Captain
Andrew Herzog

Member since March 2015

Boca Grande, United States

Background
USCG Licensed and Insured. Captain Andrew enjoys teachings his clients successful methods to catching their favorite species.

Live bait or artificial, Capt. Andrew provides you with the tools and knowledge to be successful. He works closely with Gray Fishtag Research as well as NOAA in volunteer tagging programs.
Techniques
Fishing Boca Grande , Englewood and Charlotte Harbor. I offer a variety of guides. Explore inshore grass flats and protective mangrove shorelines of Charlotte Harbor & Gasparilla Sound. This area is home to snook, redfish, trout and more.

Looking for big fish? Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande, hook into the famous silver king. If you want to test your strength we offer goliath grouper that can weigh as much as 500lbs. Get up close with the ocean's top predator with tag and release shark. Can you hang on?!

10% Discount to ACTIVE and RETIRED Military taken off your trip the day of.

Hey, I'm Captain Andrew Herzog

Boca Grande, United States
Background
USCG Licensed and Insured. Captain Andrew enjoys teachings his clients successful methods to catching their favorite species.

Live bait or artificial, Capt. Andrew provides you with the tools and knowledge to be successful. He works closely with Gray Fishtag Research as well as NOAA in volunteer tagging programs.
Techniques
Fishing Boca Grande , Englewood and Charlotte Harbor. I offer a variety of guides. Explore inshore grass flats and protective mangrove shorelines of Charlotte Harbor & Gasparilla Sound. This area is home to snook, redfish, trout and more.

Looking for big fish? Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande, hook into the famous silver king. If you want to test your strength we offer goliath grouper that can weigh as much as 500lbs. Get up close with the ocean's top predator with tag and release shark. Can you hang on?!

10% Discount to ACTIVE and RETIRED Military taken off your trip the day of.

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Fishing Reports

Inshore Charlotte Harbor & Boca Grande

August 26, 2017

The hot story of the week? Eclipse fishing! It was another hot day here in SWFL. The fish did not seem to be effected by the rare event. Met Cameron at the dock, loaded with bait by 730am. Guests… Read Full Report →


Inshore | Nearshore | BIG Fish

August 19, 2017

Many anglers have been on the search for Snook and Redfish. Never heard of them? They are a common saltwater species and a popular inshore catch in Florida waters. These fish are a tough fight on light tackle. You… Read Full Report →


1000lbs + of FISH!

August 05, 2017

The Vestal family joined us for a day of fun in the sun!  Goliath grouper was the goal of the day and these fish made it look easy at first.  Hooking up right away ( with in the first… Read Full Report →


Fishing the bait schools

July 27, 2017

Near shore fishing has been pretty exciting lately. Large bait schools are roaming around a few miles out along our Gulf beaches. These large schools of fish attract all kinds of hungry fish from Bonito tuna, spanish mackerel and… Read Full Report →


Inshore Bites

July 18, 2017

Inshore fishing is HOT around Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor. Temperatures pass 90 degrees by lunch time, but I know just where these inshore fish are cooling off and searching for an easy meal. On recent charters this week,… Read Full Report →


Tarpon & Goliath

July 02, 2017

In my line of work, you fish will all kinds of people. I can truly say the Fleming family was a blast to fish with. They were vacationing here for the holiday weekend. We had a trip set up… Read Full Report →


Tarpon fishing & best bites for summer!

June 28, 2017

My guests today were excited to hook into their very first tarpon. We had a morning of fishing a few different schools along our beaches. It was a tough bite, their persistence paid off! Poncho hooked into a tarpon… Read Full Report →


BIG fish battle

June 13, 2017

Our guests today were father and sons looking to hook into some big fish. We fished nearshore for Goliath Grouper. These fish are especially active during the warm summer months. They stick to our nearshore reefs in large numbers… Read Full Report →


Tarpon, Goliath Grouper & Cobia!

