|Be careful out there!|
Sunday, August 28, 2016
These shots are from last night when I launched the boat between thunderstorms with my buddies Forrest and Bo. The tide was perfect just south of Matlacha and even though the risk of electrocution was high the payoff was worth it. We easily saw 100 different tailing reds and managed to land one on fly.
This is Pine Island and not Louisiana so that was a good trip in my book. We have the most notoriously spooky redfish on earth around here so if you're reading this and still struggling to catch them on fly, welcome to the club.
One this to keep in mind is that tailing fish, of any species, are hungry fish. They are actively feeding at that moment when their tails are in the air so take the risk and drop your fly (but not your fly line) right on top of them. I've usually found that a slightly aggressive presentation gets rewarded more than it gets rejected. Good luck and go get them.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I'm loving this new season of Addictive Fishing for both the beautiful Beavertail Vengeance that Blair is using and the locations where he's filming. Everyone needs to pay close attention to this episode that was shot a few weeks ago on the east coast where the current water situation is reported as being completely polluted with toxic algae. Blair and DOA Lures founder Capt. Mark Nichols address that situation while catching some huge snook on very basic artificials.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Almost any time you see this on the flats north of the island around sunset:
You'll probably also see this:
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Some folks don't like the dark water that always occurs in Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound each summer, but it really brings out the colors in our fish, especially the big reds. Andrew from Jacksonville pulled this 26" stunner out of Smokehouse Bay this morning on a live shrimp and took it home for dinner. The further back you get in the tannic bays and creeks the more vibrant the scales on these fish become. We'll start seeing the reds in big breeding schools next month and they'll literally turn the water orange.
Monday, August 8, 2016
Pelicans are the most common birds you'll see dive-bombing bait in both Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound. If you're planning on throwing a cast net it's a no-brainer to run up and check out what their eating. Unfortunately, if the pelicans aren't accompanied by some gulls and terns it's not a good sign that bigger fish are lurking below the bait. I've watched dozens of brown pelicans dive on massive schools of threadfins in Matlacha Pass this summer without a single trout to be found among them. If at least a pair of royal terns joined the party that meant the jacks or bluefish were already there.