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Naples & Marco Island, FL

Capt. Roan zumFelde
March 27, 2005
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report

Naples/Marco Tarpon are on the Move

Fished for small Tarpon and Snook this week, around Naples and Marco. Seemed as if the best action was in the tightest creeks I could pole the boat into. I believe the reason for this is that it was extremely windy, not uncommon for our March fishing. I hope April will have less wind, if this happens it will probably go down as one of the best ever. The water Temps are perfect for Snook and Tarpon. I am seeing large Snook starting to position on the sand bars around the passes and the small and large Tarpon are taking up their usual summer positions. Keep the winds light and we should be in business. Finding plenty of Snook in the back country along with the outside passes. We will be starting our summer transitions, this means starting earlier in the morning rather than later. I like to start either just at sunrise or just before, hit the passes or high current edges leading to the passes for an hour or two, then move into the mangroves for the rest of the morning.

If it is calm enough, I will be taking some runs on the beach. Not for Snook or Tarpon, but to try and find the schools of monster Jack Crevalle. This time of the year and into summer, if the water is calm enough, we can find them daisy chaining off our beaches. This is great fun on an 9wt. or 10wt. Fly Rod. I like one with a stiff back bone like the 8'8", Scott 10wt. S3S. Team this with a Bauer MZ5 and you can usually stop these bruisers. I am not one to plug a lot of equipement, but when you are after Jack's in the 25 to 35 pound range you better be using the best you can get.

The big Tarpon are here. I do not fish for them on a regular basis. I am an action kind of person and like to fish for the smaller Tarpon. I am not into going out for eight hours to wait for that one shot at a large one. Not that I won't do it, I have a few clients that want to catch one per year and that is fine, we just do not dedicate the whole day to it. We put a couple of mullet out for bait the other day to try and entice one and in three passes we had one blow the mullet out of the water and 5 feet into the air three times before deciding not to eat. My angler said "that was cool watching that happen, lets go catch some more Snook". My sentiments exactly. Good Fishing Capt. Roan z.

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Rz's Fishing Extremes specializes in Light Tackle and Fly Fishing the inshore and offshore waters of Naples, Marco, and in the Everglades for Largemouth Bass. Capt. Roan z, is a Fly Casting Instructor and Fly Tying Instructor with Numerous Contracted Fly Patterns. Capt. Roan enjoys taking begginer to advanced fly anglers to experience a fantastic time and learning experience on the waters of South West Florida.

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Rz's Fishing Extremes
2800B Shoreview Dr.
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239-269-4426
Alt. Phone: 239-774-6036
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