Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Last Fish Of 2012, First Fish Of 2013

 I finished the last year off with a whimper but started the new one off with a bang. The final fish caught on my boat in 2012 was the half pound ladyfish that angler Per Stuhag traveled all the way from Denmark to land on a very slow New Year's Eve charter. He and his sons worked hard but the cold water and lousy tides chased all the redfish out of Matlacha Pass for us.

But we started things off right with this 20" trout on the very first cast of 2013. 
 Capt. Paul Castellano came down from Ontario to throw flies at some big Pine Island redfish and fortunately brought his fiance Alison along to actually catch them.  In fairness to Paul, the reds were really thin out there for the first few hours of the morning and only gave him a few good shots with the fly rod.  Then the clouds moved in and wiped our or visibility, making us switch to spinning gear. 
The first red of 2013 was this perfect fish, just under 27", that Alison landed on a Gulp Shrimp just north of Matlacha an hour before sunset.  New Year's Day was also a little slow but a notable improvement from the previous morning.  The water temps jumped up significantly and by the end of the day were nudging the 70 degree mark.  With no more cold fronts in the immediate forecast, the rest of the week should give us a return to the action we saw before Christmas.