June 03, 2017

I was joined this week by Andrew Huynh from the popular Youtube channel NoobAngler, and his friend Oz Sittipon Chanarat. Oz is a Fisherman/TV Host for Discovery Channel. He also has a popular Youtube channel, Bangkokhooker Fishing. He is… Read Full Report →


Rolling into June

May 31, 2017

My days have been filled with mostly tarpon fishing. Its that time of year. It has been a great season so far. The fish are getting settled and making for a fun battle for anglers looking for a good… Read Full Report →


Bucket List Fish

May 18, 2017

Richard Simms, is an outdoor writer and guide from Tennessee. We fished with him in the fall of 2016, he wrote a great article about our adventure on charlotte harbor. ( You can read it here ) I remember… Read Full Report →


Mid May Fishing

May 15, 2017

Inshore fishing is only getting hotter with the temperatures! Most species are eating live bait on a free lined circle hook. Anglers this week, enjoyed a few relaxing days in the back country. Fishing with light tackle, Penn 2500… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Fishing

May 09, 2017

The wind has finally laid down enough to get out and hook into some tarpon. My charter guest today, Steve hooked into numerous fish. While having to fight off the sharks, he was successful in landing a few fish.… Read Full Report →


Boca Grande & Englewood Fishing

May 03, 2017

Plenty of inshore action this week. With windy conditions anglers have gotten to know the mangrove shorelines of Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor pretty well this week! Snook and trout are plentiful eating pinfish and live white bait. Anglers… Read Full Report →


Inshore Bite

April 22, 2017

Inshore bite has been great. Plenty of sheepshead, snook, trout and redfish to keep the rods bending. Snook harvest will officially close for our region on May 1st. The snook bite has been great, may anglers choosing to tag… Read Full Report →


BIG Fish Family Fun!

April 17, 2017

The next week is one of the last for spring breakers.  Nothing is better than bring back a great fish story from vacation!   My guests today, the Phelps family from California hooked into some sharks and goliath grouper.   Right… Read Full Report →


Spring Sharks

April 14, 2017

This week I've been shark fishing.  Spring time is known for being successful with a variety of species.  April-July are some of the best months to hook into a toothy predator. As the month continues larger sharks will move… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Fishing & Inshore Boca Grande

April 03, 2017

Inshore fishing the flats of Gasparila sound has been very productive for redfish, trout and especially snook. Guests catching plenty of in slot fish. The tarpon are showing up in our passes and will soon spill out on to… Read Full Report →


Inshore Fishing with Ted

March 30, 2017

My regular guest Ted spent the morning inshore fishing in Boca Grande & Gasparilla Sound. Bait is starting to become plentiful on our grass flats, getting our backwater species fired up. Sheepshead still hanging out around structure, (docks, pilings… Read Full Report →


Snook Fishing Inshore

March 14, 2017

The bite on the Gulf coast has been great this spring.  The snook are loving our mild winter and warm water temperatures.  Guests on charters are enjoying the bite.  Dustin, from South Dakota caught his very first while fishing earlier this week. His… Read Full Report →


Amberjack

March 01, 2017

Its officially open harvest on Greater Amberjack. Anglers are allowed one fish per day over 34 inches to the fork. Seafood lovers enjoy this catch smoked, they are an aggressive fish with fighting power. This week we were getting… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Season 2017- Book NOW!

February 19, 2017

Tarpon is a fish on every angler's bucket list. The reward is in mastering the difficult catch! Let me guide you in crossing "the silver king" off your bucket list. I look forward to tarpon season all year long.… Read Full Report →


Fishing the negative tides

February 12, 2017

With the full moon hanging around this weekend our tides have been low. From Charlotte Harbor to Gasparilla Sound the fish have been searching for deeper water. On the grass flats, trout have been a great bite all weekend.… Read Full Report →


Inshore Boca Grande & Charlotte Harbor

February 07, 2017

This week my clients fished inshore. Boca Grande, Charlotte harbor and Gasparialla sound. Mild temperatures making it a great week to be out on the water. Guests caught a variety of species on cut bait including snook. These fish… Read Full Report →


Sharks, Rays & Goliath Grouper

January 30, 2017

Mike and family spent two days on the water during their SWFL vacation. Target species was shark. Day one was full of bites, spinner sharks and black nose. Two common and fun winter species ranging from 4feet to -6.5… Read Full Report →


Wreck Fishing

January 18, 2017

Spent the day fishing the Gulf of Mexico out of Boca Grande FL. The guys fished with a variety of live bait and lures/ jigs. Amberjack were the most active today. Showing off chasing topwater plugs in packs, aggressively… Read Full Report →


Birthday Sharks

January 14, 2017

Behlah and family from Ohio spent the day on the water exploring SWFL. They are regular guests aboard and we've grown to know their family well. We started the day catching bait. Sharks eat a variety of fish, today… Read Full Report →


BIG Fish Fun!

