Capt. Terry Pitz
February 10, 2016
Pine Island Sound - Saltwater Fishing Report
Redfish: The redfishing can be very good in the winter months. When found, they are usually in large schools. They may not run as large as the summer reds, but still very fun to catch. Call ahead and get the good tides. Watch for large schools on the flats, get out in front of them and let them come to you. Don't chase them! Some people call it fishing for reds, I call it hunting. When poling the flats for reds, move very slowly and watch for wakes, tails and boils. When fishing the mangroves, fish the top end of the high tide and get your fly, bait or jig underneath the mangroves as far as you can. This technique will also produce a few snook. A great way to cover a lot of water and it can be very productive. Flies, artificials and bait all are working well for these beautiful strong fighters. Flyfish them against the mangroves and on the flats with a earth tone colored clouser and for some real excitement try top water on the overcast days. Average size about 18" to 30" with some larger ones around. Watch for those TAILS!!!
Snook: Snook are a little inactive with the cooler water temperatures. They can be found near mouths of creeks, passes, canals, pot holes and points. White bait, pinfish, shrimp, cut ladyfish, flies and jigs all will work. Fish them on a tide with good current, I prefer an outgoing tide. A well placed shiner or fly will result in a violent fight that you'll remember for a lifetime.
Spotted Sea Trout: Winter, means trout. You can almost catch one on every cast if you find that perfect sand hole, creek or grass flats. Fun on light tackle or fly this fish is aggressive. I've been fishing them in 3' to 5' of water over grass flats or sand holes.
Tarpon: Some resident fish being found in deep creeks. We await the return of the thousands of tarpon in mid April. We do best with live baits, but the fly and cut baits will work as well.. These critters will range from 40 lbs. to 200 lbs. with the average being around 100 lbs. The Silver King is a fish of a life time, very strong fighters and jumps that will out do any marlin. Either bait or fly, you owe it to yourself to fish for this species. Time to book your tarpon trips is now. May thru July will fill up fast.
Jacks, triple tail, mackerel, pompano, cobia, grouper, sharks and more! These fish and others are common on the flats and backcountry. When encountered they all are a lot of fun with tackle or on the fly. Contact the Capt. 239-282-9243
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