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!
Naples Fishing Report
Naples offshore fishing reports from our recent fishing charters
Filtering by Tag: 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!
Started the day off by running offshore to catch bait. Tossed the net a couple times and caught plenty of bait for the day (good sized ones today too). The water was clear and as I pulled in the net I could see a school of Spanish eating the pilchards that were stunned. Free lined a couple of pilchards and caught a few Spanish to save for bait. Cleaned up the boat a bit and ran back to Wiggins to pick up the Miller party of three. Ran out to the same general area where I caught bait and dropped anchor over some artificial structure in about 25’ of water. Butterflied one of the Spanish Mackerel and put it down on the hand line for Goliath Grouper. I got the clients fishing (they caught a couple of Spanish Mackerel). Suddenly I realized the boat was moving; at first I thought the anchor came unhooked, but then I remembered the hand line was still down. Ran to the back of the boat and started pulling on the hand line with Scott. We ended up pulling up a 300 plus pound goliath grouper. Took some nice pictures and fished for a little longer, but not much was happening. Fired up the engines and ran out to about 33’ of water over some natural bottom. Caught a couple grunts (not much was happening here either and there was no water movement). Got frustrated with the slow fishing, so I ran out farther than I normally do on a 4 hour charter to about 45’ of water. We immediately started catching red grouper to 19” and Lane Snapper to 11” as soon as the baits hit the bottom. I Got a couple of free lines going to cover the upper water column and started to live chum the remaining pilchards. One of the free lines took off and we ended up landing a 5 pound Bonita. A few minutes later another free line went off and we ended up getting about a 15 pound King Mackerel. Started to get them fired up with the chum and ended up hooking a few more before it was time to head back. Caught a bunch of fish today and some nice ones! Ended up being out there for nearly 5 hours and burned a little more gas than I would have liked on a 4 hour trip, but we had a great time and it was totally worth it!