Everything You Need to Know About Boca Grande, Florida Fishing
Boca Grande, Florida Overview
Widely known as the tarpon capital of the world, Boca Grande is the perfect place to check off this bucket list fish. Along with tarpon a variety of inshore and offshore species thrive here thanks to the diverse environment. The highly regard Boca Grande Pass is the deepest natural pass and is fed by the Myakka and Peace rivers. This creates an amazing environment that migrating and local fish alike love to stop and feed at. With some of the best fishing in the world. Boca Grande should be on every angler's bucket list.
Boca Grande Tarpon
Boca Grande, FL is known as “The Tarpon Capital of the World”, and it certainly lives up to its name as it is one the most renowned Tarpon fishing destinations in the world!
You may ask, “What makes tarpon fishing so good?” Well, annually tens of thousands of hungry tarpon migrate to Boca Grande pass and its surrounding areas for their annual spawn....Read More
They usually show up in early April, hungry after a long journey up from warmer equatorial waters. Like a road warrior who has been driving all night, these tarpon stop off in Boca Grande as if it were a Mcdonald's, a Walmart, and a 4 Seasons Hotel combined!
Now this incredible migration happens all over the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast as well, but in most areas, the Tarpon are on the move. Boca Grande is different mainly due to Boca Grande Pass. This small inlet between Gasparilla Island and Cayo Costa is the deepest natural inlet on the Gulf of Mexico, reaching depths of approximately 80 feet. Tens of thousands of tarpon congregate in the area from April through August, feeding day and night, as they prepare to head back offshore for their annual spawning ritual. There are very few other places in the world where this many Tarpon congregate in one place and are actually happily eating!
After weeks of feeding, they begin to gather into large breed schools to socialize as they prepare for this spawning ritual. They gather in huge schools that are sometimes 500 fish or more, giving anglers ample opportunities. After the spawn is over in early July most of the fish stay in the area to feed on the abundance of food the surrounding water has to offer. Great Tarpon fishing action will continue thru October offering anglers a chance at battling the “Silver King” for over 6 months out of the year!
Some anglers have taken on the challenge of fly fishing for the silver king and with a fish this powerful, it's about as much fun as you can have on a flyrod. There are still no guarantees with traditional tackle because tarpon are easily capable of snapping line at any moment if the drag is not set just right. Lure choice is more important than anything else and you better have a variety because you never know what they will be biting.
Boca Grande Inshore Fishing
The inshore fishing in Boca Grande is a dream come true for any angler. Snook, redfish, and trout call this area home and make for an exciting day out on the water. Snook is a bucket list fish on its own and fish over 40lbs are not unheard of. The redfish and trout fishing in the flats and marshes is world-class with giants being caught here every year. There is no shortage of prime fishing either with the cult following commanded by trout and redfish, exhilarating bites are just one cast away.
Boca Grande Nearshore Reef Fishing
If you want to leave the shoreline behind and target open water fish then the nearby reefs will have all the species you are looking for. Dropping bait lines or jigs around structure will give you the best opportunity to catch many different snapper and group species. If a more active fishing style is preferred then trolling and casting for cobia, kingfish, mackerel, tripletail, and mahi-mahi is the trip for you. All of these species grow large and fight hard but better yet, each of them have a different peak bite making Boca Grande the perfect place to take a trip any time of year.
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