Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pine Island Fishing Report: Redfish And Big Trout In The Sound

Bright blue skies made sight fishing in northern Pine Island Sound a blast over the last few days.  With water temps in the mid-60's the flats have been exceptionally clear and spotting the big schools of reds is easier than ever.  Unfortunately, getting close to them isn't a walk in the park.  They seem to spook exactly when my anglers start to think about casting, which isn't uncommon behavior on calm days.

Dr. Mark Lucas from Missouri finally made the fish cooperate and scored the 24" red and a handful of nice trout on live shrimp and Gulps this afternoon.  We hit the top of the tide around 1PM and the redfish were hanging on several oyster bars north of Useppa but vanished as soon as the water started falling.  The trout hit right at the end of the day and we didn't land any that were under the 15" slot. 

We're looking at a great week with air temps in the mid-80's and no cold fronts in the forecast.  The water will hit the mid-70's in a few days so I plan on chasing tarpon on my next few charters.