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Boca Grande kids flats fishing

Capt. Darel Carter
August 6, 2015
Boca Grande - Saltwater Fishing Report

Today's trip was one of those last minute plans that was made the night before. I had made plans to take my grandson and two of his male cousins out fishing. I loaded the boat and was off to the boat ramp at about 10 am. I had sunglasses, hats and sunscreen for all. With an overcast day, I explained the importance of protecting your eyes and skin to them. It's never too young to start learning these things, even if it goes in one ear and out the other. And, I was right because one left his hat in the truck.
They put their life vest on and we were off to catch bait. Of course, the wind was blowing the wrong way. I had to move the boat further up wind and away from the grass edge to throw the net at a better angle down wind. As I was trying to catch bait, the boys had to play with the dead ones by feeding them to the birds. After about five or six cast with the net we made our way to the reef to catch mangrove snapper.
We used oz sinkers with 30lb test leader and a 1/0 or 2/0 circle hook rigged on 10lb or 30lb power pro line. The oldest at 13 and the youngest at 10 caught on quick at how to hook a greenback through the midsection with a circle hook. There were quite a few swings and misses until they learned to let the snapper eat on the bait a little. They caught Jack Crevelle, one remora, one 17" gag grouper and many mangrove snapper. We were not there long until a storm started closing in on us, so it was time to move. Just before the anchor was pulled a few lighting, bolts flew. I moved to a protected area and of course no more lighting bolt. That was fine with me. No need to take a chance on being hit. If you read my July 15 report titled Boca Grande rain and lighting challenge, you would know why.

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I tried a trout spot but the water was not moving at all, nor was the trout. The next spot was under the bushes for redfish, snook and trout. The youngest hooked up on a keeper mangrove snapper using dead bait. I floated a live greenback in open water and caught a 25" snook. The mangrove snapper were hitting live and dead greenies in open water. We stopped for the day because the two oldest were getting bored. And I had more tangled lines to even count.

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Contact Capt. Darel Carter w/ hookedoncharters.com

Boca Grande Fishing Forecast:

Catch sharks, snook, redfish, trout, grouper and mangrove snapper while flats fishing with hookedoncharters.com and Capt. Darel Carter

Target Species:

sharks, snook, redfish, trout, grouper and mangrove snapper.

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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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