It’s May in Southwest Florida and traditionally you would find Tarpon, giant Hammerheads, and Goliath Grouper to be the hot topic of discussion. However, with the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill slowly working it’s way across the Northern Gulf of Mexico, I have been met with a lot of questions.
In the event that there is a negative impact on our fishery from the oil and we are unable to fish, our customers are entitled to a full refund of any deposit paid. So rest assured, hope for the best, and look forward a rewarding day on the water.
May, June, and July brings Tarpon Season. Not only Tarpon but the World Famous Giant Tarpon of Boca Grande! Though this Winter brought us temperatures much colder than usual, the season has begun. It may be a little late in getting running at full swing, but it is here. This will mean fantastic fishing later in the season as we work in mid-May, June and July. Boca Grande Tarpon fishing charters are not just live bait or jigging in Boca Grande Pass. This is also for those of you looking to tangle with a Silver King in Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound, or off the beaches of Manasota Key, Boca Grande, and Cayo Costa. Look for the big boys and girls to filter into the pass, eventually forming the giant pods that Boca is famous for. These fish will move in and out of the Pass with the tide, and can easily be followed to provide a hot bite throughout the day and into the evenings. Tarpon jigs, DOA Bait Buster, and Yozuri Crystal Minnows will get the nod for artificials as will any of the Hogy baits from 10″ and up. Frisky live Threadfin Herring, Squirrel Fish, Pinfish, Ladyfish, and Crabs will all yield bites from even the most finicky fish.
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Following the annual Tarpon migration are the biggest Hammerheads and Bull Sharks to be found anywhere in the World. Chasing these giants is not for the faint of heart, and is most certainly requires a captain with a keen working knowledge of not only true big game fishing, but also of IGFA rules and regulations if you are going to pursue a world record catch. Both Bulls and Great Hammerheads, in both Men’s and Women’s records can be broken any day in Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor during Tarpon season. These big girls are here to have pups, so Shark Fishing with Another Keeper Charters is 100% catch and release unless Captain Tom agrees that the shark with qualify for a current World Record catch. Look for these behemoths in the Pass, on The Hill, and in the harbor shadowing schools of Tarpon. Other fisherman are your best friends, as often when they hook a fish the sharks are not far behind!