Low Tide: 11:56 PM
NE 15 to 20
As the sun fell, soon also did the sliver of a moon, bringing
on a dark snook fishing night at the Matlacha pass bridge.
There were plenty of lights beaming into the water though
from the bridge lights, giving hope to the 15 to 20 anglers
present this evening, that were pitching their baits into
the shadows of the lights.
The tide was ripping out giving good bait flow in the current.
The fishing action was fairly slow this early evening between
8 to 10 pm. At least one snook was caught while swimming
a D.O.A. glow shrimp under the bridge and out with the current.
The trick here is to cast the shrimp as far up under the
bridge as you can and let it swim / flow back naturally
with the current and wait for the strike while gently and
slowly working the bait. Also, as the shrimp is pushed out
from under the bridge, let it sit and float in the basin
just from the bridge and work back and forth slowly. Let
the current keep the bait in place, while slowly twitching
the rod tip and working the shrimp as if it were a live
shrimp struggling in the ripping current.
Finding the snook and getting them to eat are two different
things. Usually you will find the snook stacked behind and
around the bridge pilings waiting to ambush their next meal.
Also, the snook will gather just down current from the bridge
in the tidal pool. Here the current swirls and the snook
can attack the bait fish as they drift along in the swift
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