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13 Apr 16 Fishing is great in Matlacha!

Capt. Jim Conant
April 13, 2016
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

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13 April 2016
Over the last month everything has been biting form reds, snook, trout, mangrove snapper and so on. All were caught on shrimp and only twice was snook caught on green backs. All were either caught on man-made structure or oyster beds, mostly oyster beds. Now over the last week I've been catching plenty of snook on green backs aka white bait. Snook were caught on the higher part of the incoming tide and part of the outgoing up in the mangroves. Still catching reds on cut bait either ladyfish or mullet on the flats and in the groves at high tide. White bait was extremely hard to find and is still hard to find but is out there in Matlacha pass. Chum chum and chum some more and they will come. The snapper bite is on fire a lot of 9" ers in schools and when you find the bigger ones averaging 12-14. I had a blast catching 15-20lb Jack Crevalles when they decided to tear up the flats or oyster beds I was fishing on. Lately though it has just been the smaller ones hanging around. Sea trout is still great when you find the deeper holes around oyster beds and use bigger shrimp or white bait to get the gators. I was having an issue keeping shrimp alive in my live well with fresh water pumping in the low salinity levels were killing them. An update to this is shrimp have stayed alive from the power lines and north part of Matlacha. Further south than that I turn off the water and turn on the aerators. The flats in Matlacha and north are great for the reds right now, I prefer the incoming tide and work the tide in using cut bait. Good luck and tight lines to all that read my reports.
If you're ready to go fishing give me a call to plan your trip so we can try and catch the tides right. If you're a Veteran with proof I have the best prices around and I guarantee it. I'm also on Facebook at Jimbo's Charters where I post pictures if my clients let me and my website www.Jimboscharters.com
Captain Jim
239-671-4692

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Fish from a 2017 Nautic star 2400 sport for Redfish, Snook, Sea Trout and other inshore and off shore species for 1-6 anglers live & cut bait. Also Dolphin,Manatee and sightseeing tours. Fishing Pine Island Sound, Matlacha and Charlotte harbor.

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