Fish­ing Gear

Top spots to find all you need for a great day on the wa­ter

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MAS­TER BAIT & TACKLE

It’s all in the name. No, re­ally, it is for Mas­ter Bait and Tackle. They pride them­selves in be­ing masters of their craft and they love fish­ing so much, they want to make sure you do, too. “We take all the work out for peo­ple,” ex­plains Jemel Maloney, store manager. “We break it down Bar­ney-style so peo­ple know what to do.” Lo­cated right in the heart of Bonita Beach Road, Mas­ter Bait and Tackle gives you quick ac­cess to Es­tero Bay and the Pine Is­land Sound. Th­ese wa­ters are known for some of the best “skinny wa­ter” fish­ing you can find, like trout, red fish and big snook. So you don’t have to worry about spend­ing all day on the high seas and com­ing back empty-handed. But it doesn’t stop there. You can eas­ily find tar­pon and snap­per near the shore wa­ters and don’t for­get about grouper and mack­erel as you go deeper.

The great part about rent­ing gear is you can lit­er­ally grab it and go. Mas­ter Bait and Tackle rents poles that come with hooks, lines and sinkers—id­iot-proof your fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

ES­TERO RIVER OUT­FIT­TERS

Since 1977, Es­tero River Out­fit­ters has been serv­ing South­west Florida a whole lotta fish­ing fun. Not only is it a full fish­ing tackle shop, the com­pany now sells and rents kayaks and ca­noes, guar­an­tee­ing you’ll en­joy ev­ery an­gle of your day on the wa­ter. It’s lo­cated right on the Es­tero River at U.S. High­way 41 near Corkscrew Road, so you have prime ac­cess to some of the best wa­ters in the area. And you can rest as­sured that you’re deal­ing with pros. “We are a fam­ily-owned busi­ness and we have been living and breath­ing this. We’ve re­ally grown up in the in­dus­try,” says owner, Paula Stuller.

Fish­ing Gear: Full line of fish­ing tackle, in­clud­ing Owner Hooks, Shi­mano, Triple Fish and oth­ers. Pro­vides min­i­mal­ist fish­ing so­lu­tions com­bined with a fish­ing kayak out­fit­ting ser­vice. Equip­ment, new and slightly used, is avail­able to rent and buy. •...

Fish­ing Gear: An ar­ray of rods and reels, plus mer­chan­dise bear­ing their name­sake—T-shirts, bumper stick­ers and beer koozies • Frozen Bait: 12 dif­fer­ent kinds of bait, in­clud­ing shrimp, mul­let, la­dy­fish, sar­dines and sil­ver­sides • Live Bait: Shrimp,...

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