Inshore Fishing Remains Strong in Naples Backwaters
Capt. Todd Geroy
June 15, 2016
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
The fishing has rebounded after a bit of a set back last week as we dealt with rough, rainy conditions with the passing of a tropical storm across the state of Florida. Now the waters are clear and calm again and we are back on our game putting anglers on some great fishing!
I am still finding some big sea trout in deeper water inside the passes. Fishing live baits near bottom, we have caught some very nice fish up to 23 inches. The same spots are producing action with gag grouper as well as some keeper mangrove snapper.
Snook fishing has continued to be red hot! Snook are stacked up in area passes and all along the beaches. With the water clearing up since last weeks blow, we have enjoyed some great site fishing. On yesterday mornings trip 6/15, I fished with Ted Noethling and 7-year-old son, Andrew. While moving to a spot, I spotted a huge school of snook hugging the bottom in about 8 feet of clear water. The school was huge, with probably 1000 fish. More than I have observed in my career. Of course we stopped and presented our offerings. Ted and Andrew continuously hooked up and boated a large number of fish for about an hour until a pesky dolphin moved in and decided to target any fish we hooked and released instead of picking on any of the congregation of snook in the area. Andrew was the star of the morning catching some beautiful snook to nearly 14 lbs. A rewarding trip for this guide who has seen it all.
There are still some big tarpon in the area, although I have not had anglers wanting to target them. It is not too late in the season to catch a bucket list fish. Early morning and late evening tend to be the best time to fish for the silver kings. I have run across fish both along the beaches, around passes as well as in some of the inland channels.
Sharks continue to be abundant as usual this time of year. I have several shark trips on my schedule during the next couple of months. Contact me regarding my popular discounted shark fishing trips offered from July though August.
-Capt. Todd Geroy
snook, sea trout, mangrove snapper, sharks
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