Redfish Near Offshore, Trout Backwater
Capt. Lisa Williams
January 3, 2013
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
2012 wasn't going to go down without a fight. With Howling winds and frigid temperatures the fishing was tough to say the least. Couple this with a full moon cycle, and the bays and backwaters here in the 10,000 Islands were almost dry. But our customers would not be deterred and fished on.
With the New Year the prospects are looking up. The dropping water temps it can only mean one thing ……Trout and lots of them !! If you can find even the tiniest patch of clean water, you can find Trout. Spotted Sea trout to 20" are being caught in most of the cuts and deep channels. Silver Trout and Sugar Trout are in good supply and easy to catch using a tipped jig dragged on the bottom. Pompano are showing up in better numbers and are always a great catch using the same jigs, or even regular Shrimp rigs.
Sharks are less abundant with the colder water, but on a recent "Shark Hunt" we were fortunate to come across a school of Bull Redfish a few miles offshore. One behemoth was 39" and weighed 23 lbs. Another just slightly smaller at 36" and 20 lbs. One was taken on a medium shrimp and the other with a cut Jack.
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