December/January fishing better than normal.
Capt. Geoff Crouse
January 8, 2015
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
The fishing has been better than normal for this time of year, most likely due to the unseasonably warm winter we have had. I have been getting water temp readings as high as 82 degreees in the backcountry.
This warm weather has given us an exceptionally strong Snook bite. Pilchards have been the bait of choice, although a freelined shrimp has been getting the job done on those days when baits are tough to get.
Although the trout bite started off relatively weak this year, it has picked up in recent weeks, with as many as 40 being picked up in a 4 hour trip.
Pompano have been around for awhile, but that bite has been inconsistent until just recently. I've been noticing that more are hanging in 3 to 4 foot depths with good current.
Black Drum and large Sheepshead have been hanging in their usual haunts. If you really want a good shot at either species, fish docks and/or deep holes mottled with oyster.
Redfishing has been the most disappointing. There are alot of small rats around but it's definitely tougher finding the big bruisers this year. I'm hoping that at some point this will change as this is one of my favorite species to target!
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