Southwest Florida - Naples, Marco, 10,000 Islands
Capt. Jeff Legutki
April 21, 2005
Ten Thousand Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report
10,000 Island's - 4/20/05
Now is the best time to be on the water. With the water temp's in the 70's and climbing, the fish are in feeding mode. Everything is coming togeather, the wind's are still pretty consistent but still workable. And the crowd's are starting to thin out a bit. The fishing is simply "On Fire"!
Snook have come out of no where, you can find them in the back country, all the way to the beaches. All of them fattening up for the up and coming spawn. Averaging at least one slot size keeper on every trip, and lot's of undersize shorties. Wednesday the 20th,angler Jacob Smith caught a fat 36" snook on 10# spinning gear. The fish ate a scaled sardine off a current swept point. And father Ron nailes a 25# tarpon in the same hole.
If tarpon is the fish your thinking about, think no more. Tarpon are so abundant right now, you can find them with out even trying. This year I have stumbled into four new tarpon flat's searching for snook, places I have fished for ten year's and have never seen them there before. The wind has still been a factor, resrticting the fish from rolling in the morning's. In the afternoon's when the sun is high, you can find them laid up in certain places.
Red fish and trout are still around, but are thinning out with the warmer water. Search the grass flat's and pot holes, as well as oyster bar early in the morning with a top water plug or a noisy gurgler fly for best results.
Now, at this present moment,is the best time to acheive a grand slam (tarpon, snook, red fish, trout)! All fish are in the same area's, and are feeding well right now. Aside from the famous game fish mentioned above, there are plenty of other species around to pull some drag. I've been running into lot's of big jack's up to ten pound's, as well as a lot of shark's. I've seen full size spinner shark's rocketing out of the water near Caxambas Pass, such a sight to see!! And hook a shark in shallow water, less than 18", and that thing will pull just as much drag as any tarpon.
Out in deeper water, the inshore wreck's are teaming with life as well. This is the place where you will find the real giant snook, I mean the forty plus inch fish. All to big to keep, but great for a picture, as long as you can keep them away from those damn jew fish. These goliath grouper are becoming a real problem, they are descimating the inshore wreck's cleaning the places out.
Permit are starting to show up here and there. I personnally haven't had the chance to tangle with these rocket powered man hole cover's yet, but a little dock talk has brought up sighting's. So if you decide to run out side, make sure you bring some dollar size crab's just in case!
Until my next report, tight line and screaming drag's to all!
Captain Jeff Legutki
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