Fishbuster Charters’ Captain Dave Hanson reported, “After a rainy Monday that caused us to cancel their trip for that day, Erwin and Millie Metusiak, who have fished with me yearly for many years, fished Estero Bay’s backwaters with me Tuesday, 12/8/15. Winds were strong, so we fished around the islands, close to New Pass, wherever we could stay somewhat sheltered and the fish were biting. The couple caught four sheepshead to 13 ½ inches and an 11-inch mangrove snapper. They released short sheepshead, a pair of two-pound stingrays, and three small crevalle jacks.
Pat Conneally with a 21-inch red grouper, caught on a baitfish and released 22 miles west of New Pass on a recent offshore Fishbuster Charter. fishbustercharters.com
Wednesday morning, 12/9, seas were still a little sloppy heading out, but winds and seas calmed throughout the morning, and long-time customer and hardy angler, Mike Connealy, along with friends, Jeff Jones and Sherri Scharff, fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me, using live shrimp. The group caught three keeper lane snapper, the largest at 16 inches, along with five whitebone porgies to 17 ½ inches, three keeper porkfish to 12 inches, and a mess of grunts—they kept a dozen of those to 12 inches, and released the rest. They also released a 20-inch gag grouper, a dozen red grouper to 19 inches, and a few yellowtail shorts.
Bay fishing was kind of slow Thursday, 12/10, when John Jelinak fished with me, down towards Wiggins Pass. John released four sheepshead, an 18-inch sailcat, and a stingray. He had a few bait-stealers hooked several times, but never got to see the culprits!”