June 2 to June 8th Fishing Report
CONDITIONS: If forecasts are accurate, we finally have a week where the weather will stabilize……i.e. no afternoon pattern storms; no blustering afternoon winds and realistic tides. Would think that will clean up the water clarity and put the fish back on their feed. As summer approaches, we’ll see a general increase in the heat with air temperatures now frequently moving into the near nineties in the afternoons and creating a “real feel” temperature just north of 100 degrees. Time to consider your and your crews safety as those temperatures escalate. Couple of things to consider: start your trip an hour or so earlier and be off the water before noon; seek shaded areas along the waterways where it will be a tad cooler; hydrate your crew with bottled water regularly and, finally wear lightweight clothing that covers and protects from the sun as well as the skeeters and the no-see-ums. In addition to the heat, the week will feature tides that are moving to a late week full moon. The morning outgoing tide will be a “screamer” with a three and a half foot range with the afternoon incoming being a bit more friendly. The water temperatures will begin tickling the 85 degree mark mid day especially in the shallower backwaters.
BACKWATER: Still a bit of a struggle to get solid results back here. As we mentioned last week, you have to have all the factors going in the right direction to attain a reasonable success for your fishing trip. That includes……working moderate tides / fishing clean water / seek shaded areas / working fresh baits. With water temperatures now in the mid 80’s with a week of full sunshine, would recommend getting started earlier and work your spots before the mid-morning when the sun’s rays gain full penetration of the water; your targets will be more apt to be on the feed. Most active species continues to be the small snook on most any waterway current point and jumping on any live bait with pilchards being the most preferred. Please use circle hooks if your are targeting these smaller fish that need to be carefully released. Good spots close in to Marco for snook action would be Johnson Bay creeks / Henderson Creek area up in Rookery Bay and the top end of Addison Bay as the high tide peaks early morning. Mangrove snapper, the summer staple here, are beginning (slowly) to show some size. Lots and lots of “9 inches” but now beginning to see some 11 and 12 inchers in the mix; that should improve as the summer kicks in. Not much on pelagic action; the mackerel and bluefish action is among the missing this year. Some pompano on the first and last hours of both tides in the Capri and Hurricane Passes taking small jigs worked to the bottom on a drift. Finally, still seeing some scattered redfish action along the Marco River shallow edges like the “Muddies” just north of Marker R#24…. on shrimp under a popper.
NEARSHORE: Conditions this week should give you a chance to get out here on the reefs / barges for some upgraded action. Some mackerel and bluefish are still showing on the Capri Pass barges on both tides and taking small tipped jigs worked aggressively over a good chum effort. Chance for little tunny here also on live bait. Wherever you set up now, good idea to soak a large cut bait on wire leader to the bottom…..lots of blacktip shark action being reported. Also might want to try an area south of Cape Romano titled “Naftal’s Reef” for good bottom and pelagic action . Up top there are mackerel and an infrequent cuda and down below lots of lane snapper action. OFFSHORE: Stable weather and water conditions this week out here. Good chance for the “long run”. Super deep wrecks have amberjack stacked up that top out at 30-35#. Great fight…… and although harvest is closed, they will challenge even the most seasoned angler. A bit closer in the wrecks and reefs have massive bait schools that are enticing the pelagics heading north, to hang around for awhile. Look for kings on wrecks and surging around in surrounding waters. Work on a troll with live blue runners or a flashy spoon. Permit are at peak season out on the deeper towers SW of the island and will go for a small crab freelined into the swirling current under a moderate chum effort.