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Marco Island, Ft. Myers & Boca Grande

Capt. Scott Hughes
February 3, 2000
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

High winds and some red tide hampered the fishing this week. However, there is always a place to fish in southwest Florida. Marco Island produced some pretty fair trout fishing in the backcountry and pompano on the shoals. Fish for the trout in the deep holes behind the outside islands from Coon Key to Round Key. Shrimp tipped jigs are always a good choice. Work them slower when the water is cold. The pompano are a little more difficult. A few are hitting 1/8th ounce jigs tipped with shrimp but you'll catch more with sand fleas. Snook action slowed last week when the red tide made keeping bait alive almost impossible. I haven't been able to get out the tarpon that were holding on some hard bottom offshore.

Ft Myers hasn't faired much better, except for trout and sheephead. Sheephead are the best bet around structure like pilings and bridges. Trout are in 4-5 ft of water off the sandbars. When the weather is as nasty as it's been lately you'll have a good shot at the "infamous" cold front slam which consists of catching a Jack, Ladyfish, and Sailcat. One of my buddies made up the slam when we were trying to justify fishing in 40 degree temperatures with the wind blowing at about 30 knots.

Good Luck!

Capt. Scott Hughes

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I specialize in light tackle saltwater, and fly fishing from the backcountry of the 10,000 Islands to flats of Pine Island Sound and the bay system of Charlotte Harbor. I have pick-up locations out of Ft Myers, Marco Island, Pine Island, Punta Gorda and Boca Grande. I like to target big fish. During warm months, tarpon, sharks, snook, redfish, cobia, king mackerel and big jacks are the main species sought after. Most of the winter months are devoted to redfish, trout, snook and grouper. Whether

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12571 Burnt Store Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33955
Phone: 941-575-2389
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