Andrew Herzog

Member since March 2015

Boca Grande, United States

USCG Licensed and Insured. Captain Andrew enjoys teachings his clients successful methods to catching their favorite species.
Back water and big game near shore

Hey, I'm Captain Andrew Herzog

Boca Grande, United States
USCG Licensed and Insured. Captain Andrew enjoys teachings his clients successful methods to catching their favorite species.
Back water and big game near shore

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Boca Grande
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Fishing Reports

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →


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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

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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!