8 Nov 2017
Capt. Jim Conant
November 8, 2017
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report
8 Nov 2017
Red fish have been biting well since my last report. I've been catching them on the flats as well as mangrove lines in Matlacha and Pine Island sound. When the water was warm (above 80) live pins and cut pins were the trick. As of yesterday I was catching them on cut bait, live pins and live green backs. I use the cut bait mostly especially when fishing the flats. Catching the beginning of incoming tide for the flats fishing and the top of incoming for the mangrove line.
Snook have been biting great although my clients haven't caught a legal keeper. They have lost some but still the same. It's a little hard to teach clients how to steer big snook away from cover when they're doing all they can to hold on. But snook have been biting on all live bait thrown at them.
Sea trout are on fire! 3-5 ft of water on grassy areas almost anywhere using a popping cork and shrimp or live free lining shrimp. You have to weed through several 14.5inchers before getting the 18-20 inchers. Lady fish are also quite prevalent now and I keep them all to use for cut bait. Remember if you keep them keep them cold and straight to freezer. If they got warm they will turn to mush. And you can only thaw them once. The cut lady fish will catch snook just as well as a live bait in most instances.
Cobia are making their way inshore with the huge ones still hanging out in the gulf. I've seen a few in Matlacha and the sound. My favorite way to catch them is big greenbacks or threadfins free lined while chumming with a few dead ones.
Mangrove snapper are around but I haven't really been targeting them lately.
Yesterday's trip we got into some spinner sharks only about 2 footers. Boy do they jump and spin out of control until they break the line.
Grouper inshore now isn't great they were spawning and I was catching 12-30 inchers on grass flats while trout fishing in Oct.
Snowbirds are coming in town and the roads and water show it. So a reminder to snowbirds and vacationers it's not polite to pull up to another boat that is fishing or be even remotely close to be in casting distance. Don't go following guides around. Most of us will run skinny water just to see if you follow and get stuck. Jet skiers I wish you the worst, a lot of breakdowns and pray you get caught running the flats in Matlacha.
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Matlacha Fishing Forecast:
Site fishing will be getting better as the waters clear from the okochobee run off.
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