Naples Backwaters Mid-May Action
Capt. Todd Geroy
May 13, 2014
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fishing continues about the same as my previous report. We are still having breezy weather which has put a little damper on the outside tarpon fishing. Choppy seas near shore and gusty winds have made it very difficult to target the "Silver Kings" off area beaches on many days.
Snook and redfish have taken up the slack though, with many trips finding some great action along the mangrove shorelines. Live baits are tops in producing action, but well placed soft plastic swim baits and hard baits such as Mirrolures draw strikes from both snook and reds.
One notable trip was with Steve Tharpe and buddy Jim last Thursday morning. The duo got into a bunch of fish releasing 6 slot redfish and 15 snook to 30 inches in just 4 hours! Live sardines were the bait of choice.
Other fun action has been fishing some in some of the deep holes in creeks for goliath and gag grouper. This is catch-and-release only fishing , but these fish really put up a battle trying to entangle anglers in the heavy cover. The groupers have been running up to 18 lbs.
Naples Fishing Forecast:
The action seems to be about a month behind the norm for this time of year. I expect snook fishing to really get going in the next two weeks as they should start schooling heavily near the passes to spawn.
Snook, redfish, tarpon, grouper
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