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.

January

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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…

Monthly Fishing Reports

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February

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Gulf of Mexico Most of the offshore angling this month will be focused on mixed-bag bottom fishing…

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March

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Gulf of Mexico There’s lots going on out in the Gulf this month. March will see the spring…

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April

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Gulf of Mexico April is a great month to be offshore in Southwest Florida because there are lots of…

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May

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Gulf of Mexico The spring mackerel run is “on” and schools of Spanish mackerel can be…

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June

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Gulf of Mexico Offshore anglers are fired up with the seasons for red snapper and gag both opening…

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July

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Gulf of Mexico Red grouper fishing stays good right on through the summer. Look for these fat fish…

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August

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

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September

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

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October

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

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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…

Further Fishing Insights:

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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…

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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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