Monday, February 25, 2013

Naples Fishing Report 2-26/13

The fishing this month has been up and down the last few weeks. The month started out great with warm weather plenty of bait and hungry redfish, snook, trout and even some small tarpon. Then we got hit with a spell of very weak tides and some small outbreaks of red tide off the beaches. It was not strong enough to hurt fish in the backwaters, but keeping bait alive caught offshore was very difficult. Most days I was able to get enough to catch some fish, others I had to cancel. The fishing has since improved and looks like the red tide is moving away making bait easy and lively. The last three days have really produced both quality and quantity. The bigger snook are coming out of their hideouts and we have caught three the last two days in the 10lb range plus numerous others in the 3-6lb range. Redfish are also on the rise and 3-5 per trip has been the average in the 4-10lb range. I haven't trout fished much, but caught them good today and they were all nice keepers released to be caught again. I have been using live pilchards on 1/0 Eagle Claw Kahle hooks on 10lb Spiderwire Invisibraid with a 30lb leader. Soon enough the tarpon and big shallow water sharks will be added to the daily catches. March is filling up fast and the April/May tarpon season is right around the corner. Till next time tight lines