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Fishing Naples, some question

PinesPines MemberPembroke PinesPosts: 41 Deckhand
Heading over to Naples not this weekend, but next if weather permits. Never been there, but its only 1hour away, and thought Id give it a try. Googled some boat ramps, and wanted to know if Bayview was a nice quiet ramp? I got a 12'6 boat that has somewhat tall sides (mix between a jonboat/skiff/trihull) that I wanted to take to the outside, maybe just a few hundred yards off the shore line beaches as the area seems to stay pretty flat yes?

Anyone care to share styles of fishing maybe? Im looking to possible hook up with a grouper (never caught one) or maybe get some keeper mangrove snapper? Any tips on lures and or bait? Probably going to grab some frozen stuff and play around with that. Was thinking just trolling for a little with a deep diver, maybe 15ft xrap? Throw down some cut frozen finger mullet/shrimp on a snapper rig? Ive never done anything buy bass fishing and flats fishing for reds with artificials so any advice would be great. Or if this is a stupid idea (might be) please tell me so I can change plans lol.


  • Snook0013Snook0013 Junior Member Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    Bayview is a nice ramp, they just finished a major overhaul of the ramp and parking area. The ramp itself is fairly easy to use, stay to the north side of the ramp if you launch with a rope because the docks on the south side are set up kind of dumb. There is usually plenty of parking as they just added like 50ish parking spots. Be sure and bring 8 dollars for parking, or a credit card, and display your ticket on the dashboard. There are only 3 paved parking spots and they are for handicapped parking only, but the signs are have not been put up yet and are just leaning up against trees, the rest are grass, and it can get pretty muddy with rain. It can get buisy on the weekends, but if you get out early it should not be a problem. There is overflow parking at the end of the street on the side of the road, it is just a decent walk.
    As for the fishing questions, I usually stay inshore so I won't be much help.
    If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
  • tarponfly49tarponfly49 Senior Member Bonita Springs, FLPosts: 336 Deckhand
    Bayviews nice.....not sure you'll be able to make the grouper happen since your boat is a little small to get offshore, but Naples bay is LOADED with baby tarpon right now, not to mention you can access pretty much all of rookery bay, etc from the inter coastal. You should have no problem hooking into some decent stuff.
  • PinesPines Member Pembroke PinesPosts: 41 Deckhand
    Thank so much! I think I posted in the wrong section, and I appologize for that. I also just read the grouper tips from the other thread. Is there no way I can take this boat to the gulf side? I jetski in the area on vacation sometimes and it seems possible. I know it probably isnt recommended, but I read the limestone drop off inside of a mile offshore might be some grouper. I dont want to put myself in any danger so I understand deep water with a small boat can be difficult. Again thanks! Just really wonder if on a flat day I can make it to the gulf side... Hmm
  • Snook0013Snook0013 Junior Member Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    What kind of boat is it? In high school I had a 13' skiff that we would take out 5 miles on a calm day. Just pay attention to the weather and be very careful. Hell a lot of people tell me I am dumb for taking my 17' boat out 20 miles, but I am compleatly comfortable with it, and know how my boat handles. Really the call is up to you. If you get to the pass and it is rough, then just turn around, and stay inshore, but if it is a nice calm day, then I don't see a problem with it.
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