Naples and Marco islands Inshore fishing continues to produce some great drag pulling action. All week we have had strong income in Tides, and this has really concentrated the fish along the deeper shorelines. This is the time of year we’ll see schools of small bait fish(pilchards/ scaled sardines/threadfin herring) along the beaches and passes.
When I see these schools of small bait fish getting pushed down the shorelines, it to me looks like a bait fish Buffet. This is where I’ve been concentrating my efforts as these fish are in the staging modes , just waiting for bait fish to get pushed right to them.
If you’re looking for larger live bait you have head to the offshore wrecks and rubble piles. A 10ft 3/8in mesh cast net will be just perfect in getting you a live well full of hardy pilchards. Snook have been in Big schools on the outside points & Beaches with jacks and mangrove snapper mixed in.
have been catching some juvenile tarpon deep in the back country & on light tackle it’s an absolute blast . I am using the same Riggs as I use for snook, 15lb braid attached is a 30lb fluorocarbon leader with a 3/0 J-hook. It’s great to be able to catch all these different species on any given day. We’re starting to get into the summer rain pattern so it’s best to get up early & Beat the heat and also beat the afternoon thunder storms. Hope to see y’all on the water. Tight lines !!!!!
Capt. Tim Daugherty
The latest Naples inshore, backcountry and Gulf fishing report by Capt. Tim Daugherty.
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