January and February 2020 Fishing Report Naples, FL & The 10,000 Islands

It has been a busy start to the year for me. Fishing has been great this winter, but glad to see it go. The primary catches for the winter are mainly Spotted Sea Trout and Pompano. The best bites are in between the cold fronts,. This winter has been a roller coaster.

Januarys top catches:

Eric with a big 20 inch Pompano and who also caught a couple of meaty Sea Trout. He shared a great recipe that my wife and I cannot wait to try.

Wendy out fished her husband and picked up a rare winter 10,000 Islands Slam, with a Snook, Redfish, and Sea Trout.

Dave and his brother got back down here to see me again this winter and showed off their light tackle skills.

All in all January was a good month, but February surprised us all.

February top catches:

Joe took a couple of buddies out for the day catching some Sea Trout and Redfish and put a fat 23 incher in the box.

slobRed.February started to heat up and so did the fishing. We had some fall conditions push in to the middle of the month which turned on the Tarpon and Sharks. It was quite exciting.

Mike’s family started the ball rolling with a Tarpon battle followed by a toothy¬† 5′ Bull Shark.

Jay also had a little battle that lasted an hour and a half with his pushing 200 lb. Tarpon. I do have to apologize. I can not take pictures and captain at the same time. In addition, there was a problem with a finger in the video. I was able to get 2 great stills.

And more great Redfish.JesRed

Now in to March. The Big Black Drums are returning,.  Snook, Sea Trout, and Redfish are chewing. The Tarpon are here, and the fry is hatching. Give me a call to get in on some great backwater fishing in the 10,000 Islands Preserve.

Tight Lines,

Captain Jim Fortman

239-325-7109