July

Gulf of Mexico Red snapper season is open all month and there are lots of anglers who look forward to targeting these fish during the few weeks each summer that the season is open. But, catching them requires a long run offshore. Few are caught in less than 100 feet of water and most success comes…

Read More

April

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…

Read More

Let's Go Fishing: Top Species to Catch in Charlotte Harbor

Charlotte Harbor and the surrounding Gulf Island Coast makes up the second largest natural estuary in Florida and one of the most sought-after fishing destinations on the Gulf Coast. Many popular sportfish can be caught in Charlotte Harbor year-round, but here are the top saltwater superstars that…

Read More

March

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…

Read More

February

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

September

Gulf of Mexico It may not feel like it yet, but the seasons are starting to change. Fall officially arrives on Sept. 22 but our days are already more than an hour shorter than a couple of months ago. There are hints that our fishing seasons are starting to change. There will be more mackerel…

Read More