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Anybody fish this area? Moving soon and would like to get a better idea of how to fish it. I know a lot of people fish the ten thousand islands. Any tips/advice?
 

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I live in Naples and I fish out of the Port of the Islands 90% of the time. So the 10k islands, bays, creeks are my favorite waters to search for monsters. Obviously there are a lot of different areas to fish in there so just get on the water as often as you can and try to learn your way around. Soft and hard artificial baits work great as well live. Mangroves, beaches, docks, seawalls, jetties all hold fish.
Sounds good I appreciate the advice!
 

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That canal is exactly three miles long and it's all a "no wake" zone.... The good news is that small plugs or other lures can work well - trolled down the shoreline as you idle along (I like the east side...). The other good news is that unlike many places to launch and fish out of in the 10K area, Port of the Islands is pretty user friendly - with a well marked path from the end of that canal all the way out to Round Key -from there you're on your own... It's a good area to start learning about oyster bars and other surprises you'll have to learn about as you ease into a new area...

Of course the best way to learn any portion of the backcountry is to go with someone that knows the area your first few times (either a skilled local angler or a guide...). You'll learn more in a single day that way than you will in a year on your own..
Appreciate the advice! Do you guide in this area?
 

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So I went out today out of the Goodland boat ramp wasn’t so successful. I used live shrimp and would use my Ipilot to keep anchored around “keys” that had water movement. I made my way pretty far back in the ten thousand islands just no luck in what I thought were some fishy areas. Not sure what I was doing wrong could’ve just been a bad day ended up catching a bonnet head, some small mangroves, and of course… plenty o catfish lol. What’s the deal?!
 

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Whenever I fish a new area it's all artificial. For me it's always flies but soft baits are also a good choice. My goal on day 1 is always to cover as much area as possible and take a good look at the areas that I catch or spook fish. Normally before long some patterns develop for where fish are holding and how they want to be fed.

When it's really tough I put the rod away and pole right into the areas fish should be holding. For me I want to see that fish are in fact present. In areas where I do push fish out I'll remember the area and tide stage for another day. Normally this technique will also reveal patterns of the areas fish are using.

When I recently returned to Tampa Bay after 6 months of guiding Trout up north I spent 2 full afternoon's on the platform checking spot after spot. This technique has quickly dialed me in and right from jump my clients have been tight to Snook and Reds.

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Thanks I’ll try to cover some more ground with arties.
 

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One possibility is that this fall, water temps are still quite high (this morning the Watson place on the Chatham river had 76.3 degrees water - at 4Am... courtesy of NDBC.com). As a result, I'm betting that many of the fish are still out along the coast or in nearby areas - and not up inside that much... If I had a kid using shrimp under a cork or on the bottom - and we weren't catching much at all.. we'd be scooting towards the outside to be fishing in places - where the fish actually are..
The next few days water temps will finally begin to drop and once we're in cooler weather (daytime highs 70-74 air temps and much colder at night) fish will flood back up inside - where they should already be on a normal year....

Hope this helps... I consider a water temperature gauge on my skiff as an essential piece of rigging and I really use it during winter..

"Be a hero... take a kid fishing"
Thanks that makes sense I was pretty far in the mangroves I was gonna give the outside a shot but I decided against it. I’ll have to look at my garmin next time for water temperature and I’m still thinking about a trip with captain.
 
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