Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, June 2-8

Capt. Bill Walsh


Week of stabilized conditions. Hot, less gusty p.m. wind; improved water clarity. Water temps edge up to steady 85. Tides to full moon with a.m. ebb to 3.5’ range. Good action backwater current points Rookery Bay, Johnson Bay for snook; both tides on live bait, shrimp. Most juveniles (all release now). Mangrove snapper size improves away from high current edges in 10-15’ depth with bottom structure; best outgoing with shrimp. Hurricane Pass in last hour outgoing for scattered aggressive pompano working small tipped jig to bottom just off side structure. Redfish singles on mangrove shallows Johnson, Rookery Bay; early p.m. incoming tight to mangrove edges on free-lined shrimp.


Condition stability here. Clean water. Good bait schools. Capri Pass barges continue attract pelagic action mackerel, few bluefish working tipped flashy jigs pulled quickly under chum. Continued good action lane, mangrove snapper east edges Walton Reef with weighted jigs just off bottom under chum.


Favorable conditions; smooth sailing deep. Pelagics active on mid to deep wrecks working huge bait schools; take live bait worked into structure after chum draw; look for kingfish primarily working live blue runner on wire tight to structure. Some cobia show on surface; take with sight cast treadfin, pinfish.

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