Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Capt. Bill Walsh


Gradual improvement in conditions and action. Many shoreline edges changed sea floor changes challenging. Water cooling brings first vestiges of winter species. With 60s air temps this week. Water temp drops to mid-70s. Brisk winds especially in p.m. Tides moving to full moon late week but moderate flow both ways. Chance for action borderline keeper size sheepshead; black drum on deeper cuts and structure on tad shrimp; cut fiddlers. Snook still active feeding moderately on pilchards; threads fast moving water current points Rookery Bay, Johnson Bay. Spec trout showing early a.m. incoming water west edges Calhoun Channel; north edges Canon Island cuts on shrimp under popper; anchor or drift.


Wind p.m. brings sea conditions. Activity Capri Pass barges; best a.m. incoming on macks; blues working flashy tipped jigs tight to structure under chum. Bottom action beneath on small blacktip and bonnethead sharks. First, second reef off condos for bottom action early season sheepshead with vertical drop into structure and soft lift technique.


Consider sea conditions, weather before going deep. Grouper should be on move. Both reds and gags inching east. Reds will be on bottom; work with live pinfish tight to hard bottom on drift. Gags will be higher in water column; drift with live baits set at half depth or trolled at 4 knots right over structure.

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