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

February 19 – 21

Spring is springing for a moment. Water temps perked up into the middle and upper 70s, for a moment. I actually did something I haven’t in quite some time and that’s fishing north of Marco Island. The outgoing tides in the back areas held a fair amount of snook including a Valentine’s Day surprise! After spending the weekend up at Lake June with my love Brooke, we decided to truck back to good old Naples in time for sunset. After launching the boat and cruising back into some old high school stomping grounds, it wasn’t too long before I checked out a familiar little island that I knew to always hold some fish. A few casts later and a screaming drag fight, we landed a beautiful 34″ snook on artificial! The first bays inside passes have been holding good fish on incoming water. The combination of tide pushing against a shoreline with a slight breeze on it also has been very productive with artificial swimming mullet baits.

Tides for Saturday out of Marco Island Caxambas are small long and a bit odd. Normally we have two highs and two lows but we have a low at 1:16am at 0.2ft and high at 6:42pm of 2.4 foot long, slow tide! Saturday winds are NNE at 10 to 20 mph, with a 5% chance of rain starting off chilly around 55 degrees and warming to a high of 73. Sunday winds are ENE at 10 to 20 mph with a 5% chance of rain, low of 63 and a high of 79. Expect Saturday to be chilly and breezy after the cold front coming through Friday. Sunday will be windy as well slightly warmer with a bit more humidity. Look for the warmer spots and there are bound to be some fish near by!

Captain Matt Sturdivent

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