Saturday, July 24, 2010

Big Sea Trout In Matlacha Pass

After chasing tarpon for the last three months it was great to finally land a few grill-worthy fish like this 20-inch sea trout that I caught south of the Matlacha bridge.  This was one of two trout this size that I hooked right before sunset on a weedless Exude jerk bait.

Sea trout are a common catch this time of year but keepers of this size have been rare, at least for me. Using live bait like shrimp at this spot would be the best way to hook into them but you'll also land a way too many catfish in the process.

The three foot deep flats west of Mcardle Island  are a great trout habitat right now and that's were most of my hookups have happened lately.  Other than that, the high traffic areas of Matlacha Pass have been really quiet now that the slow season is here.  Good luck if you're coming here for vacation.  Everything you try for trout on your home waters will work on Pine Island at the same time.