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On the Water: Tough week of fishing

June 15, 2016
By Capt. Bill Russell , Pine Island Eagle

Last week wasn't very kind to anglers or boaters. Beginning with tropical storm Colin that whipped up our coast with rain, thunderstorms, and lots of wind, then after Colin passed remnants keep the foul weather intact throughout the week. Finally, heading into the weekend blue skies and calm seas returned.

Needless to say fishing reports were hard to come by much of the week with the exception of a few good reports before Colin passed and again as the weather settled.

Good fishing for snook and redfish came to a few who braved the weather early in the week as strong westerly winds and high tides turned on the bite. The best action came along Island points, creek mouths, and oyster bars around eastern Pine Island Sound and the eastern shore of Charlotte Harbor. Throughout the week good catch and release action for snook was noted around Blind Pass and Captiva's Roosevelt Channel, plus some good size mangrove snapper.

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Don’t forget Fathers Day: Brian Ortelle treated his father, Howard to a morning of fishing followed by a fresh fish dinner that included redfish, trout, flounder, and snapper. They were fishing Matlacha Pass with Captain Bill Russell.

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Heading into the weekend, despite poor tides, good weather gave anglers better fishing opportunities. Several tarpon hook-ups were reported from a short distance off the beach of Cayo Costa State Park and in Pine Island Sound near Captiva Pass. Blacktip sharks up to five feet were also hooked.

Over the morning high tide a few redfish up to twenty-five inches were boated around oyster bars in south Matlacha Pass and near Buck Key in Pine Island Sound. Best baits were cut pinfish and gold weedless spoons. Several trout to twenty inches were also caught from the same areas. Sea trout up to seventeen inches were also caught in the Sound between the fish shacks and Rocky Channel and north of marker 18 off St. James.

Saturday was our first day with stable weather allowing boats to venture offshore. Mangrove snapper, permit, mackerel, and grouper were caught in depths from thirty-five to fifty feet on various baits including shrimp, small crabs, thread herring, and pinfish.

Generally after a string of poor weather, once settled, it take a few days for fishing to get back on track. Let's just hope with the upcoming week everything gets back to normal.

If you have a fishing report or for charter information, please contact us at 239-283-7960, on the Web at www.fishpineisland.com or email: gcl2fish@live.com

Have a safe week and good fishin'.

 
 

 

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