Sheepshead, the other white meat. With our comfortable weather and cooler water temperatures the sheepshead have invaded Southwest Florida in full force to breed. My recent fishing charters have discovered, the key has been a light monofilament leader with small hook and lead weight. Put a shrimp on the hook and toss at deep underneath a dock. Hold on because within seconds your shrimp will be getting picked at. This is where patience needs to take over, don’t jerk the rod, you will pull it out of their snarled excuse for a mouth every time. Once they’ve got the shrimp good slowly pull up on the rod and start reeling ensuring a solid hook set into their iron like jaws. They put up a good fight digging hard towards the bottom.

The action has been consistent with snapper, black drum, snook, and redfish mixed in. My fishing charters that want to bring dinner home have been catching enough to feed the families for a couple of meals. Sheepshead are a good white meat without a strong fishy flavor. They cook up nice with garlic butter and lemon.

As the weather stays warm and comfortable, bait is moving back in along with trout and spanish mackerel. To come and enjoy this beautiful weather and catch your dinner book your fishing charter today.

2019 Tarpon Fishing

Blue Line Fishing Charters is excited to be transitioning into our new bigger boat just in time for the 2019 tarpon season. Our tarpon fishing charters will be the first to experience this brand new fully custom built IMC Boatworks Rogue 24. This is a brand new boat with classic lines and design. I have fully customized this boat from bow to stern, designing it for hardcore fishing and comfort of the clients. The new boat will be powered by a 250 HP Mercury giving us plenty of power to cover all of Southwest Florida, this guarantees a chance to catch your trophy fish. More information and pictures to come of that.

Most important is that tarpon season is around the corner (April-June) fishing charters are starting to book. Don’t miss your chance to catch this world renowned sport fish, The Silver King. I’ve said it before, it is a love hate relationship with this fish but without a doubt, win lose or draw, tarpon fishing is an addiction. Don’t hesitate, mark it off your bucket list this year, but book soon as space is limited.

January 14-20th

The fishing in Southwest Florida has brought a good consistent bite so far this year. My fishing charters have gotten to enjoy a wide variety of fish including triple tail, snapper, sheepshead, redfish, jack crevalle, and snook. A lot of which have been going home with clients for dinner. The water is gorgeous and the weather has been good to us with chilly mornings and warm afternoons.

At the end of the week I was able to make it offshore fishing on an overnight commercial fishing trip with a friend of mine. We hit the weather window just right. It was the day before a cold front blew in so we were able to get off the water before the wind picked up, take advantage of the pre front bite, and take advantage of an almost full moon. We started at 3AM Friday morning loading the boat with supplies and ice, then heading to the ramp. We splashed the boat around 430am and headed west, quickly getting offshore and to a ledge in about 90′ of water before sunrise. We caught plenty of porgies and blue runners off the bottom, the blue runners were brought up and put on the big rod to be sent right back down. The amberjack bite started strong catching three back to back. Once that slowed down it was time to get in the water, another 12 amberjack were speared in short order. This was repeated at another spot, and then it was time to push further offshore and anchor for the night. As the breeze died down and the water slicked out, we set up over structure in 120′ of water for the night. As soon as the sun was down the bite turned on. Every drop we were getting bites as soon as the bait hit the bottom. We caught one snapper after the next until around 1AM. We then called it a night and laid down on the bean bag chairs for a few hours. At 530Am the breeze picked up and started rocking the boat pretty good, so it was time to pull the anchor and move again. We headed back in to around 90′ again and caught 8 more amber jack, cleaned all of the fish, and then made the run in before the wind got any worse. It was a great, long day, but came home with almost a ton of meat to sell to the distributor.

January 2019

2019 has started off busy, the fishing charters spent some time hiding from the wind and trying to keep warm, while catching a ton of fish. The action has been great with a wide variety of fish. The most consistent species are snapper, sheepshead, redfish, and black drum. We are still catching snook and a lot of jack crevalle as well. The shelling trips have also been excellent this time of year. Our very low winter tides mixed with breezy days during the cold fronts have combined for excellent shelling conditions. Multiple fishing charters lately have been half fishing and half shelling, hard to beat bringing home fresh fish dinner and some beautiful souvenirs all from the same trip.

The weather has been the normal winter pattern with temperatures averaging in the 70’s and cold fronts blowing in on a regular basis dropping the temperatures into the 60’s. The water is also clear and beautiful, making for an excellent time to be out fishing in Southwest Florida. Call today to book your custom fishing charter for an experience you won’t forget.

2018 Final Report

We have finished off the year with some excellent fishing charters. The wind and cold fronts have both lightened up so we can welcome in the new year with temperatures in the low to mid 80’s. The bait of choice over the last couple of weeks has been shrimp. Shrimp is a tried and true classic bait, everything that swims will eat a shrimp. We have been getting large varieties of fish and a ton of action. Primarily catching mangrove snapper, sheepshead, redfish, gag grouper, and black drum. We have managed a handful of small snook. Inevitably, each trip we get a big snook to eat a shrimp. Unfortunately we have not been able to land one of the big ones on account of using very light tackle set ups for the snapper and sheepshead.

