Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

October 25th 2019 Fishing Report

           PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND

                CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS

          October 25, 2019 TO October 31, 2019

 

CONDITIONS: Even though it riled the water conditions a bit TS NESTOR did us a favor with some strong winds and tides which rid some of the backwater and coastal areas momentarily of the red tide devil. We had two or three days where the fishing results were akin to normal……but as we write those troublesome conditions are moving back in. Would have to say that we need a major cold front passage to reset the conditions that restrains the fouling of especially the near coastal and backwaters. As previously mentioned, the best “predictor” of positive fishing chances is finding waters where there are birds feeding as well as bait fish working the surface……both activities will signal cleaner water and feeding activity. Otherwise, on the condition front, look for a week with unusually warm water temps tickling 80 degrees mid day that feature light to moderate winds mostly E and SE and will, most likely, bring some brief afternoon short duration showers. Offshore, sea conditions should be moderate straight through. The tides will be moderate in the 2-3’ range both ways and be a plus all week.

BACKWATER: As mentioned, it will probably take our first cold front to move or dissolve our red tide problem. In the interim, in the backwaters it’s search and find for possibly the next couple weeks. Reports indicate that it’s possible to catch some nice top-of-the-line species but it takes trial and error effort. The deeper water spots like Rookery Bay and Hurricane Pass seem to be doing better because of water depth, current flow and the presence of bait. As previously mentioned, trigger signs are birds working the area and surface bait activity. Catches reported are the old favorite of mangrove snapper and the seasonally introduced redfish and silver trout and whiting. Both species will like spots with good water flow (cleaner water) and structure……..bottom fauna for snapper and mangrove edge overhangs for the redfish. Worth the effort as we await the weather event which will bring us fall weather ……finally

OFFSHORE: A little different here………face the much more invasive water quality effects as you move offshore. Tidal effects as well as wind are the drivers of just where the fouled water will be……and it can move miles one way or the other in a morning or afternoon. But with flat water (mostly this week) making a major move deep is a reasonable possibility. Although expensive, a run to 30-40 miles SW would give a range of towers, reefs and wrecks that hold possibility of some major fish. Reports of the emergence of keeper size red grouper are surfacing on hard bottom adjacent to the established wrecks is a very positive signal of change as well as the continued presence of the retreating migratory kingfish and cobia on some of the reefs out deep. All that will change with that first major front. And don’t forget that the traps for the stone crabs are in place now and attracting those triple tail to hover on the markers.

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

October 20th 2019 Fishing Report

 

           PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND

                CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS

              October 20, 2019 TO October 26, 2019

CONDITIONS: Troubled water conditions continue. Current Florida FWC weekly reports show our beaches and coastal waters the having the most red tide accumulation in all of SW Florida. And that’s been hanging in here for at least a month now. If have tried to fish or use the beaches you know the effect. The beaches and surf edges are littered with dead fish of just about all bottom feeding species and does that have an effect on tourism. Fishing takes a bit of a different turn……..the surviving fish try to escape by running to deeper waters with good tidal flow which will defer those escaping from the red tide to find place of safety. So there are some limited fishing opportunities. In the backwaters look for deeper water spots  (Rookery Bay, the ICW north Keeywadin Island) where there are birds feeding) birds mean bait is present……bait presence means feeding fish. It’s a tough go and all we can hope for is a cold front which will turn rhe situation around. Otherwise conditions this week are neutral……..average 2’ tides, moderate winds and high air temps.

BACKWATER: As mentioned in Conditions there are still some limited opportunities in the inside. The deep waters along the inside channels may hold some healthy fish. Places like Collier Creek on through to Collier Bay may hold some healthy silver trout and whiting….the Capri deep edges of the Marco River May hold some retreating bottom feeders……snapper, early season sheepshead with baits worked just off the bottom. The Calhoun Channel just north of Capri has some fairly deep water mid channel that may be clean and of course the water around ICE R#22 is very deep and hold some treasured pompano. Bottom line work areas that show seabirds and pelicans working from above and bait splashes on the water surface. Not going to be easy but maybe you’ll luck out.

OFFSHORE: Here it will be a much tougher call this week. Would recommend that you visit the FWC website before you plan your trip (www.myFWC,com) and follow the instructions to visit the Red Tide Report. On a page of that weekly report there is a map of the SW Florida coastline where samples for red tide intensity are plotted. The water quality north of Marco is much better than we are experiencing here.Pick a spot where the water is clean and then transfer that info on to a HOT SPOTS FISHING CHART (available at the ROSE store)………now look for the closest deep water reef  and set sail. If there is bait evidence, bottom action should get you snapper, triggerfish etc. Mid depth with live on wire under chum should get you mackerel and kingfish and maybe even a cobia.

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

October 4th 2019 Fishing Report

 

           PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND

                CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS

            October 4, 2019 TO October 10, 2019

 

CONDITIONS: Very evident that fall has taken hold of our weather. Wind has become a factor that is very influential in fishing conditions and the summer “lights out” afternoon storms are essentially gone. Both factors are a bit paled by the news this week that they have ascertained that the red tide has shown up just north of Marco circa Fort Myers / Sanibel and there is evidence now on the beaches of a fish kill. Nothing yet on evidence of the blue green algae infestation caused by releases of over fertilized waters by Big Sugar in Lake Okeechobee ……but that may well be in the offing. Be interesting to see how all of that plays out here in the weeks ahead. In the 2018-19 winter months, Marco was spared the severe conditions that were evident from Naples north. We had the milder conditions here like respiratory distress and occasional fish kill but nothing like north of us…..in fact we had an egress of fishing activity here by folks launching here and fairly good results in the waters associated with the start of the Ten Thousand Island area. Hopefully that will be a repeat as we near the 2020 season. You have access of a weekly report of evidence of red tide by accessing  www.myfwc.com and selecting red tide report. Other routine weather this coming week looks like a continuation of wind with some brief afternoon rain interludes…..most wind out of the east that will not foul the water and the rain will be briefer and less violent than our summer storms. And lastly the tides will be moderate both ways.

 BACKWATER: With the water temperature holding in the mid 80’s the “summer” fishing continues strong especially for “well fed” mangrove snapper that continue to show in the 12-13” range. One caution however, snapper have a tendency to school by size, so if you begin working a spot where all the snapper are small and under limit size…….make a move usually to a spot with a little deeper water and once to begin to land size, stay put and the size bonanza should continue. Redfish are moving into their peak fall activity……their spawn is completed and they are feeding for size as favorable conditions continue. Look for expanses of shallower water that favors sea grass growth and then work a shrimp worked on a 3-4’ fluoro leader under a popper on a drift. Then as the incoming tide crests move to the mangrove edges and work that same rig tight to the mangrove overhangs and in water usually shallower than two feet. Good chance you could run into some nice sea trout in the same venue.

OFFSHORE:  Inshore / coastal, the quasi summer action continues as bait is holding and continuing to draw some pompano, sea trout and bottom dwellers (snapper, triggerfish, lane snapper and arriving sheepshead) all working bottom structure that has been triggered with a little spread of chum. On the inshore reefs we’re beginning to get reports of gag grouper showing in some of the deeper spots and going for live bait worked in the structure crevices. Best baits are pinfish and small blue runners. Deep and out on the wrecks and major reefs still seeing some southbound migratory heading to the Keys and feeding on the way. Kingfish are the main target and falling for small to medium size blue runners tethered out on wire with a chum draw. That action should continue as long as the water temperature holds and the bait hangs around……all of that should bode well for early winter action here……hoping that is not disturbed by intrusion of fouled water. Keep your fingers crossed.