Southwest Florida Fishing Report: Fish moving into region, but wind still affecting action – Naples Daily News
Rafael Lorenzo caught this 25-inch snook while fishing off of the Naples Pier.(Photo: Submitted)
Inshore, nearshore and offshore, new species continue to filter into the region’s fisheries. However, similar to last week, the conditions have dictated where anglers go and what they throw as Southwest Florida remain in the grasps of a strong fall pressure gradient.
The easterly wind component has truly favored shallow-water enthusiasts handsomely by providing outstanding water quality. The clean water and ample baitfish combination has been ideal, yet has resulted in mediocre to active outings throughout the middle bays, passes and beaches.
Being rigged and ready to cast live bait and jigs has resulted in snook, redfish and speckled trout making their way into the landing net. Anglers need to look no further than downed deadwood and oyster bars for snook and redfish, while speckled trout can be targeted along channel edges and deeper Gulf side grass flats.
Venturing out to the nearshore fish havens, Spanish mackerel, coastal sharks and a small scattering of king mackerel are keeping the rods bent and the drags singing. Gulf water temperatures ranging between 74 to 76 degrees are perfect for large migratory schools of king mackerel, but the traditional fall run has not quite materialized. Always be prepared — the fish can arrive any day.
Seas measured in the 3- to 5-foot range are keeping conditions quite nautical out on the offshore arena beyond the 12-mile mark. Larger vessels in the fleet adequate to safely handling the conditions are targeting red grouper with success in water depths greater than 60 feet. Remember anglers; cooling Gulf waters are now driving aggregates of red grouper into the deeper water.
In the above-mentioned range and on queue for the month of November, a spike in the number of mangrove snapper