Thursday, November 5, 2015

Naples Fishing Report 11/5/15

It's hard to tell it's November in Naples as temps are still in the mid to upper 80's and water temps have come back up to the low 80s. October was a very busy month for me and we caught a bunch of really nice fish in the backwaters and on the shallow wrecks in the gulf. Bait has been very easy to find on the beaches, wrecks and areas of hard bottom.
  In the backwaters the redfish really got going good with the cooler water temps. We had some really good days with 13 redfish being the most in one day. Most of the redfish are in the 22-26in range but we caught quite a few in the 27-32in range. Live pilchards caught the majority of them, but gold spoons, topwaters and jigs got em too. Snook fishing has remained good on the beaches, passes, docks and bays closest to the beaches. Most of the fish are 18-22in but we lost 3 big fish in the 20lb range on 3 trips.
  Tarpon are still around also in all sizes. The beaches are still holding fish in the 60-170lb range. The sharks have been very thick though making it tough to get a bsit to the tarpon. With the warm weather we are still waiting for the tarpon to go crazy once we get the right cold front conditions. I expect tarpon to be around through Thanksgiving unless the cold fronts start piling up. In the backwaters we are still catching them in the 10-30lb range and are a blast on 10lb tackle.
  The shallow water wrecks were loaded with kingfish, bonita, sharks and big spanish mackeral. Recently they have moved off to find cooler water but will heat up again as we start to get cooler weather.
  Forecast is looking good and things will get better as trout, pompano, and black drum arrive as it gets closer to Winter. Don't wait to book your trip as the schedule will fill up fast with season approaching. Till next time tight lines
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