January 04, 2017

Jason spent the day on the water with a few good friends. They had a fun morning inshore fishing with live bait and artificial. Catching a few nice snook the largest being over 30 inches. Soft plastics on a… Read Full Report →


Inshore Snook & Trout

January 01, 2017

We've had a very warm holiday and a GREAT start to 2017. This week fishing inshore charter guests caught a variety of fish. Snook, Trout & Jack Crevelle were keeping anglers hooked up all week long. Artificial baits have… Read Full Report →


Tripletail & Grouper

December 14, 2016

Triple tail are back hanging out on floating debris nearshore Boca Grande FL. My charter guests hooked into a number of them today, a taking the two largest home for dinner. Today we used artificial shrimp lures and jigs.… Read Full Report →


Amberjack, Kings & Bonito

November 30, 2016

Greater Amberjack are known for their tenacity. This is a strong fighting fish commonly caught on jigs, live bait and lures. Winter water temps in the Gulf of Mexico really get them fired up. Recently Capt Andrew was throwing… Read Full Report →


Inshore Family FUN!

November 22, 2016

Kevin, Jill and Charlie joined us for two day of inshore fishing around Boca Grande/ Placida. They are interested in eventually buying a vessel of their own. Big fans of the Florida Keys they quickly fell in love with… Read Full Report →


Hot Bite Inshore

October 20, 2016

I spent the beginning of the week inshore Boca Grande. Along the beaches the "red tide" is still hanging around beach fronts and is slightly washing in and out with passing tides. Choose your location carefully. I was able… Read Full Report →


New Residents Exploring

August 24, 2016

Becky & her husband Jack are new residents of the area. They wanted to learn about the fish they could catch in and around our surrounding waters. They learned how and where to catch bait, this is super important… Read Full Report →


BowFishing & Goliath Grouper

August 11, 2016

This week our episode airs on the Pursuit channel and WILD Canada. We take Gus bow-fishing for sting rays in Charlotte Harbor. Gus is an avid bow hunter and enjoyed the challenge of trying to hit these fast moving… Read Full Report →


Seeing Red

August 03, 2016

The redfish are back in one of our favorite fall spots, moving in and out with the tides. Light tackle drag screamers these fish give the angler a great fight. These fish eat a variety of different baits, from… Read Full Report →


Summer Fishing Fun

July 22, 2016

Fishing inshore Gasperalla Sound & Charlotte Harbor this week the trout bite has been great. Incoming tides have brought in gorgeous waters and hungry fish. Larger fish are eating small/medium pinfish under a float set out on a grassy… Read Full Report →


Inshore Snook Tagging

July 12, 2016

Julie and her husband Todd set out for a day of inshore fishing. Snook was the most active today, eating free lined white bait on a small circle hook. They tagged and named their two largest catches of the… Read Full Report →


Nearshore Boca Grande

July 08, 2016

The summer is heating up and so is the fishing near shore. In the gulf of mexico the bite has been great. A wide range of species, recently its really been a surprise what will show up on the… Read Full Report →


Father + Son Catching

July 03, 2016

Cameron brought his Dad out for some fun on the water. And of course to knock some first's off his bucket list. We started with Goliath Grouper, these fish range from 50-500lbs. Even using 600lb Bullbuster Monofilament you get… Read Full Report →


Tarpon & Goliath Grouper

June 25, 2016

This week Ive seen some nice tarpon pods along the beaches. These groups or "pods" of fish range from 20 to 100's of fish. They swim along the beaches rolling and breaking the surface as they swim by. Client… Read Full Report →


