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Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor & Matlacha Pass

Capt. Glenn Grimes
March 15, 2005
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Well we are finally going to get some warm weather that we need to start the snook,redfish,and tarpon to feed in earnest.

Seatrout have been steady with limits of trout easy to come by.The techniques remain the same.Most of the fish are being caught on greenbacks fished under a popping cork and live shrimp a close second.I have also been getting them on D.O.A. shrimp imitation fished under a cajun thunder popping cork.My clients Ron,Tammi,and Casey Johanson of Lansing,Il.caught 7 pompano and 10 keeper trout up to 19".Young Casey of 11 years old hooked a nice cobia and fought it all the way to the boat only to have the line break.All of these fish were caught on live shrimp fished on jig heads slowly dragged along the bottom.

On the 14th I picked up Chris Fink and his son Will and his father in law Roger.The tide was at a dead low and not moving at first.When the tide finally turned it came in really hard.I could not believe that the fish were not biting better.I mixed in some snook spots with trout fishing spots.The snook were no shows but we managed after some hard fishing to bag some nice trout.Roger caught a nice 18" pompano.They ended up with 6 nice keeper trout and one Pompano.

If we continue to get warm weather this week we may see some nice snook caught.I have been seeing snook and reds but it is like pulling teeth to get them to bite.The water temperature is still a couple of degrees under 70.I look for a good snook bite in the month of April.Redfish will swim right past my baits with me watching them do it.It is very frustrating to watch a nice fish swim right by your bait and not take.As the temperatures warm they will start crushing these same baits.

I seen some nice tarpon rolling in the river on the 10th.Tarpon will be coming up from the Keys and will show up along the coast in the next few weeks.Starting in early April the fish will be prowling the coast looking for a meal.These fish will run from 60lbs to over 100lbs.Nothing compares with a silver king on the business end of your tackle.For some of the most exciting fishing around book a tarpon trip.The best months for the tarpon are April thru August.For more info on these trips logon to www.pine-island-fishing.com.Well that does it.See ya on the water.

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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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