Redfish dominate the bite in the Ten Thousand Islands. Marco Island and Goodland have been some of the best redfish fishing so far this year. Many slot fish in the 24 to 27 inch range have been eager to strike our offerings. The slightly warmer than usual water because of the lack of cold fronts has kept us in the first bays. Fishing the islands and oyster bars on the moving tide has been the best. Jigs tipped with shrimp have been producing bites as soon as your offering hits the water.
Snook have been around the same areas therefore you just never know which will get to the bait first. Jigs and soft plastics have been working just great and there is no reason to think it will not continue. We have had some action early in the morning on Rapala Skitterwalks and Subwalks. Nothing better than a top water bite.
Speckled Sea Trout have been also biting on the flood tide on the grass flats and outside darker water points. Jigs and popping corks with a shrimp under it have been taking some large specimens over 20 inches. There are also all the other usual suspects such as jacks and big ladyfish that take up the slack in between the tides.
We have also found that some juvenile grouper have taken up the areas of deep undercut channels along with some decent mangrove snappers.
Bookings are strong right now. So if you are looking for a certain date the next few months, get in touch ASAP. My holiday schedule is tight but there are a few slots still available. Let me tailor a trip to the Ten Thousand Islands for you.
FISH THE TIDES, NOT THE CLOCK
Capt. John Pfeiffer