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Southwest Florida: part 2 2011-07-30 09:46:01 | Trouterspace
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Southwest Florida: part 2

Posted by on July 30, 2011

Here are a few more photos from my trip to Marco Island, Florida back in early June.

Back in the everglades the snook seemed to be a bit larger. The downside is the quarter mile hike through snake, alligator, and panther habitat!

Doctors Pass in Naples is a great place for shore anglers to put flies in front of some fish! We saw dozens of snook crashing on baitfish off these rocks.

This guy asked me if he could use one of the mackerel that I caught for shark bait and of course I said yes.  I would have loved to watch this guy tangle with a shark!!  but instead he pulled this impressive snook out of the rocks!!  Here I am throwing a 2 inch minnow and this guy catches the big one on a chunk of spanish mackerel.

4 Responses to Southwest Florida: part 2

  1. Nate

    looks like an amzing trip. maybe i can go next year.

  2. a_rosati18

    We should go every year! Hopefully we’ll have a boat next year to get around more.

  3. David

    I go to Marco every January and have yet to bring m 9 wt to fly fish. This year that will change. Did you ever fish in the tiger tail lagoon? I hear they have a nice winter population of snook and reds in there. I’d love a few tips as to the where and pattern choices as I get there and usually feel a bit overwhelmed without a boat. Thanks much

    • a_rosati18

      I have fished tiger tail beach and the lagoon. More luck on the beach for me, but I heard other anglers say the the lagoon has its moments. We saw plenty of fish walking the beach right by big marco pass; across the pass is Keewaydin, an island that is only accessible by boat. I was told that the island fishes well and has less fishing pressure. Also, the key just south of cape marco directly across from caxambas pass is supposed to be great snook fishing if the water is warm enough. I don’t think snook will be cruising too shallow in January, but if they are small white un-weighted bait fish seem to be best. Clousers, decievers, and gummy minnows should work in most situations. Another location to try is the Tam-Miami trail between Naples and Everglades City. Any small opening along the highway could yield baby tarpon, snook, or even largemouth bass. Good luck! I’d like to hear how it goes.

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