Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, Aug. 25-31

Capt. Bill Walsh


Conditions stabilizing for week. Lessened storm pattern. Tad cooler mornings will slightly reduce water temps to 85-86. Winds stay single digit, mainly southwest. Tides moderate both ways. Snook main focus this week with season opening next Friday. They have maintained good action all summer through super heat and poor quality water. Should be an active season opening. Best venues: Blind Pass on Kice Island; Henderson Creek in Rookery Bay; Johnson Bay creeks; all with pilchards. Main supporting action on mangrove snapper; most mangrove edges; hour either side of slack; with shrimp into downed brush.


Snook off Marco, Kice, Keewaydin beaches with best bring p.m. incoming to nightfall on pilchards worked just west of surf line. Some mackerel action early on Capri Pass barges working tipped top water jigs over chum. Walton Reef for bottom action lane, mangrove snapper with weighted jigs worked over chum


Favorable conditions for long run. Deep wrecks due west Capri holding massive bait schools. Amberjack feeding. Technique: drop live threadfin, small blue runner vertically into wreck structure for 30-40# AJ’s on major tackle. AJ all release until Dec. 31. Red grouper good action but most undersized working hard bottom 60-70’ with live pinfish tight to bottom on drift.

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