Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, April 28-May 4

Capt. Bill Walsh


Large fishing boat going out for a sunset cruise in Destin, Florida

Fairly stable mid-spring conditions. Air warmth drives water temp, 76 -78. Moving to expected temps. Winds to northwest briefly early week. Light damage to clarity. Tides retreats to moderate both ways. Stable warm water begins drawing mangrove snapper; most shorelines with shrimp tight to edges in current. Spec trout stay hot; Calhoun Channel on incoming 4-6' over grass with shrimp under popper on drift. Pompano show continuous days; best on incoming Hurricane Pass center, edges on shrimp rigs to bottom. Snook active; best juveniles 19-23" Henderson Creek incoming; Johnson Bay creek outgoing; all on pilchards. Black drum; deeper holes on shrimp on ebb.


Chance pelagics (mackerel, blues) Capri barges late morning incoming working top water jigs over chum. Blues, jacks in the mix. Reef action, snapper (lanes and mangroves) Walton Reef off Caxambas, Five Mile Reef, southeast corner with weighted jigs under chum.


Best stable conditions out here; water temp consistent. Holds bait; draws reef, pelagic species. Deeper wrecks for pelagics working huge schools bait. Kings, cobia, permit on live bait with block chum effort to draw. Red grouper stay active 50-55' hard bottom working live pinfish tight to outcroppings on tidal drift.