Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Naples Tarpon and Snook Fishing June 10. 2014

Its been a few months since my last report as Ive just been too busy fishing to get on the computer. I have a since bought a new Skeeter zx22v bay boat powered by a Yamaha 250 4 stroke. The boat has over a 100 gallons of live wells, dual 10ft blade Power Poles, the new Minn Kota 112 I Pilot trolling motor and Garmin electronics. I have been very pleased with the boat and so has everyone who has fished on it. The ride of the Skeeter compared to my old Pathfinder is unbelievable, very solid in a heavy chop and has great seating in the back. The fishing in March and April was hot and cold. The weather was just plain brutal with cold fronts hitting every 3-5 days and winds from every direction at 20knts or above the whole time. These conditions had the fish confused and very spread out. We never had a solid stretch of weather till around the 1st week of May. I had to move way more than normal to catch fish and never really found fish in one area for more than two days. The great news is that the last month the fishing has been excellent especially for tarpon. I fished everyday in May and only fished for snook 4 days in the Naples area. Live pilchards were the bait of choice and were harder to catch than the snook. Most of the snook were average size in the 20-25" range, but we did manage a few fish in the 15-24lb range. The big fish came on live mullet in rough conditions on the last cold front of the year. Things are seeming to be back to normal with the snook fishing solid right now. This week should produce some big snook in the afternoons with the big outgoing tides. Tarpon fishing was and has been a lot of fun with hookups on every trip we fished for them except one a few weeks ago. The most fish hooked was 13 and we averaged 4-9 per trip. I fished for three weeks straight out of Sanibel and did very well. The fish were on the beaches, passes and up in Charlotte harbor. I concentrated on areas with shallow gin clear water and sight fished most days with live thread herring. This is a very exciting way to catch them as you get to see the tarpon eat the bait close to the boat. I did have a few great afternoons fishing the big outgoing tides with live crabs. The last week Im back in Naples and it has not disappointed with tarpon and snook. The late afternoons have been best and its much cooler. Once it starts raining daily things will really heat up on the tarpon fishing. Small tarpon will pack into the backwater creeks and the big ones will be all over the beaches. Its going to be a great Summer of fishing so don't miss out on the action. Till next time tight lines