Venice to Boca Grande has enjoyed good fishing and it will improve with our New Moon this week.
Tarpon are still a primary target species for the next month or two. We will have silver kings off and on into September. This week was challenging because we endured West winds that hamper our comfort in the near shore Gulf waters. As soon as we get back to normal morning Southeast winds catching will improve. Crabs are our best baits early and threadfins are good if we can catch some after sunup. I believe Boca Grande tarpon action will improve after the Forth Weekend. Venice Beach fishing depends upon their migrations to and from Boca.
Snook action has been sporadic but mostly because minnows are tough to catch. We do have a influx of smaller baitfish that are growing up fast to help here. Most of the fish are catching are large trophy fish from 30 – 40 inches and longer. Lots of fun on lighter spinning gear. Normal wind patterns will help us here also because we frequently fish these out in the Gulf now also from Englewood to Venice Beach.
Snapper are abundant in our Passes and near shore reefs. They are smaller but great eating. Barracuda are also on the reef systems. Some Spanish and a few kings still hang around if we are lucky.
Redfish and trout are available and picking up a few with the smaller minnows.
I hope your Summer is going well it’s great to live here and fish with wonderful folks like you. Thank you; hope to share a day on our beautiful waters soon. Don’t forget my specialty children’s trips; just what they need for fishing fun. Captain Van Hubbard