Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

November 11th to November 17th 2016 Fishing Report


CONDITIONS: Unfortunately, the abrasive wind goes along with the nice drop in air temperatures and humidity. Thankfully, the direction has been mostly easterly and that helps keep the water from getting muddied up by the wind from the west. Backwater should be nice and clean and flat with the sea conditions deteriorating near and offshore depending on how far you’re going west. A point: be careful going deep early morning as the wind picks up mid day and will rock you’re trip home. This week looks like more of the same for the weekend and early thereafter; mid week we have a slight front coming through that turns the wind westerly for two days and is forecasted to have some 20+ gusts in the afternoons. The tides will be rocking with a “super moon” on Monday that will deliver a morning incoming tide of close to a 4′ range and then easing off the PM outgoing to just about a 2′ range. There is no rain or storms forecast for the week. The water temperature is rather consistent now at 76-77 degrees……good fall fishing temperature.

BACKWATER: Conditions here should be favorable to just about anything until early week when the moon and tides go super full and the west wind  kicks in. Snook continue to diminish their feeding activity as the fall season takes hold. Rare to find them along the beaches now as they were during the late summer months……have to look for them now in the far reach backwaters feeding on current points just off the shallows. Best venues would be the creeks in Johnson Bay and the same in the vicinity of Henderson Creek in Rookery Bay. Pilchards or small pinfish are the best baits to attract. The bigger snook are still around and “selectively” feeding. Have a couple reports of good late evening action along the Marco River docks and connecting waterways working either artificials or live pinfish under dock lights. Need stout leader here to avoid getting cut off the barnacle encrusted pilings. On the last couple of trips have found the bigger snapper in short supply. Lots of 9″ snapper that can help empty your shrimp bait bucket. Think best technique for the 11-13″ snapper is to work your spots a half hour or so on either side of the tide turns…..and that goes double this week with the racing full moon morning incoming. Pompano continue to show on the incoming water in the main channels in Hurricane Pass; they are few and scattered but worth the effort by working a tipped light jig on the drift amidst the surging incoming water. Last, but not least, there continues to be good and improving redfish action all along the mangrove shallow edges in the last portions of the incoming tide. Best would be Johnson Bay and Upper Addison for the best redfish action.

NEARSHORE: Smaller schools of mackerel / bluefish and jacks continue to roam along the first reef waters off Marco. But they are “local” and focused on already assembled bait. So best technique is to keep the fishfinder on full power as you hit the various reef spots…’ll immediately ID those bait schools as black blobs just off structure. Get the chum in the water and give it 15 minutes to work before winging those tipped top water jigs into the slick. Always a chance that little tunny (like a bonito) and small kingfish could show in the mix and, if so, toss a couple live baits at them. The tunny….a great fight are marginal table fare at best and would recommend release. The smaller kings have a 24″ minimum take size and have a different dorsal fin coloration than the mackerel. Still getting reports of fair to good snapper, early season sheepshead and some flounder action on the Walton Reef and out to the corners of the Five Mile ….on tipped jigs under chum.

OFFSHORE: As mentions in “CONDITIONS” could get a bit testy out here early week…..this weekend better. Deep wrecks are still holding a goodly amount of bait that draws the pelagics (kings, cobia, permit) enroute south for wintering. Fairly easy pickings…..setting up on a wreck with chum worked in these faster tides and working live baits either freelined or set at depths with weighted rigs. Grouper are still on the hunt. The red grouper seeking warmth move just a tad deeper to 65-70′ hard bottom while the gags (Like cooler water) can be moving closer to shore. On the latter try running a magnum jointed plug on a planer about five feet above the bottom on a troll at about 4-5 knots… bait required; they will engulf the plug. Stout tackle and heavy line / leader will keep your strikes from getting back in there lairs after hook up.

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