The fishing in my backyard has been on hold for some time now. For one thing, the Peace River at the head of Charlotte Harbor released a huge slug of stained water, starting in early October. It continued from weeks, turning the flats into barley soup. All of it courtesy of late season rains.
Well, that ugly mess is finally out of here. The flats are gin clear again. The weather is fantastic. There is a ton of bait on the bars. And the bite is back!
In the photo, my friend Pete is holding a mighty fine redfish. We caught three reds each that day. Goooood fishing. Pete’s was the largest. The day prior, I had three reds, trout, and a nice pompano. Things are looking up.