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January

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Fishin Frank & Robert   01/06/18------- white bait in deep water out in 10 feet of water
Possible at cape haze reef.
Pin fish by Devil fish you need to chum them. Bird key in placida 3 to5 fet of water
lady fish by alligator creek out to the reef.
 Lots of crabs, keep your net handy to catch them on the flats On the east side possible in bull or turtle bays
Fishin Frank & Robert   01/15/18------ White bait no reports, Pin fish at devil fish and two pines, and better number at Bolkeelia
Thread fins no reports, lady fish early at the mouth of Alligator creek.  -

Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt. Karl   01/19/18------ white bait- in bull bay.
Thread fins nope. Lady fish between the trestle and the bridge at placida and by sand fly and the reef off Aligaotr creek
early in the morning. Pin fish- devil fish key and closer to snad fly and bird key
Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt. Karl   01/27/18------ No reprtos too cold and windy

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/10/17--------

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/19/17--------  Pin at bolkeeila and for that matter on all of the flats
Small schools of white bait near Devil fish and by St. James city
 

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/30/17-------- White bait has mov3ed out into the gulf
But the pin fish are thick in the passes and the flats or on top on the bar on the east side
JUg creek ahs a bunch of pin fish.

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/04/16----- Pin fish at Bolkeelia or 3 sisters
the white bait is moving towards the gulf, Devils fish out at Jug creek

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/13/16----- the whtie bait is thick at the alligator creek reef
Out by devil fish you ned to look in deeper water, The white bait is reacting to the cooler temps
and has moved in to deeper water
The pin fish are thick in bull and turtle bays and on the jug reek here at jug creek it is out side in the ddep
where you will find your bait

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/26/16----- No reports

 

Feburay

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Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt. Karl   02/24/18------white bait , in the gulf and Bird key and By Marker 2 and fishvill marker has thread fins
Snad fly has white bait.    pin fish at Sand fly and bird key near placida and Devil fish key good numcber
Lady fish whidden creek and cayo palu and inside turtle bay and by hte three sister
Thread fins fish ville marks and on the beach

Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt. Karl   02/16/18------white bait- possible at on the beaches
and by Jug creek and usspea . Pin fish Cayo plua and Devil fish in front of the Boca canals
Thread fins in the gulf . Lady fish in Trutle bay and cape haze and whidden creek there is a lot in the Harbor


Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt. Karl   02/10/18------ White bait Possbile sabaki in hte gulf
Thread fins -??? Pin ifsh are at Devil fish, Sand fly and out side the pass the marker
Smoke house near matlachee and Bird key by plaicda
Lady fish Cayo plue and cape haze and at the 3 sisters and in side bull bay.
Blue runners In the Gulf .

Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt Josh Olive   02/02/18------Pin fish - pine islands sound and devil fish and by the tom adams bridge
White bait- Some along the beachs mostly smaller. Thread fins ??? Lady fish in Bull and turtle bay,
 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   02/13/17-------- Pin fish on Devil fish, or Jug creek lot of Pins here
which means that should be the bait.
There is some white bait in the gulf but hard to catch.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   02/03/16-----Sorry a few Captains are catching bait
but it is hard to find and no one is talking

March

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Fishin Frank , Robert   03/30/18------  white bait > very really at marker 2 or 1 better size at Jug Creek and devil fish key
Dog islnad by Placida. right on the beaches of the gulf.
Pin fish- the best place is in the ICW like devil fish and right along the edge of the flats better with sabiki as they are holding over grass
lady fish- Bull and Turtle bay.
Cigar minnows on or right close the many of the near reefs like mary's

 

Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt. Josh  03/17/18------ Whie bait has moved and is harded to find try markers in deep water
Pin fish Jug creek and devil fish and good number by 3 sisters <
Lady fish- Bull and Trout bay and some by Placida trestle.
Mullet little ones around gasprilla sound.


Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt. Josh  03/10/18------  white bait , markers in hte harbor and out on hte beaches and near the placida trstle
and Jug creek bokeelia.
Thread fins- out in the gulf and at the marker in front of fish ville
Pin fish- devil fish key and Jug creek , Lady ifsh in bull bay and Turtle bay at night many of the bridges are full of lady fish

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   03/06/17-------- White bait in Jug creek
Some small white bait and pin fish , Dog island Placida

Fishin Frank & Robert   03/29/17-------- bokeelia and on the east side,
The ICw has more white bait but smaller. it is the pin fish that the fish are looking for
If you get a bit deeper the pin fish are slightly larger.

