Flats and fly fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Great Trout For The Grill, Matlacha Pass
The big sea trout have made a nice showing in Matlacha Pass last recently just as we're heading into the final two weeks of their season for the year. I've managed to pull in at least one legal fish each time I've been out these past few days and keep about two each week for myself. Sea trout are easy to catch, clean, and grill and an 18-inch fish makes a great meal for two people. At the end of the month make sure you fish with barbless hooks anytime you're over the grass flats since these fish are easily injured in the mouth. Even when you can't keep them they're still a great fight on topwaters or flies like the one in the photos above.
The Zara Spook is still my favorite topwater for trout but I've witnessed some even better results with poppers like the inexpensive Hurricane lures. These are big noisy things that you can find online for less than $4 a piece. They also work great on the big jacks that are hovering around Matlacha right now and you won't feel too bad loosing one to the occasional bluefish.