Rose Marina Fishing Report - Marco Island, Fl

November 4th 2016 to November 10th 2016 Fishing Report


CONDITIONS: Weather is following it’s usual seasonal pattern. Cooling down (a bit) and the winds have been consistently bothersome especially for those that have a hankering to fish offshore. Much of that will continue this week. Pattern of light morning winds and then accelerating in the afternoon will continue. Look for gusts up to the low 20 mph range mid week…..that makes for uncomfortable sea conditions. Luckily the rains and storms will hold off this week as we assume the typical dry fall season weather pattern. The water temperature is a constant 72-75 now depending on what time of the day you will be on the water and how deep you are going. The tides will be moderate this week with a little stronger late morning incoming followed by a rather weak afternoon / evening outgoing. The moon is coming off a past week high and will not be a factor influencing your fishing this week. The water, then, should stay green and clean as long as the winds don’t turn west and nasty. Overall look for a good week of fall fishing. Last point: we move to Standard Time this week make sure you adjust your tide timing appropriately.

BACKWATER: That great snook fishing you enjoyed all summer is about to go into hibernation. As the water temp nears a steady 70 and below, the snook will begin to go into “catatonic” stage. They suspend the heavy feeding stage and go into a slow down approaching the cooler / colder water during the winter months. Many times, now,  you’ll see “lurkers” on the surface just “lollygogging” but not feeding and ignoring your bait. So, you’ll want to switch your targets to the active cool water fish during the ensuing winter months. The sought after redfish should well become one of your top targets as they are very active in the cool down. Important: the tides control the redfish feeding activity. During low water and incoming tide they will frequent the shallow flats (Johnson Bay, Rookery Bay / Henderson Creek / Addison Bay) working over grass flats searching for live bait. Here, best is to work a small live pinfish in a light rig just off the bottom on a drift…if you see the redfish tailing over the area, pick up and sight cast the rig just in front of their schools movement. This week, as the incoming tide goes full during the late afternoon, suggest you move to the shallow mangrove edges and work either the pinfish or a sizable live shrimp either freelined or under a popper right up tight to the mangrove overhangs in the shallow edges. Redfish will hit with “no strike”…they just mosey up and engulf your bait and take off…… great fight and active right to boatside. You won’t miss the snook very much once you tangle with a nice size redfish. The other fall weather fish that will come active are nice size black drum (on small bits of shrimp worked slowly across the bottom); speckled sea trout that will frequent areas with shallow sea grass bottom that can be worked with a shrimp under a popper set up on a drift over the shallow grass; and last but not least…the sheepshead that is arriving in the cooler water and be just about everywhere taking shrimp / cut crabs / tube worms.

NEARSHORE: Have to think that the annual mackerel explosion will occur here any day. The “macks” typically wait until chill down and then move in nearshore chasing the white bait schools that have formed up on the nearshore reefs. Make a couple trial runs over your favorite spots with the fishfinder on full search……if you mark bait schools; anchor up current and get the chum block in the water quickly and then stand by…..if the macks are in the vicinity, they will show quickly and jump on your tipped light jigs pulled very quickly in the top water. The chum should hold the action for you. On the bottom structure, you should begin to see some “take home” size sheepshead showing up and jumping on a small piece of shrimp worked with the “soft lift” technique. (With a lindy rig baited up with just a small piece of live shrimp….drop it to the bottom and then lift the weight ever so slowly off the bottom and repeat; when you feel any weight on the lift, pull upward with gusto… have a sheepshead aboard. Corollary catch here this time of year can be triggerfish (14″ minimum); sea trout (15″ minimum)

OFFSHORE: Morning conditions here will be more favorable than mid to late afternoon because of wind issues. Deep wrecks will still be working the migrating pelagics heading south to the warmer water temps in the Keys. Locating wrecks with good bait activity is the key. Once located get your chum in the water and followed by a live bait (blue runner or pinfish) on wire in the slick and get ready for kingfish action. These fish are aggressive and will jump on just about anything. Kings are a ferocious fight and a challenge for most all anglers. Cobia will show on the surface being curious as to the activity and the chum effect in the water. You’ll want a couple of live threadfins ready to sightcast to the cobia which will show on the surface and will engulf a well directed cast of same right i front of their noses.

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