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--03/30/15------ Some bait at marker #2
 Jug crek shoals is steady in the morning but much harder to find bait in the afternoon
Devil fish has some bait on the south side close to the bar.
at Placida the bait is on the north side of the bridge in the cut, More bait By
Dog island.
Thread fins are in good schools just south of Marker #1
alomg the beaches out at boca or englewood the white bait is right next to be beach
and the thread fins abut a mile out.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--03/22/15------ green bacck have been hit or miss
on the marker up here in the Habor. The best spots for steady bait have been just
south of the placida testle , Devil fish key, and Jug creek shoals.

Thread fins are in the lower Harbor best bet off of Marker #5 & north
out side of 2 pines there have been some thread fins there.
 

Lots of tiny snad bream in the PC canals and over by PC beach. 

 

April

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Fishin Frank , Robert 04/28/18 ------- white biat at the markers and on hte east side, Jug Creek and devil fish have some,
Thread fins some in hte deep holes . Pin fish Dog islands by placida and in Boca bayou. Lady fish out side the bars on hte east side and in front of
Bull and Turtle.

Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt Josh Olive  04/21/18 ------- white bait at the markers and some on hte east side
Bokeelia nd devil fish have good numbers Placida and the beaches have the best numbers
Thread fins- In the center of the harbor the larger threadiies out in Boca channel
Pin fish by Devil fish and Placida and on the sand bottom in 30 feet
Lady fish. Some Inside bull bay and off Burnt store bar. the sand bar north of the phosphate dock

Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt Carl  04/13/18 ------- white bait, On hte markers and the smoke house and bokeelia
Devil fish key and the most bait is right on the beaches.
Pin fish devil fish key or bird key by Placida and Bokeelia
Lady fish 3 sisters and possible off east side bar, and in Tutrle PC beach has some lady fish

Fishin Frank , Robert & Capt Carl  04/06/18 ------- white bait- Trout bay and on hte west wall on hte flats
and on markers 1 & 2 and Bokeelia
Pi fish at devil fish and 3 sister and bird key at Placida as well as dog island
lady fish Turtle bay and 2 sister and some on the east side

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   04/07/17-------- Jug creek has a ton of white bait,
The Pin fish seem to be better size out off the sand bars. you need 6 feet of water
The pins back in the shallows are quarter size

Fishin Frank & Robert   04/28/17------- Thread fins by the reef off Aligator creek and two pines
has thread fin out side the bar.
White bait is in good numbers by devil fish and Snad fly.
Bokeelia by the Smoke house,
Spanish sardine off the beach. Pin fish are easy on the grass flats on the east side.
And on the way to boca in 6 foot of water - 

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--04/27/15------ Marker two has small Threadie and some Green backs
There is a lot of Skip jacks and butter fish here as well.
After noon is more about big thread finds here with little or no other bait.

Pods or schools of Bait open water out by marker #1 where they are hiding under the marker.
Devil fish key and Snad fly both have had green backs.
Jug creek and the markers over by two pines have been holding good white bait

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--04/13/15------ Thread fins right along the beaches Boca to englewood
A there has been some Thread fins all the way up by the 41 bridges.
White bait is still in good numbers just south of dog island by placida.
as you get further along Sand fly on the south end or best  bet right now devil fish key, here at devil fish
it is a chum thing, you need to start chumming then watch for them.
Up by Jug creek there numbers of white bait is still good,
Had a couple reports of bait in front of Pirate Harbor and about half way up the west wall.
So the number of bait are still good.
The markers #2 and #1 as well as the marker in front of Jug creek are holding bait, again better to chum a bit
or be really lucky, on your first cast.

Fishin Frank & Robert   04/06/16---- Some by the marker 2 has a little
Jug creek and Devil fish is steady, but there is no place certain.
The thread fins are coming up into the Harbor.

Fishin Frank & Robert   04/16/16---- the bait is showing up here in the upper Harbor
mostly thread fins and do not be surprised if you get a net full of tiny spade fish.
The 41 bridge has mixed bait. the better choice for bait is still out by the ICW
Devil fish or Jug creek

Fishin Frank & Robert   04/29/16--- thread fins, on the marks and larger one in the middle of the Harbor
there also along the beaches to 4 miles out.

