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Naples Fishing: Redfish!

Redfish, Sunday, March 4, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Redfish, Sunday, March 4, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: Redfish.

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.Naples Fishing Report, Sunday, March 4, 2018, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Redfish, On The Oyster Bars!  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!

Big Redfish, Catch & Release, Thursday, May 4, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Big Redfish, Catch & Release, Thursday, May 4, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

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, Friday, March 2, 2018, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Redfish, catch & release!  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.

Red Drum

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

“Red Drum: Sciaenops ocellatus
Florida Regulations: (Harvest in federal waters prohibited)
Regulations Northeast Zone Northwest Zone South Zone
Minimum Size Limit Not less than 18″ no more than 27″ total length
Daily Bag Limit 2 fish per person per day; 8 fish vessel limit 1 per person per day; 8 fish vessel limit 1 fish per person per day; 8 fish vessel limit
Remarks Bag limits apply in areas adjacent to fishing sites such as docks and parking lots

6 fish per person transport limit applies when traveling in a vehicle on land away from a fishing site.

Must remain in whole condition until landed ashore

Commercial harvest prohibited

Gear requirements:

  • Legal Gear:  hook and line, cast nets
  • Illegal Gear: Spearing (includes spearfishing, gigging and bowfishing) and/or use of multiple hooks in conjunction with live or dead natural bait is prohibited

Red Drum Management Zones

red drum management zones map

  • Northwest: Escambia through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County
  • South: Fred Howard Park Causeway through Monroe County (west coast) and Miami-Dade through Volusia counties (east coast)
  • Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties
Naples Fishing, Redfish, Monday, 3-21-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Redfish, Monday, 3-21-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

State Waters Harvest Seasons

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Red drum are named after the “drumming” sound the make during spawning and when taken out of the water. The sound is produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder.

Redfish, Sunday, October 15, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Redfish, Sunday, October 15, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Red drum inhabit the nearshore and offshore waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West. Juvenile red drum inhabit rivers, bays, canals, tidal creeks, and passes in estuaries for up to four years, after which they usually move to nearshore or open ocean waters as adults.

Red drum in Florida can reach lengths of 45 inches and weigh up to 51 pounds. The world record red drum was caught off North Carolina waters in 1984 and it weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces.The oldest recorded red drum in Florida was aged at 40 years.

Redfish, Friday, July 14, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Redfish, Friday, July 14, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for red drum. They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish and killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians. Redfish make great table fare.

State Record: 52 lb 5 oz, caught near Cocoa (1996)

Florida Rules  Also visit: Redfish Catch, Hold and Release Tournament Exemption Permit page

Big Redfish, Catch & Release, Thursday, May 4, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Big Redfish, Catch & Release, Thursday, May 4, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Red Drum Management

Management of red drum in Florida is considered a success story.  In the late 1980s red drum was overfished, thus several emergency closures were established to reduce fishing pressure. In 1989, the slot limit of 18-27 inches, the bag limit of one fish per person and a closed season from March-May were put in place.

Red drum stocks have rebounded and are currently meeting or exceeding the FWC’s management goal of 40% escapement in most parts of Florida. Escapement is the proportion of fish that survive through age four relative to the fish that would have survived if there was no fishery.” Source & more information here.

Tampa Fishing, Friday, December 9, 2016, Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Friday, December 9, 2016, Redfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

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.

Naples Fishing, Redfish, Friday, November 11, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Naples Fishing, Redfish, Friday, November 11, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

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!

Naples Fishing, Redfish, Sunday, 12-13-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Redfish, Sunday, 12-13-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitats, 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.

Naples Fishing: Snook!

Snook, Monday, February 19, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Snook, Monday, February 19, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: Snook.

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.Naples Fishing Report, Monday, February 19, 2018, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Snook, In Passes On Drifts!  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!

Snook, Friday, August 18, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Snook, Friday, August 18, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

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.

Naples Fishing, Snook, Friday, September 2, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Naples Fishing, Snook, Friday, September 2, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

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!

Naples Fishing, Snook & Redfish, Oyster Bars, Thursday, August 23, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Naples Fishing, Snook & Redfish, Oyster Bars, Thursday, August 23, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

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

SnookCommonDRP.jpg

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

Snook

“Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.

License Requirements:  Snook permit and recreational fishing license

Florida Regulations:

Atlantic (state and adjacent federal waters, includes Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River) Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, and Everglades National Park (state and adjacent federal waters)
Closed Harvest Season Dec. 15 – Jan. 31; June 1 – Aug. 31 Dec. 1-end of February; May 1-Aug. 31
Size Limit Not less than 28″  total length (TL) or more than 32″ TL Not less than 28″  total length (TL) or more than 33″ TL
Bag Limit 1 per harvester per day; zero captain and crew for hire limit

 Allowable Gear: Hook and line only

Snook Map

Snook Map

Snook is managed by two regions in Florida: Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Regulations apply in state and adjacent federal waters. No commercial harvest or sale of snook is permitted.

If you have questions about your snook permit, visit the Snook Permit page.

Research and Biology

To learn more about snook biology and research projects conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, visit their snook page.”

More information at FWC.

Naples Fishing: Gag Grouper!

Grouper, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Grouper, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: Gag Grouper

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.Naples Fishing Report, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Gag Grouper, Near-Offshore!  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!

Grouper Fishing, Friday, February 24, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Grouper Fishing, Friday, February 24, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

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.

Naples Fishing, Grouper, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Grouper, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

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!

