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Up Fishingby Capt. Matt
streaming in from
the gulf again this
week. This is cer-
tainly not an unusu-
although it just never seems to stick
around quite this long. This unsettled
wet weather has cooled off our water
temperatures and finally given the sound
that typical summer tannin color which
the redfish seem to like so much.
After a few months of what has been
pretty slow, redfish action for most
anglers – redfish of all sizes – just sud-
denly appeared in all the usual places.
The combination of big high tides,
southwest winds and dirty water made
for a daytime redfish set-up. Areas in
the southern sound produced redfish
as big as 34 inches for my
clients this week. Cut baits
and live tail hooked pinfish
fished tight up under the
mangroves all got it done.
Other anglers fishing in the
middle to northern sound
also reported much of the
same flip of the switch and
sudden turn on of the red-
Daytime shark fishing
also went off this week.
During a morning half-day
trip late week, we went
to a favorite natural chan-
nel I target sharks in up
by Pineland. We spent the
whole four-hour trip there,
with a hook-up basically
every 15 to 20 minutes.
Most of the sharks were
large lemons in the five- to
seven-foot range. This is
easy fishing action and
just requires a large fresh cut bait and
medium heavy spinning gear. Many
anglers have never done battle with a
100-pound plus fish that you have to
chase down with the boat. Sharks just
make everyone happy.
Targeting trout out on the open flats
this week was also really good action.
Popping corks and live shiners made for
non-stop bent rods while fishing in the
middle sound. Areas from Demere Key
to Captiva Rocks in three- to five-foot
depths were the most productive for me
this week. Sure, there are lots of under-
sized trout in this mix but with one out
of every five trout being a keeper, it did
not take long to get a limit.
Keep your eyes open for the little
blacktip sharks that will swim right up
to the boat while you’re catching these
trout, flip ‘em a bait and watch it eat.
Mangrove snapper fishing was fast
paced too, with these fish still all over.
Even while fishing on the open flats,
don’t be surprised to start catching
keeper-sized “mangs.” Live shiners are
also the bait of choice for these fish.
All this rain has really been a good
thing to really kick up our fishing. Just
a drop of a few degrees in water tem-
perature seems to have made all the
Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing
local waters since he moved to Sanibel
in 1980. He now lives in St. James
City and works as a back country fish-
ing guide. If you have comments or
questions email captmattmitchell@aol.
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A 34-inch redfish caught and released while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell this week
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