 

 

 

May

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Fishin Frank , Robert   05/25/18 --------white at the markerand some near pirate harbor, Jug creeks and at devil fish and placida.
and some in side bull bay. Thread fins in the 20 foot hole and in hte near gulf
Pin fish at Jug creek.     Lady fish on the east side and in bull bay

Fishin Frank , Robert   05/18/18 -------white bait at the markers 1 or 2. Jug creek and devil fish, some by Pirate harbor
Thread fish at the 41 bridge and out in the Harbor over the holes

Fishin Frank , Robert   05/11/18 ------- white bait 41 bridge and the markers   Jug creek and devil fish and along the beaches
as well as on hte bar on the east side, Thread fins in the deep holes and by Matlacha, big ones out side of boca, there is also Spanish sardine and Cigar minnows.  Lady fish- on the east side or in Bull and Trurtle and in the Boca canals. , Squirrel fish 35 feet on the ledges
 

Fishin Frank  & Capt Josh Olive 05/05/18 -------

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   05/04/17--------  The reef has glass minnow and thread fins
white bait is moving and it is possible they are deep right now.
Devil fish key has some bait and over by sand fly.
marker two has thread fins.

Fishin Frank & Robert   05/13/17--------  White bait Jug creek and Devil fish, and the markers # 2 and #1 .
Smoke house, and the sanibel cause way. big hand sizae white bait
Therad fins In the middle of the harbor and on the markers , thread fins on Hog islands
Pin fish, are thougher bird key by the placida trestle, and just off Cayo palue
Crabs around themangroves you have to get out and catch them with a small net.
Lady fish- Best bet is off Cayo to Devil fish, jigs are your best bet.

Fishin Frank & Robert   05/20/17-------- Thread fins in the gulf just off the beaches 15 feet of water out to 30
Thread fin can be found in hte middle of the harbor , hard to find they are not coming to the surface
white bait at Jug creek, or on the markers just out side. 
Good pin fish at marker 5 and on cape haze. Bokeelia in 4 foot of water
Devil fish has Pig fish and Pinfish tons of them, you will need to chum for them.
Lady fish on the out side of the bar between burnt store and 2 pines and out on the tailing flats.
Fishin Frank & Robert   05/26/17--------  Jug creek has white bait along with devil fish and Smoke house
Bird key has pins and small white bait.
Bird key placida has pins . three sisters pin fish.
Lady fish Cayo palue and Devil fish .  some crabs flushing evening in Boca.
Thread fins near the 2nd marker out side Boca pass. Down by two pines there is a lot of threads
watch for the schools they have been in open water
Marker #2 or #1 has mixed bait but one day great next day nothing

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--05/25/15------ Jug creek, delvil fish key two of the best
the 3 sister island has good bait. Placida by dog island on the south side.
pirate Harbor has some, The marker in the harbor, from 41 to the gulf, look for a Piling any piling
 

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--05/15/15------ Devil fish key not steady but there
Jug creek is the most conistsant, the channel into uncle henrys n placida.
and up her Marker #2 has bait on it,
The Thread fins from 41 bridges to marker #5 pretty much any where the thread fins should be close

along the beaches it is not steady like it has been, try look out farther
Bally-hoo, speedo's , Spanish sardine. Blue runners

Fishin Frank 05/09/15 ----- Thread fins have moved back into the Habor,
the white bait is steady at evil fish key and Jug creek shoals.
The bait at marker #2 is a mix of thread & white bait

Fishin Frank & Robert   05/09/16-----Lots of thread fins there is white bait
But you have to chum a lot and be patient, they are uder the thread fins at the narkers
more timid

Fishin Frank & Robert   05/09/16---- sorry no reports

 

 

June

Fishin Frank & Robert   06/17/17-------- Thread ifn in the middle of the Harbor
Bokeelia has some good white bait, most small green back maybe tiny and the same for the pin fish
Which are more numbers. Random schools of Bait on the beaches. Cigar minnow and Sardine in the close gulf
Lots of squirell fish near shore 20 feet of water maybe closer by the markers

Fishin Frank & Robert   06/23/17-------- Thread fin over the deep holes and some at the Alligator creek reef
Possible at the markers, but the better places are at Devil fish key or at Dog Island Placida.
Tiny Pin fish on the edge of the sand bars at Bokeelia, these are the Trout bait of choice
Or on the flats,  Lady fish have been near whidden creek and out to the ICW. or behind the bar
going into Turtle bay

Fishin Frank & Robert   06/30/17------- Thread fins in hte harbor at the reef smaller ones
The larger tarpon size from cape haze to boca, and out on the beaches,
The white bait is tuff to find before day light by devil fish or Jug creek you need to be set up as the sun comes up.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/24/15------ Jug creek is slow on bait for the first time in a while

The thing I am hearing most about is how small the bait is right now,

 The white bait in the deeper waters of the ICW and parts  of the Harbor is new hatch and not big enough to cast yet.

