Naples Backwater Fishing Charters Fishing Report
STILL OPEN For Business during COVID-19!
April 15, 2020
As we approach arguably the best time of year to be out fishing in SW Florida, the Coronavirus has stopped business dead in its tracks. First, let me say that I am still open for business, the fishing has been great, and I am taking every precaution to keep myself and my clients healthy and safe. The open waterways and fresh air you experience while out fishing might just be one of the best and safest places to be during this pandemic! With all that said, the few trips I have been fortunate enough to keep on the schedule have been nothing short of spectacular! Snook, redfish, tarpon, sharks, big jack crevalle, goliath grouper, and mangrove snapper have all been biting very well, especially on days when the tides are strongest.
Up to 15 SPECIES Caught in a Morning!
January 23, 2020
January 23, 2020 We've finally gotten a touch of winter weather over the last couple months here in Naples, with a handful of cold fronts coming through, and ever changing wind patterns. The cooler water has pushed many fish deeper into the backwaters. On days when the water is colder, fishing shrimp close to the bottom in deeper creeks and channel edges has produced black drum, snapper, redfish, and sheepshead. In between the fronts, the water gets a chance to warm back up and we will fish with live baitfish. Focusing on the mouths of the creeks, and shallower shorelines has produced snook, jacks, redfish, and snappers as well.
Action as HOT as the Weather!!
August 13, 2019
Summer fishing has been just as hot as the weather! Business has been much better this summer, with no red tide or hurricanes so far this year, clients are enjoying some great fishing action! With the heat index getting well over 100 degrees most days, it's crucial to get out as early as possible before the water heats up. The first few hours of daylight have provided the best fishing action southwest Florida can offer! Recent morning trips have produced 40-50 snook, 5-10 redfish, along with snapper and jacks mixed in!
Nice Fish EVERYWHERE!
June 9, 2019
Fishing action has been steady throughout the "spring" season. Quality fish are being caught all over the backwaters from the passes all the way into the smaller back bays. Snook and jacks are taking most of the live sardines, while we are getting mangrove snapper, redfish, goliath grouper, small tarpon, and sharks of all sizes as well!
HOT Spring Fishing!!
March 24, 2019
After a solid few weeks of "winter", things started to warm up in the month of March. Except for a few late season cold fronts, the water temps have stayed above 70 degrees, and we've been fishing with live sardines. Snook, jack crevalle, and mangrove snappers are the most common catches at the moment, and redfish, seatrout, goliath grouper, and small tarpon are getting in the mix well. The great thing about fishing this time of year is that the bite can be just as good at any time of day, as long as the tide is moving!
Winter time, tons of ACTION and VARIETY
January 7, 2019
For the last month or so, we've been into our "winter" pattern of fishing. The water temperatures have been hovering between the mid 60s and 70s, as cold fronts move in and out of the region. We are primarily using shrimp for bait right now, and rigging half a shrimp on a jighead will catch just about everything that swims in the backwaters. In colder days I've been concentrating on fishing deeper water, little holes and channel edges with plenty of moving water. Using just enough weight to get the bait to the bottom is key is these areas. On warmer days, we will fish shallower, focusing on getting the baits close to the mangrove shorelines. We have been getting around ten or more different species of fish on every trip the last few weeks using these tactics, the most common catches being mangrove snapper, sheepshead, redfish, black drum, and jack crevalle. The new year is off to a great start and I'm excited for another year of catching!
Naples Backwater Fishing Charters specializes in light tackle inshore fishing adventures in Naples and Marco Island. Join Captain Ben Geroy and enjoy some of the finest backwater fishing that Southwest Florida has to offer. Check the bite on a half-day ad...
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