PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND
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.