Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, Feb. 10-16
Weather like late spring interrupted by intermittent brief cold fronts. Water temp hovering temps circa 68 to 70 degrees. Heavy wind brief front expected late week. Tides going full moon midweek are moderate and even both ways. Action “spotty” at best. Lack of serious cold front hampers in-shore migration sheepshead, drum et al. Can try deeper holes Addison Bay, Johnson Bay, Marco River in mild current for sheepshead on tad of shrimp. Few to 15" possible. Warmth keeps mangrove snapper active on all summer spots along mangrove edges, same summer baits. Some whiting, silver trout off beaches 10-15' on tipped jigs.
Conditions favorable early week. Expected mackerel action a no-show. Chance migrating sheepshead spawners holding cooler first, second reef spots. Chance working cut shrimp, crabs vertical lift. Other bottom action lane, mangrove snapper; some trout and triggerfish (release).
Best fishing by far super deep spots (30 miles) 60'-plus cooler seasonal water on live bait. Reports of 20" snapper, cobia, kings on published wrecks on live bait under chum. Bit closer (20 miles) 50'-plus for continued good action red grouper working pinfish, cut ladyfish over hard bottom on drift. Release gags; closed till mid-year.