May 10, 2018 by Ben Geroy

Trip Info

The Catch
Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle
Snapper (Mangrove)
Spotted Seatrout

May 10, 2018

What a wild spring it’s been here in Southwest Florida! The past couple months have had the most unpredictable weather in years. While it has been very dry, numerous frontal systems continued to pass over, keeping the winds and seas in an ever changing state. Along with the crazy weather, we’ve been battling some red tide, which can render some waters unfishable if the aglae is dense enough. Luckily the red tide only came into the backwaters betweeen Naples and Marco (the area we fish most often) for a few days, and has since moved to the north.

Even with the adverse conditions, we were still able to get out and fish almost every day! Loading the livewell each morning with live sardines is the key to having good fishing action this time of year. Very few of our game fish will pass up a well presented live sardine. Snook and jacks continue to be the hungriest fish around, but there are plenty of other species being caught as well. Redfish are starting to show up more and more, we’ve caught one or two almost every trip in the last few weeks! Seatrout, bluefish, mangrove snapper, and small goliath groupers are taking baits also.

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