Fishingcast: Conditions for Southwest Florida, March 16-22

Capt. Bill Walsh


Generally tranquil week weather wise. New moon Tuesday brings strong tides both ways. Winds mild but variable, and kick up later in the week. Water temperatures 72 to 74; shallow water warmer.

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  • Backwater: Sense end of sheepshead spawners. Last effort in cooler deep water holes and cuts. Mangrove snapper to size begin showing near the edges of Hurricane Pass, Rookery and Johnson Bays.
  • Nearshore: Good mackerel action continues two miles west of Capri Pass. Snapper action Walton Reef, a.m. incoming. Pompano off Sand Dollar Island on midday high turn.
  • Offshore: Migrating kings showing deep wrecks holding bait and on runner under chum. Long run 30-35 miles due west; hard bottom for red grouper on live pinfish on drift.


  • Backwater: Pompano Hurricane Pass early a.m. low turn and tipped jigs. Spec trout Rookery flats on drift with shrimp. Snapper at all edges both sides Dollar Creeks.
  • Nearshore: Mackerel 20-30’ structure Gordon to Doctors; jigs over chum. Snapper north of Keeywadin Reef. Snook a.m. north end of Keeywadin Beach; early a.m. incoming.
  • Offshore: Reminder: Last of stone crab season = loss tripletail habitat. Work now. Mid-range wrecks holding bait have kingfish showing; on runner on wire under chum.


  • Backwater: Pompano action circa Ostego Bay a.m. incoming. Bottom bounce tipped jig heads. Snook action hot all Bay current points. Redfish showing and many oversized in super shallows and east wall.
  • Nearshore: Mackerel and some bluefish east edges MAY reef; best incoming.
  • Offshore: Yelllowtail snapper and mid-range wrecks holding bait and freelined chum bits. Crab pots holding tripletail. On tipped jig worked on surface.

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