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A visit to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast is a peaceful gateway to Southwest Florida. As Florida’s premier ecotourism destination, you’ll find us to be free of crowds and off the beaten path yet still offer the comfort and amenities discerning travelers seek. Situated on Charlotte Harbor with endless miles of natural shoreline, we are home to unlimited outdoor pursuits like beaches, world-class sailing, boating, fishing, paddling, birding, dining and arts. Come find out why “Our Best Side is Outsidesm”.


Gulf of Mexico Springtime fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off the SW Florida coast is swinging into gear. Most anglers have concentrated on bottom fishing for the last several months, and action on the bottom for red grouper, lane snapper, mangrove snapper and other reef fish continues to be good. But…

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Gulf of Mexico The weather and the fishing patterns are changing this month. As the Gulf water temperature nears the 70 degree mark the spring run of Spanish mackerel will spread northward along the coast, and towards the end of the month we should start seeing king mackerel too. The resident…

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Gulf of Mexico Gulf anglers will be primarily focused on mixed-bag bottom fishing this month. The fish aren’t huge but the action is steady if you drop a bait onto almost any piece of hard bottom from 10 to 35 miles out into the Gulf. Mangrove snapper, triggerfish, grunts, sheepshead, porgys…

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Gulf of Mexico January is a good month for catching table fish in Gulf waters. Red grouper and lane snapper are scattered on patches of live bottom in 60 to 100 feet of water and the seasons are now open on both these popular fish. Mangrove snapper are good on small nearshore ledges and on…

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Gulf of Mexico The Fall runs of Spanish mackerel and king mackerel seem to be running later than usual this year, which is good news for December offshore fishing in SW Florida. There is plenty of bait offshore so the Spanish and kings might linger in the area, which in seasons past has sometimes…

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