Current Fishing May 2017

Read below to find out all the current fishing conditions around The Bait Box.

Blind Pass.

The big Snook are starting to eat! Lots of  Jacks, Snook, Redfish and Pompano along with Whiting and Trout in the pass. Cut frozen Threadfins and Ladyfish are super effective right now. Some Tarpon hitting pass crabs, blue crabs and mullet! Snook are biting  white bait and pinfish along with cut baits such as Mullet chunks. Artificial baits are hot too! Many reports of big Pompano, Black Drum, many Trout.  Stronger current in the pass will require more weight then most other fishing spots.  Redfish are starting to show up and are biting pinfish and grunts. Shrimp on a popping cork as well as cut bait, such as Ladyfish, and spoons. Flyfishing for Tarpon has been great, crab / sandflea patterns are popular.

J.N. Ding Darling 

Sheepshead are thinning out, Snook and Redfish along with some Mangrove Snapper can be found along most of the culverts along with lots of  juvenile Tarpon and Trout. Lots of Ladyfish too. Freelined shrimp works best at the culverts, and bait fish such as greenbacks, or Pinfish fished on bottom along the banks. Many species are being caught throughout the preserve.   Greenbacks and Pinfish have been spotted at a few of the culverts, so keep your cast nets ready! Z-Man swim baits, Vudu shrimp and D.O.A. “Deadly Combo” have been super effective throughout the refuge. Shrimp under a popping cork will get great results here.

Causeway Islands

Some bait being caught near the bridges! Tarpon are being seen just about everywhere. Lots of Mangrove Snapper are being caught as well as Snook and Spanish Mackerel. Lots of Trout, Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish. Many reports of Snook and Reds hitting shrimp, frozen Ladyfish, threadfins and pinfish.  Spotted Seatrout being caught out in the grass flats using shrimp fished under a float.  Flounder, Jack Crevalle and snapper have all been caught under the bridge using  shrimp or cut greenbacks. Sharks, most commonly but not limited to Blacktips, and Bonnet Heads have also been caught on most everything from shrimp to cut mackerel or mullet. Good sized greenbacks are all around right now so a cast net will be a great investment. Tarpon are showing up early this year! We have Tarpon crabs, fresh mullet and catfish tails.

Sanibel Pier

Snook are cruising around more every day. We’ve received many reports of Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano and Snook right off the pier! Fishing is great. Sheepshead are disappearing , Pompano, Snook, Ladyfish, Redfish , along with Whiting and many reports Flounder along the pilings of the pier. Come in for a few dozen Shrimp or Pinfish, they are irresistible! Abundant baitfish have also been spotted.  Blacktip sharks have been caught using Spanish mackerel.  Spanish mackerel have also been spotted here as well as other areas. Snook are in and biting on Pinfish as well as cut baits such as frozen Threadfins and Ladyfish and Mullet in the early morning and at dusk. Pompano jigs in assorted colors are hot right now!

Pine Island Sound

Huge Snook are here! We have tarpon crabs! Tarpon, Redfish, Snapper, Jacks and good sized Trout, Whiting and Flounder are being caught. Check out our Photo Gallery!  Lots of Ladyfish are being caught as well. Did you ever eat Mullet? If not … try some today!

The Beaches

Lighthouse Beach

The water is looking much better. Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Ladyfish, Pompano, Whiting, Jack Cravalle along with some  Snook in the surf west of the pier along with Mangrove Snapper and some Reds. Many reports of Tarpon have been coming in as well. Evening has shown good action here for Snook and shark too. We have a full line of tasty baits for Sharks including fresh caught Mullet and Ladyfish!

Knapp’s Point

The Tarpon reports are getting better every day. Pompano,Trout and Spanish Mackerel seen along the beach as well. Live Shrimp and Pinfish get the Reds going! Jig heads with shad or paddle tails are being crushed by Snook in the early morning and the late evening. Tarpon are here and there, they are biting blue crabs, Threadfins and Mullet along the beaches. Snook are also being caught in the first trough (before the first sand bar) using live bait fish and shrimp. Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Spotted Seatrout  can also be caught fishing near the sand bar. Anglers report better success while wading and casting along the sand bar, as opposed to casting over and retrieving. It’s getting busy out there!

West Gulf

Reports of Pompano being caught along with Snook and Redfish! Some Shark activity much like Bowman’s Beach, this area has been a staple of large shark fishing for a long time. Many reports of large Snook and Reds hitting cut bait as well as live Pinfish and shrimp. Seatrout, lots of Ladyfish and Whiting caught on live Bait Box shrimp, have come in recently. Mullet, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Bonita and chunks of Stingray are what the shark are biting. Bowmans beach is hot with action right now.

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