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Continued Anticipation
Posted by Captain Jeff on Feb 18, 2011
It's been another week of great weather with temps reaching the high 70's during the day and warming evenings as well.  A full moon this evening has resulted in extreme tidal patterns recently.  As such, bottom fishing has been challenging and fish brought to the boat have been running on the short side.  It is during this time that we anticipate fishing the pass to the Gulf in search of whiting, trout, mackerel, and hopefully - pompano.  It is also a time when action for bonnet sharks and catfish can be expected as last resort. 
In the past two days we have conservatively caught and released over 100 of these sharks - fun for any angler!

Here is a photo of a satisfied fisherman with a cooler of sheepshead; more than enough for the group's grill.  I'll try to gather a few shark pictures for entry into the next blog.  Stay tuned.
Sheepshead: winter fishing on Marco Island
Posted by Captain Jeff on Feb 8, 2011
Thought you'd enjoy viewing a few pictures of the main attraction around these Marco Island waters.   These fish are delicious to eat as their main forage base are crustaceans (clams, mussels, shrimp, barnacles, etc.).  As such, there meat is very sweet, and they have teeth placement comparable to sheep from which I suspect they were named.  Young fish have quite balanced tooth placement whereas older fish often have missing or bent molars.  It's a hard life on these local reefs. 

Sheepshead are difficult to catch as they possess a very hard palate.  Anglers experience a very light bite as they often grind their way toward the hook.  They are experienced bait stealers also, and combined with their coloration result in the nickname "Convict Fish". 

Water temps are presently nearing 70 degrees which is generally known as the "breakout" temperature for the baitfish and sport fish to appear in these waters.  We have already caught a few spanish mackerel, and the reports from southern ports is that they are being brought to the dock in numbers.  So,... stay tuned for better action to come!   I can't wait.

Shelling Kice Island
Posted by Captain Jeff on Jan 24, 2011
Cooler temperatures have resulted in the charter fleet being left at the marina docks.  This has provided the opportunity for Linda, Angela (my daughter who is visiting the island for a few days), and I to make a break for shells on Kice Island, a private sandy beach popular for shellers who can arrive by boat.  As expected, we were the only people on the island this afternoon.  A great blue heron and nearshore dolphins and sea turtles provided the only signs of life in our vicinity.  How peaceful was the afternoon on the island and the quiet ride back to Marco Island. 
2011 - Heightened Expectations
Posted by Captain Jeff on Jan 3, 2011
Happy New Year!  
I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.  My family and I certainly did.   How often we state that "time flies by", and how true that seems to be this fall and early winter. 

Linda (my wife) and I spent Christmas making final arrangements for our travels south and are now enjoying a bit of sunshine, warmer temps, and of course - fishing.  The action has been as expectedv  for winter fishing in Florida with snapper, sheepshead, and gag grouper, being the primary edible fish caught.   We managed to boat a hog snapper which is seldom caught in these local waters.   Several small bonita were breaking the surface in pursuit of bait, and dolphins were feeding in the midst of this activity.  

Later this afternoon I launched Shel'-Lin and she rests at the dock in anticipation of her first outing.  Whether that be shelling or fishing time will tell.

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