Just Name Your Target in April
Capt. Todd Geroy
April 15, 2015
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
April fishing continues to shine with steady action from everything that swims along with some giant fish being caught. Snook, tarpon, sharks and redfish are the big headliners with some of the largest snook of the year being released. Tarpon are now widespread in the area and I intend to start hitting them hard starting later this week. We have caught some monster lemon sharks ranging over 250 lbs as well as plenty of bull sharks running to 120 lbs on recent trips.
On one trip last week, long time regular client Tom Iversen and friends enjoyed an action packed afternoon catching and releasing countless snook. On the last stop, Tom hooked up with his lifetime biggest. In a shallow cove, Tom battled, boated and released a giant 26 lb. fish. It was promptly released after taking a few photos. Quite a catch on light gear in such shallow water!
Tom Iversen with a beautiful 26 lb. snook...
Shark fishing has been as good as it gets. One shark fishing outing produced an 8 foot lemon shark estimated at over 250 lbs. This was caught inshore in 4 feet of water and took 45 minutes to bring to the boat for release.
Last Friday morning I had a great trip with the Chandler family. Grandfather Jim brought along his son-in-law Eric Dietrich and grandsons, Theodore (10) and Chandler (12). Only making a few stops all morning,we started the morning out catching lots of snook along with redfish and seatrout. Plenty of sizable jack crevalle and spanish mackerel also kept lines tight and drags screaming.
At one spot, we fished the bank with live sardines which provided continuous action while I tossed one large cut bait out the other side for a possible shark encounter. The sharks did not disappoint either. Within minutes of the bait hitting the water each time, the rod was soon hooked up to a 6′ or larger bull shark. The boys "tag teamed" on each of the 5 that we hooked up with bringing three to the boat for pictures before releasing them.
The last stop was just to add another species to the list for the morning. We fished a deep hole in a remote back country creek and enjoyed fast action with juvenile goliath grouper. The group released several to 18 lbs. A fantastic day on the water with enthusiastic young anglers!
Other recent trips have had their share of action as well with more nice snook, baby tarpon and redfish all willing to provide action.
Naples Fishing Forecast:
Spring/summer pattern fishing is in full swing. I am looking forward to the great fishing to continue. We will be concentrating more and more on the big tarpon from here on out.
snook, tarpon, redfish, sharks, grouper, snapper, trout
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