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Snook eats redfish at Bullbay

Capt. Darel Carter
April 17, 2015
Boca Grande - Saltwater Fishing Report

Joe and I set off from Placida for a Snook fishing trip. Bait came very easy, on a nearby flat, after about six casts. They were very nice green backs that averaged 4 inches long or so. The first stop was a sandy beach that dropped down to a small narrow grass flat. The Snook were staged on the sandy area and eating greenies. Joe was up on me three to zip. They averaged 24 inches. Then Joe hooked a small redfish that almost was eaten by a very large Snook, six feet from the boat. That Snook blow up on it twice, like a big bass on a top water lure. I have never even heard of that before. The redfish had lip marks on one side. That was just about as crazy as Joe out fishing me. From the past, I know that sometimes you have to be patient. This is defined as suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Then it happened, I set the hook and had half of my spool ripped out. I put pressure on the spool in an attempt to turn the fish. That worked all right, as the pressure went from freight train to nothing. The feeling of lose was great. I started reeling and still no pressure, so I picked up the reel revolution speed to high gear until I had pressure again. The fish turned and ran back to the boat. What was it? Could it be an inshore Wahoo, with all that speed or a hard pulling stingray? I had no idea yet because it never jumped or showed it self. As it pasted on the starboard side of the boat I saw it. A giant Snook, that went around the boat and finally into the net for a quick photo. It was 36 inches long. There you go Joe, get you some of that. He later said that he was going to start talking trash but know better. I started to catch some very nice trout on the port side of the boat. We boated one very scared redfish, many trout and about seven Snook.
As we moved from spot to spot, it was Snook, trout and a few Spanish mackerel.

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April 4th
This day consisted of being at the boat ramp early. My customer decided to go with me. At the boat, ramp the boats running lights did not work for about five minutes. They had a mind of there own. Jose and I started with bait at Devilfish on a dead tide, just before the sun came up. I was out of the normal chum mixture that I use. Therefore, I used some off brand fishy cat food with the dry. It proved oily enough to work. The bait catching was tuff. Two throws produced nothing. Then I caught 12 and finally up to 30 greenies per throw. Right in the middle of my bait catching the live well pump stopped. I tried the backup mounted aerator, and nothing. I went to the third pump I carry as a back up to the back up. It is the type with a mounted down spout on it. I dropped it into the live well and you guessed it. It did not work ether. My fourth option was a five-gallon bucket. That worked until I rewired the connection on the drop in aerator. That worked all day. Things are not starting out that well today and that is just as the sun came up.
What a difference two days makes in the fishing. No Snook just trout, Spanish mackerel, snapper and grouper. This was another full moon night with a poor daytime tide. I had a friend fish off shore the same day and the bite was later in the day

Boca Grande Fishing Forecast:

Fish on a moving tide as they are getting better from week to week.
Lets stretch some line at www.hookedoncharters.com. Or I can build you a custom fishing rod. Capt. Darel Carter

Target Species:

Snook, redfish, tarpon and trout inshore.

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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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Port Charlotte, FL
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