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!
Naples Fishing Report
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
We've been out the last two days and were fortunate to stay relatively dry given the scattered showers. We stayed close and were able to get a few goliath grouper and cobia. The next couple days look like a wash, but hopefully the weather clears up by the weekend!
Things have definitely slowed down as far as people with summer starting and "season" ending. Fishing along with the water (now in the low 80's) has been heating up. We have been doing mostly 4 hour charters within 10 miles of shore. We have been catching Mangrove Snapper to 16" as well as a few other random species mixed in. Towards the end of our trips most people have been electing to try for Goliath Grouper...they bite pretty good when the water gets warm!
I did go out 25 miles the other day and got into a few red grouper to 27" and a couple King Mackerel to 15 Pounds. The Grouper were caught drifting with some carcasses that I've been saving (Grunts, Squirrelfish, Sand Perch). The Kings were caught speed trolling plugs while I was looking for new bottom.