Had a ball the other day catching bonita off the beaches. The water in the gulf has been warm, clear and a blue green color. We were snook fishing in Gordon Pass and I noticed some fish busting off-shore. We headed out to the calm gulf and drifted some baits behind the boats and boom, ended up going five for six on bonita and the one we lost spooled us! The bonita is a pelagic predatory fish and is by far the fastest fish in our waters. Below is longtime client and friend Bob Bishop with a nice 10 pounder and his friend Charlie.
Fishing turned on this past week like it’s April. Bonita showed off the beaches, bull sharks and tarpon showed in the backcountry and bigger snook are being caught. The warm weather combined with clear gulf water plus good tides all added to the great fishing.
Charlie Nordahl with his first shark, a nice bull.
Fishing in the Naples Marco Island area is starting to turn on. Typically mid winter my goal is to catch lots of fish and lots of species telling my clients not to expect to catch big fish like we do in the warmer months, well, with the unseasonably warm weather we’re having this February signs of spring are here and we’re starting to catch bigger fish.
The other day I saw a flock of white pelicans circling over Rookery Bay. It was probably the biggest flock I’ve seen with over 100 birds. It’s quite a site watching them slowly circle as they drift and migrate north. I’ve also started to see sting rays and spotted eagle rays breach the water as they do in the spring plus I’ve seen bluebirds and swallow tailed kites which are a sure sign spring is in the air.
Had a good week with lots of species and some nice catches. The highlight was caught by my good friend and client Jan Vangorder with a 33″ snook weighing in at 13 lbs.
Sharks are also showing in the backcountry as they do when the water hits 73 degrees and tarpon will show anyday now.
It’s a busy time of year so give me a call to book a trip
Capt. Mark 239-450-9230
Fishing in Naples and the Marco Island area has been typical for mid winter. I’m catching good numbers of fish and a wide variety of species. Snook, redfish, pompano, speckled sea trout are the main targets with many other species mixed in, some odd including mangrove snapper, bluefish, mackerel, sheepshead, bonita, triple tail, jacks, batfish, toadfish, lizard fish, whiting, ladyfish and the occasional backcountry permit and more.
Had a fun trip with the Steel family recently, we caught seven species including trout, sheepshead, snapper, redfish, whiting and more. Fun was had by all in lieu of the weak tides.
Going forward we have good tides this coming week, with the full moon Saturday we’ll have strong incoming tides next week in the mornings.
Spring is right around the corner and tarpon and sharks will show up in the backcountry as soon as the water hits 73 degrees. By late April the tarpon will move out of the backcountry and we’ll start fishing for them off the beaches. This is a busy and exciting time of year so book ahead.
Capt. Mark 239-450-9230
Love the smiles on Ben & Barbi Steel