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Marco Island Fishing

Marco Island Fishing

Marco Island is the largest island in Ten Thousands Islands, which is an island chain. It serves as a barrier island of the Gulf of Mexico. Marco Island has a rich history of fishing that dates back thousands of years. The Calusa Indians, who inhabited the region between 500 and 1500 AD, were known for their impressive fishing skills and used nets and spears to catch fish in the surrounding waters. Spanish explorers landed on the island in the mid-1500s and named it La Isla de San Marcos.

In the 1800s, Marco Island was a popular destination for sportsmen and commercial fishermen alike. The abundant waters surrounding the island were home to a variety of fish, including Tarpon, Snook, Redfish (Red Drum), and Grouper. Fishing was an important industry on Marco Island and helped support the local economy. In the early 1900s, fishing tournaments became popular on Marco Island, attracting anglers from all over the world. In 1923, the first Tarpon Tournament was held on the island, and it has since become an annual event that draws thousands of visitors each year. During the 1950s and 1960s, the construction of the Tamiami Trail and the development of the Everglades led to an increase in tourism on Marco Island. Fishing charters and guides became a popular way for visitors to experience the island's abundant fishing opportunities.

Today, Marco Island is still a popular destination for anglers of all levels. The inshore waters surrounding the island are home to a variety of fish, including Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and Sea trout. With ample ledges, reefs, and wrecks nearshore and offshore, Marco Island provides some of the best grouper and snapper fishing. Gag Grouper and Red Grouper are a couple of species that are popular. A record 538 pound Goliath Grouper was caught around Marco Island. Cubera Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, and Vermillion Snapper are just a few of the many species you might catch while bottom fishing around Marco Island.

Barracuda and King Mackerel are not the only toothy critters found on many of the reefs and shipwrecks around Marco Island, a record Tiger Shark weighing 1,065 pounds was caught while offshore fishing. Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-mahi (Dolphinfish), Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna are some of the species of fish you might catch while trolling offshore. Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, and White Marlin are some of the billfish you might encounter on trips to the deep.



Marco Island Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Marco Island, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Red Grouper

  2. Red Grouper

    There is a 12.91% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 1597 Red Grouper counted.

    Marco Island Red Grouper Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND RED GROUPER COUNTS CHART


  3. Gray Snapper

  4. Gray Snapper

    There is a 10.34% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1279 Gray Snapper counted.

    Marco Island Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  5. Lane Snapper

  6. Lane Snapper

    There is a 7.75% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 959 Lane Snapper counted.

    Marco Island Lane Snapper Counts Chart
    Lane

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND LANE SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  7. Snook

  8. Snook

    There is a 6.89% catch rate for Snook, based on 852 Snook counted.

    Marco Island Snook Counts Chart
    Snook

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  9. Scaled Sardine

  10. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 6.37% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 788 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Marco Island Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
    Scaled

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  11. Spotted Seatrout

  12. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 6.25% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 773 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Marco Island Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  13. Hardhead Catfish

  14. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 5.55% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 687 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Marco Island Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
    Hardhead

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND HARDHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Crevalle Jack

  16. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 4.77% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 590 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Marco Island Crevalle Jack Counts Chart
    Crevalle

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND CREVALLE JACK COUNTS CHART


  17. Spanish Mackerel

  18. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 4.48% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 554 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Marco Island Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart
    Spanish

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND SPANISH MACKEREL COUNTS CHART


  19. White Grunt

  20. White Grunt

    There is a 3.73% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 462 White Grunt counted.

    Marco Island White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE MARCO ISLAND WHITE GRUNT COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 87 species of fish and 12370 fish counted for May around Marco Island.

To date, there are 158 species of fish and a total of 139508 fish counted for Marco Island and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1860 (164 years).

