Spotted Sea Trout Earn Fish of the Week
Capt. Lisa Williams
November 14, 2012
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
A windy start to November kept the fishing confined to the back bays and protected islands, but that is not all bad.
Trout have been the fish of choice for most anglers here in the 10,000 Islands. Plentiful and tasty, these voracious hunters can be taken with any number of baits or artificial lures.
Of course the ever popular live shrimp is always a good choice, especially for novice anglers.
Slowly retrieving a shrimp on a jig or weighted hook is probably the most productive method.
But if you are ready to test your skills you can try any number of spoons or soft plastics. It takes a little more finesse but the rewards have been worth it, with several Gator Trout in the 22-24" range in the last two weeks but more in the 15-19" range.
Sheepshead are beginning to show up in the passes and around the pilings in the bays and harbors. Several Sheepies upward of 5 lbs have been caught.
The trick to catching Sheepshead is knowing when to set the hook , I suggest "JUST BEFORE HE BITES" as they are known to steal baits, having very large teeth and hard bony jaws. It is sometimes difficult to get a solid hook set on them.
Redfish have been fairly easy to find, but size varies widely from day to day. Live shrimp worked very slowly in close to the mangrove banks is your best bet.
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