I would like to thank all of my clients for a successful 2018, I met a lot of great people this year, shared even more laughs, and marked a few fish off of people’s bucket lists. Each day I get to fish for a living is a blessing that I do not take lightly, this would not be accomplished without my clients.

I am very excited to grow on the success in 2019, thanks to returning customers, online reviews, and word of mouth referrals. We have very exciting news for the beginning of 2019 with a brand new fully custom boat being built. The new boat will be bigger, faster, have more comfortable seating, and provide a shady hiding spot from the Florida sun. So if you’re a new client you will love it and for returning clients it will be an all new experience. Fishing charters are being booked throughout 2019 already so don’t wait to book a custom fishing charter you won’t forget.

December 10-15th

The water temperature is dropping fast while Southwest Florida is getting cold front after cold front push through. The high winds kept me off of the water a couple of days this week. When I did get out for fishing charters this week the approach was completely different then it has been. The bait of choice was live shrimp, they get big this time of year. This weeks fishing charters targeted structure under water and were not disappointed. We managed to catch plenty of snapper, a few smaller gag grouper and some nice sheephead. Fishing in Southwest Florida is good year round, the target fish just changes. To book your winter fishing charter contact us today.

Sale on Gift Cards

Blue Line Fishing Charters offers gift cards towards any of our charters. A charter is an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys being outdoors in Southwest Florida. We cater inshore and offshore fishing charters to all interest and skill levels. If you have a trophy fish to mark off of your bucket list we will do everything in our power to get that done, or if you have children that just want to have fun we will insure they have an excellent experience catching fish. We also offer sightseeing trips, perfect for anyone who wants first hand experience of the most beautiful sights and wildlife Southwest Florida has to offer. You will see historic houses from a time long ago, to islands where the rich and famous live, all while experiencing amazing birding and getting up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, stingrays and fish. Another unforgettable and popular charter is the shelling charter. On a shelling charter you will get all of the sightseeing mentioned above, and we will go to pristine beaches and islands accessible by boat only to search untouched shorelines for the perfect shells.

Any of the guided charters will be catered to your interest and can be combined to do a little of each thing on every trip. If you purchase a gift card for a 4 hour charter during November or December, you will receive a 6 hour charter. That means you will get two extra hours on your Southwest Florida adventure for the price of a half day fishing charter, leaving plenty of time to do it all and stop for lunch at a restaurant accessible by boat only. Call, text, or email today to get your gift card.

November 13-20th

The weather has cooled down some, leaving us with high temperatures in the 80’s, the water is crystal clear, and the bait is plentiful. We have had some excellent fishing weather and the fish are not disappointing either. Ventured into the Caloosahatchee river a coupe of times this past week. The clear water allowed us to see plenty of big snook but could not get any to eat. We caught plenty of small snook, redfish, and big snapper. The last couple of days I went back to Pine Island Sound, there are a lot of big redfish in the area. The gulf is also full of life catching snapper and triple tail. I ended each trip this week fishing the mangroves with chum and greenbacks, catching plenty of snook and jack crevalle. Book your trip soon and take advantage of this gorgeous water and weather.

Wading Burnt Store Bar

On Saturday November 11th, I was invited by a long time friend to do something I’ve always heard about but never tried before. He picked me at 530 in the morning with no boat, two rods, and a handful of lures. We drove to the far northwest end of Cape Coral, nearly into Charlotte County. From there under the cover of darkness we ignored the alligator warning signs and followed a path of knee and waist deep water into the woods. The sun kept into the morning sky as we wound through this trail covered by a mangrove canopy. The end of the trail opened up to the scenic Charlotte Harbor near Burnt Store Bar.

We waded out towards Burnt Store Bar as the birds and fish woke up with the sun and started moving. We quickly spotted some tailing redfish, a couple of well placed (lucky) casts with topwater plugs and we were both fighting redfish. We kept wading and sight casting to fish, we quickly caught snook and trout too, completing the inshore slam before the sun rose above the mangroves. We spent the next few hours in waist deep water catching snook, trout, and more redfish. We then waded back to the trail, and on the way back saw multiple wild hogs along the edge of the water digging their noses into the mud searching for food. It was an awesome morning with a lot of fish caught, I will be watching the tides to get back out and do it again.

November 5th – 9th

The weather is warm, our water is beautiful, and the fish are biting. The fishing was phenomenal over the last week. The bait was plentiful and healthy, allowing us to target many different species that have moved into our waters from offshore. On a couple of different trips we targeted the passes between our barrier islands and caught a steady supply of very big redfish and a few snook. The week provided many days with light winds allowing us to run a few miles offshore. The goal offshore was to target king fish, unfortunately we did not catch any, but we did get plenty of snapper and triple tail. We also spent a little bit of time fishing deep holes around mangroves and oyster bars using live greenbacks, we caught plenty of snook.

Later in the week, huge schools of spanish mackerel, lady fish, and jack crevalle moved in close to the beaches to chase the bait. We spent Friday using only artificial baits (lures) and lost count of how many fish we caught. The boat was covered in fish slime and blood all day long and the laughs never stopped as we caught one fish after the next.

Book your trip soon to take advantage of this amazing weather and fishing.