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16 Jan 2016 Water is cold and I'm loving it.

Capt. Jim Conant
January 16, 2016
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

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16 Jan 2016
Matlacha, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte harbor fishing is good despite cold weather.
Since my last report and lower air and water temperatures the bite is still going strong. Still able to get inshore slams and a lot of other species. Today I was out for a quick trip and if it wasn't for the dolphins making us move we wouldn't have had to leave any one spot to catch Reds, Snook, trout, Jacks, and snappers. But once the dolphins found we were catching they closed in on us and wouldn't leave us alone. But we had to change places several times thanks to them.
The water started out at 63 degrees and warmed up to about 67 give or take a tenth. The morning water was like ice and we were at the top of hi tide in the pass. It didn't take any time to spot fish with the crystal clear waters but with that you will need to sneak in and cast far so you don't spook them out of where they want to be. Shrimp and pin fish were the ticket for today. We were able to get inshore slams today with mostly trout and snook and only a couple reds. Trout average length 18-20, Snook 20-24 and reds 24-25. The snapper are still small and the sheepshead are getting huge in the pass around oyster beds. Caught several good size pompano when fishing for trout.
Now that the water is cooled into the 60's I love fishing the flats for reds when the timing is right. Things to look for are a 3 degree rise in water temp on the flats, I prefer incoming tide but out works to just to get stranded out there. And the last thing I look for is bait, the flats are miles long and wide if your fishing were the bait "aint" then your just letting your bait out for a swim. Find the bait and find the reds. Right now I'm also using cut pins to get the bite, lady fish has moved to my second choice. The finger mullet are everywhere and the bigger fish will be going after them.
Good luck and tight lines!
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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