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21 July 16

Capt. Jim Conant
July 21, 2016
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

21 July 16

Sorry I haven't written a report in 2 months I have had a lot going on taking care of family and fishing. So with that being said here I go. The last 3 weeks I've been fishing Pine Island sound North and south and in between. During this time I also fished about of my trips in Matlacha. Big snappers are everywhere and are some darn good eating. Snook are plentiful although you can't keep them, head to the passes, creeks and beaches on an incoming tide. I've been using pinfish and threadfins to catch them. With the water temps up there in the 90's and this week in the high 80's thanks to all the afternoon storms hit the water early as possible if you want to get on the reds. Catching reds out on the flats and in the mangroves I've use pins, cut pins, greenbacks, cut threadfins and cut ladyfish and doing best on the last half of incoming tide and middle of the outgoing. One day they eat the heck out of one and the next they don't touch it. So have a variety ready for presentation. Haven't had much success after 10am on reds as the water warmed and when I did try for reds on higher tides in late morning early afternoon I've caught nurse sharks. With the water quality poor the further south you go in Matlacha and the foul smell I keep my clients away and fish the cleaner waters north or I fish the sound. I personally find it embarrassing if I take a client out and have to explain what the smell is or why they can't see the bottom in 1 foot of water. The bigger fish are there in this water but, I just want my clients to have a better experience. Hearing from friends out on the water when one is having a good day we all pretty much had a good day either in the sound or in Matlacha.

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

Target Species:

Red fish, snook, snapper, trout

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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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