Will be down there for a few weeks in May/June. Primary target will be tarpon but like to run out to some of the close in public #'s (within 10 miles) for some variety and a break from the tarpon grind. Mangos, Permit, cobia, grouper, etc... Have caught pretty much everything there over the years. Wondering how those reefs are recovering after the horrible red tide last year. Want to start to get my plans together and if I need to go deeper, I will. How far out are you guys going until you are seeing productive bottom fishing?
In Loving Memory of James Zielske, January 19, 1957-July 5, 2013
Then I headed out to Edison reef where there were a dozen boats. I put the trolling gear in an went round and round on all the high points without getting close to the anchored boats. I trolled for a hour or so and never saw any fish on the depth finder. I never saw anyone catch anything. There was a dive boat out there and I was trolling at least 150 yards off its bow when I see bubbles coming up 20 yards straight in front of my bow. I turned to the Port and threw the outboard in reverse. I almost ran this dumb **** over! He surfaced and I yelled at him and he just said I saw a sea fan. maybe he was deaf? When I dive I hear the outboard from a half mile. It was obvious to me that Edison was a pretty much void of any fish so I headed southwest trolling for Kings. We trolled for 15 minutes and caught a false albicore about 8 pounds. Then we trolled another 15 minutes and caught another one abut 12 lbs. After that we picked up headed in and stopped on a few other spots for nothing. I hope things get better as the water warms. Unfortunately The Red Tide did damage that will last for a decade. Maybe longer The trout population is pretty much gone. You have to go 50 miles out to catch a keeper grouper. There is nothing on the beach not even a Jack. I would say that South West Florida should be last on the list as fishing destinations. Very Sad! The truth is the truth
There has been lots of bait coming in nearshore, with plenty of other critters following along when conditions have been right...