Pine Island Outfitters, Fish Pine Island, Fish Sanibel, Fish Matlacha Pass, Fish Boca Grande, Fish Pine Island Sanibel, Captain Chris Stanford
This has been a great month. Moderate to warm weather, plenty of sun, and a wide variety of fish. Started the month off right on one the first calm days and took my daughter Sarah and her friend Felicia offshore to target some grouper. We trolled for a while with no real success and then I found some rough bottom and then dropped anchor and chummed with live scaled sardines. We promptly began hooking up on almost legal Red Grouper and then the legal Gags quickly followed. We caught three in the 22 to 26 range and then we hooked up on a nice 34 inch Gag which was Felicia's first Gag and on her first offshore trip. Of course then I had to hold true to my promise to take them back to the beach on Cayo Costa once they caught their limit. Wasn't able to make it back out after that as time, and customer preference kept me inshore, but as usual here in Southwest Florida the inshore fishing is never a disappointment. Even if you get skunked every now and then you're still out fishing in one of the most beautiful places in the world. However I haven't been skunked once this month. Each trip out provided action on nice trout and quite a few very remarkable trout were caught out around the bars where the bigger fish seemed to be hanging as the bars in Pine Island Sound this month were loaded with scaled sardines and pins. Even got to watch a trio of five to six foot sandbar sharks chase bait in two foot of water. They actually looked a little like dolphin working as a team, but didn't really have the coordinated effor that you can sometimes see dolphins use to catch their dinner. Plenty of Redfish were caught this month as well. Sometimes undersize and then as the month progressed we began finding keepers and overslot fish. The snook didn't disappoint as well. Caught quite a few snook inshore using topwater plugs in the evenings mostly and one fish was a whopping 42 inch bucket mouth. Most however were in the 24 to 30 inch range. The snook will soon be back to their pre 09/10 winter numbers before long if what I'm seeing is any indication. I've been seeing a large number six to ten inch fish in the creeks and holes in Matlacha Pass and I'm looking forward to harvesting on come September. Been a while since my fryer has seen one. 

Last but not least the Tarpon have shown up with a vengeance. Seems we were headed to an early Tarpon bite and actually did around the causeway but then a week early on of cool weather and winds seeming pushed the fish back out, but believe me they are here now. Jumped fish Easter Sun evening and fought one, but as we were out for trout we didn't quite have the gear to deal with 100# plus fish. We did keep one fish on for five jumps until the reel drag seized and there it went. All in all a great month and I'm looking forward to the action heating up even more now that May is on our doorstep. If you'd like to try your hand give me a call and let's make it happen. Until the next report may you have fair winds and following seas.

Capt Chris


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Pine Island Outfitters, Fish Pine Island, Fish Sanibel, Fish Matlacha Pass, Fish Boca Grande, Fish Pine Island Sanibel, Captain Chris Stanford
Hello All 

So far this late winter has been fantastic fishing. Some days better than others of course, but all days being productive. The weather has been nice and the water temperatures are up and what you might expect for being in a sub-tropical environment. I had to wonder about that during the last three to four winters. The water clarity has been great for the most part and once you get up and away from the river you start to see that clear blue green water. Somehow just being on that water gives me a sense of well being.

Trout have been plentiful but started out small, however lately we've been catching more with some size to them. Reds have been mostly slot size and more in the middle of the slot. I've been finding most of them over shallow grass and using soft plastics to catch them with. Caught a few snook in redfish pass, and around upper Captiva, and in the Sanibel Canals. Caught small three foot Blacktips around Chino Island and around the miserable mile, larger than normal Bonnet Head Sharks have been making a showing as well. Caught one out of redfish pass that was five feet, and hooked into another in Ding Darling that was just as large. Both on shrimp. Spanish Mackeral have been abundent, and some of those on the large side. Matter of fact I was following a school of the big breeder reds offshore of Upper Cap and throwing everything we had at them but without luck. However as soon as the bait got away from the school the macks were on it. White bait has been here and there. When the wind wasn't too bad I've been finding it in good numbers around the inside of redfish. There have been reports of tarpon upper river rolling and showing, and other reports of fish rolling in the backwaters here in the sound, but I've yet to hook one and haven't heard of anyone catching one yet. However I see the Tarpon Hunters from the Cape Coral club showing up around the C-span which certainly signals the start of the tarpon season. All in all it was a great month and March is promising to be better. Started March with Redfish, mackeral, and large trout. If you get a free weekend come on down and we'll wet a hook.

