"Winter" time in Naples!

January 30, 2017 by Ben Geroy

Trip Info

The Catch
Jack Crevalle
Snapper (Mangrove)
Spotted Seatrout

Our Naples “winter” has been a very mild one so far, with only a few days dipping into the low 50’s and upper 40’s. We continue to use mainly shrimp for bait, in a few different presentation methods. At higher tides, you can fish with a whole or half shrimp freelined, or with a small lead split shot. Casting into the mangrove shorelines can produce snook, redfish, sheepshead, and mangroves snapper. At lower tides, fish tend to stack up in the deeper creek mouths and channels adjacent to shallow bays. When the tide is rushing through these deeper spots, we use shrimp on a bare jighead, or small bucktail jigs, and catch seatrout, pompano, bluefish, ladyfish, jack crevalle, and even small permit! Many of the fish we catch this time of year are great table fish, and it doesn’t take too long to reel in a good fish dinner!

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