Visit Everglades City and the Ten Thousand Islands of Southwest Florida, the Everglades

Springtime Fishing

Everglades City

by Captain Mike Merritt

The Snook fishing has continued to be really good. The weather keeps adding difficulty as these winds keep on blowing. Every time I put up my jacket thinking the cold fronts are done, I end up regretting it. I for one am ready for some stable weather patterns.

When we get a few days in a row of favorable weather, we get some really good action going on the outside Islands. We have finally been catching some oversize Snook with a little more regularity. Looking forward to what is to come!

The Redfish bite has definitely slowed quite a bit. I did have some really nice fish early and mid-April, but now it seems much slower. We usually find a lot of small Reds this time of year so I am also looking forward to that action. These guys usually will be spread out in the Islands and up in some of the deeper backcountry waters.

Seatrout are still plentiful and if the waters clean up a bit we are catching some good ones. These fish are still on the flats and if you find any grass you have a chance at catching these guys. I sure miss the days when the Turtle Grass was everywhere. Not sure if we will ever see this again. I don’t know if the National Park does any kind of restoration. I have never seen them do any. But, maybe someone at the State level will get motivated and see the importance of replanting this great natural resource. The Seatrout, and other species really rely on these grasses for cover.

Going offshore when the winds allow it should start producing some nearshore Permit bites. Can’t wait to be able to cast at some schooling Permit. But, we can’t really do this until we can get some calmer days and see these guys. Crabs or live shrimp will get eaten by these beauties. But, they can also be taken on a well-placed artificial.

Tarpon, of course, will continue to be here throughout the summer. These fish will be scattered around and you never know where you may find them. Offshore, in the Islands, Rivers, and Bays, they are around. Maybe not in the large numbers we saw early this year, but enough fish are here to make it fun!

Captain Mike Merritt on Visit Everglades City

The bottom line is we have some great fishing starting to fire up here as hopefully this weather pattern gets a little more predictable. I hope you have the chance to get out and enjoy a great day on the water!

Good luck fishing,
Capt. Mike Merritt
Guide | (561)252-4324 |

2024-04-23T11:45:09-04:00May 1, 2024|Fishing|

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