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Naples & Marco Island, FL

Capt. Roan zumFelde
July 22, 2005
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report

Tarpon & Snook Fishing Naples to Marco

The small Tarpon are abundant in the waters from Naples to Marco this time of the year. They will stay this way until the rains stop and the weather turns cool. Fished last ten days and had only one day that we couldn't boat a Tarpon, that day it was very windy and the Tarpon would only flash at the flies. I love this time of the year, Hot and few people fishing. I pretty much have the Backcountry to myself. Look for the Tarpon in the bays with feeder creeks running into them. The best is an outgoing tide that will bunch them up so their easier to see also more spooky. You need to pole the boat into them and cast to them as far away as possible so as not to spook them. You can usually get within 60 feet. If you can't cast that far don't worry I have caught some Tarpon as close as ten feet from the bow of the boat. We had one the other day that took the fly at the tip of the rod. The best line to fish these little devils is a Rio Quick Shooter in either a Sink tip or Floating line. I like an eight weight rod in 9 foot seems to be the best all around. I like a fast action Scott S3S with a bauer MZ3 Reel on it. When I go into the deep glades I take my specialty boat called a Peenoe it is 12.5 feet and can carry two people on a stable platform into almost untouched water. This trip is a blast and a real adventure.


The Snook have been a little bit of everywhere but the most consitent action has to be in the passes. Just about all the passes from Tampa South to Flamingo have them and they are very hungry. I like to fish for them early in the morning or late into the evening. They are taking just about anything that looks like a pilchard. Flies, Jerk Baits, Tsunami Paddle Tails are my favorites. They are also crushing live bait. You can't keep them in the strike zone long, before they are getting nailed. There seem to be a few Reds scatterd out with the Snook and are taking flies and jerk baits thrown close to the mangroves. If you would like some more info on fishing in the Naples and marco area please feel free to email us with your name and address and we will be happy to send a newsletter. or click on newsletter from our web site. www.fishingextremes.com Thanks 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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