Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, Sept. 1-7

Capt. Bill Walsh


Unprecedented weather leaves dubious fishing effect for this week. Salinity level tumbles, tannic stains water dark shade. But current conditions now stable. Good new moon tides. Wind light until late week. Water temp now 80; return to 88-89. Snook season opens today. Good news: snook impervious to salinity dip. Good action venues; Henderson Creek (Rookery Bay), Johnson Bay, Upper Addison (high tide). Current points on flood, creek bottom on ebb. All on pilchards. Mangrove snapper other best chance species. Shorelines with current flow, structure on shrimp. Also redfish may surprise in cooler water.


Pace of restoring normal conditions makes action predictions here iffy. Suspect deeper spots (35-45’) recover quickest. Worth a try. Reef action primarily bottom action lane, mangrove snapper, porgies, grunts, small grouper working tipped weighted jigs under chum. Always possible bottom pelagic action on sharks. Keep large cut bait on bottom under chum, major tackle.


Of three domains; deep least effected by storm conditions. Less salinity loss, less tannic water. Mid-range reefs, wrecks 8-12 miles southwest Capri Pass for bottom action lane, mangrove snapper with shrimp on weighted jigs under chum. Deep wrecks try live blue runner on wire under chum for king mackerel; deep large cut bait on wire to bottom for shark action.

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