This week has been great for sight fishing and targeting fish in the shallows. Naples and Marco Island waters have been really clear due to the light east winds. So, I’ve been focusing on the beaches & near shore Islands looking for fish cruising the shorelines. I’ve mostly been seeing a lot of snook but I’ve also been seeing some red fish mixed in.
I know I say it all the time but you Gotta have a good bait to catch the good fish. So take the time to look around as there is tons of small bait but it takes a sharp eye to find the medium to large ones that are excellent for casting.
The summer mangrove snapper bite has been nothing short of stellar. I have been finding bigger fish closer to the passes in the deeper channels. It’s best you bring a lot of live bait with you , as to keep these fish going you have to keep feeding them(chumming). This technique will draw the bigger fish out and allow you to get that limit of snapper for the grill. If you can make sure to drop your leader size down to about 25 pound floral carbon & a 1/0 size hook.
Sun rise has been the magic, so make sure to get up, get what you need and hit them hard those first couple hours. Hope y’all have a great weekend ahead!
Capt. Tim Daugherty
Just back from our keys vacation and right back to some stellar inshore light tackle fishing . Naples and Marco island fishing have been producing great snook ,snapper , sea trout and pompano fishing. Now that the beaches are jammed packed with live bait look for our game fish to be concentrated around the passes and creek mouths. I always like to pull up to a spot and chum with live bait to get the fish up and Feeding & then it’s easy to keep that rod bent . If the action dies off a bit I can simply shuffle 30 yards down and repeat that process.
The snook will be schooled up and mixed in you will have jacks , snapper, redfish and sea trout . It’s a mixed bag of fun so be ready for anything . There have been some pompano cruising down our white sandy beaches. I like a 1/4 or 3/8oz brown tube jig tipped with a piece of fish bite ( for sent ) & I also add some pro cure shrimp sauce all over the jig . This will ensure that you get a strike from even the finicky fish.
Get out early and beat the heat in the summer storms and enjoy some summertime action.
Capt. Tim Daugherty
The latest Naples inshore, backcountry and Gulf fishing report by Capt. Tim Daugherty.
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