Inshore & Nearshore

June 19, 2016

Permit have been hanging out on our nearshore wrecks. These fish are commonly spotted when they come up to the surface to feed. My client Chris hooked up on his first during a nearshore trip out of Boca Grande.… Read Full Report →


Holy Mackerel

June 05, 2016

On a recent nearshore trip clients were having a blast with "cuda tubes" These are a lure commonly used for barracuda. All of a sudden Alex hooked up on the 2500 reel. This fish was OUTTA here. Dumping nearly… Read Full Report →


Hill Tide Tarpon

May 26, 2016

Steve joined us for an evening dipping crabs and fishing for tarpon during the infamous hill tide in Boca Grande. This is a hard outgoing tide causing crabs ( a tarpon's favorite snack) to flow out of the pass.… Read Full Report →


Shark & Goliath Grouper

May 20, 2016

Mark joined us all the way from Texas and wanted to hook up on some Florida fish! We started the day bow fishing for sting rays, a sharks & grouper favorite. He caught a 7 foot bull shark right… Read Full Report →


Tiger Shark

May 14, 2016

As a fishermen you hear a lot of "fish tales" exaggerated sizes and species. An unbelievable battle of strength and tenacity. Once in awhile you actually get to live them. Its a BIG ocean and you never know what… Read Full Report →


Tarpon

May 09, 2016

Sheila loves a good fight behind the reel. We knew she would love tarpon, when we had her out on charter for the second time the silver king is what we were after. We set out late morning and… Read Full Report →


BIG Goliath Grouper

May 01, 2016

Brittany and Adam love being out on the water. They wanted to experience these HUGE fish for themselves. We set out on a windy morning. Wavy conditions, they were going to earn their sea legs today. Adam was up… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Fishing SWFL

April 25, 2016

Tarpon are starting to show up in their usual patterns. You never forget the very first time you hook into a tarpon. Rarely you hook, and land your first fish but today that's exactly what happened for our client… Read Full Report →


Shark Tag & Release

April 22, 2016

Barry is home for a few weeks, he attends college up north and rarely gets to enjoy his home state. Today we set out with one goal on mind. Tagging sharks. The tarpon have started showing up in and… Read Full Report →


Mixing it up Inshore

March 01, 2016

We set out with the Grindle clan plus one. Friend Mike, they wanted to hook him up on a Goliath grouper. Conditions have been sporting, we started out the day inshore catching a pile of bait for this grouper… Read Full Report →


Winter Cobia

February 20, 2016

Nicky set out with us on a sporting day. Seas have been rough due to warm windy weather, we stayed close and hoped our chumslick would call something in for a bite. Our fish finder was showing great activity… Read Full Report →


Venny vs Goliath Grouper

February 11, 2016

Full boat full of fun today. CHILLY temps, I'm talking 40 degrees with the wind chill when we left the dock. We had some serious focused fishermen with us today! Ann and Bob King from Setting the Hook Apparel,… Read Full Report →


Fishing with artificials

February 07, 2016

Winter flats fishing is a great time to use artificial baits. It's always great to have one tied on in case you stumble upon a redfish school. Here is some advice for ways to rig your soft plastic baits… Read Full Report →


Nearshore Gulf Of Mexico

January 30, 2016

Raygin & Steve have fished with me for years. They have been traveling to Florida yearly for vacation. All those great times, and fun in the sun convinced them to buy a house right here in town. We took… Read Full Report →


Coming SOON...Tarpon Season 2016

January 24, 2016

We are now taking reservations for the 2016 Tarpon season in Boca Grande Florida. Tarpon trips are April- Late June. This is what Boca Grande is famous for. Rise with the silver kings, experience an amazing sunrise on the… Read Full Report →


Winter Inshore

January 16, 2016

The recent cold front and windy conditions have made fishing sporty recently. We were lucky to catch a break in the weather and were able to get out on the flats for some fantastic inshore fishing. With the east… Read Full Report →


Don Patricia and Heather!

