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Beautiful Day In A Beautiful Fishery

Capt. Butch Rickey
November 28, 2014
Pine Island Sound - Saltwater Fishing Report

Week ending 11/08/14...........

After being blown out a couple of weeks earlier, Dr. Sam Cancelliere and I made our way to Clam Bayou on 11/7/14, to enjoy a quiet day in a secluded spot and road test the Native Ultimates. We were there early and soon on our way. We had the lowest tide I've seen in there since I've been fishing Clam.

We were finally blessed with a beautiful day, but didn't have a whole lot going on until we got some water into the Bayou. We did some trolling as we went, which is a great way to find fish from your kayak, and very relaxing as well. We found most of our action in the area that I most enjoy fishing and is usually very productive. Once the water got to moving well, the fish began to bite. Together, Sam and I caught 3 jack crevalle, 3 redfish including a nice 25" keeper, and 8 snook. All were caught on artificial baits, mostly jigs. Curiously, the water reached the same high level it has in the past. I'm still trying to figure the tidal movement in there.

Clam has become my favorite place to kayak fish for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest is that until this day, I had never seen another angler in there, and rarely anyone even in a touring kayak. I had no more than told Sam that, than we saw our first anglers, two guy in a very small boat about 10 ft. long with a little putt-putt on the back, cruising along at about the same speed we were on our trolling motors. Later we ran into a fellow kayak angler, an older fellow, who said he'd jumped a tarpon about 3 feet long a bit earlier.

Probably the biggest thing I like about Clam aside from all the wildlife and beauty, is that I don't have to worry about someone in a flats boat parking on top of us while we're fishing, as if we don't exist. There's no way for them to get into Clam Bayou.

It was a beautiful, fun, and productive day with Sam, who is fairly new to fishing, but is a very quick study.

Target Species:

Snook and redfish

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Top Florida fishing guide, Capt. Butch Rickey has fished the waters of Pine Island Sound around Sanibel, Captiva, and Pine Islands, as well as Charlotte Harbor, Sarasota Bay, Terra Ceia Bay, and southern Tampa Bay, for much of his 65 years. He now offers guided kayak fishing trips, as well as sightseeing and bird watching tours anywhere that can be reached by kayak from southern Tampa Bay to Estero Bay.

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BarHopp'R Kayak Fishing
11520 E Palm Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33908
Phone: 239-628-3522
Alt. Phone: 239-633-5851
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