Capt. Matt Hoover
February 14, 2009
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
Water temperatures started to approach the seventy degree mark. This comes after a week of below sixty degree water temperatures and a struggle to catch quality fish. This is not unusual for mid February, but it does make the job harder. Most of us agreed; if the water temperature would climb, the fish would turn inside out. You just had to be there when it happened.
Well I stepped in it yesterday. After feeling my way via GPS and "gut feeling" through the fog, I filled my bait well with shiners and groped my way to the first fishing spot. We couldn't see past our noses, so I stopped by a few docks in the south Marco area. That's when we started catching snook and jacks on every other cast. These fish must have been starving because they hit the bait as soon as it hit the water. I think that they could see the bait coming in the air.
When the fog lifted, we headed to the bushes. I stayed on one bank for the next hour and a half catching snook and jacks. We even caught five legal trout there. I talked to a fellow guide when we got in and he did very well with the fly rod too. He said that the fish were acting crazy too.
The weather is supposed to hold so I think that the fishing will remain good throughout the week. I'll see you on the water.
Marco Island Fishing Forecast:
Fishing should remain good all week
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