Naples Fishing Report

Winter Weather Creates New Naples Fishing Patterns

Naples Fishing January 11th 2010Lately the weather has been as cool as I have seen in the thirty two years I have lived in Florida. The cool water is having a marked impact on fishing, both good and bad. Some inland species get very lethargic in cold water while others get frisky as the water cools down.
We have been catching good numbers of gag grouper and mangrove snapper on the ledges and Amberjacks on the offshore wrecks. The gags are being taken with live baits while the mangroves are hitting live shrimp on very light line.

Later this week the water should start to warm up and the Red Grouper and Lane Snapper should begin biting better as that occurs.

Cool Weather Brings Hot Fishing to Naples

Charter FishingThe Mangrove snapper fishing has been so good lately we have had time to spend fishing live baits over wrecks for larger trophy fish. Recently we have boated several cobia in the 50-60 pound range and large smoker kingfish are also being caught in large numbers using this technique. Jewfish (Goliath Grouper) are feeding as hard as the snapper and can sometimes become a nuisance eating the fish you are catching.

For the folks who live to troll the fishing has been red hot. Limits of King and Spanish mackerel are being taken on trolled spoons and feathers. For those more patient we have anchored and chummed the fish to the boat and then caught them by casting bucktail jigs into the school. Often we are catching kings in the 30 pound range.