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Fishing in Boca Grande
Boca Grande fishing charters enjoy a well-earned reputation for having the best Tarpon fishing in the world, especially during the summer months. How could they not, considering Boca Grande is known as ‘The Tarpon Capital of The World.’ In fact, the Boca fishery has been blessed with prolific Tarpon fishing for so long, the first records of hooking the fish in the area date all the way back to the late 1700s and the first British settlers.
However, the party isn’t over once the Silver King leaves, it’s just getting started. The mammal wildlife and breathtaking vistas make for fantastic sightseeing trips, while nearshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is a favorite of many a fisherman.
While most people come to fish Tarpon in the Boca Grande Pass, the town itself is in such a perfect position that it can cater to various fishing appetites. Most captains offer a diverse range of packages, from inshore fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Pompano in the flats and mangroves to longer trips to the numerous artificial reefs and wrecks - prime locations when it comes to bottom fishing. The reefs are also great for Cobia fishing, a time-honored favorite of anglers all around Florida.
Boca Grande Fishing Spots
Boca Grande Pass
Boca Grande Pass is the location to visit for anyone who wants to cross Tarpon fishing off their bucket list. It lies on the southernmost end of Boca Grande and separates it from the island of Cayo Costa. Thousands upon thousands of these fierce silver giants will gather in the pass, but that does not make catching them any easier.
This is also a perfect place to catch Sharks as well, a fact sometimes unfairly glossed over. In fact, the world record for the biggest Hammerhead Shark caught was achieved right here in Boca Grande Pass. It weighed at 1280 pounds, and some say there are even bigger ones swimming around.
The Lighthouse Hole
When all the Tarpon addicts have left the Pass, experienced local anglers are once again able to fish ‘the hole’ in peace. It is a popular spot because the depth of the water drops to around 70 feet, as opposed to areas in the immediate vicinity that don’t go below a depth of 40 feet. This makes it the best spot to bottom fish for Snapper and Grouper.
The Phosphate Dock
While the story of Boca Grande’s phosphate industry did not have a happy ending, the waters near the dock have become a rewarding fishing place for people looking to catch especially big Goliath Groupers. Apart from schools of Groupers, plenty of Snook and Snapper are also present. After fishing here, you’ll definitely be able to see why Goliath Groupers are called such.
The Gulf of Mexico
Most captains will also offer a nearshore fishing option as the nearshore waters in the Gulf of Mexico are very productive even if you don’t go too far out. The typical range is up to nine miles out, where you can troll for Mahi Mahi, Kingfish and Cobia, as well as do some bottom fishing for Red Snapper in state waters. If you haven’t grappled with a Smoker yet, this is a great place to try.
How much will it cost?
The usual price for an inshore trip runs around $100 an hour. A lot of fishing guides in Boca Grande provide you with the option of booking a special Tarpon trip during the season, which is usually a bit more expensive but includes tackle, bait, and lures that are intended for the sole purpose of Tarpon fishing. Nearshore trips are pricier, at about $140-150 per hour.
While Tarpon fly fishing is popular with experienced anglers, most charters do not include fly fishing gear which means you will need to bring your own.
Rules & Regulations
All registered charters include licenses for passengers aboard, so you don’t need to worry about that part of the trip. People planning to go at it on their own will need to have a valid Florida fishing license with them. This can be done online as well as in any bait shop.
Tarpon fishing is done for the sporting aspect of it, which is why you can only keep a single Tarpon if you are looking to break the IGFA record and have bought a $50 tag from the FWC. Special regulations also come into play during the busy months of April, May, and June. Among these is the limit of three lines per single vessel for catching any species in Boca Grande.
Types of Fishing
Having the best Tarpon fishing trip is the name of the game in Boca Grande, so it’s no surprise that most captains have specialized in catching Tarpon one way or another.
Traditional live-bait fishing remains the most beloved and popular method of fishing, both for Tarpon as well as regular game. Popular bait includes mutton minnows, sandperch, crabs, and squirrelfish. Fly fishing is the preferred method of more advanced anglers but is nowhere near as common as live-bait fishing.
Bottom fishing and trolling are well-represented due to the abundance of natural and artificial reefs, which make good fishing grounds for Red Snapper, Kingfish, Sharks, Mahi Mahi, and much more besides.
Boca Grande Fishing Seasons
Boca Grande Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Boca Grande
"Day trip with captain kyle"
Go with captain Kyle if you are new at fishing he will bait the hook take the fish off and clean them when back if you go in the winter months take some warm cloths for the trip back when we do it again and we will we will go with captain Kyle!!
"Dec. 31, 2017 - Offshore Fishing Trip"
Talk to a good fishing charter like First Priority.
This type of fishing is not real difficult. If you're a regular fisherman, use the lowest cost guide as possible to get to know the waters and rent a boat the rest of the week. This is easy fishing and not too challenging to figure out. Spending a full day on the water would get too long.
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