If you are looking ofr it, the best bets are single markers not where you would look, Some of the single markers
have been overlooked and still have some good bait. Go where no netter has gone before.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/15/15------Some thread fin near the 41 bridge
and marker 1 & 2 are hit or miss,
The flats by Pirate harbor are agin hit or miss but have some bait,
Near jug creek shaols the bait is steady,, mixed sizes have your 1/4 inch mesh
near Devil fish the bait is also steady but not as big as it was.
Dog island and the area around placidda has quite a bit of bait but it has been
doing a Harry houdini and one day is here and lookaround and it;s gone.

Out along the beaches the bait is scatterd keep your eyes out as it may be
10 ffeet from land or out 2 miles.

Cigar minnow ands Sardine are out from the beaches you can see the schools
hard to catch as they run to deeper water, so drag out the sabiki Rods

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/08/15------ Deliv fish key or Jug creek holding well
some bait just south of burnt store on the bar
A little bit of bait showing up in front of Pirate harbor.
three sisters ahs some bait but not much for size.
Dog island has had steady bait good size and numbers

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/02/15------ Sand fly key has some good size bait.
Marker 1 or 2 is not steady but worth checking, the entrance into bull bay is good for number
of bait and size.
Jug creek ahs good bait,
Dog island at placida has good white bait,
Thread fins are south in the Harbor towards marker #5
Tons of pin fish on flats they have hatched and tons and tons of dime size pin fish
Out side the bars in 8 or 10 feet of water.

Fishin Frank & Robert   06/27/16----- Lots of white bait on the gulf beaches
very hard to find in the Harbor
Some thread fins of Bokeelia, and two pines

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   06/20/16----- Cape haze has some thread fins,
Bokeelia has a bunch of small pin fish. soem white bait reports along the beaches
on an in-comeing tide the wite bait will come into the ICW, but they are scattered

 

 


 

July

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Fishin Frank & Robert   07/06/17-------- white bait still some around devil fish
White bait is right as the sun comes up.
Thread fins from Boca to cape haze, Smaller thread fins in the middle of the upper harbor

the east side has tiny white bait,
Pin fish can be caught by the ice house on the east side, and at devil fish, more pinners in
Bull or turtle bay and on the flats of Gasprilla sound.

Fishin Frank & Robert   07/15/17--------  Devil fish for pin fish, quite a few tiny white bait on the east side
and some at Jug creek, Thread fins in the Gulf , there are thread fins by Cape haze.

Fishin Frank & Robert   07/21/17-------- Schools in the middle of the Harbor and there is some Glass
up marker 2 and to the 41 bridge. The thread fin are schooling on the east side in 10 feet of water
tiny tiny white bait on the east side and jug creek. Pin fish on the cape haze bar and out to Devil fish
larger pin fish on the markers out side Boca pass, and the squirrell fish, on these markes
 
Fishin Frank & Robert   07/29/17--------  There is white bait down by sanibel or off the coast 2 miles
The white bait in the harbor is tiny. Pin fish on the in side of Gasprilla and the east or west side the pin fish
are on the flats, Some small thread fins in the Harbor, these thread fins are in larger schools in the middle of the Harbor
there is no whtie bait in the middle of the Harbor only thread fins, which die easy.


Fishin Frank & Robert's report--07/28/15---- White biat is hard to find ,
Just north of Pirate harbor on the bar,Some of the lower markers in the Harbor like marker #5 or the ones on the way to the Passes
have been holding some biatYour chances get mush better on the last half of the in-coming tide

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--07/15/15------ Good luck but the white bait is starting to move in again
the lst few days there has been more repts of bait than ove the last couple of weeks,
Some big schools of tiny white bait along the west side, just north of cape haze,
The markers in the Harbor have bait but not steady, you are going to have to work for it,

The east side and Jug creek have had bait show up, just north of Pirate Harbor and on the bar at Jug creek
the big problem is find it larger enough to cast, So take a casting bobber with you, and leave a little air inside
so it will float just a bit, the other option is to use a rock port rattler jig head and hook the bait through
the back so it will make a fuss and disturb the sand letting the red fish know it is there

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--07/06/15-----The biat is this years hatch really small
The is Bait just north of Pirate Harbor nad there is a big school just to the north of cape Haze
bot of these schools are small. BIat is hard to find. The Thread fins in the harbor are deep for the most part
hard to see, you need to know what they look like on our bottom machine to find bait

Fishin Frank & Robert   07/29/16-----  Bokeelia has some good size bait and pins

Placida has smaller bait. Devil fish is pin fish.
east side white is thicker on the bars. Pin fish are in good numbers silver dollar size pins.
Thread fins in the afternoon in the deep holes.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   07/04/16-----tons of tiny white bait all over
Out in the Harbor there is bunches of schools of thread fins. from tiny stuff to hand size
around the markers it is not that good, If they are there it is first thing.

