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Naples Fishing Report

Naples offshore fishing reports from our recent fishing charters

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January 2019 Fishing

Ted Gibson

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.

I update the Facebook Page more often than this section of our website, so if you would like a more up to date report follow the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/nautigalfishingadventures/

Thanks,

Captain Ted

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