Naples Fishing, Grouper, Monday, June 27, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Grouper, Monday, June 27, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

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

GrouperGagDRP.jpg

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

“Gag Grouper: Mycteroperca microlepis

Appearance:

  • Color brownish-gray with dark worm-like markings on sides
  • Bottom of preopercle (cheek) has strong serrated spur
  • Fins are dark, with white edges on anal fin and tail
  • Dark lines radiate from the eyes

Similar Species: Black grouper, M. bonaci (spur on preopercle is gently rounded, not serrated)

Size: Up to 36 inches (50 pounds); common to 25 pounds

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure such as rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep. Juveniles found in estuaries and seagrass beds

Behavior:

Born as females but can later become male. Gag and red grouper are the most widely distributed of the Florida groupers. Goliath and Nassau grouper are protected from harvest in Florida waters. Spawn between January and May with some of the more tropical species spawning year-round.

Feed on fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 80 lb 6 oz, caught near Destin

Fishing Tips and Facts: Grouper fishing from a boat typically involves baits fished near the bottom, with heavy tackle and heavier to bring grouper to the surface. Live fish or dead cut or whole bait are used. Grouper are very tasty meals.’

Recreational Regulations.  More information at FWC.

GrouperBlackDRP.jpg

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

“Black Grouper: Mycteroperca bonaci

Appearance:

  • Color olive or gray with rectangular black blotches and brassy spots
  • Bottom of preopercle (cheek) is gently-rounded
  • Second dorsal, anal and caudal fins black on outer third part of fin
  • Pale yellow or white margin on pectoral fins

Similar Species: Gag, M. microlepis (spur on preopercle is serrated); and yellowfin grouper, M. venenosa (pectoral fins trimmed in bright yellow)

Size: Up to 48 inches (180 pounds); common to 40 pounds

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure. Juveniles can be found inshore. Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep.

Behavior:

Spawn between May and August.

They are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that young predominantly female who transform into males as they grow larger.

Larger individuals of this species are generally found in greater depths and they feed on fish and squid.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 113 lb 6 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas”

Recreational Regulations   More information at FWC.

Naples Fishing: Snapper!

Snapper, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Snapper, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: Snapper.

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.Naples Fishing Report, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Snapper, Near-Offshore!  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!

Tampa Fishing, Thursday, February 9, 2017, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Thursday, February 9, 2017, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

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.

Naples Fishing, Snapper, Thursday, December 12, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Naples Fishing, Snapper, Thursday, December 12, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

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!

Tampa Fishing, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Snapper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

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

“The mangrove snapper or gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Oceanfrom Massachusetts to Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. They can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including brackish and fresh waters. It is commercially important, as well as being sought as a game fish. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]

Naples Fishing, Snapper, Wednesday, 2-3-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Snapper, Wednesday, 2-3-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Its color is typically greyish red, but it can change color from bright red to copper red. It has a dark stripe running across its eye if observed from the top when it is under water. This species can reach a length of 89 cm (35 in), though most do not exceed 40 cm (16 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 20 kg (44 lb).[2]

The mangrove snapper can be confused with the Cubera snapper or black snapper, Lutjanus cyanopterus. Mangrove snapper are typically much smaller than Cubera, but when they are of similar size, the two species can only be distinguished by examining the tooth patch on the inside roof of the mouth. Many specimens caught in Florida, specifically Punta Gorda, are actually misidentified dogtooth or dog snapperLutjanus jocu.

Naples Fishing, Snapper, Catch & Release, Monday, 1-11-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Snapper, Catch & Release, Monday, 1-11-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

The best way to distinguish between the two species is dog snapper has a lighter triangle of color with a blue band under the eye and large, sharp fangs in the front (canines), hence its common name. These fangs can deliver a painful bite, even in a small fish. The mangrove snapper feeds mostly on small fishes and crustaceans. It was also observed as systematically waiting under maternal colony of Buffy flower bat for falling bats near the entrances of Lucayan cavern, Bahamas.[3]

Mangrove snapper is a common target for anglers, and is highly prized for its light and flaky flesh. It can be caught on a variety of baits, but is typically caught with live or frozen shrimp, squid, minnows and occasionally on artificial lures or baits. They can be spearfished, as well, but are sometimes a tough target, as they tend to be more wary of divers, rather than curious, and their wariness of baits and divers tends to increase as the fish grow larger. Most mangrove snapper are caught on light to medium tackle, and typical catches range from eight to 14 in long in shallow or in-shore waters, and up to 20 in long in deeper waters. Larger fish are uncommon, but not rare.” For more information, please click here.

Naples Fishing, Hogfish Or Hog Snapper, Wednesday, 12-30-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Hogfish Or Hog Snapper, Wednesday, 12-30-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Naples Fishing: False Albacore Tuna!

False Albacore Tuna, Thursday, October 26, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
False Albacore Tuna, Thursday, October 26, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: False Albacore Tuna.

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.Naples Fishing Report, Thursday, October 26, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: False Albacore Tuna, Near-Offshore!  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!

False Albacore Tuna, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
False Albacore Tuna, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

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 15, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Redfish, catch & release!  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.

Tampa Fishing, Sunday, August 7, 2016, Bonita, Bonito, False Albacore Tuna, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
Tampa Fishing, Sunday, August 7, 2016, Bonita, Bonito, False Albacore Tuna, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.

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!

Miami Fishing, Bonito, Bonita, False Albacore Tuna, Thursday, 1-7-16, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.
Miami Fishing, Bonito, Bonita, False Albacore Tuna, Thursday, 1-7-16, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitats, 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.

False Albacore Tuna, Little Tunny, 11-5-14, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
False Albacore Tuna, Little Tunny, 11-5-14, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.