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Southwest Florida - Naples, Marco, 10,000 Islands

Capt. Jeff Legutki
January 8, 2007
Ten Thousand Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report

Jan.1-15 10,000 Islands - Everglades

The year of 2007 has started off unseasonably warm. This has got to be the warmest winter I can remember in many years! The typical day has been in the mid 80's with a southeasterly wind, keeping the water temps ranging from upper 60's to upper 70's. Its like its still fall.

The fish are confused and not being in places where they usually are this time of year. Changing our patterns has been a must. Fishing has been great to say the least!

The snook bite has been consistent, with alot of large fish for this time of year. Usually by this time the snook are lathargic from the cooler water, and not feeding that well. This year we are catching snook on every trip with at least on in the upper slot. Snook fishing with the flyrod has been great! White and chartuece colored flies have been the goto fly. Where yellow/rootbeer, and black colored patterns are also working well depending on the water clarity.

Red fish as well have been abundant, giving the shallow water angler the best sight fishing shots. You can see then on the lower tide stages rooting around the shallow mud coves with their backs out of the water. The Berkley Gulp jerkbaits are taking alot of fish in the shallows, rigged weedless. They are great to drag over the oyster shell shorelines or skipping under the overhanging branches.

Trout are usually super thick right now, but due to the warmer waters the numbers are not quite there. Smaller fish are being caught out on the grass flats on jigs and shrimp, but nothing over 20 inches.

Outside on the beaches you can find all the mackeral you want, along with ladyfish, jacks, and silver trout. A few bluefish are around, as well as a few cobia and kingfish on the inshore wrecks.

It is an active January down here in the 10,000 Islands and the fish can be taken on a variety of ways. The simple shrimp and split shot on the current swept points will find everything from snook, reds, and trout, as well as sheephead, snapper, and grouper. A plain 1/4 oz. jig is deadly this time of year and my favorite, sight fishing with flies and jerkbaits! So take advantage of Paradise and get out there and have a good time!

Capt. Jeff Legutki

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Come fish the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park for tarpon, snook, red fish and more with either flyrods or light tackle. All artificial no live bait, geared for two anglers. Fly through the shallows in a Hellsbay Whipray. Fishing with the finest equiptment like Sage fly rods and Bauer reels or St. Croix spin rods and Quantum reels. Sight fishing is my passion! Target the toughest saltwater species in mere inches of water and fool them into eating year round.

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1229 Lake Shore Dr.
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-293-1664
Alt. Phone: 239-293-1664
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