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Hello all. This August has been one of the best Augusts I can recall in reference to fishing and weather for the most part. Out weather down here, with the exception of the recent TS Isaac has been great. Nice cool mornings and the days on the water never seemed to get up to more than 92 or so. Always a bit of a breeze. The redfish and snook bite was on this month. Each trip this month found almost limiting out on redfish. Some pretty good fish were caught and almost all the fish caught were in the slot. Two years ago I had a hunch we'd be experiencing a better redfish population. Christmas eve 2010 two of my clients and myself caught fifty rat reds using live shrimp and that was a pretty typical experience during that time frame. That winter I had multiple days of fantastic small red numbers like that using a gold flake DOA paddle tail jerk bait. Fishing it slow and low in the water column. Those little ones have apparently grown up. I've also been seeing those big offshore schools that the old timers talk about. At any rate we're benefitting now. Please folks take only what you intend to eat and no more and please stick to our management limits. For a good democracy to work it requires that each man police himself. The same is true for our natural fishery. This month also saw a great bite for red grouper, and snapper offshore. We caught reds up in the fifteen to twenty pound class. Good fish for sure. Limited out on mangroves, vermillions, and lane snapper and even caught an american red while not too far out. Beautiful fish for sure. The big news however for me and my clients was the reds and snook. Predominantly fishing inside Sanibel, Captiva, Upper Captiva and around Cayo Costa. I'm Still catching good numbers of snook off the beach of Cayo Costa and Captiva using scaled sardines which have been pretty plentiful along the beach as well. Hmmm? Coincidence? I think not. This has been a great month and God willing we'll see some good fishing coming up here in the next couple of months. Traditionally for me Sept, Oct has been great months for some good fish. Lets get after'em. We have a great fishery here in Florida and we need to promote it and protect it. Let's get involved and let's not leave it up to the beaurocrats and politicians to lead. Join Fishermen's Rights Alliance. FRA. You can even join the Florida Guides Assoc and stay up with what's going on. Until next month tight lines, fair winds and following seas.
Capt Chris

 
 
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Hello fellow anglers!

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,

Capt Chris