December 30, 2015

Christmas eve on the water with Don, Patricia and Heather. We had an action packed day in the Gulf of Mexico. Don caught the first fish of the day, a blue runner. He was pretty surprised when I immediately… Read Full Report →


Inshore & Near Shore

November 27, 2015

Busy month so far, we started the month inshore on schools of redfish. Mid month we find ourselves offshore Boca Grande, catching King Mackerel, Bonita, Triple Tail and a 50lb+ Amber jack. Not something you see daily this close.… Read Full Report →


Sharks Near Shore

May 23, 2015

Jens was here for his yearly shark fishing vacation in Florida. He is from Sweden. Exploring Florida and it’s great fishing locations. Tampa, The Keys, and of course a stop in Boca Grande! We started out playing with some… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Time

May 10, 2015

If you haven’t noticed by the amount of boats this weekend the tarpon have finally come into Boca Grande and surrounding waters. They are feeding best on crab, although I did watch a guy hook into a 100lb tarpon… Read Full Report →


Hide with the fish

April 30, 2015

Wind, and cooler temperatures this morning. Captain Andrew had a trip planned and decided to work around the weather. A rainy start after gathering bait. With a live well full, you just can’t waste it. They set off and… Read Full Report →


Barracuda, Gag's & Permit

April 27, 2015

Beautiful blue water, so clear you can see the bottom of the reef. Spotting grouper, barracuda and coming up of a feeding school of permit! Sounds like a typical day in the keys but this is Boca Grande yesterday… Read Full Report →


Goliath & Flats Fishing

April 03, 2015

We have fished with the Moson family for years! A spring break tradition. This trip they wanted to test their strength on a goliath grouper. Waiting for the tide to change we past some time on the flats catching… Read Full Report →


Tag and release sandbar shark

March 01, 2015

We haven't been out shark fishing since the giant sting ray. Waters are still cool. Most common sharks around are sandbars, black tips and further south sanibel/ fort myers area they are starting to see some smaller bull sharks.… Read Full Report →

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

My 12 year old son was determined to catch a snook while on an upcoming vacation in Florida. Its all he talked about for months leading up to this trip. I found Captain Andrew and was easily able to make a reservation on his website for the following week.

We arrived to some pretty bad weather coming in but had a shot to get out early morning and went for it. In only 4 short hours my son was able to catch dozens of snook, and a bonus limit of trout to take home for dinner. Captain Andrew was down to earth and had great equipment. Bonus points for being adventurous with some bored teenagers in less than perfect conditions!

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Went fishing on Friday, July 28, 2017

My family charted Captain Andrew while on vacation in Boca Grande.  He was easy to work with as we wanted a day of fishing for the guys and a day of beach fun for the family!  He contacted quickly after I left him a message earlier in the day. 

The first day we fished inshore. He had bait and equipment all ready for us, all we had to do was cast our lines out. I caught my first snook during this trip, as well as a few other saltwater species. Day two we spent exploring the beaches and islands. Very relaxing with beautiful scenery and plenty of wild life. LOTS of seashells there, the wife and kids were thrilled.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 23, 2017

I arranged for a half day Tarpon fishing with Captain Andrew for my Bachelor Party last month. We had 6 guys, so Andrew happily agreed to arrange a 2nd boat & captain so our group could comfortably fish for the day. He put us on the Tarpon asap and within minutes both boats hooked fish and started fighting. We spent the 2nd half of the trip a little more relaxed with a trip inland for some shark fishing. Captain Andrew had a great attitude and took good care of our group all day. Great boat & gear and a fantastic custom stool for fighting the big Tarpon. I look forward to going back and fishing with him again soon.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 17, 2017

My son and I had a great time white these two. I lost a fish due to inexperience with the tarpon. My son missed a couple also. I will be going again.  Thank you both.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, May 29, 2017

I had the opportunity to take a trip out bowfishing with Capt. Andrew and Mallory Herzog last October. They were such cool people, knowledgeable in their craft, and passionate about what they do.

I knew they were the ones to help me break my tarpon jinx. Done & done…. mostly because the Herzog’s called an audible and took us out for an extra evening when they knew conditions would be optimum. We hooked up four tarpon in a matter of minutes and I managed to “lay hands” on the first silver king of my life.

