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Plenty of Action in Southwest Florida

Capt. Bill Russell
October 4, 2011
Pine Island Sound - Saltwater Fishing Report

The beginning of October greeted southwest Florida with a pleasant change. Our first touch of cooler weather and lower humidity after a long hot summer made for perfect fishing conditions. The winds were a little breezy at times, but overall the fishing is very good.

Redfish and snook were very active and feeding throughout the day, both high water and low tide the bite was equally good. We had several days where it was possible to get the slam of snook, redfish and trout without moving the boat. Pictured is David Riser with a 38 inch snook, 25 inch redfish and 20 inch trout to complete his slam. His brother, George also scored with a slam of his own.

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George with his Slam

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Some large schools of redfish are also around roaming the flats and bars, when you get into them it can be non-stop action. Most of the school fish are running from just under the upper slot (27 inches) to well over thirty inches. Pictured are brothers Bob & John Newcom holding a pair of many redfish caught from a large school in the Harbor.

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Large Spanish mackerel have moved back into Charlotte Harbor as they begin their migration south with the cooler weather. Bluefish, sharks, trout and way too many ladyfish are also working the same bait schools with the macks. This action should only get better as the month progresses. Below is Weston Davis with a big toothy mackerel caught near Bokeelia.

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The month is running right on schedule, bait is plentiful and it's pleasantly easy to fill up the live well in the mornings with shiners (pilchards) and pinfish. The weather and water is gradually cooling down and the fish are getting very active and hungry. October is a month where it's hard not to be on the water fishing in southwest Florida.

For charter information, please contact us at:

Phone: 239-283-7960
Website: www.fishpineisland.com
E-mail: gcl2fish@live.com

"Catch the Action" with Captain Bill Russell

Target Species:

redfish, snook, sea trout, spanish mackerel

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As a native of Pine Island Bill has spent his entire life fishing the waters surrounding the Island and has been a professional fishing guide for fourteen years. The waters surrounding Pine Island including Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande are a true fishing mecca that provide a wide range of angling thrills. We customize each trip to ensure everyone on board has a great time and will return again. Come join us and "Catch The Action"

Contact Info:

Gulf Coast Limited Charter Co.
2637 Clyde Street
Matlacha, FL 33993
Phone: 239-283-7960
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