I just recieved a jar of Papa Bob's Bodacious Bait Juice. Papa Bob is a fellow angler who has been making bait juice for his own use and supplying it to his buddies. Apparently everyone liked it so much they talked him into making it commercially and quitting his day job. I can appreciate that and that falls right in line with what I like to think is possible here in our wonderful country. I'll let you all know how it works out for me. If I find good success with it I'll post the link and you all can order it yourself.Now I would like to offer a thanks to the folks that make a few of the programs that I care about possible. As some of you may know I am a former soldier and sailor so I have appreciation for the sacrifice needed to be a part of our great armed forces. These are the Operation Open Arms, The Wounded Warrior Project, and the Sportsman's Foundation. I want to encourage you all to google these folks and send them an email, monetary support, or become a partner  with them. Thanks to you folks that make these projects possible.

Tight Lines,
Capt Chris

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Hello!

So far this month has seen a strong inshore grouper bit, lots mackerel in and around the passes and gads of ladyfish in the same area. Ladyfish I might add are a great way to introduce novices and youngsters to saltwater fishing, Macks too for that matter. They put a nice show, and if they're biting it can be non stop action. Just the thing to get the kids hooked too.

Predominantly been catching gags in the near shore ledges n the keeper to 28-30. Not huge but fun and good eating. The weather hasn't been exactly cooperative month but the nice days have been beautiful and we have seen some flat days that were conducive to an  offshore run in small craft. Remember call me about the holiday gift certificate specials.

Good fishing and God bless.

Captain Chris Stanford, Pine Island Fishing, Matlacha Fishing
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Pine Island Fishing, Matlacha Fishing, Fishing Charter Captain, Captain Chris Stanford
Chum Blocks - 2-17-2012 Hello Anglers 

This time last year the water was still quite frigid for my taste. I think a day or so ago I had readings around 72 deg. If that holds we'll be seeing tarpon before you know it. I've been a pretty decent redfish bite this month, and been finding white bait around redfish pass. The great for bait chum blocks have become my new all time favorite way to pull in the bait. I've even caught reds in my chum slick with the castnet. They were about fourteen to fifteen inches but that lets you know how well it works. I've been finding some snook in places I didn't see them this time last year and even some with some pretty good size to them. Mostly around Sanibel so keep your eyes peeled and don't drop your guard and for goodness sake don't set your reel and rod down and lean it on the gunnel. Seems I have had a hard time getting that across to some folks. Thankfully we were in shallow water. I spotted a couple of cobia cruising Pine Island Sound in the vicinity of Red Light Bar, but not takers yet. There has been a considerable cobia bite offshore as reported by fellow anglers fishing outside five miles. I'm not sure what to make of the marine fisheries regulations. Oh well guess that's to be expected. At any rate I've been having a great month and if anyone would like to come out and tie on a red or other please just let me know and don't forget now is the time to sign up for tarpon season. 

Fairwinds and following seas, 
Capt Chris

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Pine Island Outfitters, Fish Pine Island, Fish Sanibel, Fish Matlacha Pass, Fish Boca Grande, Fish Pine Island Sanibel, Captain Chris Stanford
So far this late winter has been fantastic fishing. Some days better than others of course, but all days being productive. The weather has been nice and the water temperatures are up and what you might expect for being in a sub-tropical environment. I had to wonder about that during the last three to four winters. The water clarity has been great for the most part and once you get up and away from the river you start to see that clear blue green water. Somehow just being on that water gives me a sense of well being.

Trout have been plentiful but started out small, however lately we've been catching more with some size to them. Reds have been mostly slot size and more in the middle of the slot. I've been finding most of them over shallow grass and using soft plastics to catch them with. Caught a few snook in redfish pass, and around upper Captiva, and in the Sanibel Canals. Caught small three foot Blacktips around Chino Island and around the miserable mile, larger than normal Bonnet Head Sharks have been making a showing as well. Caught one out of redfish pass that was five feet, and hooked into another in Ding Darling that was just as large. Both on shrimp. Spanish Mackeral have been abundent, and some of those on the large side. Matter of fact I was following a school of the big breeder reds offshore of Upper Cap and throwing everything we had at them but without luck. However as soon as the bait got away from the school the macks were on it. White bait has been here and there. When the wind wasn't too bad I've been finding it in good numbers around the inside of redfish. There have been reports of tarpon upper river rolling and showing, and other reports of fish rolling in the backwaters here in the sound, but I've yet to hook one and haven't heard of anyone catching one yet. However I see the Tarpon Hunters from the Cape Coral club showing up around the C-span which certainly signals the start of the tarpon season. All in all it was a great month and March is promising to be better. Started March with Redfish, mackeral, and large trout. If you get a free weekend come on down and we'll wet a hook.

