Fishbuster Charters’ Captain Dave Hanson reported,”Joe Watton, his daughter, Elizabeth, and friend, Loren Raap, fished the west side of Estero Bay with me, between New Pass and Big Hickory Pass, on Tuesday morning, 9/15, just ahead of the rain that arrived around 1PM. They caught a keeper redfish at 21 inches, along with a keeper mangrove snapper, and released a couple of stingray, all on live shrimp.
Saturday morning, 9/19, the first dry day we had in a good while, Connor and Hannah Beverly and friends, Kayla and Kevin Reilly, headed 22 miles offshore with me, where they fished with live shrimp and pinfish. A pinfish yielded the bigger of two keeper red grouper, a 24-inch, which bit on Hannah’s line. Kayla caught a 21-inch keeper red grouper on live shrimp. The group also caught a dozen keeper lane snapper, along with a 13-inch, keeper mangrove snapper, and a brace of 14-inch triggerfish, all on shrimp. They released a few mangrove snapper shorts, along with twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches.”