Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pine Island Fishing Report: Redfish In The Morning, Not Much In The Afternoon

I've finally got back on the water after a very busy week of boat shows and business with Beavertail Skiffs.  The last two days started off with great low tides but overcast skies.  We had lots of tailing redfish on the flats north of Matlacha but getting them to eat was a trick.  Canadian angler Keith Browne scored on the nice 22 incher in the top photo with a Gulp shrimp right as the tide started flooding around 9AM.  My charters also landed a handful of decent trout on topwaters and flies but the really big reds avoided me.  The good news is that the clouds seem to part after a few hours each morning making it really pleasant to be out on the flats.  Water temps are now in the low 70's almost everywhere and that's great news.  February is an excellent month to fish down here and the bite will keep getting better each day.