Solid inshore fishing continues around the Naples and Marco island areas . I can’t stress it enough but the most important part of our day is catching a load of bait for the day‘s trip. Our bait fish are constantly on the move this time of year, so it takes a lot of time on the water and recon to locate them every morning. Having a live well full of energetic baitfish will increase your chances of catching that trophy fish of a lifetime. Snook and redfish are always top on my hit list .
On the morning incoming tides I like to find shorelines with mangroves that hang over the water . Look for these fish to be tight to cover(mangroves) or just inside the shade lines. Well placed cast close to the structure and making sure to let you bait stay in the strike zone as long as possible .
Also if you pay close attention to what your live bait is doing you can tell a lot about what is going to happen. Let’s just say you see your bait starting to make aggressive move left to right or even jump out of the water that’s a telltale sign to get ready as a strikes about to happen. Stay patient, let the strike take place & wait for your line to come tight and set that hook hard ! May is just around the corner and that’s usually when the floodgates open to some outstanding back country fishing .
Capt. Tim Daugherty
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The latest Naples inshore, backcountry and Gulf fishing report by Capt. Tim Daugherty.
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