Naples to Flamingo
Includes Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and Chokoloskee
Finally, we’re starting to get some seasonal weather down in southwest Florida! Hurricane Eta, what a pain that was! Eta, brushed us once last Monday and then put the smackdown when it came back around on Wednesday.
This coming weekend looks very fishy to me! Winds are predicted to be out of the Northeast at 10 to 20 MPH with air temperatures from low 70’s to highs in the lower 80’s. Perfect boating weather at last!!! Tide predictions for the Marco Island area on Saturday are high 2.8 feet at 4:44AM falling to 0.3 feet at 11:42 AM and rising again to 2.5 feet at 6:51 PM. I really like the idea of the lower water around noon after some cooler weather. I would anticipate there to be some cold and hungry fish lurking around some sunny shallows looking for a meal, hopefully you can give it to them! Redfish have been consistent out front on blowdowns, mangrove edges, oyster points and small creeks. Good structure and good moving water have been the ticket! As the water cools, fish get sluggish. So if I can’t put a fly or lure right in their face, I prefer to throw out a cut bait and wait. The warmer backwaters are still a bit messed up from all of the rain and wind we’ve had from tropical weather, but if we continue along the path of northeast winds and less rain, I am pumped up to switch my game to the inside bays, and coves. There’s nothing more enjoyable to me than tucking back in a hole and slinging fish in seclusion and out of the wind. Take some time while the water is lower and carefully scope out those honey holes, get an idea of what it looks like for that higher water later in the day and visualize where those fish will cruise by or will sit, it will yield much better results that blindly throwing cut baits. Best of luck and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Captain Matt Sturdivent