Trout, Mackerel, Goliath Grouper and Sharks Despite High Wind
Capt. Lisa Williams
May 30, 2013
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
Well the seasonal residents have started their migration back to the North, and the fish have started to move to their summer homes as well.
May is often associated with Tarpon as the migrating schools begin to show up near Marco Island, but for some of our savvy customers May means only one thing Sharks! Sharks of all shapes and sizes are plentiful in the waters surrounding the 10,000 Islands. Cut bait or white bait set out on the bottom is the ticket to catching the larger sharks in the area.
Fishing near shore on the small wrecks and artificial reefs has proven to be productive but tricky as the winds have continued to buffet South West Florida. Finding that elusive calm day to venture out has been somewhat difficult. Sea Trout and Mackerel to 25 inches are fairly common on live shrimp. And once in a while, a goliath grouper shows up when fishing with squid strips or pin fish.
With the windy weather it has been a challenge on some trips to find water conditions conducive to catching some of our species. But persistence pays off for as it did for the Sweet party of Virginia. In a half day charter they managed to break our long standing customer record by catching 22 species of fish.
Snook have become easier to find in most of the islands and bays, as well as Flounder and large Jacks.
Redfish are being caught in the backwaters in fairly shallow water, but occasionally will take a cut bait presented properly on the outer beaches and banks.
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