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New Pass

New Pass is the home of the second largest bridge in the chain of bridges connecting Bonita Springs to Ft. Myers Beach. Great fishing can be had from the bridge, from the banks, on the flats surrounding the channel, and in the pass itself. 

Access: Foot, Boat, Canoe/Kayak
Species: snook, mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, sheepshead, mackerel, ladyfish, tarpon, shark, grouper, spotted sea trout, black drum, flounder
Best Tide: outgoing

 A tip from the Ryans: If you have a boat, try drifting the pass during a strong outgoing tide using live shrimp. Attach a large split shot to your leader about a foot up, and keep the shrimp on a circle hook just above the bottom. The bottom is riddled with driftwood and snags, and too much weight will inevitably find you snagged and drifting away from your caught line--not a fun situation. However, this setup can catch just about all of the dozens of species that pass through here. 

No boat? There are some excellent spots you can reach on foot if you don't mind getting wet. From the Dog Beach at low tide, you can walk/wade all the way to the pass. From the southeast side of the bridge, you can wade out around the mangroves to the southeast to find some excellent snook hiding spots. 

 

 

 

 

   
   

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