Snook and Redfish Inshore, Grouper and Mackerel Offshore
Capt. Lisa Williams
October 3, 2012
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
Late September in the 10,000 Islands is one of the reasons we love our job. The air becomes a little crisp in the morning with thunderstorms in the afternoon.
The seas offshore have calmed a bit allowing for an occasional offshore excursion.
Backwater has been better than average with lots of Redfish and Snook hungry for a well presented meal, which includes live shrimp, one of their favorites. Trout have been slowly moving back into the grass flats on the outer islands, with several 22"+ fish caught on jigs under a popping cork tipped with live or frozen shrimp.
Flounder to 18" have been common in the channels and can be caught by dragging a shrimp or cut bait slowly through the sand.
Whitebait schools are plentiful on the outside and with them is the Spanish mackerel, always a great fight even if a lot of tackle is lost to the toothy critters.
Offshore has been hot, with lots of Red Grouper in 40-50 Ft of water. Cut Squid is my bait of choice but we have gotten several on cut Ladyfish and live Pinfish as well.
Trolling large lipped plugs is still producing plenty of Gag Grouper in 50 -65 ft. Mullet color is a good choice.
Grouper, Flounder, Mackerel, Snook, Redfish
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