Naples to Flamingo
Includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee
Weather and Tides
Weather looks good this weekend with E to NE winds in the 5-10 mph range as of this writing. Friday and Saturday look great and Sunday has a slight chance of rain, but remember we are entering our summer weather pattern, so a threat of rain is almost a daily occurrence. Tides will be on the strong side as the full moon falls on Saturday, so expect higher and lower than normal tides and tides should be roaring with velocity this weekend.
Tarpon, Snook, Tarpon, Snook, Repeat. As we enter our summer period with water temps in the low 80 degree range, it has been all about the tarpon and snook. Tarpon have been active throughout the entire region with Caxambas Pass area and West Pass doing very well, especially on the outgoing tides. Live crabs, big pilchards, threadfin herring and live mullet are all taking fish, so stock up the livewells!
Snook continue to shine with lots of solid numbers and big fish continually being reported and littering social media. Live pilchards are the ticket as the white bait has been very accessible around the sandy banks of islands and area passes. Select navigation markers to our south have also been holding solid bait as well. The urban areas of Marco Island have really shown their colors these past few weeks with some downright bruiser linesiders being caught, along with very good numbers of fish. Look for current rich areas and overhead cover for them and you’ll hook up.
Red grouper are starting to fade a bit but are still being caught in the 45-55 mile with some fish in the upper 20 inch range still being reported. Cut threadfin herring is getting bites, but live pilchards and pinfish continue to take the larger fire trucks and some out of season gag grouper. The permit bite continues to do well on the higher relief wrecks and tower structures out in the Gulf, with the 25-35 mile mark holding some 25-30 pound class schools with some consistency. Live crabs are always the deal and have a cobia rod at the ready, as they have been showing up as well as you wait on your permit bites.
With the full moon this weekend, try an evening or pre-dawn trip for some moonlight mangrove snapper. Lots of the nearshore wrecks and reefs are littered with them right now and they will chew on live shrimp or cut bait. Try dropping a chum block cage all the way down to the bottom and raise it up a bit and you should be in the snapper rather quick.
Captain Steve Dall
USCG Licensed Captain- 10K Islands & Estero Bay