Monday, August 8, 2016
Follow The Birds
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.