What a thrill! Following trips out were in less-than-optimum conditions… a screaming South Florida wind. I’m a fishing guide myself. I know one thing the guide can never control is the weather. You can only work hard to make the best of a tough situation.

I absolutely guarantee the Herzog’s will do that. We hooked up five more tarpon but none chose to visit us at the boat. That’s tarpon fishing. Success is measured in hook-ups, not landed fish. Our trip with the Herzogs was a grand success. Hopefully there are more in my future.

Fished May 2017

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Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, May 8, 2017

My first trip tarpon fishing trip in Boca Grande Florida was a GREAT experience thanks to Captain Andrew.  I brought along my 13 year old son and it was an exciting day.  We saw lots of fish.  Starting the day on the beach, Captain had me hooked up with in 15 mins of fishing in the first spot.  I think we hooked 5 or 6 fish total.  After having a bad experience with another charter service at the beginning of our vacation, I am happy that I found Andrew and didn’t leave empty handed.  Cant wait till next year!

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, March 17, 2017

Big Bully Outdoors!! 5 STARS! I have taken many trips with Captain Andrew and what an incredible experience! I have hooked up to so many species of fish and sharks! If the fish are in season I get to bring home dinner! On one trip I hooked up on a nice size Amberjack and my photo curtesy of Big Bully’s Mallory Herzog was on the cover of Water Life Magazine! Absolutely incredible! Captain Andrew works hard and provides an unforgettable experience for all kinds of fisherman wether you are seasoned or a beginner, adult or child, male or female! Mallory Herzog captures unforgettable photos and sometimes videos! On one of our trips out my Fiancé who is from South Dakota grabbed a huge 500 maybe + Goliath Grouper and his video went viral across the internet and was shown on many news stations! Talk about an experience one will never forget! If you are a local or from out of town/ state I would recommend Big Bully over any other charter! They go above and beyond! You get on the boat and you are off to fish for the day. Their knowledge of the area and expertise with the species of fish is incredible. Wether you want to fish inshore for Mangrove Snapper and redfish, or grab a beast of a Goliath Grouper, Land a shark, or try for a trophy Tarpon this is the charter to take!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 8, 2017

Andy was one of the best guides I’ve had in 20 years of fishing at Boca Grande. Very professional and fun to fish with. I hope to fish with Andy any time we’re back in Boca Grande.

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 15, 2017

All I can say is WOW!  I have been fishing all my life but this was my first catch over 100lbs!  Fishing for goliath grouper was exciting.  I knew it was going to be a challenge but he had us hooked up with in the first hour of fishing.  GREAT equipment/ fishing tackle.  He had a very comfortable fishing/ fighting seat that gave me an advantage against the fish.  His rods and reels were in like new condition and easy to operate!  I am already looking forward to my next vacation to Florida!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Andrew was a great captain, got us on the fish and kept us on the fish throughout the day. We didn’t have a dull moment during the trip. Will be a repeat customer in the future for sure.

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, April 3, 2017

We took a six hour trip with Captain Andrew in hopes to catch some sharks.  It was a fun afternoon, with my brother and I both getting to catch our sharks.  Equipment was GREAT, he even had a fighting stool which made it much easier for me.  Since we were not interested in eating them we tagged and released them.  Pretty cool and unusual fishing trip!  The grandkids would love this and we plan on booking again in the fall!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 2, 2017

I took a charter while I was here for work.  It was a great time, I hooked into multiple fish, even getting a few to the boat.  Exciting to see the fish up close and personal while Capt Andrew de hooked and revived the fish.  Such a fun weekend, he even gave me the hook for a keepsake.  Will book next time I am in Florida.

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I took my two children and niece on a fishing trip with Andrew at Big Bully Outdoors.  The fishing trip was a huge hit with all three of children and Andrew is great with kids.  I HIGHLY recommend Andrew and Big Bully Outdoors - we will definitely be going back!!

Fished April 2017

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Glad you guys had such a fun day!  Looking forward to fishing with you guys again in the future.


