Big Snook and Redfish Make Anglers Happy
Capt. Todd Geroy
March 15, 2015
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
We are enjoying the continuation of the spring warm up with water temperatures now reaching 80 degrees.
Snook are showing up all over the backwaters and are staging along the mangrove shorlines as well as near the passes now. Live sardines have provided great action with plenty of fish caught in the 18 to 22 inch range along with several running to 34". On two occasions, I had anglers hook up with large snook that probably ran over 20 lbs. Both managed to escape either by chewing through the leader or driving deep into the mangrove cover.
Last Thursday, I fished with regular clients of nearly 30 years. Brothers Bill and Jack Forte' caught numerous nice snook throughout the morning. 93 year old Jack boated a 32 inch beauty which was released...
The gentlemen also boated several grouper and jack crevalle throughout the morning.
Redfish are showing up in better numbers in the back bays. While not as abundant as the snook right now, the reds have all been nice fish in the 24 to 27 inch range. We are catching them in many of the same spots as the snook. Mike Dyer released this nice redfish...
Bob Messey always has a knack for catching nice reds. A 26.5 inch beauty...
I have enjoyed taking a few trips into the deeper creeks to target gag and goliath grouper to get a big pull on the line. We have been very successful with anglers boating numerous grouper to 18 lbs. They put up a great fight on the light tackle.
Pompano are still running on the outside with good runs both in Gordons and Capri passes. Drifting and bouncing jigs on the bottom has been very reliable.
Tarpon and sharks are in the area and will continue for the next few months with peak season being late April through May. I have not yet had clients wishing to target these monsters but we are planning to give them a shot on several upcoming trips.
-Capt. Todd Geroy
Naples Fishing Forecast:
Inshore action should only get better in upcoming weeks. Snook,redfish and tarpon will be wide spread through out the area
snook, redfish, grouper, pompano
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