Naples to Flamingo
Includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee

May 22-25

Sturdivent’s backyard last Wednesday, as the fire blazed.

What a crazy week! Well if you saw the fires out in Golden gate estates last week on Wednesday, that was my neighborhood. So many thanks to the good lord, and to my friends in the Forrestery services, and fire and rescue. A team of fire trucks stayed in the blaze and kept the fire off of my home and my boats that I use to make a living.

This week fishing has been great, the mornings are calming down, rain is kicking in, and regardless of what the news media is saying, the world is doing its thing and renewing itself one day, one tide, one fish, and one unexplained event at a time. Expect the snook to be feisty early in the day with that last tail of outgoing tides and start of incoming we will have. Refer to your local tide tables for accurate predictions, but as a rule of thumb it will be low falling in the early morning and rise, starting a good heavy incoming until the later afternoons. Redfish and snook are along beaches and outside edges. Trout are still hanging on in the deeper edges of the flats.

It’s tarpon time! The cruising fish are moving north most days along the beaches from Marco Island to Boca Grande Pass. I find they fish well on the open stretches of beach on incoming water, focusing near passes on the outgoing water. Cobia and other mid-ocean dwellers have been in good supply on structures offshore from 50 foot out to about the 70 foot depth. A livewell full of pilchards or big healthy threadfin herring will make for a productive day. If you catch a small grunt, keep them in the livewell. I love using grunts on bottom structures for cobia, they naturally swim down without weight and are attention getters for big cobia sitting down deeper. Keep it safe this memorial day weekend. Boating can be less of a zoo and more like an African Safari with carnivores and all. Naples to Marco Island, be advised Saturday there will be a massive boat parade departing near Naples city dock at 10:30 am, down to Marco River. Here are a few words from Steve Loyd the founder and director of the Naples Take a Soldier Fishing Tournament, that is helping to organize this parade in honor of memorial day weekend honoring our fallen military members, and supporting president Trump. “The boat ramps will be overwhelmed! You need to have a plan to be ahead of the chaos. “We will start gathering in Naples Bay near City Dock early, with a departure time at 10:30am sharp! I am trying to schedule a prayer at 10:25 on VHF channel 72.” The parade is strictly idle speed, and it goes down to the Jolly bridge on Marco Island, so please be advised. Have a great weekend, enjoy time with loved ones, catch em up, and God bless!

Captain Matt Sturdivent

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