Fall Inshore Fishing Transition Brings a Mixed Bag
Capt. Todd Geroy
December 2, 2015
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
A new month upon us and while winter is creeping in throughout much of the country, SW Florida has been enjoying some marvelous fall weather. With a slight cool down last week, our anglers have enjoyed comfortable conditions and are catching a variety of different fish on many trips.
We are welcoming the arrival of decent numbers of sea trout. They are nice fish averaging 15 to 20 inches. I am finding most of them in fairly shallow water, 2-4 feet with sparse grassy bottom. Live sardines as well as jigs are both taking fish.
Pompano have been running outside the passes on both tides as long as the water is moving. The most popular and effective way to catch them is with a jig bumped along the bottom. The pompano are running from 12 to 18 inches.
Small snook continue to chew on live sardines along the mangrove edges. They are scattered everywhere in the back bays. As well as near the area passes. There are also snook being caught on soft plastic swim baits and jigs. Most of the fish are on the small side 18 to 24 inches. December 1 begins the closure of snook season which reopens in March. Snook can still be targeted, but must be released.
Redfish are scattered around. While not schooled up, anglers willing to "hunt and peck" along the shorelines, points and oyster bars are coming up with some very nice slot and a few over slot redfish. Live sardines, shrimp and jigs are all productive baits.
-Capt. Todd Geroy
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