It’s that time of year where all of our game fish (tarpon/sea trout/snook/redfish) are on my hit list. In the Naples and Marco island area, we have snook all over the beaches and passes feeding on the small pods of bait fish. If we see birds (snowy egrets / pelicans) lined up on a shoreline I will always swing in to soak some live baits.
Speaking of live baits the off shore structures (wrecks/rubble piles ) will be holding some nice big baits this time of year. When it comes to catching your bait Good electronics (simrad/Garmin) are imperative to have , so you are able to differentiate the structure and the bait that is hovering along side it. There have been some Redfish mixed in with the snook and trout so don’t be surprised to hook into some big boys.
Tarpon are starting to make their migration down the beaches and passes. I like to use live small blue or pass crabs but if there in the deeper holes my favorite is a slimy catfish chunk or mullet. Look for out weather to stabilize and the fishing to get better and better. My favorite time of the year is now. See you on the water !
Capt. Tim Daugherty
The latest Naples inshore, backcountry and Gulf fishing report by Capt. Tim Daugherty.
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