Friday, September 14, 2012

Matlacha Fishing Report: September Is Awesome!

Theo's best redfish.

Some of our resident bald eagles are returning to nest for the season.

I spent the entire week on the water and despite higher than normal winds and lots of clouds, I had some of the most productive trips of the year.  The best day was Thursday when my long time angler Theo Chupein landed a Grand Slam.  He caught a twenty pound tarpon first thing in the morning and over the next two hours landed three reds, a handful of trout, and a nice snook, all in some really cruddy conditions. 

The redfish are really pouring on to the flats right now.  We came across several small groups of these fish in Matlacha Pass and I've heard reports of huge schools roaming the waters of Pine Island Sound this week.  Anytime more than two redfish get together they'll eat almost anything you put in front of them.  When they gather in big spawning schools they get downright voracious.  It's an amazing sight to see, the water actually turns orange as they push bait in front of them over the shallow grass.  Watch for birds wheeling and diving on the flats as a sign of these big schools.

One other bonus to September is our insane summer heat and humidity has finally broken.  It's acutally cool in the early mornings and I poled the boat all day without loosing five pounds of sweat.  It really doesn't get any better than this time of year on the water down here.