Permit are Hot in Southwest Florida
Capt. Lisa Williams
July 28, 2014
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
With the onset of summer it can only mean one thing, Offshore Fishing!!
With wind finally down to a manageable speed ,we have been venturing out to the deeper water in search of one of my favorites, ..Grouper. And they are plentiful. Most trips have caught limits of 12-20 lb Red grouper in 50-75 ft of water by drifting over coral patches or anchoring over ledges and hard bottom and deep dropping live baits such as blue runners, pinfish, and cut ladyfish.
But grouper are only part of the bounty awaiting the adventurous angler.
Permit are moving in large schools in the southern 10,000 Islands near the Shark river. Small pass crabs are the best choice for bait, but we have been catching lots of them on a shrimp rig with a ¼ ounce weight and drifting them near the bottom. One drawback to the permit is the presence of sharks. Bull sharks are waiting to snatch your prize if you don't get them to the boat quickly.
Bulls in excess of 200 lbs are everywhere near the schools of Permit.
Cobia and Barracudas also have been around the same areas.
Summer also means SHARK trips!! With the warmer water, a number of species of sharks are abundant and great fun for novice as well as experienced anglers.
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