September 27th 2019 Fishing Report
ROSE MARINA FISHING REPORT
PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND
CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS
CONDITIONS: Looks like a change in conditions this week as we emerge into fall. The early part of the week is forecasted to be placid with mild winds and warm temperatures…….good for fishing. But then that tropical mass that we’ve heard about all week looks like it will edge onshore on the east coast and mess things up. We have varied forecasts dependent on what weather forecast you listen to as to the strength of the associated wind and the temperature variation. Only thing that is consistent is that “something is coming”. Would suggest that if you can’t get that fishing trip in before the beginning of the week would stand by and see what it looks like come Monday or Tuesday morning, Tough winds will rile up the water clarity inshore and make it virtually unfishable offshore. But, as always the weather doesn’t last forever here and the end of the week may look much better, Elsewhere the tides are coming off a new moon and are extremely strong. Range both ways is in excess of 3’ and could go even higher both ways. Recommend targeting those first and last hours of the cycle when the tide speed will be more docile. The water temperature is continuing to hold in the high 80’s and probably will continue at the level for another couple of weeks.
BACKWATER: The more placid backwaters will be more friendly this coming week no matter how it works out. Still have mucho reports on good to very good mangrove snapper action all thru the Addison Bay cuts and edges working cut shrimp plain or as part of a jig lure worked tight to the mangrove edges. And, importantly, it’s been such a great “bait” year the fish have reached a great harvest size with many in the 12-13” range and great table fare. Additionally, the redfish have shown right on schedule and are schooled up post spawn and working the spots along the ICW with grass bottoms on both tides. Live, sizable shrimp on a 4’ leader under a popper worked over those grass flats up along the ICW towards Rookery Bay can garner some surprisingly good results working the incoming tide. The Passes (Capri and Caxambas and Rookery) have good and bad days working the pelagics i.e. mackerel, pompano and trout. Best approach is to give it a try on the first hour of the incoming with shrimp tipped jigs worked to the bottom on a drift.
OFFSHORE: Of some concern is the first reports from the FWC that there is evidence of red tide patches north of us near Bonita Springs. Will keep an eye of that for you in these weekly reports………we never got the full effect of the red tide last year here but it devastated Fort Myers. That issue aside, a couple of pluses……..have reports of good action on most of the intermediate wrecks and reefs that the action on kings and cobia is holding strong as the water begins to cool and the migration from the northern Gulf to the Keys has begun. Most all the published spots offshore Marco are experiencing the southbound action working live bait in chum in the stronger tides. That action should continue until the water winter chills. Using live bait tethered in chum under a float for the kings and a surface cast live pinfish for the cobia usually works well. Last but not least, the stone crab fleet is in process of putting out their seasonal traps and that will begin to attract the triple tail who love to sun on the surface right by the traps. Keep your eyes open when transiting the area.