Monday, December 12, 2011

Matlacha Fishing Report: Chasing Low Tide Redfish

Local angler Brandon Dye with a 21 inch redfish caught while kayak fishing off Matlacha.

Fishing the negative low tides in Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound is one of my favorite things about the winter.  When they happen in the first few hours after sunrise you'll find some of the best tailing redfish action anywhere in Florida.  This weekend's full moon helped give us some remarkably low water and the tails were almost everywhere once the tide started flooding. 

The big drawback to these tides is the fact that even the shallowest flats boats will still draw too much water.  A pair of wading shoes or a kayak is the only way to get close to the fish.  If you choose go the kayak route there are several great launch sites around this area.  Matlacha Park has a really nice ramp and is a half hour paddle away from some great flats both to the north and south.  There are also great natural launch sites at the end of Tropical Point drive and just south of the Pineland Marina.  No matter which way the wind is blowing, you'll always have a stretch of water to paddle here on Pine Island.