Fishingcast: Conditions for Southwest Florida, March 30-April 5

Marco Eagle

Fair weather week, some gusty p.m. east wind late week. But overarching concern for wildfire smoke, red tide. Tides strong early week on full moon. Water temps to 70-73.

Fishing at sunset 40 miles off of Marco.



  • Backwater: Quality of action back and forth, sustainability an issue. Big sheepshead about finished. Mangrove snapper, spec trout on the build. Clean water draws pompano Hurricane Pass incoming.
  • Nearshore: Snook off beaches Marco, Kice early incoming. Mackerel action holds 3-4 miles west Capri. Snapper; first & second reefs both tides.
  • Offshore: Small kings show mid-range wrecks with bait. Crab pots, markers pulled shortly; equals finish tripletail action


  • Backwater: Snook early incoming Gordon jetty to #R18. Redfish scattered both sides Dollar Bays. Rookery Bay Flats, spec trout a.m. incoming on drift.
  • Nearshore: Snook Keewaydin beaches first light. Snapper east edges Gordon Five weighted jigs over chum. Mackerel Pier to Doctors 20-30.’
  • Offshore: Some retreating big sheepshead; Santa Lucia Reef and west. Mid-range reefs, wrecks 12-14” lane, mangrove snapper. Crab Pots due west Doctors gone two weeks; effects tripletail action.


  • Backwater: Seeing fair, good action spec trout Little Carlos Pass, incoming only. Snook to legal, west edges, incoming Big Hickory Bay. Black drum in snapper mix #G41 to #R46.
  • Nearshore: Snook, beaches either side New Pass on early first light incoming. Mackerel hot east edge MAY reef.
  • Offshore:  Some early pelagic action; mid-range reefs holding bait. Kings on tethered blue runners; Cobia on sight cast. Yellowtail snapper, major wrecks, on freelined chum into slick.

Questions: dawnpatrolmarco@cs.com.