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Fishing Southwest Florida for Redfish, Snook & Trout

Capt. Bill Russell
April 28, 2012
Pine Island Sound - Saltwater Fishing Report

For the past week or so we have fished just about any kind of weather you could throw at us; there were days of strong winds, days with no wind, sunny days, rainy days, and a late season cold front. Through it all the bite varied each day around Pine Island in southwest Florida.

Redfish are running on average from 22 to 26 inches, we aren't catching huge numbers a day but consistently catching anywhere from two to six on most days. Live shiners and pinfish are working best in potholes and shorelines with wind and tide working together pushing water.

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Trout fishing remains consistent with good action on fish up to twenty inches over deeper grass flats in Charlotte Harbor and a few larger fish caught targeting snook or reds along mangrove shorelines on the higher tides.

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Snook are showing up in their usual haunts in Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass and Charlotte Harbor. Targeting redfish we have boated and released snook to thirty-two inches from potholes and off mangrove shorelines while free-lining live shiners. The best action came over the not so perfect days with a strong northwesterly breeze.

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Spanish mackerel are in Pine Island Sound near Captiva and in the Harbor near Bokeelia. Look for them over deeper grass/sand bottom. Trout and bluefish are also running with the macks.

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Although we have not begun to target tarpon yet, we have jumped a few and seen small pods in the Harbor and caught this fun little guy while red fishing in the Harbor.

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Tarpon season should get in full swing very soon along with bull, lemon, blacktip and hammerhead sharks.

For charter information, please contact us at:

Phone: 239-283-7960
Website: www.fishpineislnd.com
Email: gcl2fish@live.com

"Catch the Action" with Captain Bill Russell

Target Species:

redfish, snook, sea trout, spanish mackerel, anything hungry

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As a native of Pine Island Bill has spent his entire life fishing the waters surrounding the Island and has been a professional fishing guide for fourteen years. The waters surrounding Pine Island including Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande are a true fishing mecca that provide a wide range of angling thrills. We customize each trip to ensure everyone on board has a great time and will return again. Come join us and "Catch The Action"

Contact Info:

Gulf Coast Limited Charter Co.
2637 Clyde Street
Matlacha, FL 33993
Phone: 239-283-7960
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