Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

November 22nd 2019 Fishing Report

           PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND

                CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS

                   HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

       November 22, 2019 to November 28, 2019                                                

CONDITIONS: Thanksgiving week promises to be very “seasonal” with (finally) fall like temperatures a smattering of rain over the coming weekend and, thankfully for us anglers, persistent light winds. Perfect !!…..you’d say but not quite. Overriding these positives is the overarching presence of the red tide dilemma effecting almost all of the southeast coast of Florida. Monitoring the bi-weekly reports from the state, the dreaded condition is wide spread and with significant levels of k.brevis evident from Cape Romano to Bonita Springs. This week’s report shows evidence of the conditions 18 miles offshore Naples. Know it’s a redundant recommendation but it still fits the conditions……..Be flexible and have a plan to work various spots both inside and offshore. Look for areas where there are birds working and maybe a little deeper water where the bait schools are breaking the surface……that’s where the still healthy fish will be feeding. Don’t take chances with landing and boxing a limpid looking catch…….with questionable condition. And finally, the tides look great this week even with assimilating a new moon activity. The water temperature, as you might expect is falling and will probably end the week just a tad under 80 degrees.

BACKWATER: Good chance that the deeper creeks and cuts back here will retain cleaner water and hold lively bait ergo good fishing. Places like Johnson Bay incoming cuts and the main current passage in Rookery Bay could be top notch opportunities on that afternoon incoming tide might be best working the edge drop offs with cut bait or tipped jigs to the bottom. Another good bet for Marco would be using the high tide early morning this week to explore Upper Addison Bay deeper cuts where the red tide is thin to non-existent and which has long been a haven for redfish this time of year. Working whole shrimp under a popper here with a 3’ leader here might grab you some nice results. Lastly, the waters of Hurricane Pass on the first hour of either tide will give you a chance at some pompano action working a tipped jig right off the bottom in the first hours of both tides.

OFFSHORE: With the reported extended reaches of the red tide this week would recommend working tight to the beaches and inside reefs or going deep (past 20 miles) to pick up clean water. The established reefs inside should have enough water flow to somewhat nullify the red tide. And here you could well run into some nice bottom action on lane and mangrove snapper as well as a few triggerfish and sea trout. Deep on the wrecks and reefs. you’d have a shot at some retreating pelagics heading south like kingfish and cobia and maybe even a grouper or two. Also have a couple of reports of gag grouper on the deeper structure spots. Gags are more likely to be hovering in the 20-25’ depth working bottom structure and will take most any live bait and larger jointed plugs worked on a slow troll. Don’t forget to set a lookout for sunning tripletail right alongside a stone crab trap marker.

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

November 15th 2019 Fishing Report

           PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND

                CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS

         November 15, 2019 to November 21, 2019

                                                    

CONDITIONS: Well the prediction last week that we could expect a major weather change (cooler) has been fulfilled……..but the unexpected change is the gathering intensity of the red tide situation all along the coast from Marco to Naples and beyond. It continues to take it’s toll not only in dead fish but has been a tremendous hurdle for visitors and winter residents that want to get their feet in the water. In fact, the current report from the web site www.My FWC that publishes a bi-weekly red tide report indicates that the most current reports show strong red tide some 7 miles offshore with will heavily impact the nearshore and most probably the offshore fishing between here and Naples and maybe beyond. Not much we can do about that until some of the scientists come up with a substance that will put a stop to the k.brevis which the natural substance that creates the problem. That substance has been evident here for hundreds of years……..but most times it is dormant. You know if you use the beach here it hasn’t been anything but super active for the last few years…..unfortunately. Angling takes on a different perspective now and the only key to “good water” is to search for water which shows wildlife (birds feeding; bait working the surface etc) which indicates that the life suffocating issues are absent in that particular area …….for the moment. And longer range hope as the cooler weather depends on us it will scatter the malady and send it offshore. Quickly……the other conditions are the continuation of the coo down, a tide that is friendly both ways with some period of rainy wind mixed in. So winter that is besieging the north is finally here.

BACKWATER:  Even if you don’t usually work the backwater, it might be a good chance these next couple weeks to give it a try ant least on the first hours of your trip. If you schedule your visit amidst a stronger tide period, either way, you find some reasonably good action where there is good faster moving water………sometimes that speedier water will carry it k.brevis onward and away from the area. And as previously mentioned keep an eye open for feeding birds and baits breaking the surface. The cooler water is a haven for stronger action especially in the deeper waters. You will probably have a chance for sheepshead now…….not the big breeders yet but certainly some that you box in the cooler. Also this is time that we see the beginning of the sheepshead and drum action along the mangrove edges and the whiting and trout just off the beaches.

OFFSHORE: Will be touch and go here this week with that latest report of the red tide hovering just offshore in the oft used nearshore area. Would recommend avoiding and give it another 5-6 miles before you dip bait. Bait and fish schools can sense the red tide presence and scoot away usually deeper. Would expect that the grouper (mainly gags now) will be on deeper structure out at 12-15 miles working spots that are holding active bait and can be worked with live bait under chum on either tide. There are still some of the pelagics, kings, cobia, tarpon, sharks making their way south and can well be targets as they meander from bait school to bait schools heading south. Live bait tethered 10-15; amidst chum is the ticket for these guys. And don’t forget to be checking the stone crab markers for tripletail for this is their season.

Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

November 8th 2019 Fishing Report

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                CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS

           Friday 11/08/19 to Thursday 11/14/19

 

CONDITIONS: Forecasts for the week are finally showing a change in the weather pattern. All the predictors are calling for a winter like front to make it through here early week with wind and a smattering of rain and a tumbling of temperature. All of that will probably show up early week and we’ll live with the effects through late week. We’ve been waiting for the change as the summer weather is overdue to vamoose. Hopefully the cooler climes will hold and we’ll finally get some seasonal weather here. We need the chilldown to bring on the winter species here. Sheepshead and drum etc are at the door and waiting to invade for all the winter commandos here for the season. Hopefully we’ll see that if the next two weeks……if not we’re in trouble and the fable of global warming will get another boost. Now to get past the general outlook. The tides will be in a full moon cycle and strong come late week. The water clarity will depend on how voracious the winds come at us this week,

BACKWATER: In the last week, we’ve begun to see the smaller sheepshead begin to show up……but nothing of size….yet as the temperature of the water really controls that. The other action continues to be mainly mangrove snapper as the warmer conditions continue to hold their attention. Just make sure you’re landing into nice size snapper on your casts…..snapper will school by size. Too small…..best to move off and try another spot. Pompano are active in Capri and Hurricane Pass on the beginning and end of either tide working tipped jigs right into the first and . Last hour either way usually works best. Redfish are showing in the backwaters all along the Marco River but, be careful, most are somewhat undersized and to be carefully released, Snook are also enjoying the elongated warmth and feeding usually early morning on pilchards worked close to the Gulf.

OFFSHORE: As we anticipate a weather change this week, be aware of the change that will probably occur on the major species that have been in play here all summer. First thing that happens is that the bait schools sense the weather change and head south…….soon to be followed by their predators. So those great days with permit and cobia may soon go on holiday. Be ready to change the focus to bottom dwellers like grouper and triggerfish and ,of course, the invading sheepshead and drum. As an aside there will also be invasive action from sea trout near the bottom and Spanish mackerel in the top water. Both top water fishing with tipped jigs and bottom fishing with cut shrimp or crabs will both work. Big fish offshore now will be in the realm of grouper or Goliath Grouper.