There has not been much change in the fishing conditions since last week. We have had a so-called cold front come near. The wind has been up and down. The temperature did cool off just a little. If you add all this together you get some pretty good fishing if you can get out.
I understand we did have a preview of what our tides will be in January and February. With the wind out of the north, there were some unusually low tides, perhaps exposing some real estate you have not seen since last year. If we get the strong northerly winds, just be careful if you head up any of our creeks on an outgoing tide. You do not want to be caught there for several hours.
Another important semiannual event that we all need to be aware of has just occurred. That is the changing of the manatee zones in some areas. Nov. 15 has come and gone, thus some of the speed zones have converted to their winter profile. For those of us that fish Pine Island Sound, this opens up the mail boat cut by St. James City. If you are not sure whether it affects you, be sure to read the signs or look at a Lee County boater’s guide.
The fall edition of the Lee County Boat Show is underway, with today being the last day. If you do not have a boater’s guide, they usually have them at the show. It is at Harborside Event Center and surrounding area in downtown Fort Myers. If you have not been, go down and check out what is new this year.
After you have been to the boat show and bought a boat, if you are new to the area, hire a guide for your first trip. Our waters are shallow and not like the deep lakes you are used to up north. There are plenty of guides available who will take you in your boat and show you where things are.
Today, I have a fishing report from the Keys. With the passing of the weak cold fronts, the sailfish have really turned on, off Islamorada. The best time to try for them is just after a cold front has come through. To me the biggest drawback to this is that this means the water will be rough. It is no place for the faint of heart nor a small boat.
I understand that ballyhoo are plentiful and easy to net off Marathon, but the ones around Islamorada are a little more skittish.
Have an enjoyable day on the water and have the kids wave and say hi to the Tar Heel.
Capt. Sam O’Briant is a local licensed who may be reached at 994-1495 or email@example.com.