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March Fishing in Everglades City

Capt. Brandon Acosta
March 17, 2016
Everglades City - Saltwater Fishing Report

March is the last month of our typical winter fishery here in the Everglades National Park.
We will still experience some windy days and a couple of cold fronts, but the fishing can be fantastic! Water temperatures should pop up into the low 70's this month, with air temperatures in the high 70's to low 80's
The full moon this March falls on the 5thth and the new moon is on the 20th. March is another month with some low tides around the full and new moon. We will have some very low tides the mornings of the 2nd-5th, and the 16th-21st. Be sure to do your tide chart research if fishing those days. Some anglers choose to avoid fishing during some of these extreme negative low tides.

Looking at the moon phases, tides, and the Solunar calendar, I like what I see for peak bite times on the 4th from 9am-11am, the 5th from 9:30am-11:30am, the 6th from 10:15am-12:15pm, the 19th from 10am-12pm, and the 20th from 11am-1pm. Look to be fishing on your favorite spots with your favorite baits at those times. Refer to my website where I have a page with monthly Solunar peak bite times.
If you like to venture a little offshore, look for Permit and Cobia as the water warms. Permit will gladly accept a small 1" live crab on a 4/0 circle hook. Cobia will hit many types of jigs and bait like a large bucktail jig with a rubber tail, many top water plugs, plastic eels, and live bait like Pinfish, Pilchards, thread herring, and mullet.
Of course Snook will be a fantastic sport fish to target in March, especially later in the month as the water warms up and they begin to head out of the deep back country on their annual migration back to the outside. Live Pilchards are my favorite bait for them. Redfish will be around and will be hanging around oyster bars & hard bottom. I like to use live shrimp under a popping cork for the Reds on an incoming tide.
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Target Species:

Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Trout

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