March 5, 2017 – Naples Marco Island Fishing Report

Spring is hear in Southwest Florida. Signs include the arrival of the Swallow Tailed Kites and Purple Martins which I’ve spotted both this week, I’m sure exhausted from their long flight from Brazil. Manatees are becoming more prevalent and…tarpon and sharks have started to show in the backcountry!
Fishing has been hot and cold which is not uncommon this time of year. The last two days it’s been blowin’ about 20 knots out of the NE which doesn’t help things but better than blowing out of the west.
Jacks have been everywhere, snook, redfish, snapper and sheepshead have been the most prevalent species with a few pompano mixed in along with a few rare backcountry permit.
Looking forward we have a full moon next Sunday which will give us strong spring time tides with high water mid day and low water around sunrise and sunset. The new moon is March 27th with similar tides.
Tides play an important role when fishing. Almost every spot I fish is because of the height and or direction of the tide. Call ahead when booking a trip so we can optimize the day and the tide.
Sharks and tarpon will continue to frequent the backcountry into late through April. Tarpon will thin out in the backcountry by early May and will start to show off the beaches as the spring migration begins!
Some bigger snook are being caught as they have started to move out of the backcountry towards the passes for their early summer spawn.
Call me to talk fishing or book a trip. Capt. Mark – 239-450-9239
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