Irma has really impacted the SWFL area creating some of the best fishing we have seen in years. Redfish have been plentiful with these fish running in the 20-34 inch range. Snook have also been all over the beaches and passes with some of the best fishing coming early during the tide changes. Stay close to the passes fishing nearshore bays due to all the amount of fresh water that has changed the salinity in the backcountry. Baits of choice have been pilchards and cut ladyfish. I have also had some luck using decent size finger mullet. Pompano have also been cruising up and down the beaches I highly recommend always carrying a pink Jackmack Jig (Found at Mikes Bait House) tipped with shrimp is a deadly combo.
Fishing in our areas has taken a back seat to some awful weather. Rains have covered most of SWFL and the Gulf has been roughed up for days. It's going to take days for things to calm down and conditions to start improving. Prior to the tropical wave fishing was fantastic with bait everywhere and fish chewing. Here is Capt. Kyle down on a little vacation catching some beautiful spotted sea trout with lots of snook and monster jacks mixed in. I like everyone is itching to get on the water but make the most of your time off the water to do some tackle cleaning and boat organization.
Capt Joey Benko
We are experiencing the summer time rains in full effect and this is making catching bait very challenging. Look to turn in the cast nets for Sibiki Rigs to catch pinfish and thread fins. The passes from Doctors Pass to Cape Romano are loaded with big snook. On the beaches tarpon are moving up and down but get out early throwing crabs and big threads. With more rain in the forecast get out early to avoid the lightning storms in the afternoon. Here is Mr. Jennings family with one of many snook caught on the outgoing tide.
Capt. Joey Benko
The fishing here in Naples has been very good with Tarpon showing up. Snook and Redfish action has been awesome with lots of catches. Look for bait to get challenging as it's getting ready to spawn and with this last front pushing through it's going to take some time for things to stabilize again.
A few #snook releases along the mangrove shorelines so far this week and even shots at laid up tarpon. The #tarpon migrate up the coast and retreat into the backwater areas during their long ocean journey. www.naplesfishingguide.com #fishingchartersnaples #marcoislandfishing #naplesfishingguide
These fish are just absolutely Badass! It is was an awesome day watching this beautiful fish kick my wife's ass. Great job grinding through the pain and getting it to the boat. #aftco #okuma #surfnturf #naplesfishingguide #mikesbaithouse #powerpole #cousinrods #smithoptics
Naples fishing is starting to get really good with tarpon, snook, redfish and trout being the primary focus. Pilchards can be found along the beaches and also mullet in the back bays. I've found my best action to be in the afternoon when the tide has a chance to fill in for redfish and snook. It is not uncommon for us to see sharks cruising around as well. Tarpon are starting to show up in small numbers as they migrate up the coast but with this weeks weather look for fishing to improve quickly. There are some smaller resident tarpon 15-30lbs that like to hang out tucked under the mangrove shorelines.
Below are a few photos from this past weekend where Luca Musico won his division catching snook redfish and trout during a local tournament on my boat.
Have a great rest of the week!
Capt. Joey Benko
With the last front that came through and a big full moon the water temp has fallen back to the lower 70's. Bait fish have been the keys baits of choice but with cooler temps fish are still waiting for things to warm. Look for snook on the falling tide and redfish at the end of the incoming. Here is Carol Downey catching two beautiful redfish this week. With warmer temps look for things to start improving fast.
Fishing in Naples has been getting better and better with the warmer water temps. Spring is almost here bait has been challenging but once you have it the fish will come a get it. Snook have been the main players in the Naples backwater along with redfish and trout. I've been targeting snook wherever I can find clean water and redfish at the higher stages of the incoming tide. Trout have been big but not real prevalent. Look for the fishing to improve as this weeks forecast is looking to stay in the 80's. Here is one of many snook that we have been catching here in Naples right now 20snook catches on half day trips is pretty common.
Capt. Joey Benko
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