Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Schooling Redfish From Pine Island Sound

I shot out to Pine Island Sound this morning with my buddy Luis Garcia from Matlacha.  I was hoping sight cast to some redfish in the clear water around Cabbage Key but they were a no-show for the first couple hours until the tide hit bottom around noon.  By that time we were hitting the potholes near Pineland hoping to score some keeper trout for lunch when a big school of tailing reds popped up in front of us.  Luis dropped a Rebel Super Pop-R right into the middle of the school and immediately got clobbered but the 29-inch red pictured above.  Since this fish was a couple inches over the slot we sent it back after these photos.  These fish are a blast on topwater lures and we're still right in the middle of the best time of year to chase them here in Soutwest Florida.  Thanks to the lack of rain the water will only get clearer and the sightfishing will become easier next month.