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Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach

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”.

January

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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December

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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November

Gulf of Mexico Our annual Fall king mackerel run will peak this month. School-sized kings are fish in the five to fifteen pound range that travel in bunches. Action on these guys can be fast and furious and an occur anywhere there are schools of baitfish from ten feet of water just off the beaches…

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October

Gulf of Mexico It's mackerel time in the Gulf. Spanish mackerel, as well as the larger king mackerel will be appearing in local waters as they make their fall southward migration. Spanish mackerel arrive first and some schools arrived in local waters last month. Kings will appear this month and…

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September

Gulf of Mexico It may not feel any cooler yet, but Fall’s arrival changes up the fishing. The bottom fishing that has been a staple all summer, but there are other options now too. Barracudas are on the wrecks, a few early-run king mackerel will show up along with bunches of Spanish mackerel, and…

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August

Gulf of Mexico Much of the offshore attention this month will be on bottom fish as anglers take advantage of the simultaneous open seasons for gag and red grouper and amberjack. Gag reports haven’t been great this summer but fishermen have been picking a few on ledges in 75 feet of water or deeper…

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July

Gulf of Mexico Red grouper fishing stays good right on through the summer. Look for these fat fish on flat limestone bottom in 60 to 100 feet of water, and expect to catch lane snapper, porgys and vermilion snapper there, too. The “other” popular grouper in this region is gag. Sometimes red grouper…

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7 Ways to get Your Family Beach Ready

Anytime is a great time to hit the beach in beautiful Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, Florida. Truly, our beaches are ready, and we're here to make sure you are, too. A little prep time is a simple way to make sure everyone has a great day at the beach. Here are seven tips to get your family…

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