Monday, November 1, 2010

Last Trout Of The Year And Some Halloween Redfish

Trout season ended on Sunday and I caught my last two legal fish in the morning off the Burnt Store Bar.  I used a white Strike King and a Zara Spook and landed almost a dozen fish that were over the 15 inch minimum.  No more keeping trout until January but you can still enjoy catching them.  Just make sure you use barbless hooks since sea trout are easily injured in their mouths. 

Sunset gave us a great low tide in Matlacha Pass and the redfish were tailing all over one of my favorite flats south of the bridge.  I hooked the two reds pictured above within fifteen minutes of each other.  I was using the same white Zara Spook in only six inches of water.  I released them both even though the first fish was a legal 24 incher. 

November is still a great month for reds and this is good news since we can't keep any trout or snook these days.  Just remember that there's enough meat on a 24 inch redfish to make a nice dinner for four people.  Know the laws if you're here on vacation and don't keep more than one per day.