I have been all but absent in 2023. Physical issues and just life in general got in the way. So a month on Marco Island is just what the doctor ordered. We arrived on 2/3 and I fish strictly surf along Tiger Tail Beach. The first two days fishing produced 3 black drum each day, ranging from 15″ – 22″. All filleted and fried up for a delicious dinner.

Today, 2/17 I walked down the beach to where I believed the sand bar tailed off from the beach into deeper water. I baited a pompano rig with live sand fleas and 15 minutes later landed the pictured 16″ pompano. Great fight on light gear. It has been filleted and we will be heading to the Capri Fish House where they will cook up two platters with approximately 2lbs of fillets. Two more weeks of fishing left before we have to head back to the deep freeze.

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