On the Water: Another windy week out on the water
As windy days prevailed all week, anglers adapted and recorded some decent catches despite the conditions.
Inshore fishing reports were not great day-to-day, but given the conditions with the strong easterly winds, it wasn’t all bad. Redfish, with most falling in the 18 to 27-inch slot, were caught in north Matlacha Pass, across Charlotte Harbor around Bull Bay, near Pineland and to the south in the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge and Islands near Punta Rassa. A variety of baits worked, including gold spoons, DOA shrimp, cut pinfish or ladyfish, and live baits including grunts, pinfish, pilchards, thread herring and hand-picked shrimp.
Larger sea trout made a better showing over the week with fish to 21 inches caught from mid to northern Pine Island Sound and off the east side of Charlotte Harbor. Often the best bite was over the afternoon falling tide while working live bait or lures over 3 to 6-foot depths across grass flats and around oyster bars. Trout averaging 13 to 15 inches were caught in good numbers lower in the sound north of the power lines while drifting grass flats with live shrimp and Berkley Gulp baits under popping corks.
The vast majority of snook reported were undersized, averaging 22 to 26 inches. The best baits were live pilchards, but small lures, shrimp and cut bait also produced. A few oversized snook to 40 inches were also caught and released from Matlacha Pass and inside Redfish Pass.
Pompano catches are on the rise with fish to 3 pounds taken along the Burnt Store Bar along Charlotte Harbor, inside Captiva Pass on the Cayo Costa side, and off the gulf side of the A span of the Sanibel Cause-way. Best baits included live shrimp under popping corks and white or chartreuse pompano jigs.
Offshore, winds were strong and seas high so the majority of fishing was nearshore, well within sight of land. Several boats fishing depths from 30 to 40 feet found gag grouper to 28 inches plus hogfish, snapper, grunts, flounder and Spanish mackerel while bottom fishing with shrimp. Also, as stone crab season is upon us and the traps are out, a few tripletail were caught around trap buoys.
Here’s a little tip:
Make sure whether you are using your smart phone or a camera for pictures to go in settings and check the resolution (pixel count) is set to the highest possible setting. Just about every picture I receive of nice catches, the resolution is too low and while it may look OK on your phone’s small display, the quality is not there to print or enlarge. You never know when you are going to catch that fish of a lifetime and it would be a shame not to have a quality picture to keep the memory alive. It only takes a minute to check or adjust the settings and you might be glad you did, I know I will.
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Have a safe week and good fishin’.