My buddy Capt. Paul Smith e-mails out some excellent fishing reports from his tackle shop in St. James City each month. Here's his latest:
Hello from Pine Island. Sunny days and warm water means hot fishing in South Florida but I’m sure it beats shoveling snow. This past week has been a little windy but the sheepshead reports have been good. Jim Booth and family have reported good action on the redfish pass wall and docks. The Boca Grande docks and Roosevelt Channel are also producing good fish. Large trout from 18-26 inches have also been reported. Doug Spoelstra landed a 24 inch trout on a green Mirrodine scented with Menhaden Pro Cure scent. Rapala Skitterwalkers, the Heddon Super Spook Pup, Gulp shrimp, and Zoom Super Flukes are also doing well.
Good Redfish action is still being reported all around Pine Island. Bob Lomeo reported a 27incher on Mirrolure 17mr out of Flamingo Bay. And just a word of warning, make sure you are using at least 30 lb test fluorocarbon while fishing this time of year. We have heard of large Snook being hooked this past week. I have been using 15lb Trilene as my winter leader up on the flats. You only get so many chances in the spring to catch really big snook. Don’t get caught with light leader when ole bucket mouth shows up.
It can get depressing when grouper season closes in February for offshore fisherman. Don’t be sad, just adapt. You can still practice catch and release or better yet, challenge yourself at some species that you may have been overlooking. We had a great time offshore the other day catching large triggerfish and porgies.
Snapper fishing is still a little slow. Anxious offshore snapper fisherman including myself can’t wait to land a large Mang or Yellowtail this season. However, you should only try this night fishing if you don’t value sleep.
Our next free fishing seminar will be March 16th at 6:30. Cast net throwing lessons, Tarpon fishing in the bay, and Boca Grande pass fishing will all be covered. Capt. Cory Mcguire and Capt. Nelson Diaz will be our guest speakers.
Lastly, Old Pine Island Marina will be hosting the First Annual Blind Fishing tournament on Saturday April 28th. We are in desperate need of about 12 boats with a skipper and mate. (skippers don’t need to be a professional) The tournament will be 4-5 hrs. long. There will be a barbeque following with awards. If you have a boat and are willing to give up a ½ a Saturday for a good cause, please call me and I will put you on the list. Thanks for making Old Pine Island Marina your tackle store.