Capt. JoGene Holaway shows off one of his Southwest Florida fresh water tarpons. Holaway caught this tarpon on his custom-colored Bass Addiction Gear Frogger soft plastic bait. The fish was released alive after the photo. (Photo: Submitted)

Once again, it was another week where Mother Nature was in control. While she did not pitch a complete shutout, she did dictate where most successfully plied their piscatorial prowess.

Sandwiched between strong high pressure to the north and a series of low-pressure systems to our south — one of which included Hurricane Nate — made for a windy week. While fishable conditions could be found on the inshore and close nearshore arenas, the offshore was quite bumpy, which reduced efforts.

Easterly component winds can be tricky for area anglers and general boaters alike. Often referred to as a sucker wind, the perception of smooth, near-coastal conditions persisting as one navigates toward the horizon often puts those who don’t know in potentially rough seas. These conditions are often exasperated by strong tides moving in an opposite direction to the prevailing wind.

For the inshore angler or boater, easterly winds provide ideal opportunities along the beaches and throughout the middle bay systems. The smooth waters allow for an ease of bait catching, anchoring the vessel for a nice beach walk, or perhaps an afternoon of tubing or waterskiing with family and friends.

Back on the fishing front, inshore snook and redfish action has clearly been the highlight. Ample baitfish and robust tides have fueled a solid bite throughout the entire fishing day. Fresh water conditions in the deep backcountry have kept the best action in waters within close proximity to Gulf.

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