Naples Fishing Report December 21, 2016

The winter solstice arrived early this morning, at 5:44am, EST. The winter solstice is the exact moment that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted the farthest it ever gets from the sun during the year. This lowers the amount of the sun’s warming energy that reaches Earth, hence, winter!

What does all this mean? It means the days are getting longer as time marches on towards summer and the longest day of the year June, 21.

This also means winter is here and we’ve adjusted our fishing techniques. In the winter we use more jigs, fish more open water and bays and catch typically a wider variety of fish. Although, with the extended period of 80 degree weather we’re having and are forecast to have warm 80 degree days for the next 10 days, I’m not using jigs as much as I usually do for this time of year and the live bait fishing is still good.

For example yesterday I fished good client and friend Jan Vangorder and his wife Linda, we only fished two spots but caught six species including nice jack crevalle, mackerel, ladyfish, snapper, bluefish and lots of snook. We had non stop action in the backcountry and rarely saw any other boats.

They’re are also lots of bait fish off the beaches and plenty of mackerel. The bonita which I anxiously wait for every fall have not shown in the numbers they should so they should show soon. Maybe when the weather cools a little more.

Recent fishing pics below.

I still have openings for the week after Christmas so give me a call if you want to get on the water fishing with your kids, grandkids or wife or significant other.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Capt. Mark

239-450-9230

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Naples Fishing Report Sept. 11, 2014

Fishing Naples and Marco Island in September can be and has been very good. This time of year the bait is pretty much everywhere and the predator species such as snook, redfish, mackerel, tarpon, sharks and other species are all feeding and fattening up before winter.

I’ve still been on the tarpon at first light although they’re not biting as good as they were. There is so much bait around that the tarpon have been gorging on mouthfuls of pilchards. It’s been quite a sight watching them feeding next to the boat but also frustrating. We did hook up the other day although he threw the hook on the second jump.

Snook have also been active in the passes and the backcountry bays closer to the inlets. Depending on your preference live bait, plugs and flies are all productive.

Redfish have also shown, not sure where the go or come from, but they weren’t here much this summer but they’re back now.

Going forward fall is a great time of year to fish. Lots of options such as near-shore, off-shore and backcountry and a good variety of fish. I’m getting calls for Thanksgiving and Christmas already so call me to book your trip.

Capt. Mark 239-450-9230

Below are some recent catches.

Keith Kissee with a 36″, 16# snook, Miranda Grubb, Christi Shaw, Paul Weckerly

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