April has been action packed with snook , tarpon , redfish and sea trout in abundance . Naples and Marco Island inshore fishing always fires at this time of year & we have been taking full advantage of it. Live bait (pilchards )have been prevalent along the beaches, and the near shore wrecks.
Once my live well is packed I make a turn and head rt back inshore. Look for fish to really start schooling up along the beaches and passes. This is due to all the small baitfish that are getting pushed in and out all day with the tides, it’s the backcountry Buffett . Gulf water are gin clear so make sure when working a shoreline to keep your eyes glued to the shallows looking for a slow cruising fish.
Try not to present your bait right on top of the fish but see which way he is pointed and lead the fish by 2 to 3 feet. There are also some big Jacks and sea trout mixed in so be ready for that bait to get hammered and that drag to sing . Now that our winds have been tapering off look for tarpon rolling just off our beaches and passes.
Can’t beat a free-lined live crab but a big pilchard or thredfin herring will most definitely get some attention. It’s that time of year guys get out on the water and enjoy some great South Florida fishing action!!!!!!! C you on the water !
Capt. Tim Daugherty
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The latest Naples inshore, backcountry and Gulf fishing report by Capt. Tim Daugherty.
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