Ran out to about 45 miles Monday with some friends to check out the offshore bite. Had a really great day and nice weather. Drifted a few times for grouper; picked up 4 keepers on 3 drifts. While we were drifting we picked up a few big Mangrove Snapper, so we switched tactics to target the Mangroves. The snapper bite was really good and picked up several limits of mangroves up to 19". Before we headed in we ran over to a wreck to grab a goliath grouper and whatever else was on it. Caught several Amberjacks, Barracudas, Goliath Grouper, and nice cobia. Really great day and we had a blast.
Naples Fishing Report
Fishing as well as the number of people down here has really started to pick up. We had a couple really good days for kings last week. We were also able to pull up a couple of Goliath Grouper for those that wanted to try. Offshore from 45-65 feet we have been getting into some Mangrove Snapper and even a couple Mutton Snapper. No Keeper Gags the last few days; just some undersized fish. Fishing should continue to get better this week as we get into some stronger tides.
Took my grandfather and his neighbor out yesterday. We started off the day Grouper fishing, but only got one that was big enough to keep in the 3 hours that we tried (lots of short ones). While we were Grouper fishing we did bump into a few nice Mangrove Snapper; the biggest one being about 21". After we finished Grouper fishing we ran out to a wreck and grabbed these yellow tail snapper. There were Amberjack, Cudas, and Goliath Grouper on the wreck and getting the snapper past them was interesting to say the least. We could have dropped a line for the bigger stuff, but we were more interested in catching dinner. It was a good day!
We have been using the calm water and slower summer season to run offshore 30-50 miles at least a couple days a week; we have been finding new bottom in the 60-80 foot range. We have been getting into mostly Red Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper, Kingfish, and some Amberjack. I'm planning on doing more and more of these far trips throughout the rest of the summer as well as during this upcoming busy season. If you have fished with us in the past on one of our 4 hour trips; I highly recommend looking into booking an 8 or 10 hour trip.
We did a corporate fishing tournament out of the Ritz Carlton, Naples yesterday and ended up catching the biggest fish out of the 10 boats that were in it. It was a friendly tournament and we didn’t win anything…except bragging rights! I asked my crew at the beginning of the charter what they felt like doing and they decided to stay close and try for bigger fish instead of heading to the reef for numbers of fish. I taped out the fish and according to the Length x Girth formula she was about 375 pounds. These big girls are pretty accessible and surprisingly easy to catch…especially during the summer. The last few times that I have had the boat out we have gotten at least one with the groups that have elected to try.
If you’ve never gotten to see one up close its definitely something worth doing at least once. Personally I’ll take Snapper, but I’m more than happy to watch you guys pull on a Goliath Grouper