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Matlacha, Pine Island sound fishing in this unusually warm water

Capt. Jim Conant
December 27, 2015
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

27 Dec 2015
Matlacha, Pine Island sound fishing in this unusually warm water is great!
Since my last report fishing hasn't changed at all. Water is on average 76 degrees with this cold front coming down at the beginning of January it's still going to be great fishing just with more clothes on.
The key to all good fishing is moving water, if the water stops moving where you're at, move to where it is moving. Any given day you can travel from the Pass to the Sound to follow the tides. If I'm not with a client I search for indicators where the fish will start biting once the tide starts moving again. Some good indicators are seagulls and pelicans sitting around at a bar. Currently (as always) as I go out with clients the tide depends where I go. If I put in on a slack tide I plot where I will see the water moving in or out first and make my way there when the time is right. Don't forget to fish where the bait is also.
With the water as warm as it is bait fish are in the Pass and everywhere else. I've been doing best with any bait I catch. From threadfins and greenbacks and pinfish to cut ladyfish and mullet and of course shrimp will always get the bite from trout, snapper and jacks when there is a lull in the action. I'm catching the reds on the highs under the mangroves along with snook on all bait. I fish outside the bars for trout and to catch ladyfish for bait when I can't get to shallower areas. Since my last report I have caught all species in the pass and the sound..
Now that tourist season is here and there is starting to be a lot of boats on the water please keep your distance from other people fishing. Take a long way around others fishing unless they waive you in, don't encroach. And don't follow guides around we are working and you aren't helping us by corralling fish. Put in your time in on the water and better fishing will be on the way.
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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