Red Tide still here but fish are bitting.

Naples and Marco Island Fishing Report

Well I say that, it is still fun, it just isn't when you get to the boat ramps and you get that first whiff of dead fish. The good news is I can usually run out of it and we can still make a great day of it. the Down side to all this is we have to run back through it on the way in. Fishing a couple from Chicago this week was a lot of fun. They heard the reports of the dead fish and their first question was; Are we going to catch anything, we would hate to just go for a boat ride? I said well we aren't going to be able to catch bait but with some shrimp and a popping cork we should do alright. They did, they left the dock with smiles on their face. We were able to get up in the back of Rookery were they each caught their first Snook, and Redfish, and even jumped a Tarpon. They caught about 9 different species of fish including 8 or 9 Redfish from 18 to 23 inches and Snook from 15 to 24 inches. We even jumped a tewenty pound Tarpon which was a real thrill since it jumped next to the boat and they were able to get an up close and personal look at it. Fishing Fly the next day was also exciting. Overnight some large Tarpon moved into an area and we were able to put a couple of 100+ lb. Fish in the air. We then headed back into the Creeks for some good Snook Action. So I would say in closing that the Red Tide is troublesome but not impossible. I do belive that we have to get a handle on this soon, it is getting worse every year and if something drastic isn't done about it, there is going to be a severe back lash in the Tourist Business in South West Florida. I know myself along with many other Guides and Captains have lost a lot of business do this problem and it doesn't look like it is getting any better. Get it together people or the people are going to go elsewhere to spend their money. Good Casting Roan z.

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