2/8/18 offshore full day

Had a fantastic day of fishing today with two clients from Texas. We we're supposed to do a Gladiator Trip, an 18 to 24 hr offshore charter that let's is fish both the afternoon bite, the night bite and the sunrise /morning bite. Unfortunately due to the weather window and the long drive they had, the gladiator was swapped out for a full day 12 hr trip instead.We meet up at the bokeelia boat ramp and headed out Boca grande pass with glass smooth conditions. We picked up some choice bait at the buoys and made the run out in search of some snapper and grouper. We made several drifts which resulted in several gag grouper, 2 of which would have been legal if in season. We caught a bunch of nice Vermillion and Lane snapper, along with a few America red snapper. A nice 22 inch mangrove was added to the mix.
After setting up on the anchor for a bit, the tide changed and made the call to go look for some red grouper. Pulled up to another spot and it was lit up. It was inundated with American red snappers. Below them were some big red grouper, a few of which made the ride home with us. A gorgeous 34 inch fat fish, 2 26 inch and a 21 inch grouper rounded out my 2 guys red grouper limit. In the process of the grouper digging, an unknown amount of 16-20 inch American red snapper we're caught and released. I picked up a pretty nice size one that went 25 inches. It too, was safely released.
Had a great time with you guys and hope to fish with you again in the future. Tight lines!





www.SaltyFishingCharters.com 26 ft Glacier Bay Catamaran
Offshore Fishing Charters FT Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral

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  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 4,216 Captain

    A good mess of fish too bad you couldn't keep the gag & the RS.

  • Capt Dan MedinaCapt Dan Medina Posts: 510 Officer

    stc- It does hurt letting them go... hopefully theyll still be around when season opens

    www.SaltyFishingCharters.com 26 ft Glacier Bay Catamaran
    Offshore Fishing Charters FT Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral
  • SerotoninSerotonin Cape CoralPosts: 85 Greenhorn

    Nice trip. On the fish again as usual.

    Is the bokeelia ramp the one by capt cons? How is that ramp? Channel well marked and water depth ok? I normally launch from pineland but they recently raised their rates

  • Capt Dan MedinaCapt Dan Medina Posts: 510 Officer

    the bokeelia ramp is on barancas. it is a great ramp, although it is kind of shallow... can be challenging to get the big boat on and off and you usually have to power on and off. $10 to use and park, Extreme low tides are sketchy getting out, but so is every other ramp i know of in swfl.

    www.SaltyFishingCharters.com 26 ft Glacier Bay Catamaran
    Offshore Fishing Charters FT Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral
  • SerotoninSerotonin Cape CoralPosts: 85 Greenhorn

    Thanks for thereply. I used that ramp once and wasn't a fan. The parking was tight, ramp steep and shallow in that cut to the harbor.

  • Firetruck1Firetruck1 Posts: 86 Greenhorn

    Nice haul. I'm heading out Saturday- weather looks to be sweet!

  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 4,216 Captain

    It's suppose to be a pretty weekend for a change. Good luck.

  • Capt Dan MedinaCapt Dan Medina Posts: 510 Officer

    looking forward to getting out as well!

    www.SaltyFishingCharters.com 26 ft Glacier Bay Catamaran
    Offshore Fishing Charters FT Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral
  • ScottaenglundScottaenglund Posts: 66 Greenhorn

    Great haul. I’ll be out this weekend as well

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