Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hungry Trout And Reds Off Matlacha

Ft. Myers angler Aaron White with a 22" trout from Pine Island Sound.
PA angler Eddie Max with an upper-slot redfish from Cabbage Key.
Season is in full swing and so is the fishing in Matlacha Pass. Yes, the water is still dark but as I've said before, this isn't the end of the world.  The trout bite has been excellent in Matlacha Pass and I've have three trips this week where my anglers landed at least 100 fish.  Unfortunately, 99 of them were under the 15" slot minimum.  Over in Pine Island Sound it's the opposite story with almost no small trout and the very few we do land are over 20".  I have no explanation for this. 

The redfish have been lockjawed for most of the week but my anglers finally started bringing a few in on live shrimp in the last three days.  There was no finesse to any of this.  We simply anchored up along the bushes at high tide (what little there was) and waited for the corks to drop. 

February is always a hit-or-miss month here on Pine Island but this last week has been good one.  Despite what you might see on TV or read in the paper, I've got no complaints about the fish we've been catching just a few miles north of the river.