12 March 2017 Jacks, Reds, Snook, Tarpon, sheep's etc..
Capt. Jim Conant
March 12, 2017
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report
12 March 2017
Jacks, Reds, Snook, Tarpon, sheep's etc..
Since my last report I have been fishing Matlacha, Pine Island sound and near shore when the weather is good. And everything is biting when the weather is good.
In Matlacha Reds have been biting great on cut bait on the higher tides and in the back skinny waters for the last month.
Big sheepshead are all over Matlacha on the oyster beds on either tide on small shrimp on hook only although most prefer on a jig head floating under a cork.
Cobia are in Matlacha along the edge of deep water. If you think you just saw a shark surface it was probably a cobia. With the rays moving into the area if you're seeing rays in abundance cast some bait into them and hold on. I've been catching them on free lining live white bait but others have caught on cut bait.
Tarpon are showing up and I've been seeing them roll on calmer waters. Been hooking up on them with large white bait but lately they've only been hitting my light rods instead of my Tarpon rods. This means the water clarity is very good and they can see the heavier line in the water. So lighten up on the leader and reduce the drags if you want to hook up.
Jack Crevalle have been small in the shallower waters and huge in the harbor attacking white bait after chumming a few here and there.
Snook in season and my clients have caught plenty but a whole lot of shorty's normally around 25-27 inches on free lined white bait.
Seatrout are on almost every grass flats in Matlacha although keepers have been few between. Been catching them on popping corks and jig heads with shrimp or free lining shrimp. And I hope we catch some ladies in with them for bait for the reds as the tide comes up.
Pinfish and white bait I have found to be in abundance the last several weeks and the larger white baits are showing up good along with a few threadfins.
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