Farewell Snowbirds

Farewell snowbirds! This is the time of the year when all the people from up North go back home to enjoy their nice weather. I would just like to say thanks for all of the business you brought me this year and I hope all of you enjoyed your time down here and caught lots of fish! Now let’s talk fishing!!

There is so much going on right now, I’m having so much fun out on the water. It’s amazing right now, I’m catching Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Flounder, Mackerel, Sharks, Cobia and the Tarpon are coming! It’s just a great time of the year to get out on the water and fish.

Now some of you have boats and some don’t, so it’s good to know that there are some great piers to fish off of in my area of Punta Gorda. You have two great piers located at Ponce De Leon Park and Laishleys Crab House. The Snapper will be moving in at the Ponce De Leon inlet any time now and that is a great fish to catch and eat. They have to be 10 inches to keep and you are allotted five per person per day. The Trout and Redfish will move through as well and you can use a quarter ounce jig head, red or green in color, it doesn’t really matter, whatever you have confidence in! Use it with a nice medium sized shrimp and don’t forget that sometimes the boats coming in will have left over white bait that you can always ask for. Then you want to use a 1/0 or a 2/0 circle hook for them with a three foot leader. Fluorocarbon is the best choice in leader material, in 15- to 20-pound test.

Of course, another thing to do is to hire a professional fishing guide to help you get out and learn the water. There are so many different things to learn about charlotte Harbor and a guide can help you understand how things work in this area. Every place is different and we all know that it can be frustrating trying to figure out fish! That’s what we’re here for!

A fishing captain’s day will begin by scouting the water for white bait. The bait moves around a lot so it is always challenging to find them but we look for lush grass flats and then you have to chum to get them to come to the boat so you can cast net them. Once the livewell is “blacked out” as we say then we will come back to the dock and pick you up! Now the fun begins! Sit back and relax while I take you to my favorite fishing spots.

You never know what kind of fish we will catch on a fishing adventure and that is part of the fun but it is sure to be a fight to the finish with so many feisty fish fighting over your bait! Check out these pictures from one of my recent fishing charters to see what we caught!

Capt. George Frantz was born and raised in Punta Gorda, FL. He has been fishing the waters in and around Charlotte Harbor since he was a kid! Call Capt. George today to find out what is biting and to book your next guided fishing charter adventure 941-628-2314. Check out our website for more awesome fishing pictures www.southwestflcharters.com

Snook Flounder Redfish Fishing

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