This time of year Marco Island Inshore fishing has many advantages. With the usual winter weather comes wind but fishing Marco Island inshore around the mangrove islands you can find protection. When the cold fronts come through seek calmer water out of the wind. First the water will be a degree or 2 warmer there. This is due to less heat transfer. Wave create more surface area allowing the water to cool quicker.
Marco Island has great inshore opportunities and moving south from there to Everglades City is the direction you want to head. Snook fishing and red fishing opportunities increase as you get further back in the mangroves. Use Windy.com to see wind predictions. Go to my journal page at snookhookerfishing.com for updates.
so now to what you should be presenting. Using small plastics like Zman Jerk Shads or Gulp swimming mullet is an effective way to test each area. Sun and dark bottom create a warmer environment but don’t over look Sandy bottom with grass patches.
let’s talk about time. Well in winter the savvy angler leave later in the morning when it’s 46 degrees at 7 am. Yeah let the sun warm up the water. 1 or 2 degrees can spark a bite. Low and slow retrieve is best. Marco Island and south has some nice dark bottom flats. These warm up quicker than white sand bottom. Also oyster bars and grass. Snook fushing can be tough during prolonged fronts but they are there. Red fishing and sea trout are always there. Just keep the faith.
so it’s good to keep in touch with your favorite guide, me, to give updates. Marco Island charter fishing guides ii always here to help. Even if you just need info on shore fishing and what you should bring. I’m happy to help. Naples Fishing Guide and Marco Island Inshore fishing and Capt. John Pfeiffer are always here.
Great release of redfish. Light tackle fun.