Strong winds, but strong action!

May 04, 2017 by Ben Geroy

Trip Info

The Catch
Jack Crevalle
Snapper (Mangrove)

The wind has been quite a deciding factor in the fishing we’ve been doing the past couple weeks. It’s been very breezy almost every day for a while now here in southwest Florida, and it’s causing problem on and off the water! Strong winds coupled with drought has sparked wild fires all over our area, and have covered the Naples area in a smokey haze for days at certain times. When it comes to backwater fishing in the Naples area, we try to fish with the wind as much as we can. Setting up the boat upwind from the shoreline, and casting into mangrove pockets where the wind and current are pushing baits naturally, is the easiest way to be productive when dealing with high winds. When working these windy shorelines, we have been getting into flurries of action from snook, mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, redfish, and even some small tarpon! We also had another successful morning of shark fishing a week or so ago. My angler, Bob, managed to catch both a lemon shark, and a very rare hammerhead! Both were 6-7 feet long and put up quite a fight! I’m always impressed to see these big fish, and catch them in only 5 feet of water!

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