My Dad and I were doing some pre-fishing for the upcoming Pine Island Elementary Tournament taking place here on Matlacha this Sunday. Redfish and trout haven't been a problem for me lately but I've been banging my head against the wall trying to land a decent snook. This really bothers me because it's currently the middle of snook season.
We finally got our act together today and landed four nice fish using live bait. We managed to bring up three nets full of big pilchards and threadfins and used these to pull some respectable but short snook from the mangroves. The one pictured above was just and inch under the slot limit. That's ok since we're saving the huge ones for the tournament thisSunday.
We've been having no problems finding legal size redfish for the past month. Dad landed this beautiful 25 inch red out of a school of dozens running the Burnt Store Bar. The most remarkable thing about the redfishing lately is that I every one I've caught has been a legal fish. I'm not sure if this means anything but I'm willing to give the credit for this to some excellent management of our resources here in Florida.