Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Naples Fishing Report 9/9/15

Its that time of year when the fishing really starts to heat up in Naples,Fl. The Summer is just about gone and the cooler weather is only a few weeks away. The biggest thing to report on the fishing is the increase of beautiful slot and over slot redfish in the 6-12lb range. They can be caught on a variety of live, dead, soft plastics and topwater baits. Lately my charters have been using live pilchards that I net each morning before my charters arrive at the dock. This method is great because all skill levels will catch fish, kids to seasoned anglers can all catch nice fish. Most of my charters are catching 4-10 redfish per half day depending on tides and conditions. Snook fishing has also been very good the last few weeks using live pilchards and topwater baits. This time of year most of the snook are on the small side 1-5lbs, but we have have managed a few fish in the 20b range. The main reason snook are on the small side is summer pilchards are small and easy for little male snook to inhale. The good thing is bait is just about normal in 3-5" range and this will help keep the small fish away and appeal to bigger female snook. Late September through October is one of my favorite times of year for big snook using big 10-12" mullet and ladyfish. This Fall Ill also be doing some night time trips targeting big snook and tarpon on select tides. We will be using big live baits and a very good swimbait Tarpon fishing has been up and down the last few weeks for big fish and if you want info your going to have to call me for questions at 239 404 6255. Ive spent the last 12 yrs dialing in and figuring out how to consistently find and catch big 100-200lb Fall tarpon. The last few years other guides that are clueless like to follow and read reports to try and learn. Little tarpon in the 5-25lb range have been very active on my backwater charters and are a ton of fun on 10lb spinning gear. Live pilchards and topwater are my favorite, but soft plastics will work well also. Fishing Forecast Very soon big tarpon will be my main fish my charters want to target. If you have never tarpon fished Naples in the Fall you are missing out. Some of my biggest have come in October and on some days hooking 20 can be done. If tarpon are not your style redfish and snook will be excellent over the next few months and trout will start invading the backwaters as water temps get into the mid 70's. Till next time tight lines and see you soon