Mistaken Identity

The weather and the water temp are still making the fishing this week on the difficult side. Still catching some reds and trout along with sheep head and black drum, a few jacks and snapper as well. Hooked one snook all week and lost it but it was small. The water has come up into the low 60’s but we have a front on our heels not as cold we hope. On an afternoon trip I was really struggling and had to get on a bite so I found a good bite on small trout and lady fish. Nothing great but we were catching. All the sudden one of the guys hooks a big pompano. it was a great fight and on ice it went. Second biggest pompano I had ever caught and then we hooked a nice bluefish. We moved on from there and caught a bunch of reds ranging from 16-30″, turned out to be one of the best trips of the week.

So with that being said I had pompano on the brain. Having another tough day I moved in for some trout just to get a bite going and we caught one keeper and a bunch of shorts. I noticed another boat nearby had caught a few pompano and they left so I moved into that area and hooked into what seemed like a nice pompano but when we got a look at it I though it was a small permit so we released it. Now we really start to get into them and most were smaller than the first one and they looked like pompano so we kept 2 and probably caught 10 others.

Back to the ramp to clean up some delicious pompano, these fish were 13″ to the fork and pompano have to be 11″ so nice ones. As I get ready to filet the fish the FWC officer ask me about the catch and I say we have 2 pompano but released a bunch because that’s all my client wanted. As he took a closer look and said they were permit and showed me how the dorsal fin was longer, one he wasn’t sure  but one was definitely a permit and as I filleted the fish I could tell they were both permit by the meat and size of the filet’s. The officer told me that the bag limit on permit was 2 and was I lucky that day. By the way we ate the permit and it was delicious but next time the permit will be released.

Tight Lines

Captain Clarence Reed

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Bye Bye Baitfish

With the continuing cold fronts and the water temperatures dipping below 60 the bait fish have headed out to deeper and a bit warmer water. Hello shrimpies, not sure if that’s a word but that’s the bait we will be using if it continues to stay colder. Sheep head are not my favorite target by a long shot but if the redfish and trout are being shy then sheep head it is.

The first cold morning that’s exactly what I did, After trying to get some reds and trout to bite unsuccessfully, we ended up with 13 keeper sheep head and a few black drum. As the water started creeping towards 60 I shifted back to the reds and trout and by the way snook do not like cold water that’s why I have not mentioned them. The bite was not on fire but we did catch some reds and small trout a few pompano and some big sheep head. Hoping the water temp rises and the bait returns but until then we will keep shrimping on. Tight lines.

Captain Clarence Reed

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The Best, WOW

As I sip my coffee and write this article I reflect back to my morning breakfast with redfish Charlie in Canada this fall. Mostly we would talk about fishing and sports but life as well. Charlie Thompson lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it that I noticed. We had a great trip to Canada, one that I will never forgot and all the time I spent with Charlie was just fun. I’ll miss that laugh and all the times he would say, “WOW” among other phrases.

We would fish a bunch in the spring and Charlie loved to catch fish and was a great cook as well. I remember one trip in particular when Charlene, Charlie’s wonderful wife was with us and we were on a school of reds which were mostly over sized but we did get our limit. This is when we gave Charlie his name redfish Charlie because he loved to catch redfish and even more share them on the table with family and friends. By the way Charlene caught the biggest redfish that day.

I look back at all the great times we had and all the great fishing trips and feel lucky to have such a great friend who I miss a lot. The spring wont be the same without Charlie texting me from the hotel with the binocular’s giving me the update on the tarpon migration. We lost a great man who loved his family and friends and life it self. Charlie was a muskie fisherman at heart but he is still known as Redfish Charlie to me. Farewell my friend L/U  PS He loved mangrove snapper too!!                                                                                           .photo (4)IMG_0957

Winter has arrived

We have had several strong cold fronts come through with not much of a chance to warm back up. With this being said the water temperatures have stayed below 65 for sometime and some lows around 58. This changes the game in a hurry and we need some new tactics for success. I will start to carry shrimp on my Sanibel fishing charters and Fort myers fishing charters and catching live bait as well but what happens is the fish slow down due to the colder water temps and they may not want to chase a bait fish down.

If this is the case then i go to a shrimp on a jig head 1/4 ounce or less and work them slow. We still are focusing on the redfish, snook and trout but we will also target sheepshead and black drum and some snapper and jacks. Its hard to complain about highs in the 60’s but this can make us work a bit more for our fish. Tight Lines.

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