Holiday Fishing in Southwest Florida

2011-12-21 07:40:36
Pine Island Sound, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Matlacha Pass, Pine Island Sound, Sanibel, Charlotte Harbor
Bill Russell

<p>Looks like it will be a good winter for sheepsheads fishing. Inshore around Pine Island they thrive in the winter cold, despite the above average temperatures we are finding a good number of nice ones for the dinner table in Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass

Our average size redfish is smaller than those we were catching over the past few months. Many are running below eighteen inches but there are still some nice ones biting. We caught our larger fish around oyster bars and off sandy shorelines along mangrove Islands.

Until the water temperature drops you can still expect snook around mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. The fish pictured below inhaled a live pilchard in Matlacha Pass.

Spanish mackerel are still hanging around Charlotte Harbor. Until the water temperature drops further there is no reason for the macks to migrate south, with warm water and plenty of small baitfish to eat why leave. Fresh mackerel are great on the table.

The end of the year is near and we are catch and releasing plenty of trout. All indications show that when season reopens on the first of the year trout fishing should be very good.

Wishing You and Yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year

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36 inch snook from Matlacha Pass
36 inch snook from Matlacha Pass

Sheepshead fishing is getting good
Sheepshead fishing is getting good

Bill Russell

About The Author: Captain Bill Russell

Company: Gulf Coast Limited Professional Guide Se

Area Reporting: southwest florida including Sanibel, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor, Matlacha Pass

Bio: "Catch The Action" with Captain Bill Russell. As a native of Pine Island Bill has spent his entire life fishing the waters surrounding the Island and has been a professional fishing guide for fourteen years and loves to share the local knowledge and history of the waters. The waters surrounding Pine Island including Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande are a true fishing Mecca that provide a wide choice of angling thrills. We specialize in light tackle fishing for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Sea Trout, Sharks and a variety of other species. Not only do our waters provide World Class fishing opportunities our Islands and waters are also abundant with a wide variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery, so bring a camera! We customize each trip to ensure everyone on board has a great time and will return again. From the small child to the novice to the most experienced angler we will make your trip a memorable one. Spend a day on the waters of Southwest Florida and "Catch The Action" with Captain Bill Russell

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