If you were out on the flats in Matlacha Pass at low tide during the last three days chances are you saw plenty of these.
I spent the last several days going after them on both the morning and late afternoon tides. When the winds are dead calm, like they were until this morning, the reds love sticking their tails in the air. My best trip was on Sunday when the some of the huge flats on the Indian Fields were covered up with tailers during the last two hours of falling tide. Mike and Sam Peplinski from Atlanta got the chance to sight cast to hundreds of reds, both individuals and lots of small schools.
Sam landed the best fish with this perfect 27 incher that was so thick and heavy it would easily have won a tournament.
All of their reds were caught with 3" Gulp shrimp rigged on weedless swimbait hooks. I also had anglers land a few with topwater lures and of course the one day we try to fly fish, this morning, it's blowing 20 plus. Hopefully this front will pass quickly and get us back to the way it was since there are really good tides over the next few mornings.