Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Matlacha Fishing Report: Big Snook, Big Trout, Bigger Winds

So what do you do when it's blowing a solid 15-20 knots from the NNW?  Put down the fly rods, pick up the spinning gear and get as close to the mangroves as possible.  The good news is that this often works, especially in Matlacha Pass when the tide is rising all morning.

Hershel Avra, one of my best regular anglers, brought his neighbor's son Casey out with me yesterday and we did quite well for the conditions that were thrown at us.  Hershel landed his best snook yet with a nice 27 incher and Casey's first ever sea trout was the beautiful 23 inch gator pictured above.  Both fish hit Gulp shrimp rigged under sliding corks. 

The wind is finally supposed to lay down tomorrow and that can't happen soon enough. It's been absolutely brutal out there.  If you managed to hit the water and catch some fish anywhere around Pine Island, give yourself a high five.