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15 January 2018 Still Cold and Windy!

Capt. Jim Conant
January 15, 2018
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

15 January 2018
Still Cold and Windy!

Since my report last week I can no longer do any rescheduling and am fishing in this cold windy weather and still getting on fish with keepers going on the dinner table for my clients. I had clients out yesterday in Matlacha and will the rest of the week as well. Yesterday's trip included black drum, sheepshead, trout and redfish. I have given up on catching bait for a while and resorting to shrimp and mullet inshore and shrimp and squid offshore. It does look like I won't be offshore anytime soon with the winds steady at 15 out of the N this week. A lil too much for my boat. So with all being said, I am getting some great shrimp at Barnhills seafood market and more in Matlacha. Check them out if you haven't been there for bait before. On these North wind days that keeps the tide pushed out, I am starting my days out when the tide is incoming and half way up in the cycle due to the negative tides we've been having and having good success landing fish for my clients. Once out, I am searching for areas that is just barely out of the wind and still have current going by. Normally the back of my boat is getting that cold wind while the front is almost no wind. From there I am tossing shrimp under popping cork or free lining with a small split shot to get the smaller shrimp to the bottom without the wind or current keeping it at the top. I am down to using a #1 j-hook at this time. I am also slowing the presentation down dramatically and staying on spots a little longer than I normally would before moving on. I am targeting structure and the edge of drop-offs while on the South side of things where the sun will warm up the water a few tenths of a degree warmer than that of surrounding waters. With the bigger shrimp I target redfish or snook. The mediums I target trout and snapper although snapper have been quite scarce as of late. And the small itty bitty ones I am targeting sheepshead as well as the pieces of shrimp left over from a previous bite. With the mullet I have, if the water temps raise 3-5 degrees in the day or I find a spot the sun really heated up the water I will soak some mullet chunks for Reds with an occasional shark getting on the line. I hope these little tid-bits help you while fishing when it's cold and windy.
Tight lines
Check out and like my Facebook www.facebook.com/jimbocharters/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/jimbocharters/ and Instagram #jimboscharters 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 and my You tube channel I am slowly building www.youtube.com/channel/UCGhDg-V7oR-ex6W-5ztwLAQ" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGhDg-V7oR-ex6W-5ztwLAQ
Also, if you see me out there say Hi. I am a friendly guy that likes to help. Just don't ask for a pin point location, but I will tell you what I am catching fish on.
Captain Jim
239-671-4692

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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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