Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pine Island Fishing Report: Perfect Tailing Redfish Conditions

Negative low tides in the mornings gave us several perfect days to throw flies at tailing reds in both Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound.   Minnesota angler Reed Saunders, who just recently became a local snowbird, landed this excellent 27" beauty on fly with me yesterday near Cabbage Key.  He was casting a Dupre Spoon fly at this fish which was digging up the bottom in just over a foot of water.  Reed used the same pattern to land a 20" red in even shallower water an hour earlier that morning. 

Sight casting to these fish is best accomplished when the water is as low as possible and the tide is just starting to flood.  If this happens in the mornings, starting about an hour after sunrise, then that's even better.  We've had these conditions all week and the cloudless blue skies have helped out tremendously.  Next week's tides aren't so hot in the mornings but the first week of December is going to be perfect.  I've still got a few days open then so give me a call if you want a shot at a big tailing red.