.
There are two ways to fish inshore with shrimp on the the gulf coast of Florida. The first way is to get a steel leader with a heavy lead sinker to fight the current, stick a shrimp on a hook, and toss it out there. This is how tourists fish.
The way to catch fish using shrimp is to use a fluorocarbon leader and a circle hook inserted into the shrimp's tail with the point sticking out under its legs, and, using as small a weight as possible, let the bait drift with the tide or slowly bump it along the bottom. When you get a tap, that is usually a fish hitting the head of the shrimp which is the best part to eat. You gotta feed most fish some line after they strike to let them swallow the bait. Also with a circle hook you do not "set" the hook like you normally would. You just reel slowly till the hook grabs then set it. If you try to jerk it like normal you will just rip the bait out of the fishes mouth.
I like to pinch the fins off the tail and the horn off the head of the shrimp especially when the sheephead are in. Forget frozen shrimp. It does not matter if your shrimp is dead so long as it isn't rotten, and the frozen shrimp at the bait store was dead and rotten already, which is how come they froze them to sell to tourists.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Look for a copy of "Coastal Angler" magazine at your bait store. They are free.
There is a Bass Pro Shop 5 minutes from the Ft Myers airport, they can get you set up with the proper equipment and give you some fishing insights. There are also smaller fishing stores from Naples to Ft. Myers who are very helpful.
Fish oil. Just to let you know what Bokeelia looks like, go to their web cam. I use it to check wind and weather. And just to daydream!!
The Goofy jigs have been used infresh water for a long time. They just added the teaser for flash. I bought the mold, so I pour my own. I also tie flies, so the teasers are nothing more than a P-Nut fly, that I use for Coho Salmon. A 20# florocarbon leader is good to use. A teaser can be tied about a foot above the Goofy jig.
The Goofy jig is useless for Sheepshead. They eat crustations. Fiddler crabs, shrimp etc. A drop shot rig is a good rig. Size #1 octopus hooks. You cannot use trebles for Sheepies.
I have fished the Bokeelia pier many times. They have rods, and bait on the pier. Tell the attendant that you are new to saltwater fishing and they will help you out. Generally, the Northwest corner is best, but not always. There are"regulars" out there. Watch them closely. They will help you out, if asked nicely.
The Gotcha plug is handy for Snook, Trout and Spanish Mackerel. There is so much to learn. If you stop at a bait shop, buy a Sibiki rig. It's only a couple of bucks, but if the fishing is tough, you can catch bait fish...Greenbacks, Pinfish, Glass minnows...
You can pack a fillet knike in your checked bags, to clean your catch, or cut bait. Bring a couple of gallon baggies to get your catch home to cook.
I have not hired a charter, yet. But I will. I have been going to Capt' Rob's bait shop. Rob and Rich are very helpful. Rob is from Michigan.
Those Goofy Jigs look like they'd be good around here in the rivers for walleyes and white bass, I'll have to bring some home with me. I spoke to the folks at Bokeelia fishing pier and it sounds like they'll be able to set me up with rods and I would assume tackle and bait. Do you know anything about them? Good place to fish? They said sheepshead and trout would be what we'd be catching. They recommended Maxed Out Charters for getting out on the water. Do you know anything about their operation or any other charters? Thanks again for the help!
Chrome and gold Kastmasters, the smallest I would use is 1ounce. The luresi have pictures of, are Doc's Goofy jigs. I make mine because I am cheap! Another one is called a Gotcha plug. Chrome with an orange head, up to 1 ounce.
Do NOT retrieve any of these with a straight retrieve. It's a jerky, twitchy retrieve that will get fish. Another method, with the Goofy jigs, is to put a chunk of shrimp on, cast, let sink to the bottom, and twitch it along the bottom. Shrimp down south, is like nightcrawlers up here. Everything eats it.. almost.
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I'm going to be in Cape Coral at the end of next month visiting an old friend and plan on doing as much fishing as possible. I'd like to do an offshore trip, some pier fishing, and maybe an nearshore trip. I won't be able to bring rods along so we will have to rent them at whatever pier we fish but can probably find some room in my suitcase for tackle. I know pretty much nothing about fishing down there so could use any help you can give me. Are there any charters or fishing piers you'd recommend? What tackle would you suggest I stuff in my suitcase for pier fishing? I have almost no experience saltwater fishing so I'm open to fishing for pretty much anything that swims.
Thank you so much for the recipe. I will give that a try the next time I get down there. I know the Red Tide made a mess of things, but they will come back. I have to recertify for shore shark fishing before I return also.
I was on the ice after a severe cold snap and it made the Walleyes sit tight and not move at all. I only marked six fish. That's just the way it is!