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The Trout Bite Is Hot!

Capt. Butch Rickey
February 12, 2014
Pine Island Sound - Saltwater Fishing Report

Week Ending 1/25/14.......

Winter weather again took its toll on fishing this week, but I did manage to get in one trip.

I met Dave Griffin, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, at Port Comfort Marina at 8:00 AM Tuesday morning. We had a cold front on our door step, and the weather was overcast, windy, and threatening to drizzle.
In addition, we had a seven hour tide. Dave's primary focus on this trip was to road test the Ultimate. He is considering buying one, and wanted to be able to fish from one before doing so. So, these were probably ideal conditions given our mission.

We were at our first destination before nine o'clock. We set about fishing the edge of a drop into deeper water. We were targeting trout, and possibly flounder. We were there at the last throws of the outgoing tide, and the bite started off predictably slow. We got a few trout as we worked our way along the edge. But, even after the tide turned, the bite was slow, so I set out to find a better bite.

Within fifteen minutes I had found a good bite on trout and ladyfish. Once I was sure it was going to last, I called in Dave. We were catching speckled trout and ladyfish on just about every cast. It's the kind of fun that satisfies the little boy in every grown man, that just loves to catch. My good friend Frank Faust was out in his Hobie inflatable, and joined us for the fun.

When things finally began to slow, we went in search of redfish. Couldn't get a bite! But, in spite of that, and in spite of the fact that it drizzled on us off and on, it was a fun day, and at the end of the day Dave told me that he loved the Ultimate and that he would definitely be buying one once he returned home. I know he'll love it.

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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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11520 E Palm Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33908
Phone: 239-628-3522
Alt. Phone: 239-633-5851
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