As an angler, you want to make memories that you can tell your children and your buddies. To get the best chances to make those memories a reality, you need to hire a Boca Grande fishing charter with an experienced guide who can use their knowledge to get you on the fish. There are local fishing guides specializing in Tarpon Fishing. They will take you to the Boca Grande Pass and put you on fish where your memories and stories can be of legendary proportions.
Boca Grande Pass is known as the “Tarpon Capital of the World,” and there is nowhere else where Tarpon congregates in one place. So your chances of battling a monster tarpon are not only possible but definitely probable. There are so many fish in the waters, especially during “Hill tides,” where outgoing waves bring thousands of crabs into the Pass, bringing a feeding frenzy. All you have to do is cast your crab on a line into the mix, and you are bound to hook into one of the thousands of Tarpon.
But Tarpon are not the only fish in the waters around “The Pass.” Boca Grande provides many more fishing opportunities, making it a top fishing destination worldwide. In addition, there are fishing charters for all of your fishing dreams, inshore in the backcountry and offshore in the Gulf.
You can go inshore for some excellent flats and backwater fishing for Redfish, Snook, Sea Trout, Permit, and Sharks. You can find all of these ready to gulp down your hook year-round.
Offshore are many natural and artificial reefs, where many fish make their homes. On a charter out to the reefs, you can expect to target many types of Snapper, including the highly sought Red Snapper, Grouper; Black, Gag and Goliath, Amberjacks, Barracuda, and Sharks. These fish will put up a good fight and test your angler skills.
If you have your captain take the boat out a little farther, you can battle Wahoo, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. These prized trophy fish will give you a fight and a great picture to remember your day on the water.
To get the best experience during your fishing vacation in Boca Grande, you must charter a Boca Grande fishing charter boat with an experienced captain. You can find them in Boca Grande, Gasparilla, and in the surrounding cities of Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda. Charters start at around $400 for a half-day and about $700 for a full day, but prices rise during the peak of Tarpon season.
Frequently asked questions about charter fishing in Boca Grande, FL.
How much does it cost to go charter fishing in Boca Grande?
The price of fishing in Boca Grande depends on the time of year. The peak April – July, Tarpon Season where prices are at the highest with the average costs of between $900 for six hrs. To $1600 or more for 12-hour trips.
During off-peak season, August – November, prices drop significantly with an average price for 4 hours around $600 up to 8 hr. trips for $950. These prices are based on four anglers per boat. Usually, there is a $100 charge for up to two additional passengers. Some inshore trips are for only two anglers.
These prices vary depending on the length of trips, size of the boat, number of anglers, and the fishing technique used for some Boca Grande fishing charters. Many charters are designed explicitly for particular popular fish species, and Boca Grande fishing charters can also customize charters to cater to your needs. At this time, there are no shared trips available.
What should I bring on a Boca Grande Fishing Charter
For most fishing trips, everything you need for a great day fishing is included in your fishing charter price, including licenses, rods, reels, tackle, and bait. They recommend you wear a hat, sunscreen, and good UV-protected sunglasses. You can bring snacks too. Some charters do include beverages, so you need to check if you need to bring your water or other beverage. Some charters also allow beer. Check with your Boca Grande fishing guide for their rules and policies.
What is the most popular fish to catch in Boca Grande?
Boca Grande is known as “The Tarpon Capital of the World.” For the peak four months of April to July, when the annual migration begins, is all that anglers that have come from all corners of the globe are targeting the “Silver King.” Tarpon is so famous because of the fight and acrobatic flight they display when being reeled in. During these four months, there is nowhere with a larger population in the world. Even after the spawning season, these giants stay in the area until early November. For some, the off-peak season is the time to go because there are fewer crowds, and there is still plenty of fish. Snook and Redfish are also popular inshore fish except during the Tarpon season. This is because landing a Tarpon is a thrill that every fisherman should feel in their life. Coming to Boca Grande is one of the best chances to watch the “Silver King” dance as you fight to reel it in.
How big do tarpon get in Boca Grande?
Tarpon average between 90 and 130 pounds, but it is not unheard of to have fights with fish over the 200 pound mark.
When is tarpon season in Boca Grande?
Some feel there are three separate seasons for Tarpon in Boca Grande. The first is the entrance of these giants to the area from April to May. This is when they come to feed and get fattened up for their spawning. The peak of Tarpon season is from June and July, and this is probably the best time of year to land a “Silver King.”
This is when they gather in large groups to feed and spawn. But the “Silver King” stays in the area till early November, and many of the Boca Grande fishing charter captains say this is the best time to hook up with one. They are still feeding, just not in the numbers before but still in good numbers, and there are much fewer boats in the water. So the season is eight months of the year.
What’s the best method of catching tarpon?
There are many methods, and the best depends on the time of year and time of day.
In the first month, April, sight fishing is used by many. After that, drifting is the method of choice.
Also, two types of bait work best for catching Tarpon in the Boca Grande Pass. Depending on your Boca Grande fishing charter captain, they may follow one of two methods. First, in the morning hours, many feel live crabs are best, but as the day progresses, they change to artificial lures.
The second factor is the type of boat. Suppose you are on a Boca Grande fishing charter in the Pass with an outboard motor. In that case, your experienced guide will probably recommend using an artificial jig or during Hill Tides’ live crab. If your guide is on a smaller inboard boat, your captain will likely have you fishing with live bait like squirrelfish, live crab, or shrimp.
What are the Hill Tides?
For four days in the afternoon, two before the full moon and two before the new moon, a phenomenon occurs called the “Hill” tides.
During these afternoons, outgoing waves bring thousands of crabs into the Pass, and it brings with it a feeding frenzy. These “Hill” tides occur for three months; May, June, and July are one of the main reasons these months are the peak season for Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass.
Are there other places close to Boca Grande that offer good fishing?
Florida is known for its Tarpon population. They are located just about anywhere on the coasts of the Gulf and Atlantic.
So there are many places very close to Boca Grande Pass. Here are a few of the most popular.
To the north is Tampa Bay, which quickly gets a reputation for Tarpon like the Pass. There is also the Homosassa River, where giant Tarpon are known to frequent. There have been many world records caught in these pristine open waters.
To the South is Marco Island, The Everglades, and Key West. Marco Island and the Ten Thousand attract the migrating Tarpon as they make their way to the Pass. The Everglades are wilder with backcountry creeks and rivers with giant mangroves and flats. The Florida Keys is probably the most popular destination for Tarpon fishing globally. You can hook up with Silver Kings on both sides of the Keys throughout the spring and summer. Islamorada, halfway between Miami and Key West, is said to be the center of attraction for these most prized game fish.
Can you catch other fish besides tarpon in Boca Grande?
There is plenty of other fish in the waters of Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor. Charlotte Harbor itself is one of the largest estuaries in the US and is home to many fish species. Examples would be Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Sheepshead, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel.
Also, the Gulf of Mexico has many other fish that live in the reefs, wrecks, and oil rigs; examples here would be many different species of Snapper, including the delicious Red Snapper, a variety of Grouper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Amberjacks, Wahoo, Barracuda and a large population of sharks that unfortunately also eat a lot of the Tarpon you hook up with.