Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kayak Fly Fishing From Matlacha

East coast angler Andrew Wideroff sent me this shot of a really nice upper-slot sized redfish that he caught on fly during a very low tide late last week.  He and his buddy Sebastian stopped by Florida Paddlesports the day before and I pointed them in the direction of one of my favorite bays in Matlacha Pass that they could easily paddle to in less than an hour.  None of the fish were tailing down there so that makes this an even more impressive catch.  I was working the same spot with my skiff and a spin fishing client but came home empty handed.

Any time we have negative low tides in the Pass jumping in a kayak is a great idea.  There is a free kayak and canoe launch site at Matlacha Park and some of the best flats in the area are less than a mile away.  Even if you don't want to make the effort to paddle that distance you can toss a small kayak into you boat and use it as a ferry out to the flats.  A lot of folks who own very capable flats and bay boats are stopping by the kayak shop lately to check out this option.  Just because the redfish are playing around in only six inches of water doesn't mean you can't easily get to them.