Monday, June 1, 2015

Stay Ready For Jacks

Coming across a school of blitzing jacks is always a possibility just about anywhere but just outside the Matlacha canals is a real hot spot for them right now.  Even if I'm not with paying customers, I always have a rod rigged to toss into these guys.  A topwater for spinning gear and a Clouser Minnow for a fly rod are just about perfect, although just about anything that moves will draw a strike.  I was actually just motoring over to my folks place on the island for a quick visit yesterday when a nice school erupted just outside of their canal.  I barely had time to strip out some line from my 8wt but as soon as the Clouser hit the water it was smashed.  This two pounder pulled me well into the backing and took almost five minutes to land.  I could spend all day catching jacks like this and never get tired of it.  As a bonus, the small tarpon are starting to roll around with them first thing in the morning, too.  Gotta love summer on Pine Island.