 

 

August

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/04/17-------- Pin fish on the gasprilla flats,
Jug creek is loaded with pin fish as well, bokeelia is another pin fish heaven.
Jug creek white bait in 8 feet of water the same bait is on hte shallow water,
white in the gulf, right on the beach.  Sanibel has some better size white bait
Most other places have tiny and all you do is kill.

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/11/17-------- white biat at Jug creek and Deliv fish key,
Near plaicda the white bait but a little smaller and out on the beaches there is small white bait as well.

Thread fins are out in the middle of the harbor better concentrations by cape haze, and out in the gulf
there is better size thread fins,
 Pin fish by Devil fish and or Jug creek there is pins on the flats off burnt store. Boca the channel markers and pin fish

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/18/17-------- white bait at Pirate Harbor on hte bar, Devil fish has better size bait
on hte gulf there is some tiny white bait.
Pin fish- devil fish and in front of bunrt store marker #5 by cape haze, there is some grunts and pig fish
Mixed with the pin fish when you find them in deep water 5 feet or more.
 Spanish sardine are in harbor you have to blind cast for them off mangrove point

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/25/17------- White bait, bokeelia and Devil fish key or inside turtle bay-
Big white bait in glaergers cut.
Pin fish, out towards bird islands by placida, or devil fish key , a lot of pin fish on the east side, and bokeelia on the east side
has nice size pin fish.
Lady fish, on the east side out side the bar, Cape haze reef has nice schools, cayo plau has lady fish>
 

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/24/15-----The are some right north of Pirate Harbor
another place is on the beaches.
Best bet is early am Bokeelia
Pin fish on Cape haze, and near the placida trestle

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/12/15------

Just north of pirate harbor, lots of bait, Devil fish has good bait and Placida,
right next to the cause way.
lots of bait in the gulf sardines, and thread fins,
Thread fins in the harbor are staying deep, sp chum and watch in the water
Tons of Pin fish on the east side and Bull bay as well as Turtle bay

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/15/16----- Pin fish . Jug creek , devil fish, the bar on the east side
White bait- small to tiny on the east side, Jug creek has a bit better, Placida has lot of bait but

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/22/16----- Jug creek, with white bait and pin fish
pirate Harbor has lots of Pin fish, and some white bait.

White bait small stuff the bridges to boca the 2nd bridge has larger white bait
stump pass on the in side has white bait.

There is a bunch of white bait on the beaches of Boca or engle wood
 

the center of the harbor has big schools of thread fins

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/29/16-----  Pin fish at ice house on the east side,
Devil fish also has good number.
Thread fins in the middle hole is ok but better near cape haze.
White bait east side is ok but bring a lot of chum, the white biat is tiny in most areas
Jug creek has the better size ones,
 

 

 

September
 

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Fishin Frank & Robert   09/01/17--------white bait- Devil fish key has white bait,
JUg creek and the beaches , the largest bait is out on hte beaches,
There is some bait just in side Pirate harbor
Pin fish, at Cayo pelau and there is huge pin fish, 5 foot, at bird key in plcida
Smoke house bay has nice pin fish.
Lady fish, out side the bar on hte east side, The lady fish by cape haze reef should be there
And on cayo pelau
Sardine at Devil fish and in the holes in the Harbor.
Thread fins, off devil fish are in 8 foot plus

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/15/17-------- ?????? we have shrimp and pin fish in the store
other than that no reports

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/23/17-------- white bait right on the beaches. possible at Devil fish
Thread fins about 10 miles out in the gulf.
Pin fish- on the grass flats of gasprilla, and Jug creek
Lady fish in side Bull bay and by Placida

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/29/17--------Lots of small white bait along the beaches
Lady fish best bet by Pirate harbor
Phosphate docks at Boca have a lot of lady fish.


Fishin Frank & Robert   09/15/15------ Devil fish key is the better place, Hard to say it is good, but better
some bait along the beaches and a little aorund the marker in front of Jug creek

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/07/15------ Jug creek has steady biat but it is a morning thing
Devil fish key has biat on the south east side, You will need chum to find biat here at devil fish

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/13/16-----  Pin fish on the east side loaded,
And Devil fish,
White bait, at Bokeelia and Devil fish and Two pines, near placida,
Thread fins.

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/22/16----- Plaicda and Jug creek for white bait
Pin fish Pirate harbor on the sand bar, Devil fish has some nice pin fish.

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/28/16-----   no reports because we have not heard

 

 

October

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Fishin Frank & Robert   10/14/17-------- east has tiny white bait, and Jug shore a little better size bait
On the beaches there is quite a bit of white bait.
Pin fish- Devil fish key,
Lady fish_ Gaspirilla sound and Galigers cut.

