Unanswered Questions…

October has been one heck of a run. With hardly a day off (this is a good thing for a guide) I haven’t had much time to keep up with things such as my blog. The fishing has been good, though the early cold fronts shook things up a little bit towards the end of the month. I ran well over 24 trips in October and I think all of them went great with lots of Reds, Snook, Cobia, Mackerel, Sharks, Snapper, Grouper, Trout, and a few Tarpon. The bait migration is in full swing and the Snook and Reds are on the move (albeit in opposite directions). The fishing is excellent both inshore and offshore, and should continue to improve throughout November.

Several mornings a week my wife, who takes care of my website, likes to read me search terms that people typed into search engines that landed them at my website. Some of them are insightful, interesting, encouraging, etc. On the other hand, some of them are just plain weird! Usually as she reads them, I spout off answers. After doing this for a few months we decided I should put pen to paper and actually answer some of these questions. The following are some questions that people asked their favorite search engine and chose to visit my site looking for the answer. Bear with me, this month might be a little long but I am going to try to do this every month from here on out so it should get a little more manageable. In reading this, if you come up with any questions you want to see answered, just drop me a line at captaintom@anotherkeeper.com ENJOY!

food quality of florida amberjack?
Contrary to popular belief they are excellent. When cleaning them, you need to remove ALL of the dark red meat from the fillets. This usually means filleting, skinning, and then re-filleting about 1/2″ off the backside of the fillet. You should be left with pure, white meat. Excellent grilled, in fish tacos, or as sushi (its head and shoulders better than Hamachi). They can get wormy when they are very large, or in the heat of summer. Just cut off the wormy sections if you find some, they are harmless.

largest shark found in charlotte harbor?
Actually, within the Harbor it would have to be the Great Hammerhead, known to reach weights of over 1200lbs. They are not often found much farther into the harbor than just inside Boca Grande Pass. If you actually meant back in the harbor, Bull Sharks can be found throughout the harbor and generally range about 50-250lb.

is the goliath grouper dangerous to man?
There is no record of them injuring humans, but I have heard from many respected parties that they are POTENTIALLY dangerous. I can say that attempting to catch them on heavy tackle is very dangerous, and should not be attempted without compitent “spotters.” If you have not dealt with very large fish before you should not even think about it.

What is the World Record for Goliath Grouper?
I get this a LOT. It is actually the second most common search that lands people on my site behind my name. There is not one for most line classes because they are federally protected. You cannot set a record until they open a season for them. They are known to reach over 800lbs, and some scientists believe they could possibly top 1000lbs at some point.

what is the difference between nearshore and offshore charters?
I don’t know that there is an actual definition, but I like to distinguish between the two just so that clients know what they are getting into. In Gulf of Mexico waters I would say nearshore is anything less than 20 miles, offshore is beyond that.

what is the legal size for snook in southwest florida?
28″-33″. There are two closed seasons, and they change frequently (as do the sizes) so its best to check before you head out.

best tasting fish gulf of mexico?
Hmmm….this is a tough one. I am going to go with Tripletail on this one. My top five would be Tripletail, Grouper, Hog Snapper, Snook, and Cobia.

what is the requirements for world record fishing lines?
Mono that tests at or under the line class (a maximum of 130lbs). Generally speaking you should go with a good quality “IGFA” line meant to not overtest. The diameters are also a lot higher for a given line, which will help a lot when handling big fish. I like Ande tournament in high vis yellow. With IGFA lines I always go with high-vis colors for boat-side fish handling.

little fish that swim with sharks in sw fl?
Remora.

should i stay on boca grande?
Sure. Other places very close with equally nice beaches would be Little Gasparilla, Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, Venice Island, Captiva Island, Sanibel Island or even check out http://www.myfloridafishingvacation.com.

anyone live year round in boca grande?
Yep.

