27 Nov 2017 Fishing is good despite Sanibel red tide
Capt. Jim Conant
November 27, 2017
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report
27 Nov 2017
Despite the red tide along the outside of Sanibel fishing is still hot here in Matlacha and Pine Island sound. Redfish have been biting on live and cut bait on the incoming tide, trout on any moving water. Snapper bite is OK a lot of smalls before getting keepers.
What my clients have been catching is Reds, Snook, trout and snapper. I try to time the trips if at all possible with the right tides it's not always possible when they have a set time they can go or I am pulling a double for the day. But lately I try to fish the incoming tide on one trip days. When the tide first starts I am going for trout and snapper on oyster beds or grass flats. Then as the back bays start filling up or the flats I will scan the area for the right signs of reds in the area. Once I see the right signs (sometimes I have to drive around either the flats or the mangrove islands looking for the right signs) I slow troll in and try to have the wind at my back if at all possible on the flats. When fishing the mangroves I set up so my clients have ample space to cast their baits.
Outgoing tide has been my nemesis the last two weeks for getting on redfish. I don't know why. But I still get my clients on fish they can eat for dinner going for the trout, sheepshead and snapper. Cobia and tarpon are around and easier to spot when the wind isn't kicking up the waters. Offshore triple tail are on the pot lines. Sheepshead are coming in good this past week.
I was lucky this past weekend fishing the C.A.S.T. for kids out of Punta Gorda. It was a blast taking disabled kids fishing and seeing his face light up. The 17 yr old I had on board wasn't really into fishing this day catching some trout. So I thought I will go find some jacks for him to play with. On the hunt for jacks I asked if he wanted to drive the boat. Sheepishly he said yes. As he got behind the wheel and I was teaching him the controls and maneuvering the boat I let him get up to speed and then the need for speed. That's when the biggest grin came. He was large and in charge flying around the harbor. The smile on his face and the determination of him doing something he had never done before was well worth the experience for me. I made a kids day. After all that's what it was all about. Check out Jimbos Charters youtube to see the video.
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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.
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