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10 March 2018 What turns a bite off? Cold fronts and a NE wind!

Capt. Jim Conant
March 10, 2018
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

10 March 2018
What turns a bite off? Cold fronts and a NE wind!
With this latest couple fronts the water temp dropped almost 15 degrees right at the beginning of snook season. But thank God that is over with today's front. Tomorrow we'll start having winds from the south and that means good fishing. Other than my last trip, fishing has been great! I probably had a mental break trying to force getting the big fish on Friday when I should have changed up and fished for cold water fish like trout or sheepies. (Hind sight is 20/20) Any how Reds are moving in and snook are plentiful. Even seeing tarpon in the flats and mangroves, a 5 footer the other day but couldn't get him to chew.
Sharks are also plentiful in Matlacha and even had a friend see a school of a couple hundred catfish thinking they were reds until they passed by. The reds have been huge, way over-slot, so a lot of picture and releases. I've been catching reds on cut bait with a few on greenbacks around the mangroves searching for snook. When the water is cold low 70's or 60's look for the snook out sunning by trolling off the mangroves and spotting them. The reds I've been catching in the mangroves on higher tides and out on the flats as skinny as I can get using cut bait.
Conservation note: Please release as many fish as possible. There is no need to fill your freezer, catch your fish that you will eat that evening and leave the rest. Our fishery is hit hard with the booming population and number of fisherman out there. If you are the one person that thinks it's only you keeping extra fish for the freezer that's part of the problem and there are thousands just like you in our area. As a Charter Captain I only have my clients keep what they will eat that night. They catch plenty and have fun but I release a lot of fish. I myself don't keep fish I will help the local economy of Matlacha and eat my fish and seafood in restaurants there. I'm also a lousy cook and lazy by the time I get off the water each day.
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

Matlacha Fishing Forecast:

Prediction: water warms up and fronts become less frequent fishing will be on fire for the spring! Hello Tarpon!

Target Species:

Red fish, snook

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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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