Monday, September 5, 2011

Matlacha Pass Full Of Sea Trout

September is one of the best months for sea trout in SW Florida and Matlacha Pass has been on fire with them lately.  Toss a live shrimp under a cork out on any three foot deep grass flat and chances are that you'll hook one.  You'll also hook a lot of catfish this way so try using a DOA or any other plastic bait under the cork instead.  You'll need to pop it a lot more but this tends to attract the bigger trout.  Jacks are also showing up in big schools and they'll hit almost anything.  I caught the six pounder in the pictures above on the Indian Fields grass flats and took almost ten minutes to land it.  They get a lot bigger than this in the deeper waters to the north in Charlotte Harbor.  Look for diving birds and chances are that there will be a school of these hard pulling fish underneath them.