Sunday, March 18, 2012

Matlacha Fishing Report: The Redfish Are Hungry

I was in a bit of a redfish slump for most of last week.  My anglers landed exactly two over the past six days.  That's terrible for this time of year.  The sea trout were practically jumping in the boat for us and the snook were more than cooperative, too.  But the reds turned their noses up at almost everything we threw at them.  Their attitude finally changed today for Dale Mayer and his brother Andy who landed the pair pictured above.  Dale's 22 incher in the top photo ate a Gulp shrimp and Andy's 21 inch fish hit a Zara Spook.  The guys landed these fish less than 20 minutes apart at high tide near Jug Creek.  They also boated a couple dozen trout throughout the morning but missed landing a couple of snook to get the Slam.  We'll get that one next time.