Redfish Fishing Charters

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Please Note. All fishing charters are NOT the same. We have over 20 years guiding experience, 50 plus tournament wins and use only the best equipment. Guaranteed fish!! That’s what we do!

January-April 14

4 Hours          $ 450*
6 Hours          $ 600*
8 Hours          $ 800*

April 15-July

6 Hours $700**
12 Hours $1400**

August-December

4 Hours          $ 450*
6 Hours          $ 600*
8 Hours          $ 800*

*No Fish-No Pay Guarantee!!! If you don’t catch a gamefish on one of  our  backcountry/flats trips the trip is free! Guaranteed! No questions asked!*

 **  Due to high demand for Tarpon Fishing we only run 6 hour trips from April 15 – May, June and July and these trips are $700. They run from 7:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-8:00pm.**

 

TACKLE & TECHNIQUES

Light Tackle, Live and Artificial Bait

Boca Grande fishing charters require top quality tackle to ensure that you not only hook, but also land your catch of a lifetime. Top of the line Shimano spinning reels are matched to G-Loomis rods and spooled with 10-20lb Power Pro braided line for the ultimate flats rigs.

Want to Catch Some Redfish?

Targeting Redfish in Southwest Florida can be productive all year long. This is because Redfish have a high tolerance to variations in water temperature and salinity. The approach Boca Grande Fishing guides use to catch Redfish changes according to these variations. Captain Danny uses a number of different techniques catch Redfish. Live bait, dead bait, artificial and fly are just a few. Sounds pretty simple right? Now ask yourself, what kind of live bait? Or what works best during certain weather conditions? Should I throw an artificial or should I dead bait? These are just a few of the challenges that face fishing guides every day. You and your guide have to adapt and Boca Grande Fishing Charters with Captain Danny knows how and when to do it.

The average Redfish caught in Southwest Florida is between 12″ and 30″ and is targeted using either 10-20 lb. light tackle spinning rods or with a 7-9 weight fly rod. Live bait is by far the most productive but a wide range of artificial lures and a variety of fly patterns work as well. Whether you’re fishing with live bait, artificial or fly be assured that you will learn the fundamentals and the little tricks from the best local Redfish guide in the area.

What Time of Year is best to Fish for Redfish in Boca Grande?

Around Boca Grande and Southwest Florida we fish for redfish 12 months a year because we have one of the largest, healthiest redfish fisheries in the State of Florida. Like we mentioned before we do fish and catch Redfish all year long but there are certain times of the year that Redfish tend to bite better than others.

  • Jan & Feb
    With lower tides and cooler water temperatures most of the baitfish will move off the flats into deeper water. This will force the Redfish to rely on bottom forage such as shrimp and crabs. Fishing pothole on the grass flats is one of the most productive patterns. These holes attract a ton of fish this time of year due to the low tides which packs them full of food. 10-20 fish days are the average but 50 plus fish days are not uncommon.
  • March-July
    As the bait moves back onto the flats live bait chumming with sardines and fresh cut dead bait will become very productive. High tides and hotter water temperatures will get a lot of fish under the numerous Mangrove lined shorelines. If you haven’t ever fished for Redfish under the Mangrove trees it’s a blast. Imagine playing tug-o-war with an 8 lb. fish where if you give him even a little bit he’ll drag you into the trees and break your line. Even the best of us get broke off sometime and that’s what makes it a challenge. We average 10-20 fish per day this time of year with 50 fish days occasionally.
  • August-October
    This is, without a doubt, the best time of year to catch redfish in Southwest Florida.It’s “School Time” and the Redfish will definitely be schooled up.Large spawning schools of redfish move in from the Gulf of Mexico and take up residence along the edges of the shallow flats.These are the big breeders or “bull” reds. They school up each year for their annual spawn. Most of the schools will have a hundred or more fish and the fish will average around 30 inches, weighing around 10lb-12lbs. We average 20-50 fish per day this time of year but catching a 100 fish is a real possibilit.
  • November-December
    The redfish action will continue throughout November and into December depending on the cold fronts. As the schools begin to break up after their annual spawn, and a few cold fronts, they are going to feed like mad for the upcoming winter. We average around 20-30 fish this time of year but it can be a little weather dependent as cold fronts begin to push through Southwest Florida.

Redfish Facts

  • The most distinguishing mark on the red drum is one large black spot on the upper part of the tail base. Having multiple spots is not uncommon for this fish but having no spots is extremely rare.
  • The color of red drum ranges from a deep blackish, coppery color to nearly silver. The most common color is reddish-bronze.
  • Red drum is a fast growing fish reaching approximately 11 inches and one pound in its first year, 17-22 inches and 3 1/2 pounds in two years, and 22-24 inches and 6-8 pounds in three years.
  • The record red drum was 94 pounds.
  • Redfish season in Florida is open all year.
  •  The legal slot for keeping Redfish in Southwest Florida is 18”-27” and only one fish per angler per day.

 

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