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Rookery Bay

My son will be vacationing in Naples this week and hopes to do some fishing. He believes he will be able to get a hold of a kayak and is looking at fishing Rookery Bay. He is looking for a little general information such as baits, what is currently being caught, what to look for and any other general info.

He has been kayak fishing in NE Florida for a couple of years and has in the past fished Flamingo with a guide a handful of times. This will be his first attempt in the area and since he has in laws that live in that area he is looking for a spot to try and learn.


  • IndianoutlawIndianoutlaw Posts: 550 Officer
    He probably needs to fish more towards the outside if he can get there. Baits that always work are topwaters, jigs with gulp shrimp, or jigs tipped with shrimp. Hard to beat those IMO.
  • P7714P7714 Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    I can't offer any help on rookery bay as I graduated to Bluer water several years ago. I do know that the county just put in a very nice looking paddle only ramp at 951 and 952(AKA Capri Blvd). Clean bathroom too, no lock on an open single stall though:shrug.
  • polliwogpolliwog Posts: 355 Deckhand
    I would launch in Naples and work the Gordon pass on the south side with out going tide and the earlier the better. Top water plugs and gulp shrimp on a jig should do the trick. Start at the beginning of Keewaydin island. Good luck
  • Posts: 141 Deckhand
    If he launches at Shell Island he can fish the oyster bars between Hall Bay and Henderson Creek. I've had some snook luck there.
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