SW FL-Bonita Beach:A bonefish in the bay???
I fished Estero Bay Wednesday with Frank Tota, Frank Witt, and friends, Joe and Jim. Strange as it might sound, we caught and released a seventeen inch bonefish. I have never seen, much less caught, a bonefish in this area, and I believed them to be a Keys/Caribbean fish. We caught this one on a live shrimp, on an oyster bar in the middle of the bay. Using shrimp, we also caught two keeper sheepshead and two keeper mangrove snapper, as well as one redfish. We lost two other nice reds, when they ran around the back side of the trees, and cut our lines. We also released a 17 inch snook.
Thursday, fishing with Arnie Roberts and son, Bill Roberts, in 35 feet out of New Pass, around rocky bottom, we used liver shrimp and pinfish to catch Spanish mackerel to 22 inches, triggerfish to 14 inches, and yellowtail snapper to 15 inches. We released two small goliath groupers.