Fishingcast: Conditions for Marco Island, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Capt. Bill Walsh


Another “almost” placid week. Stays warm with some tough wind post weekend. Water temps superheated to 69-70 degrees. Cold-water spawners hang back. Tides to strong new moon late week. Avoid 3.5’ range a.m. incoming. Better late p.m. Sheepshead spawners, if here, deep water dock, structure spots on mid-speed tides Marco River, Collier Creek, Jolley Bridge on tad shrimp, cut crab. Spec trout Keewaydin docks seagrass spots beginning, end of strong incoming on shrimp worked under popper. Chance pompano early week first of strong incoming water Hurricane Pass with tipped small jigs worked deep on drift.

Goliath grouper



Cooler water, better chance winter spawner action on nearshore reefs here. Best spots: Five Mile Reef southeast and northwest corners; Walton Reef off Caxambas Pass. Work tad of shrimp, crab on vertical drop with soft lift to hook. Early a.m. incoming work top water with top water jigs over chum for pelagics; same venues.


Weekend, early week for best conditions. Long run will deliver good to very good red grouper, some gag grouper action. Looking at 30-40 mile runs working live bait tight to rough hard bottom. Closer in wrecks for yellowtail snapper holding on immense bait schools. Chum to start then work tads of chum freelined into slick for hot action. Bait open, set on run off.

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