Went fishing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The fishing started off slow for the day. The fish were around and just didnt want to cooperate. Captain Andrew said that once the sun started to shine they will start biting. Boy was he right. Hooking up to monster amberjacks on topwater is an experience i will never forget. I will definately be going out with Big Bully again. I’ve fished with other captains before and had no where near the amount of fun nor action as Capt Andrew has showed me.

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Went out for my birthday, I wanted to go nearshore fishing to catch fish to eat.  I talked with Captain Andrew and we choose the best day for the nicest conditions.  All his fishing gear was like new and well maintained.  His boat was comfortable to fish and ride on.  It was a great day with a lot of bites.  Those amberjack have a lot of power.  Went home with plenty of fish to feed us for a few weeks. Amberjack, Lane and Mangrove Snapper plus a few Red Grouper.  Thanks Captain Andrew!

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Went fishing on Friday, February 24, 2017

Went out with Captain Andrew while on vacation to check out the area.  I was interested in purchasing a place on Charlotte Harbor and wanted to check out surrounding waters.  It was a great experience, Captain Andrew was on time in a very nice boat, with live bait already caught for the day.  It was spacious and clean.  A dry storage locker was available for our belongings and a cooler for drinks and our lunches. 

Fishing was great.  We caught countless snook and trout.  On the way in we caught some really nice redfish.  It was my first time fishing for these and they REALLY put up a fun fight.  Already having a few trout in the cooler, so I decided to release them.  At the end of the trip Capt Andrew was able to show me the property I was looking to buy, but from the water.  It was interesting and educational and I really felt that I learned a lot about the area.  Looking forward to fishing with him again this spring.

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Went fishing on Friday, February 17, 2017

Awesome trip, Captain Andrew was knowledgable and kept us on fish through the day. Took my Dad and Uncle out on 2/17, had a great time!

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Went fishing on Monday, February 13, 2017

Book with him. I fish guides all over the world. You can’t always catch what you hope for. But when the captain still makes it a wonderful EXPERIENCE, he is good.

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, February 6, 2017

Booked a half day trip with Capt Andrew.  Spent the morning bowfishing on the flats.  There were plenty of sting rays to aim at.  After a few tries I got the hang of it hitting a few rays!  It was fun and the equipment was great and easy to use. 

Later in the day we went to catch some inshore species.  I caught a few redfish, tagging one for marine research.  I also caught trout and snook which were out of season.  The captain cleaned my trout at the end of the trip and didn’t watch the clock, as we were out an extra hour. 

Very fun day fishing in Charlotte Harbor.  Will book again on my next vacation

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We actually took two trips with Capt Andrew. The first trip was on Jan 17th. On the first trip, Capt Andrew was to the dock on time and he got us on the water immediately. We got out to the first spot and had sharks on within minutes of dropping bait. When there was a lull in the action, Capt Andrew would make his famous “10 minutes and then we’re moving” announcement. Which practically guaranteed a hit within the 10 minutes. Worked like 5 or 6 times for us. Towards the end of the day, Capt Andrew changed up the action and we took on a couple of Goliath Grouper. What a fantastic experience! So good, we decided to charter Capt Andrew a second day on Jan 19th. Again, Capt Andrew was on time. Back on station, our son caught a 5 foot Spinner Shark that we tagged and released. The next was a Bull Shark that was brought along boat-side. Estimated length was about 7 feet. What a rush! The final big catch of the day was a Southern Stingray. According to Capt Andrew, he said it was just plain “HUGE”! All in all, an unbelievable experience! If you’re looking to catch the biggest fish of your life, Capt Andrew will find it and help you bring it in!

Fished January 2017

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Andrew Herzog (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Happy you all had a great time!  I look forward to future fishing adventures with you and your family.


Went fishing on Friday, January 6, 2017

Saw an advertisement and booked an inshore fishing trip while on vacation on spur of the moment. Expected to catch some rays (as in suntan, not sting rays!) while keeping my family amused. Was amazed at how much fun it turned into! Captain Andrew showed us the sights in the mangroves, and it was so exciting to land a snook! (Never even heard of it before, but they put up a good fight!) Saw all kinds of cool animals swimming, and the water was beautiful! So much fun-maybe next year I’ll be brave enough to try off shore!

