Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

September 21st 2018 Fishing Report

 

CONDITIONS: Best and worst news of the week, in that order, is that the red tide and algae conditions here did not get any stronger and the worst, by far, is the horrendous flooding being endured by the Southeast coastal area as a results of the catastrophic rain and subsequent stream and river inundation. God help and bless those folks and we pray for their safety and survival……and longer term their restoration of living conditions. But, imagine if you will, if the winds had maintained the Category Four strength. Back here our waters are relatively clear of the fouling and the all easterly / southeasterly winds are moving the heart of the issue further north. Reports this past week indicated that the Tampa Bay Area was being caught up in the catastrophic water contamination and fish kill. Terrible. Hopefully, the legislators both state and federal, see the calamity that has been caused by the sheltering of the agricultural interests by government and an immediate legislative mandate ordering reversal of dumping their caustic outflow into homeowners waterways is enacted. Enough is enough ! Our fishing conditions here this week are rather mundane; winds will stay totally East and Southeast (keeping fouled water west again) with some upsurge of afternoon gusty winds mis week. There will be quite a few rain/storm occurrences both morning and afternoon until late week and then we will see some gusty winds kick up in the afternoons. Water will be clear and holding in the 82-84 degree range

BACKWATER: Conditions here should be the best overall that we’d had for awhile. Clean water should be almost totally dominant which will draw bait back inside and having the feeding fish follow. Look for the traditional early fall pelagics to show especially in the Passes (Capri, Hurricane and Caxambas)on that early morning incoming turn at first light this week. Snook are sure to be active in that especially along the beach edges with more action earlier than later. Pelagics should be at play also with mackerel, bluefish and jacks leading the parade. That nice strong early morning incoming should drive some robust action in the passes and well back the waterways working jigs tipped with live bait on strong incoming current. In the sheltered backwaters look for your favorite mangrove snapper now joined with early fall action on some sizeable black drum and redfish. The drum will favor spots where there is a marked depth change from deep cuts to shallow edges and take just about any bait moved slowly across the bottom; the redfish will be along the shallow mangrove edges as the tide runs full and favor a whole shrimp worked tight to the edges under a popper. And in amongst all that we should have the beginning of the final show on nice size mangrove snapper taking cut baits offered on jig heads tight to structure on either tide.

NEARSHORE: The inshore waters have remained quite productive for weeks now and nothing should change that expectation this week. The mackerel and blues should be active all along the first reef spots especially early as the AM incoming tide takes hold. Work tipped jigs for mackerel and bluefish and live pinfish or threadfin herring for marauding snook and redfish working the extensive boat schools in the reefs in 20-30’ of depth. The defined reefs aka the Walton Reef off Caxambas Pass and the three corners of the Five Mile reef should be red hot for bottom action on most anything from spec trout to sizable lane and mangrove snapper to an occasional triggerfish or even a close to legal grouper. Fish here feel the change of seasons and the decline of the superheated water conditions first and turn on the feeding cycle firs. We should have a good week for that.

OFFSHORE: Still hear scattered reports of a area of dead fish in the 15 mile range probably caused by the effect of the S and SE winds driving surface water northwest……the extent of the issue however seems to be diminishing. Thankfully !. Starting to see the beginning of the reverse migration on the well bait school populated reefs and wrecks. Good chance for a kingfish or a cobia showing on the more substantial structured wrecks and reefs that have bait populations. 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Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

September 14th 2018 Fishing Report

CONDITIONS: Just when you think everything weather wise, is back to “ordinary” you get the wall to wall alerts of three tropical storms developing in the Atlantic. None of the three are currently predicted to give us another IRMA shot but we could well get the periphery touches of wind and inundative t-storms as outfalls. But for the moment, we’ll leave all that alone with out fingers crossed and work with what we know. First and foremost, it looks like the red tide effect in waning very quickly. Reports and personal experience this past week indicates that fishing, especially in the backwaters, is back to normal. The snapper, our late summer / early fall champion here is showing in good numbers and in good size and will be there to rescue most trips these coming weeks. The important factors like disruptive storms and tidal strength are both showing favorable. There is very little sustained storm weather predicted but you can always get surprised this time of year by singular black clouds that dump on your parade……need to live through that this time of year. Otherwise it’s a good tide week with predictable and moderate tides that will give you good conditions both morning and afternoon. Lastly, the water temperature continues to tumble with the average this coming week being pegged at from 81 to 83. So, bottom line, keep a eye on the tropical storms but get out there and enjoy the week.

BACKWATER: Albeit, there are still some pockets of water back here that are fouled……not so much with the red tide issues but rather just “dirty water” conditions caused by rain intrusions as well are weakened tidal flow. The fish action therein is minimal to say the least. So, take a look at the water clarity on your chosen spot. You can test by tying on a white jig and let it out 5-6’…….can’t see it ?…..pick up the anchor and move. You can’t see it; neither can the target fish. However, with the red tide free water coupled with the good tides this past week, you’ll have a hard time missing nice clean productive water. Look for the mangrove edges all along  Addison Bay to be harboring a good size snapper population. They will be feeding actively and be hiding in those shady edges where there is good tidal flow and are definitely hungry as they sense the cooler weather approaching. Shrimp, with set on a jig head with a four foot leader under a popping cork or just flat out worked across the bottom with a hunk of shrimp on a weighted jig head. Elsewhere, good action on pelagics in the Passes on the early hours of either tide for pompano and mackerel working tipped jigs tight to the bottom on a tidal induced drift. Redfish, a customary fall target are beginning to show along the deeper edges of flats in Johnson Bay and deep in Rookery Bay by Henderson Creek. Shrimp worked tight to the edge overhangs should get you action.

