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20 September 2018 Clean waters and big bulls.

Capt. Jim Conant
September 20, 2018
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

20 September 2018
Clean waters and big bulls.
The last couple weeks the big bulls have been on the flats in schools in the hundreds. Snapper are more than abundant everywhere and trout bite is ok. As the waters continue to get better the different species of fish come in and gets better. I have been on all different species since my last report while inshore fishing. Big Bull red fish, snook,big Mangrove snappers, Nice size gag grouper, 33' + cobia, Spanish mackerel, 3-4' sharks, jack crevalle and as always trout. Check out my Facebook page and Instagram account to see what we've been catching. Since the red tide I have been an all catch and release guide. The waters of Matlacha have not been effected by red tide and I believe the fish know it's clean and are congregating here. Other areas such as Pine Island sound, Charlotte harbor, Bull and Turtle bays, Punta Gorda are clean. There are some patchy areas of red tide offshore and even around some of the barrier islands. But overall fishing is pretty darn good. SWFL needs your business, Charter Captains need your business. I and other Captains will tell you if it's not worth going out on the date you planned due to the conditions. I would rather cancel a trip and lose money than to have clients have a bad experience. Book your trips now so Captains know they are going to have business in the future whether its next week or months down the road. September and October are normally slow times for guides and you will see a lot of pics of Captains fishing for fun and keeping on top of the water conditions and where the fish are.
Find the school of reds on the flats, sneak up but stay as far back as you can cast, if they're not going back and forth or up and down the flats, position yourself way in front and wait till they come to you. I've been having success on pin fish and big shrimp.
I hope this information helps you up your fishing game. Not much is going to change during the summer months but hopefully the waters clear up with everyone pushing our elected officials to do the right thing and get out of the pockets of the people responsible for the destruction of our fishery.
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 Disabled/ Retired Veteran or first responder I have discounts for you. 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

Target Species:

Red fish, Snook, Goruper, Cobia, mangrove snapper

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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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