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29 Jan 2016 It's Cold outside!

Capt. Jim Conant
January 29, 2016
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

29 Jan 2016
It's cold outside!
The last two weeks fishing with cold fronts coming through and windy days following has definitely slow the red fish bite down and pretty much everything else. With that being said, the bait fish are gone that I say each report to find. So what do you do if the fish you want aren't there? Change the fish you're going after is what you do until the conditions come back in favor. The last two weeks I have switched from reds and snook to trout, sheep's and snapper. I'm not using cut bait at this time but mostly shrimp and small pins. I have also downsized my rig from 2/0 mutu circle hooks to #1 j hooks and jig heads. If you're being robbed every time you throw out, change your hook size.
The water temps have ranged from 57 to 63 at the end of the day, although I did find a 70 degree flats on Monday but I'll let you find that on your own. The afternoon trips have been better than the morning ones and with so many cloudy days it takes that long for the water temp to raise a few degrees. Now target oyster beds and docks/ pilings for sheep heads and snapper and grass flats for the trout. I have caught a lot of short trout and a few over 20". Keep moving around the grass till you find the sweet spot where the bigger ones are hanging out. Sheep heads are huge this time of year and fun to catch.
I have seen red tide in places in the sound and where I saw it the fish weren't there. Other places the water is crystal clear and when you're on plane it looks like your skimming in inches of water when its actually 6 ft deep. Last Sunday with the full moon and extreme tides I saw my grass flats totally out of the water and oyster bars I haven't seen before. This coming week I expect with the weather warming up and sunny days coming the water temps will rise and hopefully the bait comes back in along with the good fishing.
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

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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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