Big Bully Outdoors Fishing Reports

BIG Fish Bite

October 04, 2017

Heading into fall the bigger fish are still biting. Goliath grouper have been making anglers leave with lower back pain all week. Fishing mostly nearshore anglers have had the opportunity to hook and land multiple fish. After breaking countless… Read Full Report →

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 →


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 →


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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