November 29th 2019 Fishing Report
ROSE MARINA FISHING REPORT
PREPARED BY THE MARCO ISLAND
CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS
CONDITIONS: The first week in December is following right along with the unusually warm weather we had in December 2018. Summer like 80 plus degree temperatures a and a smattering of rain during the week and, thankfully for us anglers, light winds. You’d say…. Perfect !!… 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 and beyond. This week’s report shows evidence of the conditions far offshore between Marco and Naples. Know it’s a often repeated recommendation but it still fits the conditions and from of reports I’ve received, it works………Be flexible and have a plan to work various spots both backwater as well as 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. Check the condition of the fish you catch……..any sighted issues of sick put it back. And finally, the tides look great this week even with assimilating a new moon activity. The water temperature, as you might expect is falling slowly and and will probably end the week just a tad under 75 degrees.
BACKWATER: Getting fair number of indications that the deeper creeks and cuts back inside the deeper water bays are retaining cleaner water and hold lively bait working the surface. That alone points to good fishing. Places like the Calhoun Channel of the ICW and it’s multiple incoming cuts and the main current passage in up near Henderson Creek could provide top notch opportunities on that afternoon incoming tide. Might be better 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 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 4’ leader here might grab you some nice results. Lastly, make the run just off Capri Pass and on up to 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 (and last hours also) 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 and south (think AF towers)to pick up clean water. Also on the way, work the established reefs inside that 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 maybe even a snook or two, Deep on the wrecks and reefs for sure you’d have a shot at some retreating pelagics heading south like kingfish and cobia and maybe even a grouper or two. Also a top water troll can bring you some top notch action on barracuda trolling a fast moving plastic eel. Great action but be careful of the teeth. Also the AF towers are legend for producing excellent size permit. 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.