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On the Water: Unsettled weather brings mixed results

August 10, 2016
By Capt. Bill Russell , Pine Island Eagle

Unstable weather brought rain and thunderstorms throughout the past week often making unsafe and difficult fishing conditions. Anglers that fished ahead or around the storms reported decent fishing.

Mangrove snapper was again the go-to fish for anglers looking for a fresh fish dinner. They were reported all through Matlacha Pass, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor, in the gulf passes and offshore.

Inshore, most of the fish are decent size up to 15 inches; offshore they are running larger with fish to 20 inches. Also offshore, both red and gag grouper were hauled up from depths between 40 and 85 feet.

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Before heading back to school, John Elwood got his grandson, Connor, on the water for a morning of fishing and he was rewarded with landing this 36-inch snook. It was caught and released near Boca Grande Pass while fishing with Capt. Bill Russell.

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Small sharks, mackerel, bluefish, gray and spotted sea trout, plus big ladyfish gave anglers steady action in Charlotte and Pine Island Sound while targeting 5 to 8-foot depths with a mix of grassy bottom.

A few areas where action was noted included north of Shell Cut on Bokeelia's Jug Creek and in the southern Sound between the north end of Captiva's Roosevelt Channel and Chino Island. A few large tarpon were also sighted around these areas.

Anglers looking to tug on some big snook have been hooking up a few around the passes including Redfish, Captiva, and Boca Grande. Fish to 35 inches were hooked around structure with the best action on the falling tide. Smaller snook were reported around Sanibel's Blind Pass, "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge and Charlotte Harbor near Burnt Store Marina.

Snook season remains closed through this month of August, all fish must be handled with care and quickly released.

Redfish reports varied from good to no fish caught, but overall the bite appears to be improving each week. Fish ranging in size from 17 to 31 inches were caught along the mangroves across eastern Pine Island Sound with the best chance coming an hour before and after the top of the tide.

Also in the Sound around the passes, a few big redfish pushing 35 inches were caught while targeting snook around the gulf passes.

In Matlacha Pass, reds from 21 to 25 inches were hooked along oyster bars and island points south of the drawbridge between Matlacha and Tropical Home sites.

The kids are about to return to school, time is running out to get them on the water before the school bell rings. Our recent weather pattern has made it difficult, but when the skies clear I hope you can make some time to get them out there.

If you have a fishing report or for charter information, please contact us at 239-283-7960, on the Web at www.fishpine-island.com or email: gcl2-fish@live.com

Have a safe week and good fishin'.

 
 

 

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