Monday, June 6, 2016

Redfish Are Back

If you can pry yourself away from the big tarpon that are rolling up the Gulf beaches right now, the reds seem to be back in good numbers on the flats.  They were acting a bit lock-jawed early last week on the few days I did chase them but live shrimp and crabs got a few to eat for us.  Some of the water out in Pine Island Sound was way too grassy so we stuck to the sandbars and mangroves of Matlacha Pass and spotted plenty of nice reds.  Angler Geoff Seed from the UK brought in the perfect 24" fish from the trees just behind the island.  We had to wait until a school of small snapper and sheepshead got their fill of shrimp before this guy showed up but creating a minor feeding frenzy under the bushes is a great way to draw in larger predators.