Capt. Chris McCubbin
April 14, 2009
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
Wow the fishing has been good the last week. The only problem is catching pilchards. The last cold front scattered the bait and stirred the water up. Its on the wrecks, but holding very close to it. Its a real pain in the butt. I have lost some nets this week along with about five fellow guides.
Snook fishing has been great in the late afternoons. I have been doing decent in the mornings. The incoming tide has been a bit week, and the fish have been a bit lazy. My numbers are down a bit, but other fish have kept us busy. The afternoons are great on the strong outgoing. I just got home and we got 40 snook in one pass. they were all between 21-27in. Just about every bait got eaten for two hours.
Redfish are here in decent numbers in the shallow bays. I have been getting a few here and there. They are nice fish, with most of them in the slot.
TARPON are the highlight this week. I have been getting one almost every trip I have fished in the evening on the outgoing. Mullet have been the bait of choice and the fish are all over 80lbs. This evening we got one big girl that was 88in, go figure I left the DNA kit in the car. We had three mullet and only 20 minuts before the sun went down. First one got destroyed, but she missed and bait eventually hung up. Bait two got hammered and a catfish ate it. By this time they are destroying finger mullet and we have one bait left, a perfect cast was inhaled instantly. It was pretty dark and I couldnt get a good look at her, 50mins later we had her boatside. My client Rob did a great job and it was his first one ever.Highlight of the vacation for sure.
Naples Fishing Forecast:
Snook fishing will be improving daily with waters warming. Redfish will stay strong through the Summer. Taron fishing is really getting good, and only going to get better. When these winds lay down look for the beach tarpon to be showing up in the big bait schools. April is about fullm I have afternoons open and these are great for snook and tarpon. May is about the best month for tarpon in Naples and its filling in. Give me a call and lets go fishing 239 404 6255