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Boca Gag grouper flats fishing guide

Capt. Darel Carter
August 7, 2016
Boca Grande - Saltwater Fishing Report

Today customers would be Curtis and Iren from Indiana. They also wanted some fish to eat on this trip. With the live well full of greenbacks by 0645, I was ready for the 8am pickup.
Our first stop was for redfish and snook. The water was basically not moving at all, which causes a problem with cut bait. Iren missed a snook on the second cast. Yes, it was dead like the tide, time to move.

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Our next stop produced trout after trout and a few cut offs (mackerel). Iren laughed more than anyone I know. She hooked a trout got a laugh, missed a fish got a laugh. She was having fun and out fishing her husband-bad. He liked the needlefish and blowfish, but caught plenty of fish.
Our next move would be for goliath grouper and cobia. I explained to Curtis that I have caught some nice gag grouper here also. When I arrived, the current was ripping and thought it might not work out for us. I set Curtis up with the big rod loaded with 130lb main line and 300lb leader. I cast out a big bait weighted down with a 3oz sinker on the bottom. He waited about seven minutes, got slammed and the fight was on. He pulled up a 28" 11lb gag grouper. What a trophy for inshore fishing. Before and after the gag Iren caught a keeper flounder and snapper.

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I advised them that our next spot was for some more eating fish (mangrove snapper). They were happy with the catch so far and had planned to buy a fish cooker. Iren had plenty of laughs pulling in keeper snapper. Curtis praised guiding skills. He said he fished with two different guides in the last two day and this was by far the best.

Boca Grande Fishing Forecast:

flats fishing guide hookedoncharters.com

Target Species:

snook trout redfish sharks cobia

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Capt. Darel Carter guides for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Shark, Mackerel, Goliath grouper, Cobia, Snapper etc. We will be fishing in Charlotte Harbor,Boca Grande,Pine Island and Englewood. "I never give up on fishing,I eat sleep and breath fishing". I even fish while I'm on vacation.I put you on fish whether your 6yrs old or 96yrs old. Check out my fishing reports in Cyber Angler under fishing reports-Florida-Boca Grande. I make custom rods and repair over 300 per year at FishinFranks.

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224 Santa Fe St
Port Charlotte, FL
Phone: 941-456-0415
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