15 Dec 17 Water is cold,slow it down fish still bite.
Capt. Jim Conant
December 15, 2017
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report
15 Dec 17
What a refreshing cold front that has come through our area. NOT! As with any strong cold front with high winds that last for days it is going to affect fishing. I was out today for the first day since the front has come through and the water is a lot clearer N of the bridge. Water started at 63 at 8 am and warmed to 65 by 1 pm and stayed there. Today I was looking for Cobia all around and bait. White bait was very limited maybe a dozen and for pin fish not really what I wanted was easy. As for the Cobia I saw a couple but no bites. All in all an uneventful trip scouting today. Now as far as my normal catches with clients I have been on Reds on an incoming tide and warmer water in the afternoons. Gator Trout and snapper for days on my last trip and mostly gator trout on my previous trips since my last report. All on shrimp. Reds were caught on ladyfish with a couple on mullet but they preferred the ladies.
TIP: With this cold water (below 70) if you're using lures slow the presentation way down. If you're using live bait let it swim around longer before recasting. I like cut bait so my bait stays soaking regardless so I don't need to change my presentation.
It sad I've only lived here since 2011 and have fished almost every day since. And to see the seagrass be completely gone from Matlacha sucks. Now it looks like Estero bay, oyster bars and mud but a lot more fish. BUT for how long? With no seagrass to hold the beginnings of the food chain I can't see this fishery lasting with all the pressure that is here. Something has to change.
Conservation note: Don't over harvest and don't fish out an area. Fine there are a lot of fish at a spot your fishing. If you keep taking them all then your part of the problem. When they're gone it takes longer for other fish to find that same spot to call it their hang out. When I'm out with clients and were catching like there's no tomorrow I will move spots even when the bite is still good just so I don't wreck that area. All my clients agree that they will be good stewards and only keep what they will eat that night. Not for that entire week or stock a freezer. Don't be that guy! Don't keep every single keeper redfish you catch. Don't keep every trout that is legal and so on with other species. A good picture will last longer and keep memories fresh unlike the fish you ate last year.
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