Fishbuster Charters’ Captain Dave Hanson reported,”Monday morning, 11/24/14, was windy, as had been the case for several days, and I fished inshore in Estero Bay’s flats with Jim Fares and his father-in-law, Doug, on a catch-and-release trip that yielded five sheepshead and a crevalle jack.
Tuesday, 11/25, I had an offshore trip scheduled, and I was glad to see the weather front approaching the area would be delayed until evening, allowing us to get the half-day trip in. Unfortunately, after confirming the trip the evening before, that party canceled at the last minute Tuesday morning, making it too late to call anyone on the waiting list for this busy holiday week.
On Wednesday, 11/26, the front had moved through in the wee hours, with rain lingering until nearly 9AM, so I delayed my inshore fishing trip with Luke Kringle until 9AM that morning. We hid from the high winds as much as possible, while fishing with live shrimp in lower Hickory Bay. Luke caught a keeper redfish at 21 inches and two keeper sheepshead at 13 inches and 18 inches. He released a 22-inch sail-cat, a few smaller cats, and a puffer-fish.
Thanksgiving was a day off the water, spent with family, as yet another cold front moved across, with temperatures hitting the mid-40’s by early Friday morning. Phil Beuth and two of his friends fished a catch-and-release, inshore trip with me on that chilly Friday morning. We made the most of what tide there was in the backwaters, but it was pretty low, especially toward the end of the morning. The guys released fifteen sheepshead to 14 inches, a small snook, and a crevalle jack, all caught on live shrimp.
Saturday, 11/29, I had an offshore trip scheduled, but the predictions for residual two-to-four foot seas, as well as the morning temperature of 46, scared off my anglers.”