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/20/17--------  White bait, by Pirate has mostly tiny baits
Bokeelia has some white bait. along the beaches a lot of bait and some By Devil fish
Three sister ahs some bait a bit bigger
Pin fish, Devil fish and Jug creek are the best spots for pinners
Lady fish, one here and there is bull bay
Sardines 3 to miles miles out in the gulf, hellens reefs
 

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/27/17--------  White biat some at Jug Creek and early like near day break at Pirate harbor
and placida bird key for larger bait
Thread fins ???  
Pin fish - Devil fish key and behind the 3 sisters best bet Pig fish mixed with them here.
Lady fish , big school just south of ponce and By cape haze, and just north of Pirate harbor.
 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/27/15----- Pin fish is still the bait of choice,
There are some green backs by Cayo Palu and Devil fish
But the pin fish are on the east side and all over.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/19/15----- The only thing I have really heard about is
Pin fish for bait, The Grass flats off Pirate Harbor and inside bull bay both have
huge nnumbers of pinners. there are some Thread fins and very small White bait
hard to find them in usable size right now

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/09/15------ Not worth while catching white bait
try for the pin fish, at Jug creek and Devil fish and Placida

 

 

shin Frank & Robert   10/03/15------No real reports, there have been some at Devil fish
but hope to hear more soon

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/18/16----- Some thread fins in the area aaround cape haze
Pin fish on cape haze and the otter islands off bokeelia,. Devil fish key but out in the 6 foot of water
tiny tiny white bait in a couple spots , Dime Size not quarter, dime size so nothing

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/24/16----- Pin fish best bet is Devil fish key there is also
a good chance of white bait. Jug creek has pin fish on the flats and out in front near the sunken bars.
Thread fins can be found near Jug creek

 

 

November

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Fishin Frank & Robert   11/04/17-------- White bait near placida,
Pin fish along the ICW to Devil fish and some by Jug Creek, the pins at Pirate harbor are 1/2 dollar size.
Lady fish along the sand bars on both sides of the Harbor and some in Bull bay in the open
Mullet are schooling up ready to spawn so you can catch some for bait or dinner

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/11/17-------- White bait Is in decent number around placida and right on the beach
Thread fins -- sorry nope,
 Pin fish  jug creek shoals and Devil fish possible just north pirate
Lady fish south by two pines and inside Bull or Turtle bay.
 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/23/17--------  White bait possible along the beach or by placida.
Pin fish , Devil fish and Cape haze, and out side pelican cove.
Thread fins- Nope.  Lady fish east side on the bar or just out side.
 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/23/15----- Pin fish are sitll thick with pin fish
Pirate harbor and Jug creek both have lot so pin fish there as well.
White abit is mostly smaller right now,

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/30/15----- White bait near Pirate harbor and scattered along the east sdie bar
Some white biat near cape haze but the vast bunches are out by devil fish and into the gulf

Pinfish are on most of the flats on the east side the most numbers of pinners are just off Jug crek

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/13/15----- White bait is getting thicker with Bait,
from Pirate Harbor north and then down to two pines,
The best numbers of biat fish is near Devil fish and north towards Plaicda
 

Pin fish can be found on almost all of the flats.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/14/16----- some whiting bait in the ICW Pine islands sound
Pin fish are right off Bokkeelia 6 feet of water off the bar.
Shrimp is really working well right now and you dont have to throw the net. 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/08/16----- The markers do have bait, mixed of green backs and more thread fins
and lots of butter fish.
The bar on the east side is hit or miss, high tides sardine and Pin fish more pins than anything

Jug creek green backs and Pin fish
Devil fish Pin fish and green
Lots of shrimp being caught on the flats when catching pin fish.
 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/21/16----- Turtle bay is loaded with pin fish.
There is a couple pods of bait in the harbor, red tide wiped them out a few left

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/29/16----- white bait at the reef not many but still here.
Some thread fins on the north side of the east flats.
Pin fish from ponce down to alligator creek. and down by the marker on the north end of pine island

 

 

 

December

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Fishin Frank & Robert   12/02/17-------  white biat on teh beaches possible in front of Bull bay>
Pin fish - Devil fish key and placida. Pelican bay has pinners too.
Blue runner and Squirrle fish on the back side of Cayo costa.
Pirate Harbor out side the bar not behind the bar.

