Southwest Florida - Naples, Marco, 10,000 Islands
Capt. Jeff Legutki
February 4, 2007
Ten Thousand Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fishing is changing with the weather!
This winter has been as strange as can be! Up until this past week, the weather has been as warm as the Fall. Water temps in the 70's in mid January to early February.Now, this past front has knocked us down to the normal February conditions.
Fly fishing has been hot and cold. Certain days we had to work hard to find fish elevated enough to sight fish. Most fish appeared to be laying up in the middle of the bays, motionless, unvisible, uncatchable. Aggrevating would be the best term to use!
Otherdays, for no particular reason with the same conditions we found fish roaming the flats in search of food. No ryme or reason for their actions, no weather changes, no change in the conditions, just plenty of visible hungry fish.
Snook has been suprisingly cooperative for February. Snook have been laid up on certain days ambushing bait, shrimp, and crabs flushing out with the tide. A neutral colored muddler pattern has benn top choice!
If you are using spinning tackle, its hard to beat the simple jig! With all the new soft plastics around the choice could be tough, they all appear to be working as long as the presentation is slow and on the bottom!
Redfish have been cooperative as well, also taken on with the same techniques and patterns. Recently on the past couple of trips, we have been seeing some over the slot size fish washing in with the tides. Big females cruising in from offshore after spawning would be my guess.
Trout have not made a big presence yet this year, probably due to the warmer weather. Pompano have been out on the grass flats on the cleaner water days. Pink jigs tipped with shrimp have been very productive. Throw in the bycatch like jacks, big ladyfish, and spanish mackeral and you will have plenty of action!
Whether you are taking the kids fishing or your a weekend warrior, fishing has been fun! Get out on the water, hire a guide, and enjoy the best weather in the country!
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