The water is getting warmer…the amount of bait has been increasing…AND the fishing has steadily getting better and better! We have been doing LOTS of our 4.5 hour charters overt the past month with Spring Break in full swing. The king mackerel have showed up just in time and we have been targeting these for the most part on the half day trips. We have also been finding some decent sized Mangrove Snapper on some of the Nearshore artificial wrecks (downsizing the tackle and leader has been the key to catching these). It is really good to see some life coming back to the area after dealing with the Red Tide last fall! We even spotted some tarpon off the beach last week and had one of them on for a couple jumps! Hopefully the fishing continues to get better!
Naples Fishing Report
Naples offshore fishing reports from our recent fishing charters
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Little break after the holidays, so time to update the fishing report. The fishing on the half day trips has been improving. Still plenty of Grunts or “Silver Snapper” around, but we are starting to see more Mangrove Snapper and Sheepshead as well. There has also been a surprising number of sharks in the 2’-4’ range present which is a good size on light gear for people that haven't caught one before. The only problem is one decided to take a bite out of my chum bag last week.
The last full day trip I did was on January 9. We knew a front was coming in later on in the day, but my crew wanted to try and sneak out before it arrived. Unfortunately for us the weather arrived a little sooner than we expected and we had to run home in 5’ seas. The seas were out of the west, so the ride in wasn't that terrible.
The fishing was decent where we ended up despite the weather. We fished approximately 37 miles West Southwest of Wiggins Pass. We caught: Bonita, Kingfish, and Mangrove Snapper. We did get some Red Grouper, but they were all undersized that day unfortunately. Due to the conditions it was one of those days where we were targeting “whatever wants to bite.” At the ended of the day we tried “one more spot” over a wreck and within 15 minutes we ended up putting a 30 pound cobia on the deck to end the day as well as a large Goliath Grouper ~300 pounds that we tagged and released.
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We were out on full days Friday and Saturday before the cold front arrived. Friday the weather was far from calm, but my guys wanted to go out anyways. We ran out to 90’ and were able to catch multiple short Red Grouper, 1 Keeper Red Grouper, 2 King Mackerel, 2 Goliath Grouper, and a pile of Vermillion Snapper.
Saturday the weather was a lot better! We ran to a different location trying to find some larger red grouper. We fished a little shallower than on Friday and went to about 80 foot. The Red Grouper Fishing was great Saturday and we ended up catching 5 keepers (only one shy of our limit). Saturday also produced a pile of nice sized lane snapper and porgies. We also brought up two Goliath Grouper. Several Amberjacks were hooked as well, but we were unable to bring any to the boat.
The last few half day trips we have been running out a little further than I normally do to catch decent sized fish…which is bad because it means I burn more gas! However, the extra boat ride has been paying off as it produced this nice Cobia on Friday as well as some King Mackerel in the 5-15 pound range. The bottom fishing on the half day trips has not been phenomenal, but it has remained good on the full day trips. Contact us today to book your charter!
Thanks for checking out the Nauti-Gal Fishing Adventures Report. Yesterday we started off grouper fishing in ~90' of water. Managed to box 5 keeper Red Grouper with the Biggest being about 31"
We drifted most of the time. Squid and the few pinfish that we had seemed to be the best baits. The morning bite was the hot, but after the first couple hours are baits were getting destroyed by Lanes and Vermillion Snapper and it was tough to keep the hooks baited.
After we were good on grouper we dropped down some lighter gear and picked off a few Lane and Vermillion Snapper.
On the way home one of the retired Air Force Relay Towers that we have in Naples was on the way, so we made a quick stop. At the Tower we picked off a couple Barracuda using Green Tube Lures and live blue runners for some fun fishing. The crew wanted a Goliath for a photo, so we dropped one of our Barracuda down for bait.
We didn't have to wait long and we had a Goliath Grouper on. After a few quick photos we headed back to the barn. Overall a great day on the water with an awesome crew from Massachusetts.