Busy Waterways, and MONSTER FISH
The weeks coming up to Easter are always the peak of the “busy” season here in Naples. Every business is super busy, including the fishing guides! Boat traffic has been very heavy with both fishing boats, and recreational boaters just running around. Even though heavy boat traffic can make navigating the waterways more challenging, and can stir up the water, the fish still have to eat! Over the last couple weeks, the bite has been best on the first couple hours of the tide, both incoming and outgoing. This seems to be especially true on days where the tides a bit weaker, because it takes much longer for the tide to actually turn. Live pilchards continue to be the bait of choice for snook, redfish, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper, seatrout, and small tarpon.
Also, the warmer water has recently turned on the shark bite in the backwaters, and we have been taking advantage! I’ve shark fished a few times in the past couple weeks, and have brought in some very nice lemon and bull sharks, from 5 feet up to 10 feet! We use heavy spinning gear, a big circle hook, wire leader, and jack crevalles or catfish tails to catch these brutes. They will take long runs of hundreds of yards, and getting all the line back is quite a workout!
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