Warming Waters/Dropping Barometer/And a Ray to Boot
Capt. Pete Root
March 11, 2009
Naples - Saltwater Fishing Report
Although we are not out of the woods completely with the potential of one or two late fronts coming down, it appears that the winds of March have blown away the majority of the winter cold fronts. Warmer water has been allowing the jigs and shrimp to stay put in their respective holding tanks. With the bait being in such large supplies, I have been able to target snook and redfish on all my charters. For the past two weeks, the upper parts of the tides have been most productive.
The last front that came through in the first week of March, the one that claimed those poor souls out of Tampa, produced some great catches. I had Drew and his son's James and Bryan from Ohio on board as the front came through. We experienced flat calm waters in the morning with a mixed bag bite of jacks, trout, and ladyfish. At around 12 noon as the front was passing over head dropping the temperature 10 degrees and increasing the winds by 15-20 knots the bite turned ON. With the barometer dropping as well they caught catfish, 11 snook, jacks and a 3 ft ray all with in 40 minuets. The best part of it all was as I was raising the Ray to get give them a good look, the other two baits got eating one right after another by two upper slot Redfish.
So if any of you have ever questioned the 2 separate theories of 1) that fish gorge on a dropping barometer and 2) red fish follow rays eating what has been churned up,
let this tale ease your mind.
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