Sunday, July 10, 2016

Snook In Matlacha Pass

I took this picture a few weeks ago from the shoreline just north of the Punta Rassa boat ramp at the south end of Matlacha Pass.  This is practically at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River.  Despite what you might be hearing from the media, our water in SW Florida is not a lifeless, brown mess.  The snook, trout, redfish and tarpon are still all over the flats of Matlacha and Pine Island despite the releases coming from Lake Okeechobee. 

Some folks have gotten a bit upset at me for making posts like this but the truth is that my friends and I are still seeing and catching plenty of fish.  And NO, I don't think the Lake O releases are harmless, and YES, I voted for Amendment 1 and fully support spending all the money for the Everglades Restoration Plan.  Everyone needs to remember that the US government spent the first half of the 20th Century trying to drain the Glades and now that they're trying to reverse it the damage just won't be fixed overnight.  But right now, what I'm seeing and really don't like is sensationalism and lazy journalism on this issue. 

It's summer in SW Florida.  We're getting a lot of rain and yes, some of our water is very dark.  This happens every year and you'll still catch fish.