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Capt. Jim Hobales
April 5, 2010
Marco Island - Saltwater Fishing Report

While in the Marco area I did notice some Snook in the dock lights at night and saw a few on the oyser bars. The is plenty of bait, this is all good for the lower Everglades, (Flamingo) because everything trickles down

I am fishing over on the west coast today in Marco Island area, I am pre fishing a little this morning for a Redfish tournament tomorrow. I am with Mitch one of my partners for the tournament, after some searching and finding a few we decided to go catchsome Pompano's. There is a full on bite on the west coast. It didn't take to long and we caught a dozen up to 3 pounds we also had Ladyfish,Jacks,Bluerunners and a Sting Ray.

I am fishing the Backwater series tournament today out of Calusa marina in Goodland, our target is the 2 biggest Redfish. I am with my partners Mitch and Paul and we decided to run down to Flamingo area. We ran 50 mph for just over an hour in my Pathfinder and had to wait for the tide to bottom out and start to come back in. We were throwing Rapala skitter walks and subwalks and had the Redfish coming up and hitting them but not staying attached. we tried to pitch bait at them but the weren't ready yet! The tide started to trickle in and it was on, Paul had a Red smash his top water and I pitched a bait in behind it and hooked it. We landed the 6lb. Red and were on the board, we continued catching them for almost 3 hours. We caught them over slot and under slot and lost a few in the process. We caught about 25 fish and most were in the 5 lb. range, we made the long run back to the marina for the weigh ins.

We weighed in 11.12 and took 6th place, not bad considering we fished against all locals and guides from the area.

Marco Island Fishing Forecast:

Tarpon are still going strong in Government Cut a swell as Snappers, Groupers, and plenty of other species.

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Captain Jim Hobales was born and raised in South Florida. In the early years he learned to fish his home waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. In the early 1980's he was introduced to Flamingo, at Everglades National Park, it was a life changing experience. Captain Jim became obsessed with the fishing in both Florida Bay as well as Whitewater Bay in the backcountry. Captain Jim is an Everglades National Park permitted guide and a Met registered guide.

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7900 NW 174 Terr.
Miami, FL 33015
Phone: 305-333-8149
Alt. Phone: 305-362-6460
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