Saturday, January 15, 2011

Matlacha Fishing Report: Big Redfish And Huge Trout In The Pass

My buddy Jory Pearson, owner of Florida Paddlesports, brought his father-in-law Walleye Wayne out on my boat this morning.  The conditions were pefect for sight fishing and the water temps were hovering right around the 60 degree mark in the south part of Matlacha Pass.  Unfortunately, nobody told the fish how perfect everything was and they were lockjawed for most of the morning.  Right around 2:00 pm, with the tide really rising and the water hitting the magical mid-60's, the reds started getting active and Wayne landed the beautiful 30 incher in the top photo on a Badonk-a-Donk.  This is a great topwater lure and puts out an irresistable vibration that reds can't resist.  Make sure you have a couple in your tackle box.  Since this redfish was over the slot limit it was released after the pictures.  A short time later Jory got slammed by the 23 inch trout that ate his DOA paddle tail jig.  This fish was the biggest sea trout of the year so far on my boat and was sent right to the grill.  Even though the catching was slow this was a great example of quality beating quantity.