Marco Island Inshore Fishing Report

Posted on by John

Ok let’s get started on the Marco Island Inshore Fishing Report from Marco Island south to Everglades City. The cooler water temperatures and windy conditions has made a change in habits but that’s not all bad. The red fishing has still been productive and the snook fishing has been good on the sunny days. Speckled Seatrout fishing continues strong. Seatrout have taken up residence in their usual areas. The larger Seatrout can be found on sunny days out on the grass flats 1 to 3 foot deep. These darker areas will warm up a bit and attract activity. Take your time approaching these areas. Long casts are important. I use Zman jerk shads or Gulp swimming mullet and they will search well for you but don’t forget a jig tipped with a small piece of shrimp. You’ll find larger ladyfish and jacks there too to keep the action going. When fish with we like the action.

When you start your trip for Marco Island inshore fishing be aware of the tides and wind direction. Blow out tides are normal during winter. Also wind will increase duration of the flood or ebb and amount of water on each tidal flow. I recommend going out on those negative tides just to put in memory where deeper water is adjacent to flats or mangrove points.

when I have a day to go myself I take advantage of this time. I search out new areas and I try new presentations, lures and leader size. Don’t spend all your time in areas you a familiar with. I like finding areas keeping different wind scenarios and conditions in mind. We all want to catch but you must put in time and be flexible. Don’t get stuck in that rut of same places every trip.

During winter month it is fishing the tides and using the warmth of the sun to your advantage. Focus on the hour bite and you’ll find the frustration level will decrease.

My next post will be about when to make that hard decision to go or not. There is times when you just have to say you are weathered out.

Capt. John

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