Naples to Flamingo
Includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee
Hello folks! I apologize for the lapse in reports, I’ve been underway with the Viking sport fish I run, so far we have spent a week in Miami beach which was super productive, two gaffer swordfish, wahoo, mahi, sailfish and the most epic moment so far, a 300-pound blue marlin came in while we were kite fishing in 160 foot of water and smashed a goggle eye on the left short clip, we had two leader touches within the first 20 minutes of the fight, and four hours later we had her boat side and popped off healthy. Needless to say we are still riding high on that experience. We pushed on to Chub Cay, where fishing has been stellar in the pocket. Two sailfish we released there and now the crew and I are relaxing in Nassau for a few days waiting on this front and wind to push through.
Okay now for your neighborhood. Tides this weekend Saturday are as follows for Caxambas pass, -0.8 low at 4:56am, 2.5 high 11:47am, 0.9 low 4:57pm, 3.3 high 10:54pm. Winds are North at 15 to 25mph and the chill continues. It’s safe to say backcountry fishing is game on. Snook and a healthy population of reds can be found in the further back areas. Enter with caution, winter lows and lack of local knowledge are detrimental to your equipment and the environment. Sheepshead are here in force on outside points and bars, shrimp is the ticket to a tight line. Rumor has it occasionally Cobia sighting have been around nearshore structures. I’m hoping that’s the case, I have yet to hook into a big cobia this season, that’s the plan after arriving back in the States in a couple weeks. Until next time, keep the line wet and the memories rolling!
Captain Matt Sturdivent