Monday, August 26, 2013

Freshwater Redfish

It seems like everyone in SW FL has been screaming about all of the runoff coming from Lake Okeechobee over the past few weeks.  Matlacha Pass is basically a freshwater extension of the Caloosahatchee River right now and the water doesn't even taste salty until you get up into Charlotte Harbor.  Fortunately the fish don't seem all that bothered by it.  The reds are still tailing on the flats off Little Pine Island at low tide and UK angler Neil Cobley caught this 30" beauty yesterday on a Gulp jerk shad.  He also jumped an excellent 20 pound tarpon in the same water on the same bait.  The local press loves to tell the typical sky-is-falling story about the lake's runoff but I'm convinced that the fish can deal with it.  Don't panic, everything you want to catch is still out there.