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Boca Grande Fishing

Boca Grande Fishing

Boca Grande or “Big Mouth” in Spanish, is the Tarpon Capital of the World. With an average of 5,500 tarpon caught during the 90 day season between May and July, no other destination records as many tarpon caught in the world. Boca Grande provides many more fishing opportunities to make it a top fishing destination worldwide.

Inshore fishing around Boca Grande not only provides Tarpon, but nearly year round there will be good fishing for Redfish. The Snook and Speckled Trout fishing is also great nearly all year round, and there are also Sheepshead, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel to catch close to shore.

There are many natural and artificial reefs offshore of Boca Grande and bottom fishing and/or trolling around these reefs will produce good catches of a variety of reef fish, including Red Snapper, Mangrove, Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Kingfish, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, Amberjacks, Barracuda, and Sharks.



Boca Grande Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Boca Grande, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 19.4% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 6644 Scaled Sardine counted.

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    Scaled

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  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 17.78% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 6089 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Boca Grande Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

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  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 7.81% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 2674 Gray Snapper counted.

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    Gray

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  7. Pinfish

  8. Pinfish

    There is a 7.65% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 2618 Pinfish counted.

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  9. Snook

  10. Snook

    There is a 6.96% catch rate for Snook, based on 2384 Snook counted.

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  11. Thread Herring

  12. Thread Herring

    There is a 6.77% catch rate for Thread Herring, based on 2318 Thread Herring counted.

    Boca Grande Thread Herring Counts Chart
    Thread

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  13. Red Drum

  14. Red Drum

    There is a 3.38% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1158 Red Drum counted.

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  15. Ladyfish

  16. Ladyfish

    There is a 3.17% catch rate for Ladyfish, based on 1085 Ladyfish counted.

    Boca Grande Ladyfish Counts Chart
    Ladyfish

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  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.13% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1073 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Boca Grande Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
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  19. Crevalle Jack

  20. Crevalle Jack

    There is a 2.76% catch rate for Crevalle Jack, based on 945 Crevalle Jack counted.

    Boca Grande Crevalle Jack Counts Chart
    Crevalle

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Recommendations above based on 86 species of fish and 34244 fish counted for May around Boca Grande.

To date, there are 166 species of fish and a total of 459372 fish counted for Boca Grande and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1859 (165 years).

Last Update: 5/24/2024 2:12:54 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Boca Grande are the following:

  1. Doc Kline Artificial Reef 30
    About 6 miles south of Sanibel, the Doc Kline reef sits in approximately 30 feet of water. Snapper, amberjack, redfish, grouper, and sharks are frequent residents of th


  2. Captiva Blue Hole
    The Captiva Blue Hole or The Crack as sometimes called locally, is geologically a sinkhole and a very popular diving and fishing location. The rim of the hole is about 95 fe


  3. Lighthouse Hole
    This hole is one of the most popular spots to catch Tarpon around Boca Grande


  4. Sanibel Reef 20
    Started on 15-Jun-77 Concrete Rubble artificial reef.  


  5. 7
    REEF 27.077166667 -82.544833333


  6. 9
    SARASOTA 27.098500000 -82.484333333


  7. U.S.S Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef
    Built in 1984, dedicated for The Mohawk.


  8. Causeway Reef-Artificial


  9. Tommys Spot
    Tommys Spot


  10. Cosmic Charlie
    Good reef for snapper.


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Top Boca Grande Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Boca Grande Marina
    Boca Grande Marina, formerly Miller's Marina, is located in the quaint island community of Boca Grande, on one of Southwest Florida’s hidden treasures, Gasparilla Island.

  2. Boca Grande Outfitters
    Boca Grande Outfitters is Southwest Florida’s most complete saltwater fly fishing and light tackle outfitter. Located in the heart of Boca Grande, Florida, we are the meeting place for the local fly fishing community, since 1997.

  3. Gasparilla Outfitters
    Gasparilla Outfitters, located in the heart of Boca Grande.

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Top Boca Grande Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Captain Nelson Italiano III
    Captain Nelson offers guided trips for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, and anything else Charlotte Harbor might hold, just ask!

  2. Gulf Coast Guide Service
    Custom Charters specializing in light tackle fishing for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, Sharks and many other Species on the beautiful waters of southwest Florida

  3. Offshore Boca Grande
    Come fish the waters Offshore Boca Grande with Captain Brad Hickman in comfort and style on his fully loaded 34' Sea-Vee with triple 350 Mercury Verados. Depending on the season we will be targeting Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjack, Tuna, Wa

  4. Tails And Scales Charters
    I fish every day and love it. You might not be so fortunate so when you share a day on the water with me I want it to be the Florida backwater fishing experience of your life. Whether you are looking to catch Snook in Stump Pass, Tarpon along Boca G

  5. Angling Adventures of Southwest Florida
    A splendid fishing adventure is waiting to be had with Angling Adventures of Southwest Florida on our half day, three-quarter day, or full day fishing charters in the breath-taking, local waters of Matlacha and Pine Island. Since 1986, we have been f

  6. King Fisher Fleet
    Inshore and offshore fishing charters in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico

  7. Reel Intense Inshore Charters
    Captain Chris Slattery is a Southwest Florida charter fishing guide who brings his expertise to Boca Grande Tarpon and Inshore fishing in Boca Grande, Englewood Florida and surrounding areas. Captain Chris has been fishing for over 25 years in SW Flo

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Top Boca Grande Marinas

  1. Boca Grande Marina
    Boca Grande Marina, formerly Miller's Marina, is located in the quaint island community of Boca Grande, on one of Southwest Florida’s hidden treasures, Gasparilla Island.

  2. Gasparilla Marina
    GASPARILLA MARINA is the area's largest DEEP WATER MARINA offering direct, uninterrupted access to the waters of CHARLOTTE HARBOR, the GULF OF MEXICO and the world famous BOCA GRANDE PASS, making it both the perfect layover and homeport for large

  3. Whidden's Marina
    Why not let the Whidden family's years of experience help make your next Boca Grande fishing experience the best ever!

  4. The Inn Marina
    Owned and operated by The Gasparilla Inn & Club, this full-service marina is open to the public and located three short blocks from The Innlet. It also can be accessed via the Intracostal Waterway from the south at channel marker #2 or from the n

  5. Olde Fish House Marina
    You'll find a boat ramp and fuel dock at Olde' Fish House Marina, we're just minutes from Matlacha pass and our fuel is "non ethanol". To check on our Marina hours of operation call 239-282-9577. You can Rent Kayaks here at th

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Latest Fishing Spots

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Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

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Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

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Black Seabass

Black Seabass

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Bouy Conditions

Station 42023 - C13 - WFS South Buoy, 50m Isobath
May 26, 2024 12:35 pm CDT
Location: 26.01N 83.086W
Wind Direction: SE (140°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.00 in (1015.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 83.3°F (28.5°C)
Dew Point: 75.6°F (24.2°C)
Water Temperature: 84.4°F (29.1°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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