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6 Mar 2016

Capt. Jim Conant
March 6, 2016
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

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6 Mar 2016
Continued fronts moving through & low salinity levels
Since my last report I have had some really awesome days fishing, good days fishing and some days I should have stayed home. Well, as the weather warms up the fishing should get much better if we can slow down the fronts moving through every other day. That coupled with the Okeechobee release makes it pretty challenging fishing the lower half of Matlacha pass. Since the water release, I've made it down to the river a couple times and it wasn't a pretty to see the water with dead fish and smelly water. But I was down there today and it seems to be much better. Was on some fish in quantity but not quality. I have gone back south due to all the pressure fishing on the North side of Matlacha. Today I counted 10 boats all lined up hiding from the wind. I got ran over several times and got out of there.
Best fishing tips I have is fish right before the front or two days after it passes and the winds die down. I've been using strictly shrimp and catching everything with them. When I catch lady fish I save a couple to use as cut bait on the higher tides for reds and snook. I'm still waiting for bait to move back in the area which will be nice to see and when the fish will change their eating habits. I've been steadily reading salinity levels wherever I am catching decent fish and also I am looking to see where bait might be able to live in my live-well. I've had to resort to keeping a bait bucket on board with the water from the bait shop only and a bubbler so shrimp stays alive.
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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