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Capt. Jeff Watkins Sr.
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Boca Grande Fishing Report

Boca Grande•Venice •Ft Myers• Placida • Gasparilla • Englewood • Punta Gorda • Charlotte Harbor

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Red Grouper Caught In Boca Grande

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Boca Grande/Placida Fishing Report

Sep 27, 2021

Boca Grande Fishing Report September 27th, 2021

Offshore- On This Boca Grande/Placida Fishing Report Offshore fishing has been awesome to say the least. Unfortunately the NMFS closed the harvest of Red Grouper on the 10th till January 1st. We still can catch and release tho. We have still been filling the cooler with Lane Snapper, Gray Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, a few Cobia, Mahi and some Gags, Hind, & Scamp Grouper at times. Most trips we have been running are the 8 hr offshore and we’ve been fishing 36-47 miles out. NO RED TIDE!! anywhere to be found out there and what was here closer nearshore & inshore has moved on. Most bottom fishing with live and cut bait has been the best producers dropped down on a chicken rig set up. With fall approaching and the water temps will start dropping the fishing will heat up even more and we can’t wait for some cooler weather as it’s been a long hot summer. Get your trip booked early so you don’t miss out .

Placida Inshore Fishing Charters September 27th, 2021

Inshore- Inshore/Backcountry fishing is on fire. The Redfish really start to school up in big schools of sometimes 100’s of fish and then the fun starts. Anything from cut baits, live baits, & artificial baits like Johnson Gold Spoons, DOA Paddle Tails work great. Furthermore late September through the rest of the year is some of the best inshore fishing you will find. With the cooler weather and water temps dropping , in return that means great fishing. The Speckled Sea Trout have also been steady action with mainly using Shrimp, and artificial baits. Snook are pretty much everywhere. With the bigger ones mainly on the docks close to the passes where the bait and current is plentiful. And last Tarpon !! we still have quite a few around, mainly the up river around the bridges and a few of the sand bars throughout the harbor. Doa Bait busters are my number one go to this time of year. Book today @

Boca Grande Fishing Report

Fishing Charter in Boca Grande/Fishing Report

Jul 25, 2021

On this Boca Grande Fishing Report Red Snapper season is winding down and it’s been a busy season with some monster Red Snapper this year. If your looking to go next yr it’s advised you get your trip booked far in advanced so you are able to get out for them. The last few weeks the offshore Boca Grande Fishing Charters have been steady action besides the Red Snapper we’ve been catching a lot of other fish , Therefore, if you’re looking for a Offshore Fishing Charter in Boca Grande look no further. For the Red Snapper trips we’ve been fishing 45-55 miles offshore where we also have been getting some nice Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper , A few Scamps, Yellowtail Snapper , Vermillion Snapper , a few Mahi-Mahi, and a surprise African Pompano. As a rule when we get our Red Snapper limit we’ve been coming into around 35-40 miles and getting the other fish . For Red Snapper the trips are a min of 9 hr trips but this season closes August 3rd . However, if your looking to stay even closer to shore our nearshore shorter trips we are still catching Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper (smaller), Red Grouper, and Gag Grouper, but usually shorts at the closer water depth. Let’s go fishing, so get your trip BOOKED TODAY!!

About Boca Grande

Red Grouper

Mangrove Snapper

It’s summer time here in Boca Grande and it’s been a scorcher. The water is hot and the fishing even hotter on the inshore/Backcountry fishing in Boca Grande, the inshore fishing has been a blast. In addition to Redfish, Snook, and Trout, we’ve been catching some pompano as well. The best baits to use have been live Shrimp, Pinfish, whitebait, cut ladyfish, crabs and Mirror Lure soft plastic jigs. Depending on the tides we fish the mangrove shorelines and the pot holes as the fish conjugate in the deeper water on the lower tides and are usually stacked. Recent trips have produced 20+ Trout, Ladyfish, a few Redfish, and some big Snook. To clarify** Redfish, and Snook are all closed for harvesting until at May 2022. The state opened Trout but as most Captains I’m also only catch & release as we all feel they should’ve remained closed to allow a comeback from the red tide in 2018. Get your trip booked today!!

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