Dec 13, 2014 Tough day with NE winds but still on the Reds
Capt. Jim Conant
December 16, 2014
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report
Dec 13 2014
Tough day with NE winds but still on the Reds
Saturday Dec 13, I was part of Wounded Warrior Anglers Matlacha Regiment 5 Boat team taking out members of American Legion post 397 from Hodges University. When the event was planned there was no knowing of what the weather would be that day. Well the day came and it was COLD with a water temp or 57.9 degrees when we started with 5-10 mph NE winds and sunny. Good thing was it was sunny and I was able to take of my snivel gear early. We departed out of Pineland Marina each headed our own direction to fish in Pine Island Sound. Onboard my boat was Sam, a Veteran of the Army. We started out looking for any signs of life and or bait and it was rough. We fished for 3 hours and moved around waiting for the water temps to rise 3 or 4 degrees to get the fish moving and the incoming tide to start also. Well right before we were all to meet up at Cabbage Key for lunch the signs we were looking for started to appear and the water temp raised to 63.7. So hesitantly we left the spot to go eat lunch with the rest of the Veterans. After what seemed to me an extremely long lunch about an hour, we got back in our boats and headed back to where we saw the signs of life. We snuck into the area in the middle of the flats with bait moving all around and red tails sticking up here and there. We got our lines in and shortly after a Redfish was on! No sooner did we get that Red in and the mullet fisherman were all around stirring up the waters and scaring everything away. Needless to say I was PO'd! We left that spot and headed to where the incoming tide was hitting further in and set up. Again Bam! Another Red right before we had to get back to Pineland Marina to meet up with all the other boats. Had we had a choice of fishing that day or another I would have preferred another, only do to the NE winds, NE winds are really bad days to fish and we were lucky to get on a couple before the trip was over. Remember if you don't see fish where you are at even bait fish, MOVE. The fish aren't in the area so why waste your time. But also don't go scout where another boat already is and crowd them that is totally bad fishing and boating etiquette. When I take clients out I teach them how to fish not where to fish.
If you're ready to go fishing give me a call to plan your trip so we can try and catch the tides right. As I do cater to the Veteran community, if you're a Veteran with proof I have the best prices around and I guarantee it. My Charter business is by word of mouth only or by my fishing reports calling in, I did recently change my number. You can check me out on FB www.facebook.com/jimbocharters" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/jimbocharters and my web page seen on my link to the right.
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