Where to get Goliath Grouper near Cape Coral?

Hello, 

In two weeks I will be staying in Cape Coral for a week. I've always wanted to try for a goliath grouper, and I was wondering if anybody knew of any spots where I could get one. Preferably something like a dock or marina - since we won't have a boat, and I'd like to get in the water with the fish for a picture.
Feel free to PM if you don't mind sharing a spot but don't want to post it online. 

Thanks
Drew

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  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 4,623 Captain
    Matlacha Bridge
  • kangadrewkangadrew Posts: 15 Greenhorn
    Westwall01 said:
    Matlacha Bridge
    Thank you for the help - I'll be sure to check it out. 

    Do you know, is there anywhere in Cape Coral to try for a land-based permit or cobia?

    Drew
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 4,623 Captain
    Not for Permit, not in this area, but the Matlacha Bridge was holding some Cobia last month and the Cape Coral Pier had then earlier in the spring.
  • kangadrewkangadrew Posts: 15 Greenhorn
    Gotcha - maybe I'll try for a cobia while I'm down. 

    As far as the Goliath though - would I need any kind of mono leader, or could I tie a hook straight to a 1/2" boat rope for a handline? Not sure how leader shy they tend to be. 

    Drew
  • jmac7469jmac7469 Posts: 69 Greenhorn
    We use a few feet of 200-400 depending on how big they are.
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 4,623 Captain
    Use a rod on the bridge if you go. Using rope to hand line will only cause problems with all the foot traffic on that bridge.
  • kangadrewkangadrew Posts: 15 Greenhorn
    Are there any other spots that might have goliaths with less foot traffic? I specifically want to try handlining them. 
    Drew
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,716 Captain
    The old phosphate dock near Boca Grande Pass.
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 4,623 Captain

    Except that you can't walk out on the old dock cause there are no planks left

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