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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 Fishing Charters/Boca Grande Offshore Fishing Charters

Venice • Placida • Gasparilla • Englewood • Punta Gorda • Charlotte Harbor • Gulf of Mexico

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Boca Grande Fishing Charters

Captain Jeff Watkins offers tips, advice, and fishing reports from Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande.

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Boca Grande Fishing Charters/ Fishing Report

Apr 8, 2020

Boca Grande/Placida Florida Fishing Report

Capt. Jeff Watkins

Fishing is on fire here in  Placida Florida The Boca Grande Offshore Fishing Charters have been off the charts with Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, and much more. Are 6 & 8 hr offshore trips 25 + miles are yielding the best chance of keeper Grouper with 10 to 15 lb grouper being caught the last few trips. Other catches include Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Porgys, Key West Grunts, Cobia, Kingfish, Mahi-Mahi, and Gag Grouper .  If your looking for a great day of fishing with a very consistent bite and bringing home dinner then the offshore trips are for you.  

On the Boca Grande Offshore Charters we offer many different trips depending on how long and how far you want to go. As a rule the further you go the bigger some of the fish get. But sometimes it’s not all about how big. Either way on the offshore trips we catch a lot of fish and a great time is had by all.  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 on it’s way here in Boca Grande Florida and the water temps are getting hot 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