I am coming over from the east coast and staying at South Seas Resort. 5-30 thru 6-6 I am bringing my boat a 25 LTB. I am looking for someone with experience fishing Boca Grande to fish with me an afternoon or 2 the 31st or 1 st
i would appreciate any tips also. I plan to fish the beaches early several times on my trip as well.
Once hooked up, try and get on top of your fish. Don't let the fish take 100 yards of line and run around. You will not be a popular person if you do that.
Just be super aware of what is going on around you. It can be a shizzit show but I love it. If a fish is coming at you, reel up your lines and get out of the way. DO NOT GET IN FRONT OF THE INBOARD BOATS. When they hook up they punch it to hook and pull the fish out of the pass. Don't want to be sitting right in front of them because of that but I would follow the drift lines they are on. The flushes are not near as chaotic because the tide kind of keeps everyone doing the same thing but it can get pretty wild.
I GENERALLY use 50 lb mono main line on my drop reels and 50-65 pound power prow on spinners with 60-80 lb leader. 6-8/0 hook. Size 6000'ish spinning rods. Don't go in under tackled or it will be a LONG day.
At the end of your drift, drive AROUND the fleet and reset up. DON'T drive down the middle of the fleet.
I will be there and fishing until the 30th and then wife trip that Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here is some information from the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association (although they don't even follow all of these but they are overall good guidelines)
BGFGA Boca Grande Tarpon Fishing Rules Of The Pass
These rules are a guideline for all to follow. Due to the large number of boats of Boca Grande Pass, there must be some harmony among all involved. Keep in mind that the objective is to show clients and guests professionalism and a great time. By following these rules, we can all be winners and friends, hopefully. We have the best fishing in the world. Let's enjoy and preserve it.
GOOD LUCK. I would take you out one trip to show you but am full all the days I am there.