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Beutiful day on the water. Enjoyed watching my wife catch about a five foot black nosed shark and loosing about a six foot spinner shark when it cut her off on the motor

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

We chartered Capt Andrew while on vacation. He was very knowledgeable about the area and he provided great gear. I actually bought the exact reel I used during the trip after getting to try it out first. He made sure everyone was taken care of and most importantly catching fish. It was our first time fishing salt water and it was a blast. We caught Redfish, Snook and Snapper during our inshore charter.

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, May 20, 2016

I had the best fishing day ever. If you want to get fish you will not be disappointed if you charter with Captain Andrew at Big Bully Outdoors. They took us out for our first Tarpon expedition last week and delivered 100%. If you are looking for some awesome fishing look no further. Book a charter today they will not disappoint! Experienced, professional, knowledgeable and great people. We will definitely be hooking up with Big Bully Outdoors soon!

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Had a slow day due to weather, we noticed everyone around us having the same trouble in all the reef spots too. Captain showed us techniques and taught us plenty about the fish and how they behave the entire trip. We still managed to bring up two Atlantic sharpnose, a 30lb barracuda, 20-24” permit, and a few other small guys, grunt, snapper, and mackerel. In all we were more than satisfied and would definitely recommend Big Bully Outdoors captain knows the reefs very well

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Day of fishing started with some strong strikes, then a little slow, yet, Captain Andrew and crew worked hard to get us on some fish- 2 big Goliath Groupers.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, December 18, 2015

The two most important things to us when booking a trip are having fun and catching fish. We caught lots of fish and had a great time doing it. We will definitely be repeat clients.

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 21, 2016

We went on a half day tarpon trip.  It was a good morning bite hooking up to 3 fish right away.  We landed a couple fish that day one being my first!!!!

Captain Andrew’s tackle was new and up to date, all reels functioned smoothly.  He was also very patient and explained how we were fishing for these huge tarpon.  We already reserved our next trip dates for next year!  Cant wait to fish with them again!

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, February 25, 2016

I’ve had a few trips with Captain Andrew, and it was an absolute blast! We caught Amberjack on one trip, he had them chummed to the boat for 4 hours straight!!! These fish peeled drag from a Tarpon sized rig with ease!! Topped off the day with a Goliath Grouper caught and released on a handling in 60’ of water and sight casted a few Tripletail.
We caught some big Gag Grouper on another trip and made my personal best with a 32” slob!! Hard fighting and nonstop action for another 4 hours and ended the day with a nice Spinner Shark that was tagged and safely released.
The boat was spacious and very smooth riding, dry riding in even a good chop. The captain and deck hand are top notch and very friendly, always looking for good fish to pull on. I am very pleased with Big Bully Outdoors and actually have another trip planned in 2 weeks…I can’t wait!!

Fished February 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, April 25, 2016

I’ve fished for a lot of things, but have always been told what until you get to handle a tarpon… I guess I didn’t realize what an amazing experience that would be! Started out searching for a pod of them and then I saw it, wow!!! Unless you have taken the time to experience that you have no idea what you are missing out on! To see them rolling in the water one after another is insane, and then to watch them on the side scanner on how many of them there are! Then the real excitement getting hooked up… The power of that fish is crazy to be able to see them jump out of the water is a must! If you have the opportunity to take a trip especially with captain Andrew you definitely should!!! So much knowledge, great experience, always top notch equipment to use, and so much more!!!

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I had an absolutely awesome day with Captain Andrew! We caught snook and jacks in the morning before heading out for the big guys. Captain Andrew and crew put me on a feisty blacktip that they tagged for the NOAA apex predator program. After that we went in search of goliath groupers. Captain Andrew found them quickly and before long I was fighting a massive goliath! Mallory took awesome photos and video that I was able to share with my friends and family!

The boat is spacious and has a very comfortable ride. All of the supplied grear is top of the line and well maintained.

I can’t wait to fish with these guys again in the future!

Fished March 2015

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Andrew Herzog (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Glad you had a great time Tom!  Look forward to many more!