Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday Snook From Matlacha

I shot out with the family for a quick hour of fishing in the northeast part of Matlacha Pass and found some great snook action.  It was only about an hour into the rising tide and I was plugging the downwind side of the mangroves with a Zara Spook and getting hits every twenty yards.  None of these were big snook, they were all nearly identical 20-inchers as the photos show, but they clobbered the topwater like maniacs and that's my favorite kind of action to find with a spinning rod.  I also spotted a few slot legal snook and a handful of smaller reds but none of these fish felt like eating at the time.

After more than a year since the cold snap and fish kill of 2010, the snook population of Matlacha and Pine Island is booming.  You still can't keep any but that doesn't mean you can't have a blast catching them on topwaters.