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Fishing just keeps getting better!

Capt. Jim Conant
May 2, 2016
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

May 2, 2016
Since my last report fishing is AWESOME! Snook season closed April 30th and my clients had their share of them and 90% were released to be caught again. Redfishing is going good at this time. When I am targeting them it has been on the the last bit of hi tide or the beginning of outgoing while fishing the mangrove lines. I've also been catching out on the flats in Pine island sound. This week the tide fluctuation is great with great incoming tides in the morning till noon and then nice outgoing tides in the afternoon. As long as the weather holds it should be a great week of fishing. I have been fishing a lot in Pine Island sound this last two weeks finding a lot of greenbacks for bait and other than two days of fishing the rest we were on fire with slot snook and slot reds. I have been seeing a lot of bull reds in schools of 10-15, try to catch them on the flats on the early side of a morning incoming tide. A little later theyre hanging just outside the mangroves and once its hot out they are tucked back in the mangroves on high tide and or the deep pockets around the islands. Tarpon are definitely in Charlotte harbor mornings are the best to try and get hooked up. I've been on them this last week using the big threadfins that are all over Matlacha pass. Between tarpon bites there is some 20-26" Spanish mackerel lurking about stealing bait, hooks and plenty of line. They are good to eat if you're keeping them, they're just not my on my list of fish I eat. (Like mullet). Bait in Matlacha isn't good but there are some out there. As stated earlier threadfins are everywhere and I use them for Tarpon, smaller ones for snook and cut threads for reds although I still prefer cut mullet or greenbacks. This week I will be back in Matlacha for my trips targeting reds, tarpon, macks and trout. I will be using threads, cut mullet and greenies when I find them.
As far as water quality it's not good from Matlacha south. With all the dark stinky water if it hasn't already killed whats left of our seagrass its going to. The bigger fish are still out there but the bait isn't and the grass isn't there for how long will the bigger fish stay around if bait isn't. We shall see.. I was in the sound fishing before In picked up my clients last week and decided to check out some older places I haven't fished in awhile. As I trolled back the water quality got worse and started to stink around Cayo costa south end. The bait in my livewell started bellying up and I got out of there. The same goes for Matlacha pass south of the bridge, stay where the water is fresh and if you get way back in the groves and bait starts dying or the water stinks move.
No pictures this time, check out my facebook page for recent pictures and trips. 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

Matlacha Fishing Forecast:

This weeks tides are great and as long as the weather holds this should be a great week to fish.

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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 Fishing Pine Island Sound, Matlacha and Charlotte harbor.

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