Winter Flats Fishing in Boca Grande

Winter Flats Fishing in Boca Grande

The flats fishing in the winter on the west coast of Florida can be the most productive time of the year. We target snook, redfish, trout, and small tarpon. The trout fish is probably the most productive target in the winter. We target them on the shallow flats on the warmer days and deeper holes on the cold days. Most of the action is on artificial lures such as jigs, and hard plastic plugs. We also will use live shrimp or creek cub under a cork. On a resent trip we boated over 75 trout on a 3 hour trip with some of the fish up to 26 inches long.  

The snook and baby tarpon are in the rivers and deep water canals. They gather up in these areas to seek warmer water and easy meals. We target them with live shrimp and jigs with plastic paddle tails. I like to fish for them on the lower tides and cloudy days.  

The redfish are generally in or around the mouths of creeks and rivers. They will move in and out with the tides and warm and cold weather. Most of the action is on spoons, jigs, and plastic jerk baits. If you would like to get in on some winter time flats fishing in Boca Grande contact us today to book a charter!

Trout Time

This is trout time. The water is cooling, the fish know winter is just around the corner and they’re feeding to fatten up for the coming cold. We’re finding them about everywhere we go – the grass flats, rocks, spoils and creek mouths are holding some quality fish right now, with examples 18 to 25… Continue Reading

Redfishing doesn’t get any better than this

It’s on. Fall is here and the redfish are acting like we always hope they will. The fish bunch in schools, so now when we find them, there’s a good supply of hungry fish all packed nicely together, unlike other times of the year when we’re hunting and pecking for onesies and twosies here and… Continue Reading

Reds still a focal point

There seems to be no end to the runoff from the past few weeks of rain, and that continues to push fish out of our backwaters. Evidence of all the fresh water in the Gulf is everywhere near shore, and the water is tea-brown from all the tannins being washed into the salt water. That’s… Continue Reading

A rainy season redfish strategy

As Mother Nature delivers nearly daily rain upon us, an interesting thing happens that’s making our fishing a little easier. Redfish don’t like all that fresh water, and as such all the runoff into backwaters, bayous, canals, creeks and rivers is forcing them out into the Gulf, where we’ve been targeting them with great success.… Continue Reading

Greeting from the tarpon capitol of the world

The tarpon action is in full swing, with fishing options for big silver kings ranging from the beaches and backwaters, to the famous Boca Grande Pass. It’s just a matter of what style of fishing you like most. The tarpon are here in force and cooperating. Weather is the only wild card, but we’ve managed… Continue Reading

Let the 2019 silver king fishing begin

Well, it’s officially ON! The 2019 tarpon season in underway in Boca Grande. I’m in Boca now, where the fish are active and hungry, both in the big pass and in the harbor back country. I love this early season fishing, as the big crowds aren’t here yet and we have a lot more water… Continue Reading

Boca Tarpon are in; get in on the early season action

Well, the tarpon are in at Boca Grande. Fish began showing up in the pass and in the harbor at the beginning of March, so things are shaping up to be a great year for early-season action. I always encourage people to book fishing trips during the early part of the season because it’s a… Continue Reading