On the Water: A week of mixed action out on the water
As we closed out spring and move into summer, a variety of fish were caught both inshore and off.
Keeper size trout averaging from 15 to 18 inches, plus a few larger ones were caught over sand holes surrounded by turtle grass. Some of the best reports were in areas near the Gulf passes in depths averaging 4 to 7 feet. Water clarity was also important – stay clear of the muddy water, look for water where you can tell the difference between the sand and grass bottom.
A good pair of polarized sunglasses is a must if you want to cut the glare and see what’s under the surface. Trout and snook were also caught in the surf along the beaches from Boca Grande south to Sanibel.
Anglers report scattered action on redfish both in Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass. Fish up to 26 inches were caught on dead shrimp fished near or under the mangroves near Smokehouse Bay in Matlacha Pass; reds from 17 to 24 inches were taken on live shiners, pinfish and soft plastics in Pine Island Sound around Islands between the fish shacks and Pineland.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish were also hooked on the same areas as trout, plus schools of mocks were located in Charlotte Harbor, look for the best action during the strongest tides. In the Harbor look for them cruising deeper grass/sand bottom from 5 to 10-foot depths, and look for decent water clarity.
Chances at hooking a tarpon was best from first light to late morning with hook-ups reported near Knapp’s Point off Sanibel, off the beaches of Captiva and Cayo Costa and in or around Boca Grande Pass. Thread herring, pinfish, squirrelfish and crabs were the favored baits.
Blacktip sharks are around the Passes and chasing mackerel schools in Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound. Look for lemon and bull sharks in Pine Island Sound on the flats hanging around mullet schools.
Offshore the main target was for American red snapper before the season closure. ARS up to 18 pounds were hooked in depths from 110 to 165 feet west of Boca Grande and Captiva Passes. Both live and cut bait worked for the snapper, plus red grouper up to 14 pounds. In the Gulf nearer to land a mix of mangrove snapper, cobia, groper, permit, barracuda and snook were hooked over structure in 30 to 50-foot depths.
Remember to take plenty of water and drink often to keep hydrated in the heat. If you have young ones on board make sure they drink often, the smaller they are the quicker they can become dehydrated.
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Have a safe week and good fishin’.