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Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor & Matlacha Pass

Capt. Glenn Grimes
June 5, 2005
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Soggy week

The rain was coming down as we pulled up to catch bait for this trip.I was wondering to myself that these guys must be some hard core fisherman to want to go in this rain.After 4 throws of the net the live well was filled to the rim with greenbacks.

My clients Doc and Al Smith were ready for some action so we headed to the fish shacks near Rocky channel in Pine Island Sound.The tide was nearing its peak but was not a very high tide so there was not much water on the flats.After a few non productive casts we started to hook up with some nice trout.The rain was coming down in moderate to light showers but the wind was light and there was no lightning so the fish were being kind to us.Al being from St.Louis had never caught any saltwater fish.After catching some nice trout up to 20" we moved to another spot but the fish were not as productive on this spot.

I decided to move out near Captiva Island to try for some snook and reds.After arriving on this spot we began to work the trees that are scattered in this area.After about 5 minutes Al had a hard strike and line was screaming from his reel I shouted to him to put a lot of pressure on the fish because it was a large snook and he was bent on running him into the tree.Al managed to stop the fish just short of the tree.He worked the fish in closer to the boat.The snook made a few jumps and came to boat and was landed a nice 35" snook of about 10 to 12lbs.

This Saturdays trip started out with the rain still hanging around but it cleared up as I was gathering bait.After picking my clients I headed out to San Carlos bay near Fishermans key and began to catch seatrout from the very first cast.Despite the bad weather the fish were cooperating very well.My favorite method for catching trout of floating greenbacks under a cajun thunder cork was working real well.We weeded thru a lot of under sized fish to get 13 nice keepers from 16" to over 23".

For a late mothers day gift I took my mother on a trip.My mom had never caught a snook before and she caught 5 snook up to 26" and 3 redfish and 4 or 5 trout to 22".She really loves to fish and I was as happy to put her on some fish as I could be.

Despite the weather the fishing has been good.I have been seeing a lot of sharks in the Sound.On last Sundays trip a large shark grabbed a bait intended for trout and spooled all the line from the reel.

Spanish mackeral continue to be around in good numbers.These fish can be caught on live baits such as greenbacks or threadfin herring.They also hit artificials such as silver spoons,jigs and others.

Tarpon fishing this month will continue to be good with most fish running in the 80 to 100lb range.There will be some big bruisers of 150lbs or more.I have received some reports of fish going over 200lbs now thats a fish.Well that will do it for this week.See ya on the water.Capt Glenn.

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Pine Island Sound Guide Service offers back country fishing charters for tarpon,snook,redfish,seatrout,and others.My boat is a 21ft.Seapro powered by a 115hp Yamaha four stroke engine.You will encounter some of Florida's finest flats and nearshore fishing.I am a live bait specialist.I almost exclusively fish with live bait that I catch myself.I am fully licensed and Coast Guard inspected.We have a year round fishery here in S.W. Fl.See ya on the water.Capt Glenn.

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Pine Island Sound Guide Service
822 NW 2st
Cape Coral, FL 33993
Phone: 239-458-0357
Alt. Phone: 239-699-0787
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