Land & Water
Capt. Pete Root
January 26, 2010
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
Reports have been frequent on the devastating impact of recent cold temperatures on local harvests which unfortunately spans land and water.
On a positive note, this week I had to wait for a cold front to blow threw that had a strong line of rain preceding it. It was well worth the wait, Chad, Marla and their son Christian had 4 fantastic hours of fishing with me around Naples! The trout bite was simply awesome! They ended with 31 trout to the boat. We used a mixed arsenal of bait from live shrimp, tube jigs to curly tails. Along with the Trout were ladyfish, surprisingly the ladies weren't as thick as the trout, some might say that's a good thing. I don't mind Ladyfish especially when the guest are first time saltwater anglers as were the Brands. Christian has the fishing bug as any 14 year old should have. He really wanted either a snook or a red fish, I was happy to show him his first ever red that ate a shrimp at the end of the day. Congratulations Christian!!
Still, amidst the plentiful catch of trout, I explained them about the very unfortunate Snook kill we had with the recent severe cold weather. It is sad to say the least, thousand of these prized game fish some as large as 40 inches littering the coast. As I stated on a recent interview for NPR radio I am all for the fast and intelligent moves the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission made by closing the snook season until September. Hopefully this will give the snook a chance to rebound, time will tell.
So get out there and stretch a line!
Naples Fishing Forecast:
So February is fast approaching us, I would bet that the trout bite is going to remain hot and that the schools of red fish that I've been targeting will continue to only get better! If you are wanting some great table fare this is the time of year for Pompano. I have had good results the past few trips and expect it to stay the same.
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