A quick moving cold front passed through late Thursday night and brought some strong winds from the northeast. Combined with the big full moon tides, the water was blown right off the flats in most of Matlacha Pass. That made fishing the shorelines almost impossible and the only thing I saw moving under the mangroves these past few days were raccoons. We still managed to spot a few nice fish south of the bridge, including some very big snook that wanted nothing to do with the lures or flies we threw at them. Richard Henry from Atlanta landed this beautiful 19 inch trout on a white Seaducer fly just north of the powerlines and that was my best catch of the weekend. It always amazes me that the best trout fishing of the year happens right after their season is closed. On the bright side, temps are already back to normal and the winds are dropping, too. Best of all my new Beavertail will be here by the end of the week and I can actually get into the shallow water once again.