Snapper, sheepshead, trout and take stock in shrimp
Capt. Jim Conant
January 9, 2017
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report
9 Jan 2017
Snapper, Seatrout and sheeps and take stock in shrimp
The last several weeks I have been booked solid and haven't had time to put out any reports. With that being said I have been getting my clients on all the winter time fish such as snapper, seatrout and sheepsheads. And mixed in there has been grouper, snook, flounder, small barracuda, nurse sharks and Spanish mackerels. The red fish are biting very slowly the last several weeks and what seems to be only on the higher end of an incoming tide which has not been on my client's schedules.
I have been catching the winter time fish almost everywhere while I've been splitting my trips between Matlacha pass, Pine Island sound and the passes. The grass flats in northern Matlacha has been producing some good trout and ladyfish that I save for fishing reds. And fishing the oyster beds almost anywhere to get on the snapper and sheepshead. I've found that while one oyster bed may produce only 8-9 inch snappers or small sheepshead another will hold mostly keepers of the species. Get out there and explore on these low tides we're having and learn the oyster beds and potholes.
With this cold front that is passing through right now I wasn't dumb enough to get out in it. So I haven't been fishing since Friday and am pushing my clients to later in the week when I feel the fishing will be better. With this arctic blast the bait will be gone or moved to deep water, I will find out tomorrow when I go exploring for fish and bait preparing for my next trip. But with the colder temps the bigger winter species will be moving in more and more and bigger and bigger. Stock up on your shrimp! What this will do to my favorite species Redfish is: once the temperature and wind pattern stabilizes the reds will be almost predictable. As the water temps are quite low of a morning for example 59 degrees at dawn I will wait until the water temp rises 3-5 degrees and then go search for them as they will have warmed up a little on the flats and will be ready to eat as long as there isn't one front after another moving through the area.
I will be having a new website up and running shortly where clients can book themselves online and see what days I have available. If you see that I am booked for a day you want still call me and I may fit you in on a half day trip of the day you choose. If not, I will find a well-qualified Captain to take your party fishing.
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