What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Port Charlotte, Florida for the first time?

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Dave Barus
St. Petersburg, FL
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Went fishing with Fish-On Sport Fishing on February 14, 2019
We fished with Captain Terry Heller of Fish-On Sport Fishing with his homebase right in Port Charlotte and had a great day of fish-catching, laughing, learning and fun adventure. Because of the weather and wind, we left the dock at Placida equipped to fish the inland waters or run out into the gulf. With 3-5 ft waves, the 24 ft boat handled the gulf chop with ease and we made it out to 8 or 9 miles offshore, stopping at several key secret spots that Captain Terry had in his GPS. Drop-offs and wrecks, hard bottoms, sand. He explained why too. We caught fish at every stop! Heart throbbing bites, drag-screaming runs. We landed about 60 fish in our 3-hour lines-in-the-water stint from 1230-330 in the afternoon, catching 6 different species of fish including gag grouper, red grouper, triggerfish, lane snapper, key west grunts, tom-toms. We lost a lot too! We left with a nice bag of white fillets, all cleaned by Captain Terry and ready for the kitchen pan. We learned about the gear, rods, reels, lines, weights, leaders, hooks and differences between them all, and use of baits and lures. These included squid, cut bait, shrimp, frozen minnows and other secret stuff he had. Incredible trip. Great value, great fun. We highly recommend Captain Terry Heller.

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Jeff Revis
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on December 26, 2023
It’s a large area and a good guide is absolutely necessary to have a chance at fish. The conditions are really variable per site, from structure to grass flats. Very challenging to keep things going—so moving with tides and conditions is a must.

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Paul Lankau
Elkton, FL
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on February 6, 2023
Two persons maxim with the captain on the boat; six hours are what we liked. Choose Captain Cody or any other skipper with a small boat accommodating 2. And not to venture into the open ocean; stay away from large fish; the Jacks and the Ray we hooked were to our surprise a highly charged bundle of energy; I could not imagine the amount of strength required for a rookie to tussle with a tarpon, shark or other ocean heavyweights. Contact the skipper forehand before sailing and fishing. We were in the bay, boating canals and mangrove rivers; a good start for novices.

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Susan Cook
Southern View, IL
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on June 1, 2022
We were a bit confused once we arrived in the parking lot as to where to actually meet our charter. There were no signs indicating that the 'dock' was 'this way', We arrived at the address provided and it was a building with no identifying signs. It was a building for children day camp or something. Cody did his best to help us over the phone but it really wasn't his fault as he was on his boat and we were walking aimlessly around the parking lot. We ended up at a sailing building which was the wrong place. We eventually found him but never being to Port Charlotte before we felt a bit anxious and stressed with no signage.

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Jim McGeeney
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Went fishing with Cornhusker Charters on April 1, 2024
Make sure to vet the charter service you hire- ask about experience and for referrals- we got burned

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David Colterman
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on December 27, 2023
The sharks weren’t out, and although we selected an inland excursion, some fish just left for warmer waters. That said, we did well.

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Michael Rosola
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on November 22, 2023
It was a little chilly and threatening rain, I suspect there are better times to be out on the water, but this happened to be the time we were in the area on vacation. No regrets!

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Pamela Weaver Baker
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on November 20, 2023
Find out the fishing season for particular fish if you care about the catch. We had lots of fish and lots of fun allowing whatever would come.

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Steven Barczyk
Port Charlotte, FL
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on August 12, 2023
If you have children or grandchildren who want to have an exciting experience, then here is where you need to go.

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Randy Schaeffer
Zolfo Springs, Florida
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on November 25, 2020
It was very windy the day we went. We caught some small fish, but no large ones because of the wind and waves.

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Jeffrey Kempton
Port Charlotte, FL
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on July 21, 2023
July is HOT. Go in the morning! Get a Guide like Straw Hats- Success Rate significantly increases.

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Chris Engelhardt
Miami, Florida
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Went fishing with Capt. Scotty Roe Fishing Charters on September 17, 2022
Good place to work on your skills try bait lures with several species to try for

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Sarah Shore
PT CHARLOTTE, FL
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on July 10, 2022
The water is a little too warm for the fish, but anytime spent on the water is a great day.

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Mary Baki
Lehigh Acres, FL
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Went fishing with Straw Hats Fishing Charters on March 19, 2020
Talk to your captains and find out what fish you could keep an ear and which fish you cannot.