Friday, May 2, 2014

Pine Island Fishing Report: More Fish, More Wind

Mike Quinn from Atlanta with his first redfish, just under the 27" slot.

Mike with one of two gator trout he caught back to back with a Crazy Charlie. 
Every fishing guide knows that a guaranteed way to get the wind blowing is to pull out a fly rod, and this week all my anglers were fly fishing.  We had a steady breeze from the south every morning and by the afternoon it would be gusting over 20 knots.  Throw in some high clouds to kill the visibility and you've got less than ideal conditions to toss a fly but we still managed to make it work.  It also helps that there are a lot of nice fish out there right now, especially in the leeward shorelines of Matlacha Pass.  The redfish are schooling up in good numbers and so are some very big trout.  Blind casting Clousers or any shrimp pattern under the mangroves worked well for my clients on these fish.  Since snook season ended yesterday we'll probably start catching the hell out of them this week, too.  And of course there are some huge tarpon still pouring into Charlotte Harbor but getting a fly to them in these conditions is a minor miracle.  At least the water temps are staying in the low to mid-80's so fishing for them will only get better each day.