Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, Feb. 24-March 2
Abnormal heated conditions to continue. Water temperature ranges 69 to 74; some eight degrees above February norm. Winds dominant east, northeast with gusty afternoons. Tides back to stronger both ways straddling new moon midweek. Expected sheepshead winter action spotty at best. Best action warm water species; snapper action good to excellent. Mangrove edges from Addison Bay to Rookery on tad of shrimp tight to shaded current points. Sporadic action on pompano Hurricane, Capri, Caxambas early a.m. incoming turn with tipped jigs to bottom. Redfish in small schools; late tide in high water creeks Upper Addison, Johnson on shrimp free lined to shaded overhangs.
Mornings better with light winds. Much better tides here both ways should enhance the bite. Couple reports of tripletail on the crab pot markers. If sighted, drift back quietly and work free lined shrimp or one-eighth ounce tipped jig up close.
Late spring like warmth holding pelagics (cobia, kings and yellowtail) on far reach wrecks. Need 65'-plus depth (30 miles) for action. Live bait under chum on bait laden spots. Inshore reefs for good to very good action on lane snapper to 16-18" with weighted tipped jigs under chum.