Winter time, tons of ACTION and VARIETY

January 07, 2019 by Ben Geroy

Trip Info

The Catch
Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle
Snapper (Mangrove)
Black Drum
Spotted Seatrout

For the last month or so, we’ve been into our “winter” pattern of fishing. The water temperatures have been hovering between the mid 60s and 70s, as cold fronts move in and out of the region. We are primarily using shrimp for bait right now, and rigging half a shrimp on a jighead will catch just about everything that swims in the backwaters. In colder days I’ve been concentrating on fishing deeper water, little holes and channel edges with plenty of moving water. Using just enough weight to get the bait to the bottom is key is these areas. On warmer days, we will fish shallower, focusing on getting the baits close to the mangrove shorelines.

We have been getting around ten or more different species of fish on every trip the last few weeks using these tactics, the most common catches being mangrove snapper, sheepshead, redfish, black drum, and jack crevalle. The new year is off to a great start and I’m excited for another year of catching!

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Naples Backwater Fishing Charters specializes in light tackle inshore fishing adventures in Naples and Marco Island. Join Captain Ben Geroy and enjoy some of the finest backwater fishing that Southwest Florida has to offer. Check the bite on a half-day ad
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