Skip to main content
Home Southwest General Fishing & The Outdoors

Pine Island Fishing

That time of year again!! But this year it seems the reports are grim in Pine Island Sound partly because of the Red Tide. Is anyone out catching? Just looking to bend a rod. Don't care on what



  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    Mackerel are in, but Trout fishing is as bad as I have ever seen in 40 yrs. Reds and Snook are around if you know where to look, just handle the Trout Reds and Snook carefully as we need them.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,703 AG
    Buddy of mine is staying in St James City next week with his kids and his boat for spring break. 
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • AnEnglishFishermanAnEnglishFisherman Posts: 153 Deckhand
    Don't like the sound of that regarding the trout fishing. There were so many about in the early part of last summer when I last visited, shows how bad the red tide was if it has got that hard.

    May have a novice with us on our trip this year so some trout would come in handy, hope there's at least plenty mackerel, jack, ladyfish, sharks etc still about for some easy rod bending. 
  • AlphachiefAlphachief Posts: 13 Deckhand
    Over the last few weeks we’ve been catching reds and snook.  Like other posters, not a single trout.
  • ljkljk Posts: 89 Greenhorn
    Fished Pine Island Sound 3 times in last 3 weeks.  Fishing has been GREAT, seems like the water warmed up and the fish are on the bite.  First trip, caught over 40 snook (small, under 20"), jacks, a couple trout.  Next trip, maybe 30 fish, including a 13 lb redfish.  Next trip, maybe 30 fish including a couple snook over 20 inches, nice keeper trout we took home for dinner.  All on threads, pilchards.  They have been in holes off points adjoining some VERY SHALLOW water.
  • AnEnglishFishermanAnEnglishFisherman Posts: 153 Deckhand
    I'm hoping as it warms up and the cold fronts finish the fishing will be more consistent. Still two months until I'm over there again so hopefully the fishing will be nearer to what I've become used to in the last few years trips by then. 
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    Its not about it becoming consistent, i've caught fish all winter, rather its about the lack of certain species that were hit hard with the red tide/blue green algae event
  • AnEnglishFishermanAnEnglishFisherman Posts: 153 Deckhand
    Apologies I wasn’t very clear in what I meant, I’m aware the red tide is the main issue but I assume fluctuating water temperatures add to the challenge but I may be wrong. 
  • AlloyToyAlloyToy Posts: 87 Deckhand
    Thanks everyone fro the honesty. We rented a small 18' CC for the week mainly for fishing and getting to the beach from St. James City........we'll see how it goes I guess!! Can't be worse than the 2 feet of snow we still have up north :)
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    have fun and good luck
  • AlloyToyAlloyToy Posts: 87 Deckhand
    have fun and good luck
    Thank you!!! Will post up good reports I hope. Wifey doesn't care what we catch as long as the rod has a bend B)
  • cdqueen1cdqueen1 Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Over the last few weeks we’ve been catching reds and snook.  Like other posters, not a single trout.

Sign In or Register to comment.
Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

Preview This Month's Issue

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Florida Sportsman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Florida Sportsman stories delivered right to your inbox.


Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Florida Sportsman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now