Naples Marco Island Fishing Report Nov. 1, 2018

Fishing has been great the past few weeks. There are still some snook sneaking around the passes and adjacent bays, redfish have been prevalent the past two months  and pompano, trout, snapper are fishing well plus a few tarpon will be cruising the flats the next few weeks.

Snook fishing has been good, the linesiders are fairly prevalent and we’ve been catching quite a few smaller fish in the 12-20″ range which is good to see and indicates a healthy fishery.

In the last month or so the red fishing has been great. These smaller “rat” reds seem to have appeared out of nowhere which sometimes happens in the fall. This is a good indication that we have a thriving healthy backcountry environment. We’ve probably caught close to 30 in the last couple days and they seem to be on many shorelines. Shrimp, live pilchards and jigs have all been working.

Although I haven’t been pompano fishing too much of late we have caught some nice fish on the outgoing tides in the passes and troughs. As the cooler weather approaches and we use less live bait we’ll be jigging more and catching more pomps and trout.

Snapper seem to be everywhere although they’re not as big as a couple months ago, we’re still catching some keepers, my favorite eating fish.

Although it’s not peak time for tarpon the upcoming fall cold fronts will push them into the passes on the strong full and new moon tides.

Now’s a good time to book for the holidays and I usually get booked up.

Some recent catches

IMG_0004IMG_0071IMG_8746

 

Fishing Report July 27, 2016

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.

IMG_0133 IMG_0140 IMG_20160329_145633119 IMG_0282