Florida Tarpon Fishing

January 18th 2017 Boca Grande Charlotte Harbor fishing update

January 18th Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor fishing report

The fishing this past month in Boca Grande was really good, I fished just about everyday from December 26th through the first week of January. The tripletail fishing was fantastic, most days a 3 man limit of triple tail could be caught in a hour, most of the triple tails were in the 8-12 pound range which is really good for our area. I fished a few days out of Captiva and ran about a mile offshore and caught a bunch of nice bonita as well as kingfish. The nearshore bite has been really good as the water temps were still in the high 70’s around Christmas time.

I ventured into the backcountry a handful of days and caught some really nice trout, I had some first time fisherman so I was using shrimp and a popping cork. Mixed in with the trout were some really nice oversized redfish, we caught the reds on shrimp as well as cut pinfish. I foresee the fishing remaining consistent through this winter and I expect we will have a early tarpon season this year. We have had a few cold fronts but most of our days we are seeing above average weather in the 80’s, if this pattern holds through February then I will start looking for tarpon around mid March, last year tarpon fishing didn’t fire up until the third week of April.

2017 Boca Grande spring tarpon season
I have 9 hill tide dates open in July. July’s hill tides offer GREAT tarpon fishing and very little boat pressure. Every year the July hill tides offer some of the best tarpon fishing of the season. If you would like to get in on some hill tides this year please consider booking in July, you will not be disappointed. I can be reached at chuckjenks82@gmail.com for all booking inquires. Tight lines- Capt. Chuck Jenks

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