NEARSHORE: Conditions staying favorable here especially for fast action pelagics. The slightly cooler water has energized the mackerel / bluefish to an upsurge in action all along the first and second reef spots especially on the morning incoming. Look for surface to bird action…set up and get some chum in the water and work those tipped jigs with a fast retrieve under a good chum effort. Can well be little tunny (aka bonito) in the mix and if so, switch over to a wire leader and a small hunk of cut bait. Nice action on the tunny but not much on the table. The Five Mile Reef has been showing up with nice action on both lane and mangrove snapper. Work with tipped weighted jigs over a good chum effort just off the bottom.

OFFSHORE: Seems there is still some evidence of the red tide offshore. There is a band of water in the vicinity of the 15-18 mile range that continues to display dead fish on the surface. Last week we described this layer as being caused by the strong tidal current following the Gulf bottom contour and distributing demised fish from the Lee County environs by current driven inshore waters. Would cautiously recommend to work waters on either side of this waning domain. Deeper wrecks that hold bait should provide good opportunity for kings and cobia up top and snapper, porgies working deeper out here. You’ll need live runners up top for the kings and a surface worked threadfin for the sneaky cobia. Both species well worth the effort.

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

September 7th 2018 Fishing Report

CONDITIONS: Things sure change rapidly here now……. from a world of red tide and algae to an brush-by of a developing Tropical System sure keeps us on our toes. Fortunately, the crisis so well expounded by the local and national press on the fouled water in our domain seems to be dissipating rather rapidly……as they redirected their attention to the fallout from the tropical weather system that dumped some rain and mediocre winds on us earlier this week.  Thankfully the Tropical Storm was a non-event, as far as fishing goes here, and the the fouled water has solid evidence now of fading quickly. The water quality here circa Marco both inshore and offshore has seen dramatic improvement in the last week……still a tad away from normal but getting very close. Look for your backwater efforts now to be close to early fall normal. This coming week should be an improvement over what we faced for the past couple months. The general conditions should be favorable albeit with some intermittent storms over the weekend and then going storm free the latter part of the week. The tides will be going through a full moon phase which may make it interesting with racing outgoing tides through late weekend. The winds will be mild and dominant from the SW and the water temperatures will be in the 82-85 range.

BACKWATER: Back here in the streams and bushes, it’s still important to find and work “clean water”. Clean in the sense of clarity but also free from the red tide spores and any effect from the detestable algae. The visually clean water is readily apparent…….set a jig in the water and see what it’s visibility looks like a 4-5’deep. The red tide clarity will be apparent when there is no inhalation irritation while underway and the algae will turn the water to a define green cast…..all that showing up as planned should give you a positive bent on your fishing expectations. There has been good reported action on mangrove snapper to plus keeper size along the mangrove edges and waterways throughout the Marco area. Best reports are from Addison Bay and it’s coves and Rookery Bay just off the entry at #R22 for snapper and occasional pompano and mackerel especially on the middle to late part of the incoming tide. Shrimp remains the bait of choice on whatever rig you want to us that will get the offering to the bottom on the fast moving current. Look for other action closer to home in the Addison Bay coves and cuts working shrimp close to the bottom. In addition to snapper here, good chance for some nice hefty black drum now

NEARSHORE: Things settling down here albeit after some settling after the wind from the Labor Day Storm. Should be settled down by the weekend and back to the business of producing some nice catches. Look for a resurgence of the pelagic (mackerel, bluefish and little tunny) action on the string of Capri Barges just west of the #G9 channel marker. Look for surface indications of bait and drop a marker. Double back and anchor up current with a healthy chum effort flowing over the marked bottom structure and work those tipped top water jigs on a quick retrieve for the schooled mackerel, blues, jacks and (unfortunately)blue runners that will be jumping on the offering. A good wconfoy move would be SW to the Five Mile Reef and suggest the SE corner for good action on nice size lane and mangrove snapper with an occasional near keeper size red grouper. Might run into a surface action on barracuda here now. Tie on a artificial vinyl eel and try a troll at 4-5 kts for possible action.

OFFSHORE: Last week’s hint at the 15 mile start still holds promise. Water should be cleaner there and good action (sans lingering red tide/ algae effects) and good action should be positive from there on out. Look for the inside artificial reefs to shelter snapper, both lane and mangrove that we go for weighted jigs worked just a foot or two off the bottom under a significant chum effort. Further west, on the identified wrecks, you’ll run into good pelagic action on kings and perhaps cobia if the wrecks / reefs are holding active bait. Get a good chum effort in place and then follow with some live blue runners on wire leader under chum tethered at about the 15’ depth. If the cobia show in the commotion they will be in the top water and fall for a live threadfin cast their way as they encircle the boat.