Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to fish. In the gulf we get tarpon migrating south, snook can be sight fished along the beach, sharks and screamer bonita should show up in a few weeks..
Overall fishing is what is should be this time of year. Bait fish are thick off the beaches and mackerel, ladyfish, snook, tarpon and other species are all feeding on these glass minnows and small scaled sardines. I think this is mother natures way of fattening up all the fish for the less abundant winter months.
This time of year I’m still fishing in the near shore Gulf areas, the passes as well as adjacent bays. Recently I ventured fairly deep into the backcountry and the water was very warm and off color and we only caught a couple small snook.
I had the pleasure of fishing with Dr. Steven Flores recently, team physician for the Houston Texans and Rockets. He was in town doing some labs with medical device company Arthrex. He caught a beauty 18lb snook, a nice keeper red among other fish. Pics below.
Give me a call if you’d like to discuss a trip. I supply everything, you just need to show up with hat and sunglasses.
Capt. Mark 239-450-9230
Dr. Steven Flores with a big snook
Although it’s hot mid day fishing around Naples and Marco Island, the bite can be and is very good especially mornings and late afternoons. Sight fishing the beaches for snook has been very good although can get challenging when the water is very calm and clear. It’s almost like bone fishing in the keys or the bahamas.
I’m finding tarpon in the passes and a few select places off the beaches but this time of year they bite best at first light so we head out early.
Pompano are around the passes and sandy shoals and are biting best on good incoming or outgoing fairly strong moving tides.
There are also a few redfish around on the higher tides phases in the backcountry.
I’m also targeting sharks and goliath grouper off the near shore wrecks.
Going forward we have good tides coming up the beginning of August and again middle of the month.
A few recent pics and one of a baby bonefish that I caught in my cast net which is rarely seen in these water.
Fishing in Naples and Marco Island the last few days has been quite good in lieu of the unusual west wind we’ve had for two days. Typically this time of year we have a light east breeze in the morning and an afternoon west sea breeze. Lately it’s been steady out of the west 10-20 knots. This makes it hard to get bait, makes the beach tarpon and snook fishing tough and basically eliminates all gulf beach fishing.
Yesterday morning the bite was slow in the backcountry and I knew a spot along the beach that had lots of snook on it so we did venture off the beach and managed to anchor in the waves and caught about 12 snook. There was also big spanish mackerel, pompano, snapper and ladyfish in the mix. Overall a good morning in adverse conditions.
The winds should subside towards the end of the weekend and next week should have some great fishing with the upcoming full moon. Snook in the passes, tarpon off the beaches with mackerel, pompano and sharks in the mix.
I love sight fishing snook and tarpon in the spring and summer with the gin clear water and white sand beaches as a beautiful tropical back drop.
On schedule, the tarpon showed along the beaches and the snook are in the shallows, passes and adjacent bays. In addition there is a myriad of fish and sea life along the coasts of southwest Florida. The turtles are nesting in abundance, I’ve recently seen deer walking the local beaches and in the water mackerel, jacks, pompano, sharks and more are cruising.
Going forward the fishing will continue to be good during the summer with tarpon in the passes and along the beaches, snook will continue to be available as well as are other species.
If your looking to book a trip tides can play an important factor. We’re coming up on a full moon on June 18 which will produce good morning and late afternoon tides. This applies to the five or six days around the full moon. The late afternoon trips I offer are from 4-8pm with hard falling tides and the snook, tarpon and shark fishing can be great.
Feel free to give me a call to talk fishin’. Thanks – Capt. Mark 239-450-9230
Some recent pics
Jimmy with a nice backcountry black tip shark
Little Tony Perez with his first gulf tarpon. Nice job, you put the whoopin’ on him!
Stingrays are everywhere
Snook love to cruise the edges
Loggerhead turtle tracks
I’m thrilled and honored to have recently be accepted to the Mercury Marine Pro Team staff. Ken Main and staff at Gulf Shores Marina did a great job of rigging my new Mercury 150 Four Stroke. My boat now handles like a sports car with the power the Mercury Four Stroke brings. In addition my new Mercury Enertia Prop jumps my boat out of the hole, grabs on the tightest turns and the entire rig has improved my gas mileage. Thanks Ken & Mercury!
Don’t hesitate to call if you’d like a test drive, it’s easy for everybody as I live on the water.
Capt. Mark 239-450-9230
Well… I must be honest, the fishing the last few days has been very slow. This past weekend the tides were decent, the weather warmer and the the water has cleared from the latest cold front but the fish weren’t eating.
We did manage some redfish, pompano, a small permit which is a fairly unusual catch in the backcountry, some trout and some snapper and sheepshead.
As we come off the full moon I anticipate the fishing to improve. We’ll have low tides in the mornings this week which will concentrate the fish in the troughs and in addition let’s us fish both the outgoing and incoming tides.
Plus were getting ever closer to tarpon and shark season. Once the water in the backcountry hits 73 I start lookin’.
Some recent catches. First two pics are longtime clients and friends Bob & Don Rathert with some nice redfish and George Zengo with a backcountry permit.