Southwest Florida Fishing Report: Changing weather altering action – Naples Daily News
Chris Sommer holds up a nice shark that he caught this week using live jacks for bail.(Photo: Submitted)
Where to go and what to throw is always the question when hitting the area waters. That uncertainty has become more profound with a warm-up in water temperatures and varying degrees of turbidity, both shallow and deep. Throwing some wind and a super moon tide into the mix certainly heightens the challenge.
On the inshore waters, a slight upward trend in water temperatures and sporadic areas of turbidity have stalled and altered the fall pattern. While stalwart game fish target species are still available, most are not residing in their traditional November haunts.
Aggregates of snook have reversed their eastward travels and have migrated back toward the outside. Once plentiful schools of redfish have scattered throughout the shallows, making it difficult to pattern their habitual fall movements. At the same time, the arrival of added numbers of speckled trout, sheepshead and black drum has come to a slight halt.
While the inshore fishery truly needs another shot of cooler weather to further the fall pattern, the current weather pattern has been outstanding for fishing or boating.
The offshore grounds have felt the impacts of our own southern version of Indian summer as well. Quality catches of red grouper continue to derive from water depths greater than 50 feet, and snapper catches can be attained on nearly every piece of natural reef bottom in the intermediate range and beyond.
Overall, the reef fish bite has not been affected by warm weather. However, an anticipated arrival of migratory king mackerel, bonito and cobia has yet to fully materialize for the average angler, There are scattered schools of king mackerel offshore past 30 miles, and reports of the biomass of king mackerel