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On the Water: A very rainy week hampers the fishing

By Staff | Jun 21, 2017

Torry Brown of San Diego, California, won the hard-fought battle and landed his fish of a lifetime. The big tarpon was caught and released in Pine Island Sound while fishing with Capt. Eric Flett of Native Attitude Fishing Charters out  of the Tarpon Lodge. PHOTO PROVIDED

Southwest Florida has been in desperate need of rain and for the past week that’s just what we got, lots of rain. After months of severe drought conditions, relief came as the skies opened up. This was great news as long as you weren’t planning a fishing trip. Needless to say, there wasn’t too much fishing to report, time was better spent cleaning and repairing gear for better days ahead.

Of course, there are always a few brave souls willing to wet a line and portions of a couple days were fishable. West wind and full moon tides brought strong incoming water that created a pretty good snook bite. Snook up to 30 inches were caught and released around Blind, Redfish and Captiva passes, plus along the eastern wall of Charlotte Harbor. Best baits included pilchards, pinfish, pigfish, white bucktail jigs and soft plastic shad tails in pearl white. From land, snook were also caught from the Matlacha Bridge, plus the Sanibel and Bokeelia piers.

A few redfish to 24 inches were also mixed with the snook along Charlotte Harbor and in northern Matlacha Pass. A couple oversized redfish were boated while fishing cut ladyfish along island points north of Galt Island in Pine Island Sound and smaller reds were caught along with snook and snapper while fishing live shrimp from kayaks in creeks around Sani-bel’s “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge.

It was a really tough week for tarpon anglers. Along with the rains we experienced multiple days with strong winds creating very rough conditions. Many of the tarpon that moved into Boca Grande Pass and surrounding areas headed offshore with the winds. As the waves subsided some fish were located in 45 to 55-foot depths west of Boca Grande and begun reappearing in and near the pass into the weekend. Tarpon sighting or hook-ups were also noted of the beaches of Cayo Costa and North Captiva islands over the weekend as weather allowed.

No doubt it was a tough week to try and get on the water but we desperately needed the rain so there was a positive. Now let’s hope we finally get into our summer weather pattern, sunny skies and light winds followed with late afternoon thunderstorms.

If you have a fishing report or for charter information, please contact us at Gulf Coast Guide Service at 239-283-7960, on the Web at www.fishpineisland.com or email gcl2fish@live.com

Have a safe week and good fishin’.

As a native of Pine Island, Bill Russell has spent his entire life fishing and learning the waters surrounding Pine Island and as a professional fishing guide for the past 18 years.