The nearshore fishing off of Boca Grande and Englewood has been on fire the last few weeks. We’ve been seeing a lot of sheepshead, snapper, triggerfish, smaller grouper, grunts, and plenty more on our nearshore fishing charters. We’ve been fishing 5-9 miles offshore. Our go to rig is a knocker rig with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook and a 1/2oz lead and bead. Our bait of choice right now is shrimp and we’ve been catching everything with it. Once the waters around Boca Grande start clearing up, we’ll be netting white bait and start primarily targeting snapper and grouper. We’ve also seen a few king mackerel making appearances so be on the lookout for one of those smokers.
The inshore waters are heating up and the bite has been pretty good. Reds, snook, and trout are the main targets. Shrimp under a cork in the potholes or clear holes along the mangroves are sure to catch you a fish. Cut pinfish and ladyfish have been producing big snook.
Boca Grande tarpon season is right around the corner. We will start our Boca Grande tarpon fishing charters later this month and into April. May and June are the peak months when the most fish are in Boca Grande Pass. We start our tarpon fishing charters early to beat the crowds and heat.
Our Boca Grande goliath grouper fishing charters will be starting this month as well. The waters are warming up and they should be feeding good.