Fishin Frank & Robert   12/08/17------ White bait is on hte beaches , Placida, Bull bay in side and
Devil fish and bolekeelia -
Pin fish - Devil fish key is the best 4 to 5 foot of water and at Bird island and Pelican bay
Thread fin - In front of Bull bay. Lady fish in front of Piarte Harbor out side ht ebar.  and inside Bull bay or Trutle bay
Some up by hog island..
A lot of blue runner n the near shore reefs, and hard tails or speedo as well

Fishin Frank & Robert   12/29/17-------  White bait no report, thread fins out in 40 plus feet,
Pin fish possible by Devil fish. and off the end of the island on the Matlacha side in 8 feet of water
 Lady fish by cape haze.

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   12/13/16-----  no reports

Fishin Frank & Robert   12/22/16--------  White in bull and turtle bay
little Gasparilla,
Pin fish are on thick on the ICW Gasparilla sound.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   12/28/16-------- White bait around the placida trestle.
some bait off the beach of boca mixed with white bait and threadies.
Pin fish on the east side sand bar. quarter size pin fish in the flats of Turtle bay and the east side.

 

 

 White bait reports    Bait fish infromation page

January

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/04/16----- Pin fish at Bolkeelia or 3 sisters
the white bait is moving towards the gulf, Devils fish out at Jug creek

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/13/16----- the whtie bait is thick at the alligator creek reef
Out by devil fish you ned to look in deeper water, The white bait is reacting to the cooler temps
and has moved in to deeper water
The pin fish are thick in bull and turtle bays and on the jug reek here at jug creek it is out side in the ddep
where you will find your bait

Fishin Frank & Robert   01/26/16----- No reports

 

Feburay

 

March

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--03/30/15------ Some bait at marker #2
 Jug crek shoals is steady in the morning but much harder to find bait in the afternoon
Devil fish has some bait on the south side close to the bar.
at Placida the bait is on the north side of the bridge in the cut, More bait By
Dog island.
Thread fins are in good schools just south of Marker #1
alomg the beaches out at boca or englewood the white bait is right next to be beach
and the thread fins abut a mile out.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--03/22/15------ green bacck have been hit or miss
on the marker up here in the Habor. The best spots for steady bait have been just
south of the placida testle , Devil fish key, and Jug creek shoals.

Thread fins are in the lower Harbor best bet off of Marker #5 & north
out side of 2 pines there have been some thread fins there.
 

Lots of tiny snad bream in the PC canals and over by PC beach. 

 

April

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--04/27/15------ Marker two has small Threadie and some Green backs
There is a lot of Skip jacks and butter fish here as well.
After noon is more about big thread finds here with little or no other bait.

Pods or schools of Bait open water out by marker #1 where they are hiding under the marker.
Devil fish key and Snad fly both have had green backs.
Jug creek and the markers over by two pines have been holding good white bait

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--04/13/15------ Thread fins right along the beaches Boca to englewood
A there has been some Thread fins all the way up by the 41 bridges.
White bait is still in good numbers just south of dog island by placida.
as you get further along Sand fly on the south end or best  bet right now devil fish key, here at devil fish
it is a chum thing, you need to start chumming then watch for them.
Up by Jug creek there numbers of white bait is still good,
Had a couple reports of bait in front of Pirate Harbor and about half way up the west wall.
So the number of bait are still good.
The markers #2 and #1 as well as the marker in front of Jug creek are holding bait, again better to chum a bit
or be really lucky, on your first cast.

 

May

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--05/25/15------ Jug creek, delvil fish key two of the best
the 3 sister island has good bait. Placida by dog island on the south side.
pirate Harbor has some, The marker in the harbor, from 41 to the gulf, look for a Piling any piling
 

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--05/15/15------ Devil fish key not steady but there
Jug creek is the most conistsant, the channel into uncle henrys n placida.
and up her Marker #2 has bait on it,
The Thread fins from 41 bridges to marker #5 pretty much any where the thread fins should be close

along the beaches it is not steady like it has been, try look out farther
Bally-hoo, speedo's , Spanish sardine. Blue runners

 

 

Fishin Frank 05/09/15 ----- Thread fins have moved back into the Habor,
the white bait is steady at evil fish key and Jug creek shoals.
The bait at marker #2 is a mix of thread & white bait

 

June

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/24/15------ Jug creek is slow on bait for the first time in a while

The thing I am hearing most about is how small the bait is right now,

 The white bait in the deeper waters of the ICW and parts  of the Harbor is new hatch and not big enough to cast yet.