best time to go to boca grande florida?
It depends on what your looking to do. Tarpon season is April through August and in to September. Snook and Redfish may be caught year-round, but the largest Reds may be caught November through February. The Near-shore and offshore action is particulary good Spring and Fall.

is the water at boca grande clear?
Sometimes, it depends on the tide and weather.

map of barrier reef in boca grande florida.
Thats pretty tough considering there is no barrier reef on the west coast of Florida. There are shoals, but no reef.

what fish are caught in sanibel fl during october?
Redfish, Snook, Trout, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper, Mullet, Pinfish, Flounder, Grunt, Squirelfish, Tomtate, Pilchards, Threadfin Herring, Cigar Minnows, Glass minnows, lizardfish, Whiting, jack crevalle, leather jackets, Banded Rudderfish, Seargent Major, Toadfish, Triggerfish, Amberjack, Barracuda, various sharks, Ladyfish, Cobia, Permit, Cero Mackerel, Pompano, Palmetta, Ballyhoo, Black Drum, Tarpon, Menhadden, Hardhead Catfish, Gafftop Sail Cats and I am sure I missed a few.

what is key west style chumming?
Key West style chumming is a term used to refer to hanging a semi filleted carcass off the side of the boat to distribute a scent line. It was started in the shallow inshore waters of the Florida Keys, specifically key west. This type of chumming works particularly well in shallow areas with good current flow.

what baits used for tarpon in boca grande fishing tournament?
It depends on the tournament. The “tarpon Jig” during the PTTS. Threadfins, crabs, squirelfish, and carfish during the “old style” tournaments. If you see it on TV, its most likely the tarpon jig. Check out http://www.H20lures.com.

recommended artificial casting plugs for gulf of mexico inshore fishing?
Mirrolure Mirrodine XL.

what is the best artificial bait for fishing in the gulf?
If I had to pick just one, it would be a white bucktail jig. Followed closely by a chrome diamond jig.

temperature of the water off little gasparilla island?
74 yesterday

what is the temperature of the gulf of mexico in boca grande fl?
78 last week

how to grouper fish boca grande?
A fishfinder rig with 1-8 oz (depending on the weather and line) with a live pinfish or whitebait, possibly cut ladyfish. Drift over the ledges keeping the bait as close to the bottom as possible without snagging it. Concentrate on the edges and the drops into the holes. Be prepared to unhook hundreds of undersized reds and gags.

what channel is the charlotte tarpon game on?
I have no idea.

what fish swims in the sw florida waters?
There is only one?

where to catch goliath grouper in port charlotte?
Under the bridge.

food fish deep-water florida po?
Huh?

when to fish what in charlotte harbor florida?
Hmmmmmm…

top ten sharks in south west florida
Tiger, Great Hammerhead, Mako, Bull, Scalloped Hammerhead, Blacktip, Spinner, Lemon, Dusky, Bonnethead in that order.

what kind of fish are running in charlotte harbor?
Redfish, Snook, Trout, Ladyfish, Flounder, Jacks, and Tarpon.

is black drum in fl considered good eating?
Only small ones.

best plug for trolling hard bottom for gag grouper in southwest florida?
Manns Stretch 30, 40, and gigantus or Large “striper” syle soft plastic swimbaits on a jig if you have a Z-wing.

how to catch redfish near boca grande?
1) Cast cut ladyfish under docks, mangroves, and along potholes. 2) Wait 20 minutes.

any reason i cant use offshore equipment for inshore fishing?
It sure wont be much fun using your TLD 30 to catch 6 lb redfish. I use inshore equipment for offshore fishing all the time though.

sharks most commonly found in charlotte harbor in florida?
Bull, Lemon, blacktip, spinner, atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead not necissarily in that order

best time to catch red snapper at charlotte harbor?
I am going with never. Red snapper inhabit more offshore waters. If you are refering to mangrove snapper (They are also red in color) then you can catch them year round, best at night around full moons and new moons in the summer.

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