Sunday, February 26, 2012

Matlacha Fishing Report: Crappy Conditions And Lots Of Trout

It seems like someone just threw the switch and reset our winds right back to winter-like conditions.  This weekend's charters experienced a lovely mix of high clouds and 15 knot gusts from sunrise to sunset.  The water temps dropped 5 degrees back into the upper 60's and extra low tides kept most of the fish in the choppy open water instead of the more sheltered creeks and bays. 

Despite all that, we still managed to bring in a fair amout of trout every morning.  Live shrimp and 3" Gulps under corks did the trick over the grass in 3 to 4 feet of water all around the power lines in the south part of Matlacha Pass.  I even had a couple of determined fly fishermen who managed to land some nice 18" trout on Clouser Minnows and white deer hair patterns.

We also popped a few nice snook but I couldn't even rent a redfish in the pass.  Several guys I talked to did really well with the reds in Pineland area and my Dad and his buddies managed a nice slot-legal slam just outside of Burnt Store on Saturday.  If you were tough enough to head out this weekend you probably did pretty well for yourself.  We've got falling tides all week so I'll be hitting the deeper flats over in the Sound.  I need to get back after the reds.