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Weather is Hot and fishing even hotter!

Capt. Jim Conant
May 26, 2015
Matlacha - Saltwater Fishing Report

26 May 2015
Fishing is hot and the weather is even hotter! Now that the summer heat is upon us the waters are warm and the difference between the daytime high and low tides can be only a couple inches difference. Catching the water when it's moving so that you can be on fish can be troublesome if you are limited by what times you can be on the water. Everything out there is biting on most baits thrown out there from cut bait to live bait. Size of fish will depend on where you fish and how big your bait is. So this is what I have done this month of May 2015. The bait I've been using is mullet (cut into chunks) Greenbacks, threadfins med and super large, medium pinfish and really small pinfish. (Shrimp works well for trout, sheeps and snapper but I don't use it since small greenbacks or pins catch bigger fish IMHO) All this month when I want to catch snook that are out of season or Reds I ensure I am fishing with a good moving tide which means getting up extra early or staying late to catch the better incoming or outgoing tides. And for them I am using the bigger greenbacks, threads and chunks of mullet or ladyfish tossed up in the mangroves on higher tides and out on the flats on the first incoming tides. The small tides changes in between have only been inches in difference so when that happens I fish for trout, sheepshead and Snapper in the deeper grassy areas. Last week I was out with a friend fishing and we were thinking of doing some wading since it was so hot, I was glad I said no I'll wait till I get a lil hotter. Because when we started trolling about 30 yards away in 3 feet of water there was at least an 8ft bull shark cruising around. You all that wade fish more power to you, I kind of like my carcass the way it is.
As far as the Bull and slot reds go if you want over slot bull reds fish around the passes and slot reds most other places. When you're out there and don't see bait fish swimming around MOVE! Also I've been seeing stained water or reddish waters in patches around Matlacha and they seem to be dead zones because there is no life swimming in these areas may be due to the rain runoff.
If you're ready to go fishing give me a call to plan your trip so we can try and catch the tides right. As I do cater to the Veteran community, 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.
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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