Steady August Action in the Backwaters
Capt. Todd Geroy
August 14, 2017
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
The heat continues on the water, but the fishing has been pretty consistent for our anglers on trips the last week or so.
Our annual run of "red minnows" has begun. These micro baits show annually by the millions in area passes and trigger an amazing show of feeding game fish especially when timed with a low, changing tide at sunrise or sunset.
We experienced some amazing mornings earlier last week as hundreds of tarpon of all sizes gorged themselves on the morsels while showering the boat with fleeing baitfish. As far as hookups, we only managed a couple as the tarpon were especially tuned into the small baits. Quite a show to watch however.
Snook were more cooperative. One trip enjoyed non-stop action with the snook in an absolute frenzy. One stop provided bites on nearly every cast for over an hour. Small live pilchards and spanish sardines provided the bites for us. The snook shared the bite with some hefty jack crevalle and mangrove snapper.
Yesterday (Sunday) morning, I enjoyed a half day with the Edwards family from the east coast of Florida. We caught quite a few snook from the outside passes all the way to a few deep inland spots. Cathy caught a couple larger fish to 36".
The trio also released numerous mangrove snapper, jack crevalle and a couple juvenile goliath grouper out of the heavy cover.
I only have found a few redfish on recent outings. These fish have come by sight casting at low tide as they were seen cruising and tailing on shallow channel edges. The reds caught have all been in the upper slot range between 25 and 27 inches.
-Capt. Todd Geroy
Naples Fishing Forecast:
I expect the redfish activity to pick up in the next two weeks. The new moon tides on the week of 8/21 will bring higher tides which should bring better action.
Tarpon, snook, redfish
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