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Capt. Jeff Watkins Sr.
US Coast Guard Licensed
38 yrs local fishing knowledge
SW Florida's top rated guide

Boca Grande/Placida Florida Fishing Report

Capt. Jeff Watkins

It’s been a hot one here in  Placida Florida and so has the offshore fishing with Boca Grande Offshore Fishing Charters. Red Snapper season is coming to a close Aug 1st and their is still plenty of fish to be caught. Our 7 hr + trips have been putting Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper and a few Mahi Mahi in the box for some fresh fish dinner. Also have been catching Cobia, Porgy’s and some Sea Bass. We are fishing an average of 36-46 miles offshore the last few weeks and the fish have been moving around quite a bit and we have been finding them. We also would like to welcome are new offshore boat to the fleet. A 2021 Parker 2801 CC with twin 300 Hp engines, it’s a serious fishing machine.  If your looking for a great day of fishing book  Anchors Away Charters/Boca Grande Fishing Charters today!!

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The inshore Placida Fishing Charters have been very consistent as well. Summer is here and it’s been hot in Boca Grande Florida and so is the fishing, Snook, Trout, and Redfish have all been biting on our inshore trips. This time of year we change up our fishing patterns a little bit as the water is getting warmer and we start to get our summer higher tides. On our inshore trips we run a 18 ft Shallow Sport tunnel hull which is made to run in waters as shallow as 8 inches. This boat gives Anchors Away Charters the upper hand when fishing the shallow back country in Gasparilla Sound. 

Inshore fishing can be a little more laid back then fishing offshore, the bite can be a little slower at times but always an enjoyable day out on the water.   Get your trip Booked Today !!!!!

**Note** The harvest of Redfish, Snook, & Trout have been closed by the state of Florida until  May 2021. We can still catch them but they will have to be released.

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Illegal offshore fishing charters are becoming a real problem in the state of Florida and the U.S. Coast Guard and FWC are really starting to crack down.

When booking an offshore charter where you are going out past the 9 mile state waters and targeting reef fish or pelagics always ask the Captain to see his federal permits as well as his Captains license. It’s the law and a federal offense if  these are not on the boat and current at all times. If the captain can’t produce them then it’s simple get off the boat.

Also another game that the illegals play is they will tell you that you need to go out and purchase a fishing license and this should throw an immediate red flag. All Coast Guard Licensed Captain’s purchase a license that covers all passengers for fishing. And last there is the not clients but friend fishing trip. This is a no brainer and if suggested by a fishing charter when you call to book  just hang up. This also could get not only the Capt but you in a lot of trouble.

On all my charters my clients don’t have to ask because I always show them all of my credentials at the start of the trip. 

Capt Jeff Watkins