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February 28, 2011

The Flats of Pine Island Sound

Southwest Florida's Pine Island Sound offers outstanding action for lots of flats species.

I've been fortunate to fish Pine Island Sound many times in the past, and my latest trip with De Paiva and Swanlund merely rekindled my long-held affection for this amazing part of the world. I'm already looking forward to my next visit, and perhaps a close encounter with those tailing redfish. I'll be keeping an eye out for wading herons just in case.

Pine Island Sound

Rods: Light spinning tackle of 8- to 12-pound-test, or 8-weight fly rods.

Reels: Light spinning reels spooled with 8- to 12-pound nylon monofilament or braided line to match the above rods.

Lures: D.O.A. C.A.L. lures, D.O.A. shrimp or other soft-plastic lures. Zara Spook topwaters, Johnson gold spoons, hard-bodied swimming lures for snook. Flies: Deceiver- and Muddler-style streamers, Clouser Minnows.

What: Redfish, snook and spotted seatrout.

Where: Southwest Florida, adjacent to Fort Myers.

When: Year-round, but fall through spring is best.

Who: Capt. Rick De Paiva is an experienced guide, a professional photographer and a jet aircraft pilot to boot. He knows the waters of Pine Island Sound well and provides an exciting fishing experience for novices and experts alike. He and Capt. Paul Hobby, another well-known Fort Myers skipper, often work closely with one another.

Capt. Rick De Paiva

Capt. Paul Hobby

Accommodations: While fishing with De Paiva, I stayed at the convenient and comfortable Country Inns & Suites, right off the Sanibel causeway.

Country Inns & Suites
13901 Shell Point Plaza
Fort Myers, FL 33908
800-596-2375 or 239-454-9292