Thursday, May 6, 2010

Matlacha Pass Loaded With Bait

The water surrounding Matlacha and Pine Island is definitely full of something right now and it's NOT oil. The schools of baitfish are everywhere, especially in the northern part of Matlacha Pass. Huge schools of greenbacks, pinfish, and threadfins are all over the flats on both sides of the main channel and are easy to find. Just look for them dimpling the surface or watch for diving birds, especially pelicans. The photo above shows our haul of threadfins after only one throw of the castnet. It's hard to tell but these were huge baits, all of them at least six inches long. Perfect tarpon food.