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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 When it comes to shark fishing, water depths of 30 to 50 feet are often full of adult blacktip sharks, big sandbars, and big bulls. It's also the season for the spring mackerel run, so set your targets for Spanish and kings. This fun fishery usually settles in as the month progresses…

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Gulf of Mexico Springtime is the perfect time for fishing! Action on the bottom for red grouper, lane snapper, mangrove snapper, and other reef fish can be expected to be good this month, while the onset of spring brings several other options as seasonal fish move into our area. Spring mackerel runs…

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Gulf of Mexico In March, the weather and the fishing patterns change and as the Gulf water temperature nears the 70 degree mark, the spring run of Spanish mackerel usually spread northward along the coast. Towards the end of the month we usually start seeing king mackerel too. The resident offshore…

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