Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 10-28-16

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 10-28-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 10-28-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, October 21, 2016

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FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:22 PM 10/28/2016.

Red Tide Status (October 28, 2016)

“A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida from northern Manatee County to central Lee County, with very low concentrations detected in southern Pinellas County and southern Collier County.

Karenia brevis was observed in background to very low concentrations in two samples collected from Pinellas County; background to high concentrations in thirteen samples collected from Manatee County; very low to high concentrations in twenty-six samples collected from Sarasota County; low to medium concentrations in nine samples collected from Charlotte County; background to medium concentrations in nineteen samples collected from Lee County; and background to very low concentrations in four samples collected from Collier County.

Karenia brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Northwest Florida (Dixie County).

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Fish kills have been reported along Manatee and Lee counties over the past week; respiratory irritation was reported at Manatee Beach (Manatee County) on 10/21.  Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tidesshow net southern, offshore movement of surface waters, and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters between southern Pinellas and Collier counties over the next 3 days.

Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year (late summer or early fall). Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.”

Key for Results

Description Karenia breviscells/liter Possible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures >  5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000 As above plus discoloration

For more information, please see FWC.

Naples Fishing Report, Monday, October 24, 2016: Pompano!

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Naples Fishing, Pompano, Monday, October 24, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: Pompano.

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Naples Fishing Report, Monday, October 24, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: pompano.  Latest Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and Red Tide Report.  We’re mostly focused on naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Please try our pilot Sanibel & Captiva News site or Sanibel & Captiva Events Calendar to see what else is happening Sanibel & Captiva islands!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

Naples Fishing Report, Sunday, October 9, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: cobia.  if you are a local Naples fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  Daily Naples fishing reports. All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitat, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 10-21-16

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 10-21-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 10-21-16, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, October 21, 2016

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FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:02 PM 10/21/2016.

Red Tide Status (October 21, 2016)

A patchy bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida from Pinellas to Collier counties.

Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed in background to high concentrations in six samples collected from Pinellas County; background to medium concentrations in thirteen samples collected from Manatee County; very low to high concentrations in thirty-eight samples collected from Sarasota County; very low to low concentrations in six samples collected from Charlotte County; background to medium concentrations in nineteen samples collected from Lee County; and background to high concentrations in seven samples collected from Collier County.

Karenia brevis was observed at background and very low concentrations in two samples collected from Northwest Florida (Bay County), and at background concentrations in one sample collected from Florida’s East Coast (St. Lucie County).

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Fish kills affecting multiple species have been reported along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Collier counties over the past week; respiratory irritation was reported at Barefoot Beach (Collier County) on 10/16, Gasparilla Island (Lee County) on 10/19, and Manatee Beach (Manatee County) on 10/21.  Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show net southern movement of surface waters, and southern, onshore movement of subsurface waters between southern Pinellas and Collier counties over the next 3 days.

Red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Blooms, or higher-than-normal concentrations, of the Florida red tide alga, Karenia brevis, frequently occur in the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year (late summer or early fall). Red tide begins in the Gulf of Mexico 10 to 40 miles offshore and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.”

Key for Results

Description Karenia breviscells/liter Possible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures >  5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000 As above plus discoloration

For more information, please see FWC.