Monthly Archives: February 2010

“Fin”tastic February Fishing

062As February sun continues to shine like spring the waters around Naples are finally beginning to warm up from an exceptionally cold winter. Fishing charters going out into the Gulf of Mexico are reaping the benefits of calm seas and warm sun as the fishing continues to be red hot. Limits of mangrove snapper are being taken regularly right now on full day charters and grouper are also feeding like it is summer. We may get one more cold front before spring but as far as the fish in Naples are concerned spring has already sprung. King and Spanish mackerel will be moving into our are any day now and deep sea fishing will only get better in and around Naples and Marco Island Florida.

Gag Grouper Know It’s Safe

GrouperCatches continue to be very good on our fishing charters from Port of Call marina in Naples. Mangrove snapper and Amberjack are being caught every day using live shrimp and Pinfish on the offshore reefs and ledges. Gag grouper season is closed in February, and the fish seem to know they will be released, so they happily eat everything we send down on a hook. We are catching 8-10 fish up to 20 pounds on most full day charters in addition to the mangroves. They to are falling for the live baits, especially Pinfish. King Mackerel are showing up and will arrive in big numbers over the next full moon. Weather conditions have been tough but the winds are now calm and the weather is beginning to warm up as much as the fishing.

Gulf of Mexico Grouper Fishing

Gulf of Mexico Grouper FishingGrouper fishing on charter boats out of Naples, Florida offers some of the best offshore angling in the Gulf of Mexico. While possession of grouper is prohibited in February that does not prevent us from catching them. We are targeting mangrove snapper this month, as we always do so the grouper closure is not affecting the quantity of our catches. Grouper and mangrove snapper often frequent the same habitat so while fishing for mangroves grouper are often a pleasant by catch. This past Saturday our sportfishing party caught a limit of mangroves and also caught and released nine gag grouper up to 18 pounds. Spring fishing will also bring opportunities to catch cobia, king mackerel and permit. Fishing opportunities abound in Naples and anglers going on our sportfishing charters are seldom not rewarded with outstanding catches.