Apparently in contrast to many other areas of the country we are doing great down in Matlacha. The weather is awesome and we have those great afternoon thunderstorms to help cool things down. Trust me these storms are a blessing. They keep our Gulf and inshore waters cooler than they would be and it cools things off in the evening for us. I've been having a great month with good visits from family friends and repeat clients.
Some days the fishing in Matlacha and Sanibel is better than others as you might know, but all in all this has been a great month so far.
I've primarily been fishing between Pine Island, Ding Darling, Sanibel, and Captiva. I've been finding fairly good bait on grass in three foot using a little chum to bring them to me. The trout bite has been on in the evening, I've been catching a smattering of Snook, good slot size Redfish, and even some over slot size reds around the passes on some of the docks but I had to step up in leader and tackle to find out what it was. The best baits that have been working for me are Pinfish, and scaled sardines, or white bait. Most of the white bait is small but I've been finding good stuff underneath the small stuff when I chum. The Snook bite has been on like donkey kong at night and has been about as hot as I've ever seen it on some nights but it was difficult getting my bait past the twenty inchers to the bigger fish below. Seems as soon as my bait hit the water the smaller ones were on it.
Offshore and off of Sanibel and Captiva I've had some good luck with trolled baits on some King Fish and then when I found them I dropped a freelined Pigfish down and it didn't last long. On last outing we got a pair of 20 pounders and smaller macks. The Red Grouper have been good but further out, and the gags have been on as well. Using Pinfish and Shiners. I also enjoy finding fish and then trolling over and sometimes get all I want all in sight of Sanibel or Upper Captiva.
Lets all pray that our weather will hold, and lets not forget to pray for our troops, and the poor souls out in Colorado who have been dealt such a blow.
Until next time tight lines, fairwinds and following seas,
Don't forget to book a charter if you'd like to go out,