The last few half day trips we have been running out a little further than I normally do to catch decent sized fish…which is bad because it means I burn more gas! However, the extra boat ride has been paying off as it produced this nice Cobia on Friday as well as some King Mackerel in the 5-15 pound range. The bottom fishing on the half day trips has not been phenomenal, but it has remained good on the full day trips. Contact us today to book your charter!
Naples Fishing Report
Naples offshore fishing reports from our recent fishing charters
Thanks for checking out the Nauti-Gal Fishing Adventures Report. Yesterday we started off grouper fishing in ~90' of water. Managed to box 5 keeper Red Grouper with the Biggest being about 31"
We drifted most of the time. Squid and the few pinfish that we had seemed to be the best baits. The morning bite was the hot, but after the first couple hours are baits were getting destroyed by Lanes and Vermillion Snapper and it was tough to keep the hooks baited.
After we were good on grouper we dropped down some lighter gear and picked off a few Lane and Vermillion Snapper.
On the way home one of the retired Air Force Relay Towers that we have in Naples was on the way, so we made a quick stop. At the Tower we picked off a couple Barracuda using Green Tube Lures and live blue runners for some fun fishing. The crew wanted a Goliath for a photo, so we dropped one of our Barracuda down for bait.
We didn't have to wait long and we had a Goliath Grouper on. After a few quick photos we headed back to the barn. Overall a great day on the water with an awesome crew from Massachusetts.
My crew from Tuesday decided to book another trip Saturday and we ended up catching the big girl you can see in the picture. Been a while since we caught a good sized Goliath which is what they wanted to do, so I tried out some new wrecks a little further to the south than I usually run…ended up paying off which was good. Ended up snapping a rod in the process though…which was not good haha. Fishing is great at the moment…people are finally starting to head back to the beach after the Red Tide disaster…hopefully the word spreads that things are getting back to normal. Fishing should keep getting better and we should continue to get busier with season approaching. Be sure to check out the contact page of our website to see how you can save 8% off your next fishing charter by booking early!
We were able to squeeze in our morning charter yesterday before the seas picked up. The wind has been steadily blowing out of the East for the last several days…blowing out whatever remains of the Red Tide. Visibility has drastically improved and the nearshore fishing is finally starting to get better. Fish are finally starting to move back in to some of the nearshore wrecks. We caught this Barracuda for our “Big Fish” yesterday. We were also able to land several grunts, snappers, and multiple triple tail on the way back to the dock. The triple tail were undersized with the biggest one being about 17”. Overall I would say things are looking like they are going to continue to get better!
Took a party of four from New Hampshire out yesterday on a 4.5 hour charter. Dayna and Andrea (the two ladies) had never fished before. We ran out to 10 miles and started fishing in about 36' after about 45 minutes we only caught one small mangrove snapper in a spot that 2 days ago we had caught a limit relatively easily. The water was pretty brown and we smelled some red tide, so we decided to run SW about 8 more miles to a spot I had only driven over in the past, but I always wanted to try. We get to the new spot at which point we are almost 21 miles from the dock (far for a half day trip).
The water was much cleaner at the new spot and we began marking all kinds of fish on the Garmin. I checked the drift and dropped the anchor. As soon as we dropped the chum bag in; mangrove snapper, jack crevalle, and blue runners started coming to the boat. We began catching all kinds of fish and got broke off by a couple big ones on the bottom (when we could reach bottom; there were so many snapper it was hard to find).
The day was saved at this point and my crew was pretty stoked! Dayna had never even caught a fish in her life before and she must have caught 20 yesterday. Everything was great and I was started to get ready to head back in when...our freeline with a crab started screaming out line. I totally forgot about putting the crab out and it took a second to realize what was happening. I grabbed the rod out of the t-top and passed it off to Mike (dark blue shirt) and told him to hang on. After about a 20 minute fight on very light gear we pulled in a good sized Permit.
It was an awesome morning and worth the extra gas to catch that Permit at the very end!