Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

September 25 – October 01, 2015

CONDITIONS

We enter this week with the heavy storm rain easing a bit but the unsettled conditions continue. Water quality has taken the biggest hit from all the fresh water intrusion. Foremost the salinity level is diminished significantly in the backwaters which will not only put target species off their feed …..it will drive them to move to deeper, more favorable salinity level conditions. Secondly the water water is the color of strong tea caused by the tannic stain runoff from the extensive mangrove forests on the islands. Otherwise we have a interesting week ahead. On a positive note the winds are passive and favorable all week and the T-storm  predictions are easing. But you’ll have to contend with some full moon tides mid week which will deliver tides in the 3.5 foot range. Lastly the water temperature is holding circa 84 degrees. Read More

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

September 18 – 24, 2015

CONDITIONS

Lots of rain as we plod through the balance of a wet September. Not only tough on travel and daily chores but heavily impacts the sportfishing in all of Southwest Florida. As previously explained those major impacts are water clarity and the water salinity level. The water either fouls with mud or is stained by the tannic runoff from the mangrove trees and the salinity level disruption,especially in the backwater, will chase the fish to other domains where the salinity stays stable. Otherwise conditions look rather stable with a good current flow tides and a water temperature that is holding steady with the rain cooled water. But hope springs eternal as we move toward ………..fall is not far away now and an expected let up in the stormy conditions and comfortable temperatures. Read More

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

September 11 – 17, 2015

CONDITIONS

Well, mid-September is finally here and hope springs eternal that the suffocating summer is over……but not so fast. We are experiencing late summer daily t-storm deluges; morning, afternoon and night that puts a crimp in fishing quality. First and foremost, those lightning ground strikes hopefully have you fleeing for safe haven and aborting the fishing trip. And then the tannic mangrove root rainwater run off has stained the water various shades of brown which slows the bite especially in the outgoing tidal backwaters. Those are realistic challenges. But the deluges have a positive also; they have chilled the superheated water from circa 89 degrees to 84 at this writing. You’ll note the positives in the sector reports that follow. This week….another plus is a new moon tide with reasonable heights and current speeds. And finally, we continue to have no issue with the wind. It stays variable and moderate which should help keep the incoming water clean. Read More

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

September 4 – 10, 2015

CONDITIONS

Well, we dodged a weather calamity this past week…..ERIKA did nothing more than drench us for a few days….it could have been a lot worse. But fishing quality took a hit with the intrusion of immense amounts of fresh water and, thankfully, just a minimal amount of wind damage. The water changed the salinity level that is critical for various species of fish and changed the color and transparency of much of the backwater from emerald green to muggy brown. As we speak, the early days this week are rapidly improving the conditions and things are looking up. The tides this week are back to average with a moderate current flow both ways. The water temperature plummeted to 83 degrees (from 88 degrees) in the midst of the deluge but are gradually climbing back. Finally, no tropical activity in the short term probabilities, so this should be a good week for positive fishing climate conditions. Read More