Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Fishing Reports

There's a lot of great fishing in the Charlotte Harbor area, no matter what time of year you visit, so we're happy to present monthly overviews of what's biting (and where) to help you plan your next adventure, and to know where to fish while you're here.

Thank you to Capt. Ralph Allen of King Fisher Fleet and Capt. Van Hubbard for assisting in the creation of these reports. They have fished the Charlotte Harbor area for decades and we appreciate their knowledge.

July

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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…

Monthly Fishing Reports

August

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Gulf of Mexico Much of the offshore attention this month will be on bottom fish as anglers take…

September

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Gulf of Mexico It may not feel any cooler yet, but Fall’s arrival changes up the fishing. The…

October

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Gulf of Mexico It's mackerel time in the Gulf. Spanish mackerel, as well as the larger king…

November

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Gulf of Mexico Our annual Fall king mackerel run will peak this month. School-sized kings are fish…

December

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Gulf of Mexico The Fall runs of Spanish mackerel and king mackerel seem to be running later than…

January

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Gulf of Mexico January is a good month for catching table fish in Gulf waters. Red grouper and lane…

February

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Gulf of Mexico Gulf anglers will be primarily focused on mixed-bag bottom fishing this month. The…

March

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Gulf of Mexico The weather and the fishing patterns are changing this month. As the Gulf water…

April

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Gulf of Mexico Springtime fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off the SW Florida coast is swinging into…

May

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Gulf of Mexico Shark fishing in the nearshore Gulf has been off the charts. Water depths of 30 to 50…

June

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Gulf of Mexico Anglers who like to fish deep water and who are willing to make long runs 50 or more…

Further Fishing Insights:

Fishing

5 Summer Bass Fishing Tips for Webb Lake

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Take a short drive 5-mile drive from Punta Gorda to enjoy the experience of simple summer days spent fishing for largemouth bass. Webb Lake, located within the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, is the ideal place to…

Fishing

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

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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…

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