I’m always so fired up to fish this time of the year ,as we have endless opportunities on any given day. It’s been another solid week of inshore fishing around Naples and the Marco island area. I’ve been seeing some redfish activity on the higher incoming tides. I have been concentrating on shorelines close to the rivers that have good strong current flow.
What’s been working good for us ,is taking our time and really working the shoreline. This just means getting your cast into the shady pockets and around the fallen structure and really giving your bait time to draw out any big fish that may be laying in the deep cover.
Typically after a cast your bait isn’t gonna want to stay in there, so if it decides to swim out, you reel up and cast it right back in always making sure to give your live bait enough soak time in the strike zone . We are still seeing some great snook and jack activity on the outside points. My favorite way to fish these shorelines are the point my bow into the current and deploy my trolling motor that way I’m able to slow my drift and keep my baits in the strike zone longer. I urge everybody to get out on the water and get it while the getting is good. C u you out there !!!!!
Capt. Tim Daugherty
May fishing never disappoints, Gin clear water & light winds have our inshore fishing on fire .
If you’re looking for bigger quality fish and lots of action this is the month to be on the water. We can be targeting snook, but also have redfish,seatrout, goliath grouper, mangrove snapper & jack crevalle all in the mix. This type of light tackle fishing is very exciting as you never know what you’re gonna get on any given cast. Live bait has been plentiful on the offshore racks and rubble piles. I use a 3/8in 10-12ft cast net( lee fisher) works great for offshore bait catching and sometimes, if you’re lucky you can get it done in one throw.
For my fly fishing in Anglers I have been concentrating on fishing the beaches, looking for snook, cruising the shallows. A will placed cast , one to 2 feet in front of the fish’s cone of vision will insure get you a hard strike . Don’t forget to keep your head on a swivel and to be looking Out towards the deeper water as a Tarpon will be rolling on by. Weather looks to be fantastic the rest of the week. Hope all of y’all can get out on the water & Enjoy some of this great Southwest Florida fishing action.
Another action packed week of fishing around the Naples and Marco island area. These areas have such a diverse ecosystem that’s allows us to not only see some amazing wildlife(birds, dolphins, manatees) but catch a variety of inshore species(sea trout , snook , tarpon , redfish , pompano , snapper , sharks , jacks ). I am still catching some big snook in the the passes and cuts close to the beaches . These fish have been staging up to feast on the piles of a fish that are getting swept in with the tides.
Sea trout have been chew N good on the outside points & when targeting them were not doing anything special but a 30lb leader to a 3/0 j hook and of course a “big pilchard”. We are getting close to a full moon so we have been seeing some really low tides in the mornings. I like these tides as it can really stack the fish up on some of the deeper structure points.
Remember to take your time and keep those live baits close to the structure as to draw out the big girls . Tarpon have been around but due yo our inconsistency of weather/winds it’s been hard to really get on them . Just have to be patient and wait for those east winds to settle back in and the sight fishing game will be back ON !!! C u y’all on on the water !!
Capt. Tim Daugherty
The latest Naples inshore, backcountry and Gulf fishing report by Capt. Tim Daugherty.
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