With the warm weather and the sun shining, the water has begun to warm up. That means the fishing has picked up. Fishing with Frank Tumminello Sr. & Jr. we covered Pine Island Sound, the back side of Sanibel and Matlacha. Focusing on the deeper potholes and cuts in the oyster bars the father / son team caught 15-20 trout from 17 inches with the majority over the 20 inch mark. Frank Sr. caught several between 23-25 inches ( 4-5 lbs). Several 20-25 inch ladyfish were also released. Chumming with live pilchards did the trick. After the trout moved on we moved to the mangroves where the action continued. Switching to live shrimp, we chummed in rat redfish (1-2 lbs) for another hour and a half of non stop action releasing 25-30 fish. Freelined Texas rigged shrimp did the trick. The small redfish have been reported everywhere from Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island Sound, Ding Darling, and throughout Charlotte Harbor. On the super low tides tailing redfish have re-appeared in mass. If you fly fish, you should cast craft fur shrimp retrieved very slowly and hold on. Included is a photo of some very effective flies for bonefish, redfish, small tarpon, and snook for Sanibel & the Keys.

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