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Few Paradise Coast Offshore Fishing Facts & Tips

  • The best fishing is during the warm months of the year.
  • King fish normally start showing good in May until late July with another run coming through in the fall normally in Oct.
  • Yellowfin tuna show up in early spring and during this period be ready for some great action in blue marlin, dolphin and wahoo.
  • Best time for big tarpon is fall and spring, when they follow schools of mullet during their migrations.
  • Trolling the Gulf has produced record Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Swordfish and Dolphin. Trolling ribbon fish in a zigzag pattern around structure or shrimp boat cull is always a good choice.
  • Drift fishing these waters has produced some enormous shark catches.
  • Make sure to hire boats and captains that are fully licensed and insured and have boats that meet all USCG requirements. Nothing beats experience, so confirm the experience of your captain.
  • Don't go the "party boat" route. Spend the extra money and hire a private charter.
  • You have to travel many, many miles to get to the loop in the gulf stream and it will cost you more, but once you get there you will find some of the most productive blue water fishing in North America. Florida is about the only port one should attempt this true deep sea fishing trip from.
  • The Gulf of Mexico off the Texas and Florida coasts is well known for "calm sea conditions" and an abundance of reefs, rocks, and ledges which attract and hold sport fish year around.
  • Shark Angler'sTechniques for your fishing pleasure

    Shark-Fishing Sharks love warm water, and there is probably no time when there are more sharks in this area, then in the heat of summer. The two most common places to hunt these beasts are in the many cuts that wind through the grass beds south of Cape Romano, or in any of the passes or river mouths that dot the coast from Marco Isand all the way to the Shark River (named for a reason).

    Shark-Questions Here are questions and answers that fellow anglers with respond's to Anglers looking to get into The gut tighen, adrenalin rush shark fishing..

    HOT FISH I.D.'s Summer is upon us, and there's no better time for women to go out, cast a line ....Check out these fantastic catches by these ladies. Isn’t it time for a vacation! Just click the link. Have fun and hopefully you will send us yours or your significant others picture and story.

    Shark-Fishing-Gear - If you’re planning to do some Florida shark fishing and want to stand a chance at catching a large shark you’ll need the right shark fishing gear. The 3 main components we’ll discuss are the rod and reel, main line, and tackle which includes shark leaders or shark fishing rigs, shark hooks, and weights to hold your shark bait in the surf. Throughout this guide we’ll assume you are targeting sharks 4′ and up. Sharks smaller than 4′ can be had on smaller tackle which normal surf fisherman typically use.

    Shark-Fishing-Locations - One word of caution when it comes to finding your perfect shark fishing location. Fishing for sharks when there are 100 people around is a bad idea. Find a beach that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. If you do have to fish in a very populated area my suggestion would to be fish early in the morning or in the evening when the majority of people have left the water. The first time your line burns a little kid because a 6′ blacktip made a screaming run on you, you’ll thank me. If the shark you hook up with is larger than the tackle you’ll probably end up several hundred yards down the beach.

    Shark-Bait - There are several different ways to get a hold of some decent shark bait. The worst feeling in the world for a beach shark fisherman is showing up at the beach with all your brand new shark gear and not knowing if you’ll be able to catch shark bait. Here are the 3 best ways to find shark bait for you next sharking trip.

    Casting Shark Bait - Casting shark bait can be quite difficult since you’ve got to throw a pound or more of shark bait that is connected to a 6′ leader with an 8 oz. leader. What you need to remember is that sharks have an incredible sense of smell and have no problem coming into waste deep water. If you can only cast your shark bait 10-15 yards don’t worry. Walk it out as far as you can, just make sure you are in the gut (between sandbars). Once you get good at casting you should be able to throw a hunk of shark bait 30-40 yards.

    Rigging Shark Bait - shark bait is vital to hooking up with a shark. You can hook them through the eyes and fish just the head or you can hook them through the tail and fish them live. There are actually several different ways to your shark bait but I’ve only shown the method I prefer. Here’s a picture of a very nice bluefish rigged up as shark bait.

    Release Shark Fishing - Eventually you’ll start gaining line back. Then you’ll see your 100lb leader surface. At this point you’ll want to have a friend handy to hold your pole or be the daring one and grab the shark by his tail. You’ll want him to be in less than knee deep water before trying to pull him by his tail onto the beach. You need to have a pair of 16″ channel lock pliers handy in order to retrieve the hook. Pull the shark by the tail onto the sand. You’ll need to work quick so no permanent damage is done to the shark. If you can’t get the hook out in a couple of tries cut the leader and leave the hook behind. The hook will rust out of his mouth in a couple of days and he’ll be perfectly fine.

    Angler'sTable of Contents for your fishing pleasure

    Recreational Fishing licenses and permits This information relates to recreational hunting and fishing only.

    Southwest Florida Fish/Animal I.D.'s.. Twentyfive pic's of what you're fishing for and a couple of animals you may see out in the Gulf.

    Naples Fishing Charters.. The Naples City Dock is located on the Naples Bay end of 12th Avenue South, about three and a half miles North of the Gordon Pass to the Gulf of Mexico. There are a dozen fishing charters at City Dock.

    Fishing the PassFishing Wiggins Pass offers anglers 2 venues: (1.) Surfing Fishing (2.)Fishing the pass. Unless Pompano and snook are running the beach, fishthe pass.

    Shark Fishing in Ten Thousand IslandsSharks love warm water, and there is probably no time when there aremore sharks in this area, then in the heat of summer.

    Fishing Sanibel & CaptivaThe Fishiest Islands, it’s not always easy, but in my travels aroundSouthwest Florida coasts over the years, I’ve not found a betterangling confidence builder than Sanibel Island and her northernneighbor, Captiva.

    Fishing in JuneWell-known passes such as Gordon and Caxambas are legendary at thistime of year, and although there is intense fishing pressure in theseareas, they just keep on producing.

    Shrimp Gumbo dip into your bankaccount, invest in a few dozen shrimp and enjoy your day on the water

    10,000 IslandsGoodland the last frontier serves as both a northern gateway to the TenThousand Islands and a direct route to the offshore reefs and wrecks

    Naples PierNaples Pier offers 1,000 feet for fishing Naples with water 18 - 20feet deep. Naples residents and visitors alike can enjoy the pier'sfree fishing. 

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    Fishing Fishing in Southwest Florida has it all., where miles of inshore flatsand mangrove shoreline combine with offshore reefs and wrecks toprovide a total angling reality. 

    10,000 IslandsGoodland the last frontier serves as both a northern gateway to the TenThousand Islands and a direct route to the offshore reefs and wrecks

    Naples PierNaples Pier offers 1,000 feet for fishing Naples with water 18 - 20feet deep. Naples residents and visitors alike can enjoy the pier'sfree fishing. 

    Fishing Fishing in Southwest Florida has it all., where miles of inshore flatsand mangrove shoreline combine with offshore reefs and wrecks toprovide a total angling reality. 


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