I just recieved a jar of Papa Bob's Bodacious Bait Juice. Papa Bob is a fellow angler who has been making bait juice for his own use and supplying it to his buddies. Apparently everyone liked it so much they talked him into making it commercially and quitting his day job. I can appreciate that and that falls right in line with what I like to think is possible here in our wonderful country. I'll let you all know how it works out for me. If I find good success with it I'll post the link and you all can order it yourself.Now I would like to offer a thanks to the folks that make a few of the programs that I care about possible. As some of you may know I am a former soldier and sailor so I have appreciation for the sacrifice needed to be a part of our great armed forces. These are the Operation Open Arms, The Wounded Warrior Project, and the Sportsman's Foundation. I want to encourage you all to google these folks and send them an email, monetary support, or become a partner  with them. Thanks to you folks that make these projects possible.

Captain Chris Stanford, Pine Island Fishing, Matlacha Fishing
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Fishing Captiva, Fishing Boca Grande Pass, Captain Chris Stanford
Hello All!     
             
Monday was a beautiful day with gin clear waters outside Captiva Pass and Boca Grande Pass. Lots of Spanish Mackerel caught on spoons and yozuri red and white floating lures. Even one pretty large Cero. The largest Mack we caught was inside though and on the outside and north side of the bar just outside Jug Creek. Some trout, most weren't keepers though however we did catch a few that actually had shoulders. One actually came in at 28 inches. One nice Cobia was sighted but we couldn't even catch the interest of this shadow of the sea. He swam lazily by and acted as if he never even noticed. Additionally we caught a wealth of ladyfish in the same area but a little closer into the bar. Some of these actually had some size and provided alot of action on our light rods.

Bait wasn't plentiful but what we caught were actually nice size. Most was three to four inch scaled sardines or shiners. Glad we had it too. On the way in we stopped in a creek close to the Indian Fields around a deep shore line riddled with oysters and picked up a few nice keeper Mangroves in the 12 to 14 inch range. All in all a good day on the water and we couldn't of asked for better weather.

Until next time may you have fair winds and following seas. Drop me a line or give me a shout anytime.   

Capt Chris 

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Fishing Pine Island, Fishing Matlacha, Captain Chris Stanford
This winter certainly hasn't been as bad as last, but we've certainly had our share of cold to cool weather. From the looks of things on the weather channel site I don't think its quite over yet. However we've been catching a good number of nice trout a few keeper flounder and a sprinkling of sheepshead around the oyster bars. Additionally some days the rat reds have gobbled just about every shrimp or DOA that we've thrown at them. The low tides have been a help as one typically only need find a deep hole and sooner or later you'll have a trout or some other piscatorial critter sucking down your bait. Don't forget though that when the water is cold and clear its a good idea to down size your leader and use a good flourocarbon. I prefer the stren tinted line, either in coral mist for clear water or the tannin when the water is colored so. I've been having good success using the 20# leader. Additionally fish your baits close to the bottom and move them minute hand slow making sure to keep a little tension on the line and be ready to set the hook as the bite from even a big fish this time of year might feel light. It does take patience to turn down that lure retrieve speed.

The offshore bite each time I've been out over the last couple of months has been very productive. We've limited out on Gags each time and caught a nice stringer of nice mangrove snapper, grunts, a few lanes, and a hogfish or two. Frankly based on my own experience when I've been offshore last year and this year, I'm not sure where the state and national marine fisheries gets their science from on their idea of a threatened Gag population. Me personally I'm joining the FRA and I recommend any of you that value our wonderful resource to do the same.

In addition  to the normal winter bites, I've also been catching a few snook here and there. None too big, but one that was a nice slot fish came in and shook things up a bit after we had that nice week of sunshine and 70+ temperatures during the day. The water temp actually rebounded and was at 70 deg. 

I'll be out there getting after it on Thurs and will give a good heads up on how we did. Keep your line tight and your fanny dry, and by all means take the kids fishing. 

Capt Chris

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Ok folks season is upon us, the weather is cooling down and the trout have started biting, but don't forget they're out of season for this month and next, and gag grouper is open until the 16th of Nov. I've been doing well on nearshore gags and red grouper, trout, and some decent size reds. Mostly on artificial shrimp, old school metal flake grub and curly tail jigs bodys with my preference of lead head and white head jig heads. Been finding some redfish up on the grass flats on high  tide even and up around the trees. Especially on the days with nice tides. I actually was targeting the area around the trees but kept running through small schools while on the trolling motor and a hundred yards off the trees or more. 

Latest up dates are Pine Island Outfitters is about to expand services we have complimentary lodging for two and even open up our own artificial lure. Also I have a book due to come out in Dec so keep your eyes open.

Tight lines
Capt Chris

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