Last Update: 5/20/2024 10:31:09 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Marco Island are the following:

  1. Victors Ledge
    Victors Ledge


  2. PAVILION KEY 6 MILE REEF
    Name PAVILION KEY 6 MILE REEF County COLLIER Depth (in feet) 18 Relief (in feet) 0 Description LOWERED BY CRANE TO THE BOTTOM (NOT LOCATED 12/01) Date of Deployment April 28 1


  3. MARCO ISLAND 2 MILE REEF
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  4. Kidd Wreck
    In 1987, this 85 foot barge sank in 45 feet of water. This is a great site to see goliath grouper, snapper, and barracuda. More Details


  5. 3 Mile Reef


  6. KEEWAYDIN 3 MILE C AND D REEF 01
    Name KEEWAYDIN 3 MILE C AND D REEF 01  Depth (in feet) 28 Relief (in feet) 10 Description RUBBLE AND CULVERTS COUNTY FUNDED Date of Deployment June 19 2003 Pr


  7. Wiggins Pass 3 Mile - ECA Reef


  8. NAPLES PIER REEF
    Name NAPLES PIER REEF County COLLIER Depth (in feet) 22 Relief (in feet) 3 Description "WIDELY SCATTERED PILES CONFIRMED BY RBF GRANT FWCC-01002" Date of Deployment June 17 19


  9. Eugenes Ledge
    Good ledge for snapper and gags


  10. Fish Haven
    Fish Haven


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Top Marco Island Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Mangrove Outfitters
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  2. Buttonwood Tackle Outfitters


  3. Glades Haven Marina
    Glades Haven Cozy Cabins located in the heart of the everglades and the ten thousand islands, an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Voted ESPN’s #1 fly-fishing destination in the world and home to the most abundant variety of gamefish anywhere.

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Top Marco Island Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Naples Saltwater Fishing
    Naples Saltwater Fishing allows you to explore the beauty of this sport through a gallery of images and a series of stories featured in the blog. In addition, the charter boat takes you to the deep waters of Naples on a fishing adventure equipped wit

  2. Double R's Fishing And Tours Company
    At Double R’s Fishing and Tours Company, We understand fishing the magnificent and challenging waters of this complex eco-system, the Florida Everglades. With 30 years of experience fishing these areas, like the 10,000 Islands, the Estuarine forests

  3. Captain Todd G Geroy
    Naples' original backwater guide service Est. in 1981. Light tackle and fly fishing charters on the back waters of Naples and Marco Island with Capt. Todd Geroy. Snook, tarpon and redfish and giant inshore sharks a specialty. Naples and Marco Isl

  4. Naples Backwater Fishing
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  5. Naples Bass Fishing
    I am Captain Mark Rogers and I have over 30 years of fishing experience. I grew up in southern California where my dad introduced me to fishing. I learned about deep, clear-water reservoirs and started tournament fishing at 14 years old. Shortly afte

  6. Rz's Fishing Extremes
    When I guide these waters my clients should expect to have a great time and truly rewarding experience. Catching fish is a part of that. The species we typically fish for are the Big Three: SNOOK, TARPON, and REDFISH.

  7. Fish BackWater Charters
    Fish for Redfish, Snook, Seatrout, and Mangrove Snapper.

  8. The Alabama
    Our new 36 foot deep sea sportfisherman, is recognized as the premier multi-passenger Naples Deep Sea Sportfishing Charter Boat in southwest Florida. We have been operating private deep sea fishing charters for groups of 6 and up to 12 passengers fo

  9. BustnLoose Backwater Charters
    Backwater fishing charter in the SW Florida region-catching Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon. Specializing in light tackle.

  10. Everglades Guide Service
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Top Marco Island Marinas

  1. Park Shore Marina and Boat Rentals


  2. Backcountry Marina


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  4. Glades Haven Marina
    Glades Haven Cozy Cabins located in the heart of the everglades and the ten thousand islands, an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Voted ESPN’s #1 fly-fishing destination in the world and home to the most abundant variety of gamefish anywhere.

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