Boca Grande tarpon and goliath grouper – April 20

Today we took out Sam. High on his bucket list were tarpon and goliath. The conditions weren’t looking ideal for tarpon so we opted for a goliath grouper charter. We started out bowfishing for stingrays. We put 3 in the boat and headed to Boca Grande Pass to target the goliath grouper. Within a few minutes, Sam hooked into one that was about `150lbs. The bite slowed down from there. Sam had a few more hits but wasn’t able to button one up.

It was about an hour before high tide and we could see a pile of tarpon rolling in Boca Grande Pass. We decided to let Sam give it a try. We had a few crabs and a couple dozen shrimp in the livewell. After about the 5th drift through the pass, we finally hooked into a tarpon. Sam fought it for a while but unfortunately the sharks cut us off and we were unable to land it. A few more drifts through the pass and we managed to hook into two more Boca Grande tarpon. Sam was able to get one boatside and the other broke free before getting eaten by sharks.

Boca Grande tarpon
Boca Grande tarpon

The tarpon fishing is heating up in Boca Grande so give us a call to book your tarpon charter now.

Captains Jesse and Kelly McDowall
Florida Inshore Xtream charters

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