Marco Island Offshore Fishing
A soft limestone and sand ocean bottom covers this area of the Gulf of Mexico for miles, creating the unique natural formation found off of Marco Island. The flat bottom combined with ship wrecks, large debris or any outcropping of rocks create an instant haven for fish from miles around. This means tons of offshore adventure, where there are excellent chances for a ‘rod bender’ monster catch. Your captain, with over two generations of knowledge, will take you to where the action is. catches include Snapper — in four abundant varieties, King Mackerel, Bonita, Cobia, Grouper, Tarpon, Shark, Permits, and Snook. These fish explode offshore, especially in the Spring, with many species moving along the beaches and coastline, working their way up north through the reefs and wrecks. Many of these fish migrate depending on bait and the temperature of water. Live bait is used to catch some of the biggest fish in the area, including big eye shiners, blue runners, and thread herring.
One of the most delicious game fish found in the Gulf of Mexico. Mostly schooled into packs of large numbers the Permit hang out over wrecks and piles of debris on the bottom. The angler can see these roaming Permit from the boat patrolling just below the surface. We catch them by site casting a small live crab just in front of the school and then let ‘em run! Captain Randy says; “If this fish jumped out of the water, it would be the world’s most sought after fish.” It’s very common to catch Permit weighing around 20 to 25 pounds but the occasional 35 pound big-boy is a real treat.
One of greatest challenges Offshore Fishing has in store for you. Wild Thing has boated a few up to 600+ pounds and they can grow to well over one thousand. The Jewfish will eat anything and everything that passes their way including the Snapper you just hooked. There are many tales of old about what was found inside their stomachs, a Cormorant (diving bird) for one. Caught on heavy tackle only the heartiest of anglers should accept this challenge. Be prepared for a long battle as this giant makes for the bottom, spooling off the line you just worked hard to get back on the reel. A real rod bender and a true angling challenge.