Saturday, February 25, 2017

Topwater Time

I don't usually throw topwater lures during the winter since our waters are usually a bit choppier but this year is an exceptional one.  Dead calm mornings and evenings are the norm and these are the perfect conditions to use surface gear.  One of my favorites is still the Flats Walker by Flats HQ pictured above.  I've written about this lure several times over the past year and I've been having great luck with it recently on the trout and reds in very skinny water just north of Matlacha.  Watching these fish blow up on it is one of the most entertaining things you'll see out there.  I tend to work this lure slower than most and occasionally let it stop dead in the water if I'm searching for fish.  This seems to drive the bigger trout crazy.  You need at least two of these lures in your box right now. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017


A shot from last week on the water taxi to the Miami Boat Show.  I'm not a big fan of cities but Miami is really good looking from a distance. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Recent Matlacha Catches

They're all still out there, and some tarpon are showing up, too.  Great time to be fishing off Pine Island during one of the best winters we've had in recent memory. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Beavertail Skiffs At The Miami Boat Show

The Miami Boat Show is insane.  Spent the last two days there at the Beavertail Skiffs booth and only managed to see a fraction of the other displays.  It continues through the weekend and if you're in the market for anything brand you, it's worth the drive. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pine Island White Pelicans

This is a small part of a large flock that has been hanging on the Indian Fields just north of Matlacha all winter.  We're seeing more of these very large migratory birds down here each year.  A beautiful sight while we're out hunting for tailing redfish.