Mathers Bridge Fishing Report

Many anglers turned out on a beautiful late afternoon at Mathers Bridge in Indian Harbour Beach, FL.

Many anglers turned out on a beautiful late afternoon at Mathers Bridge in Indian Harbour Beach, FL.

It was a beautiful day, but slow fishing at Mathers bridge on Wednesday. I set up on the far south side of the bridge with my brother, Ben, and nephew, Caleb. We were anxious to catch a bunch of fish, and I was particularly hopeful as I planned to post my first of regular, weekly fishing reports from Mathers Bridge. Well, there was a lot of fishing, but unfortunately, not so much catching.

Caleb, 10 years old, enthusiastically prepares for his first cast of the day.

Caleb, 10 years old, enthusiastically prepares for his first cast of the day.

Not much of anything was biting. We used a combination of live shrimp, topwater lures, and suspended baits. A few other people tried crabs. Of the dozen or so anglers out there, only a small silver trout and a catfish were caught… at least until the serious Shrimping began at dusk.

An hour and a half later, Caleb's enthusiasm begins to wane.

An hour and a half later, Caleb’s enthusiasm begins to wane. Caleb’s enormous aspirations to bring home a shark or marlin weighed upon him heavily as he failed to get even a bite.

Caleb's dad, Ben, still enjoys fishing despite not catching.

Caleb’s dad, Ben, still enjoys fishing despite not catching.

As the sunset, more and more shrimpers began to take to their posts. The shrimping has evidently been pretty good around here lately. One avid shrimper, Raymond, showed me some photos of his recent shrimp hauls from the bridge. I don’t have the photos to share, but take my word for it, the shrimp were pretty impressive.

Raymond was one of many shrimpers preparing for a big night at Mathers Bridge.

Raymond was one of many shrimpers preparing for a big night at Mathers Bridge.

First shrimp of the night!

Alex Joyner and Tim Parker on the Superfly scoop their first shrimp of the night!

While many shrimpers lined the catwalk along the bridge, some also came by boat. Among them were Alex Joyner and Tim Parker on the Superfly. As soon as they dropped their lights in the water, the Shrimp came flocking — and they weren’t alone. A school of trout circled the outskirts of the lighting, ready to strike on unsuspecting prey. I’m not sure where the trout had been for the past 3 hours, or why they weren’t interested in our shrimp, but Alex and Tim had no problem sending them into a frenzy with a little jigging of their artificial shrimp through the illuminated waters.

Shrimpers really got the trout in a frenzy.

Nice Trout! Sorry for the poor quality photos, just got my iphone and couldn’t figure out how to zoom, Doh!

All-in-all, we had a good time. The outing did leave me wishing I had a boat that much more, and also reminded me that I really need to give this shrimping thing a try.


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2 Comments

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    Damon Pullias

    April 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    There are some BIG resident redfish around Mathers!

  2. Avatar of wmarple

    wmarple

    April 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Sounds like you guys had a great time. Might try our luck shrimping there soon!

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