Boca Grande Buffet of fish
Capt. Darel Carter
July 1, 2015
Boca Grande - Saltwater Fishing Report
I was contacted by Susan, a customer that wanted a four-hour flats fishing trip. She also advised that she wanted to go early so her 93 year old dad could avoid the midday sun. I have chartered an 85 year old and 92 year old angler in the past that turned out very well. I can accommodate the young or the older anglers and anyone in between. One trip was with my 2½ year old grandson. Yea, that was an experience, after he fell in the live well twice. He was wearing his life vest both times. The first time he got his arm wet. The second time the only thing that was sticking out of the well was his head and one arm. Dipper, sneakers and all were wet. He just could not stop playing with the greenbacks.
The thing to remember on trips like these is to go slow in every thing you do. From chumming, throwing the cast net, moving from dock to boat and moving from spot to spot. Remember every thing slows down and you will be fine.
I made plans to meet them at the boat ramp at about 0615 hours then go catch bait. I started out earlier to try to catch bait before the sun came up. I found some small bait, but not many. We left he ramp at 0630 hours and were off to get bait. Fist stop was Devilfish key. It produced a few green backs and pinfish that would dive into the grass to avoid the net. I moved to the next spot that produced plenty of bait on two throws. The greenbacks and pinfish were small.
We stayed at the first fishing spot for about two hours catching trout, Spanish mackerel, small sharks, bluefish and flounder. It was a buffet of fish with good action on an incoming tide. The next spot produced Spanish mackerel, a giant jack caravel and nice mangrove snapper. I moved a short distance in the same channel for snook. We had two hits on crockers but no hookups. Our final spot produced a few trout and Spanish mackerel.
Everyone enjoyed their self's with a safe inshore flats fishing trip. Susan kept telling her dad ‘this is catching fish not fishing for fish".
You can visit my web page at www.hookedoncharters.com. I also make custom fishing rods. Capt. Darel Carter. Stretch some line and bend a rod.
Boca Grande Fishing Forecast:
Fish early to miss the storms on some days and to miss the heat.
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