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Old 03-27-2019, 06:47 PM
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Heading down for a week. Hoping to bend a rod. I know red tide has played a roll in the fishing activity......is there any fishing going on? Snook? Redfish? I hear trout are hit or miss Looking for light tackle inshore reports Have a boat for the week
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:58 PM
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Oversized trout are plentiful in the north section of the area. The redfish bite is heating up as well. The snook bite has been consistent but they are a little behind the normal schedule. Water temperatures have been a little lower than usual which is what I belive has the fish a little behind schedule. Did see some white butterflies last weekend which is a sign of the tarpon beginning to show up. It’s a good time to be fishing Pine Island Sound. The water is crystal clear as well.
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Old 03-28-2019, 02:37 AM
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And Spanish Macs are all over the place right now.
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Old 03-28-2019, 04:21 AM
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The water temp has gone way down the last week making it tough but the bait is thick and once the water warms fishing will be great.
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:46 AM
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Zero red tide. Matlacha report sez redfish on big shrimp, trout on DOA shad on a red jig in 3-5' of water, and snook on cut mullet around Cabbage Key.
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:25 AM
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Trout are the only thing you can keep right now. Don't forget no possession of trout over 20 inches by executive order.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:26 AM
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Thanks everyone!! Never fished around Matlacha I'll have to do some investigating. The fishing I've done in the past has been around Chino, and the flats outside Tarpon Bay
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Thanks everyone!! Never fished around Matlacha I'll have to do some investigating. The fishing I've done in the past has been around Chino, and the flats outside Tarpon Bay
That area was hit the hardest by the red tide. The sea grasses have taken a beating around that area as well. There is still reds and snook around Chino and McGyver Keys. The water is colder than normal but should start to warm up here this weekend. Bait is everywhere which is a good thing.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:00 AM
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Has anyone done well in Pine Island Sound recently?
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:55 AM
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Speaking to the guides this past week it’s been a litttle slow inside.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:29 AM
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Looking forward to being there in a couple weeks anyway, if we do not catch anything who cares!!! Better than working whilst trying 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:43 AM
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Tarpon bite has been great, plenty of Mack's, ladyfish and Jack's to bend a rod, some good sized reds around and the big breeding snook are around, not in the numbers we usually see this time of year, but they're around. I fish mainly south PIS. And if you like sharks, anchor up on the beaches and throw any cut bait. Had a group that wanted sharks last week, caught a dozen from 3-5' in 2 hours and went in with sore arms.
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Oh that sounds fantastic, we don't mind what bends our rods but I know my 2 lads would love to catch a shark. Last year we had what we think were Bull sharks biting us off right off the dock up the river, this year I think we will be better prepared.
love love love mack and jack fishing also.
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Big ask I know but could you give me a rough marker for the best chance for a shark?
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Big ask I know but could you give me a rough marker for the best chance for a shark?
Honestly it's VERY easy, great for kids but be very careful, these little sharks are much more agile and willing to bite than a fish of equal size, bring a long dehooker and something to clip your line if a hook is swallowed.
Go out into the gulf, at least 1/2 mile from shore (15-20 ft), or even a deep part of the river, anchor up, put out a chum bag, and rig up some rods with a 5-6' leader of 60-100 lb mono (makes it easy to grab the leader and prevents breakoffs from tail whips), then a 12-18" wire leader with a 5/0 to 12/0 depending on bait size. Use chunks of ladyfish, Jack or Mack's, and don't put out more than 2 rods. When you hook a shark reel in the other setup, they'll run around the boat and tangle your lines every time. I use 30 lb braid for the little guys and 80-100 lb braid and cable leaders for huge baits.
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Originally Posted by Tim2223 View Post
Has anyone done well in Pine Island Sound recently?
Trout are nonexistent from what I've seen, everything else is solid right now although slower than normal. The Spanich Mackerel are around in numbers and making it difficult to catch a whole lot else.
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Thanks very much, greatly appreciated. My boys are 18 and 20 but thanks for the heads up as although I have caught a lot of fish I have yet to land a shark.

Looking forward to getting out there and bending some rods.

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Just wanted to check something, if fishing chunks of ladyfish on the bottom, in the vague hope of hooking a Tarpon would you use a wire leader to counter any sharks that take it (would really like to catch sharks too) or would mono suffice?
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100 lb mono and circle hooks. If sharks get bad switch to mono. A lot of times the circle hooks keep the line out of the sharks mouth.
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Tarpon are much less leader shy when eating off the bottom, however I would still not use wire leader if targeting tarpon specifically. 80-100 lb leader, and 8-10/0 circle depending on bait size. Leave the rod in the holder until it's singing. Cut ladyfish works well on the edges of the flats in the sound, where the flats drop off to the 10-20' deep icw. You will still hook and land sharks on this setup. On the beaches, I'd stick to crabs and threadies, pinfish if you can't get the other two.
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