Thursday, February 21, 2013

2/14/13 Southwest Florida Inshore

                                                                                                                                                       I headed down to the Gulf coast of Florida last week and first up was some inshore fishing with my dad for Sea Trout, Snook and Redfish. I fish out of a 15' Gheenoe with a 55# thrust minkota which really lets me get shallow where the Redfish and Snook hang out this time of year. We mostly cast Jig and plastics or gold spoons to the maze of mangrove bays and creeks that are so common around the Sanibel/Captiva intercoastal and Pine Island Sound. The Snook proved to be very tight lipped on this trip but we did manage a half dozen Redfish between 14" and 24". No big Redfish were caught but 5# Redfish are about as sporting as it gets on light tackle.

It took a while to locate the Trout but I tried a nice salt and pepper bottom with a channel edge on one side and a huge Turtle grass flat on the other. The Trout were really stacked up and they tore up our jig and plastics that we aggressively bounced off of the bottom. We boated a few dozen of these aggressive fish with several over 20". When the action slowed a bit we worked back over with a popping cork and shrimp and managed to boat fish every day we were out.

A cold front didn't stop us from from getting out there and working some fish.
Literally all of Florida is rimmed with intercoastal waterways and barrier islands that are brimming with inshore species to fish. One of the best things about this type of fishing is that anyone can use their freshwater bass or walleye tackle and a canoe or kayak to chase these fish down and catch them. They fight really hard and the scenery is hard to beat too.
Cheers and hooksets!

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