If you are looking ofr it, the best bets are single markers not where you would look, Some of the single markers
have been overlooked and still have some good bait. Go where no netter has gone before.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/15/15------Some thread fin near the 41 bridge
and marker 1 & 2 are hit or miss,
The flats by Pirate harbor are agin hit or miss but have some bait,
Near jug creek shaols the bait is steady,, mixed sizes have your 1/4 inch mesh
near Devil fish the bait is also steady but not as big as it was.
Dog island and the area around placidda has quite a bit of bait but it has been
doing a Harry houdini and one day is here and lookaround and it;s gone.

Out along the beaches the bait is scatterd keep your eyes out as it may be
10 ffeet from land or out 2 miles.

Cigar minnow ands Sardine are out from the beaches you can see the schools
hard to catch as they run to deeper water, so drag out the sabiki Rods

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/08/15------ Deliv fish key or Jug creek holding well
some bait just south of burnt store on the bar
A little bit of bait showing up in front of Pirate harbor.
three sisters ahs some bait but not much for size.
Dog island has had steady bait good size and numbers

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--06/02/15------ Sand fly key has some good size bait.
Marker 1 or 2 is not steady but worth checking, the entrance into bull bay is good for number
of bait and size.
Jug creek ahs good bait,
Dog island at placida has good white bait,
Thread fins are south in the Harbor towards marker #5
Tons of pin fish on flats they have hatched and tons and tons of dime size pin fish
Out side the bars in 8 or 10 feet of water.
 

July
Fishin Frank & Robert's report--07/28/15---- White biat is hard to find ,
Just north of Pirate harbor on the bar,Some of the lower markers in the Harbor like marker #5 or the ones on the way to the Passes
have been holding some biatYour chances get mush better on the last half of the in-coming tide

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--07/15/15------ Good luck but the white bait is starting to move in again
the lst few days there has been more repts of bait than ove the last couple of weeks,
Some big schools of tiny white bait along the west side, just north of cape haze,
The markers in the Harbor have bait but not steady, you are going to have to work for it,

The east side and Jug creek have had bait show up, just north of Pirate Harbor and on the bar at Jug creek
the big problem is find it larger enough to cast, So take a casting bobber with you, and leave a little air inside
so it will float just a bit, the other option is to use a rock port rattler jig head and hook the bait through
the back so it will make a fuss and disturb the sand letting the red fish know it is there

 

Fishin Frank & Robert's report--07/06/15-----The biat is this years hatch really small
The is Bait just north of Pirate Harbor nad there is a big school just to the north of cape Haze
bot of these schools are small. BIat is hard to find. The Thread fins in the harbor are deep for the most part
hard to see, you need to know what they look like on our bottom machine to find bait

August
Fishin Frank & Robert   08/24/15-----The are some right north of Pirate Harbor
another place is on the beaches.
Best bet is early am Bokeelia
Pin fish on Cape haze, and near the placida trestle

Fishin Frank & Robert   08/12/15------

Just north of pirate harbor, lots of bait, Devil fish has good bait and Placida,
right next to the cause way.
lots of bait in the gulf sardines, and thread fins,
Thread fins in the harbor are staying deep, sp chum and watch in the water
Tons of Pin fish on the east side and Bull bay as well as Turtle bay

September
Fishin Frank & Robert   09/15/15------ Devil fish key is the better place, Hard to say it is good, but better
some bait along the beaches and a little aorund the marker in front of Jug creek

Fishin Frank & Robert   09/07/15------ Jug creek has steady biat but it is a morning thing
Devil fish key has biat on the south east side, You will need chum to find biat here at devil fish

October

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/27/15----- Pin fish is still the bait of choice,
There are some green backs by Cayo Palu and Devil fish
But the pin fish are on the east side and all over.

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/19/15----- The only thing I have really heard about is
Pin fish for bait, The Grass flats off Pirate Harbor and inside bull bay both have
huge nnumbers of pinners. there are some Thread fins and very small White bait
hard to find them in usable size right now

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   10/09/15------ Not worth while catching white bait
try for the pin fish, at Jug creek and Devil fish and Placida

 

 

shin Frank & Robert   10/03/15------No real reports, there have been some at Devil fish
but hope to hear more soon

 

 

November

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/23/15----- Pin fish are sitll thick with pin fish
Pirate harbor and Jug creek both have lot so pin fish there as well.
White abit is mostly smaller right now,

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/30/15----- White bait near Pirate harbor and scattered along the east sdie bar
Some white biat near cape haze but the vast bunches are out by devil fish and into the gulf

Pinfish are on most of the flats on the east side the most numbers of pinners are just off Jug crek

 

 

Fishin Frank & Robert   11/13/15----- White bait is getting thicker with Bait,
from Pirate Harbor north and then down to two pines,
The best numbers of biat fish is near Devil fish and north towards Plaicda
 

Pin fish can be found on almost all of the flats.

 

 

December