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Old 10-05-2020, 11:29 AM
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We have a long weekend planned at a resort in Naples that is walking distance from the beach and Tin City. I assume surf fishing is prohibited in the main guarded area, will I have to walk a good bit before I can fish? Since the Gulf side is typically much shallower than the East coast is it even worth taking surf gear? Any tips or suggestions?
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Take a spinner and a few plugs and walk the beach until someone says you can't. Then cast again as you walk back to were you came.
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Old 10-05-2020, 02:16 PM
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You should be good as long as you don’t bother to many people, but it will prob be better and easier if you just fish off the pier.
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Ridiculous number of snook on the beach right now, early morning with live bait is your best shot, clear water so light fluoro leader, be sneaky, easily spooked, never seen a spot where you can't fish on the beach, but there probably are some, if you can't get live bait, mirrodean lures mimicking white bait might work....
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You can fish anywhere you want on the beach. Just stay clear of the pier or fish off the pier.
The best thing to do is go park at 33rd ave S and walk to Gordon Pass. It’s about a mile. There are some big rock piles down there loaded with snook. 3/8 oz white bucktail is all you need. It helps if the tide is moving.
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What did you catch?
Old 10-07-2020, 10:26 AM
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Thanks for all the tips.

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What did you catch?
We haven't gone yet but hopefully I'll catch more than a buzz. I'd love to hook a nice snook or redfish but it doesn't much matter, I'll fish for anything.
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There is also whiting in the surf zone if you are looking for meat rather than a fight. I usually use small jigs tipped with shrimp
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I used to do some stealth fishing snook lights at night all around Naples backwater. Don't stay in one place more than 15-20 minutes, be extremely quiet, only common areas, look the part, pack light, go alone, and be extremely respectful. They'll be a dozen snook in each snook light.

If you don't go this route try to find a public place on the water with reflective or direct light at night if you want to catch snook or set up your own light using a flashlight(give it at least 30 min before fishing it).

Night fishing on the Naples pier can be productive. It's too busy during the day. Get a long life bright flashlight, tie it up facing the water(duh) and it'll produce fish in under an hour. Never had any luck surf fishing in Naples and always try to find backwater fishing spots. There's plenty of snook/tarpon in the "fresh" water canals off 41 towards the everglades.. Very little pressure in these places(watch for gators).

I used to catch alot of fish under Marco bridge(there was a dock/pier system under it on the naples side) but I'm not sure if it's still there. During the day any mangroves you can cast to will be worth fishing.

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This is good advice. I would also add that there is a trough that runs parallel to the beach that the snook (and occasionally tarpon) swim along. When the water is clear, you can sometimes see them. Best time to fish them along the beach is before the sun rises above the condos/houses behind you. Once the sun is high enough to cast your shadow on to the water, the bite shuts down.
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Originally Posted by bw17 View Post
This is good advice. I would also add that there is a trough that runs parallel to the beach that the snook (and occasionally tarpon) swim along. When the water is clear, you can sometimes see them. Best time to fish them along the beach is before the sun rises above the condos/houses behind you. Once the sun is high enough to cast your shadow on to the water, the bite shuts down.
I wasn't sure if the gulf side would have a trough like that, the last time we went it was grey and miserable most of the time so we just took a short walk on the beach and headed back to the resort. Thanks for the reminder, sunrise and sunset really mess with my head on the gulf or panhandle. After 30+ years of knowing the sun rises over the beach it's a little unsettling to watch the sun set over it, or on the shoreline in the panhandle.
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Thursday my wife called an audible and decided we were fishing the pier instead of the beach. No worries, I can fish and drink beer anywhere. The bait seemed thick enough to walk across, we saw dolphin, tarpon, barracuda, and a few massive spotted eagle rays enjoying the buffet. No luck with the spoon but if you dropped a shrimp or a jig within a minute or two you'd either get a bite or get robbed. We caught dozens of small jacks and blue runners, and the couple next to us gave us a mackerel because the love fishing but don't eat seafood. I didn't see anyone catch a fish worth bragging about, but it was a helluva lot more fun that a day at the office! On the ride home my wife says "You know, if there's mackerel in Naples they're probably running on our beaches, maybe we can hit the beach in the morning instead of yard work." Damn I love this woman.

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