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Topic: Offshore Fishing Florida's West Coast

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bouttime posted 06-07-2008 05:54 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know good offshore fishing sites between Bonita Springs and Naples. I just moved to the West Coast of Florida ( Bonita Springs ) and want to take my whaler fishing offshore
fishgutz posted 06-07-2008 09:02 PM ET (US)
Sanibel bridge nearest the island for grouper, gaff-topsails, cobia and other food fish. Anywhere between Bonita Springs and Sanibel for shark and tarpon. Back bays for redfish. Docks for sheepshead and snook. Run up the river that is near Koreshan park??? for bass. Koreshan river??? I think that is where I was when I saw lots of largemouths. I don't remember what its called. You can rent kayaks and canoes there. It's like right in Bonita springs.
bouttime posted 06-08-2008 09:23 AM ET (US)
Thanks, that is a great help. Coming from the East Coast of Fl, we would go out a few miles and troll. Does that work on the West Coast and are there spots that the fish congregate offshore?
an86carrera posted 06-08-2008 10:10 AM ET (US)

Here is a start for you, offshore fish in the gulf congregate on the reefs.


Brian7son posted 06-09-2008 08:32 AM ET (US)

I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale. There, you could run out Hillsboro inlet, go 1 mile offshore and be in 600 ft of water and catch dolphin, sailfish, etc. That is not the case on the west coast where you are.

Being naive, I had taken my boat over there several years ago and went out a few miles with some rigged ballyhoo. Basically, I was trolling over sand in 40 ft of water, waste of time.

In that area, to go trolling you have to go way offshore. Otherwise, follow an86carrera's advice and plug those numbers in your GPS, slow troll over one of those reefs or anchor up and bottom fish.

contender posted 06-09-2008 02:19 PM ET (US)
Brian7son is correct, east coast 1-2 miles in the gulf and deep water, Heard a saying once for the west coast 1 mile out equals 1 ft deep, so for deep water you have a long ride unless you find the piles of rocks/wrecks out there...good luck
Brian7son posted 06-09-2008 03:48 PM ET (US)
I would definitely get a fishing chart for your area. You can get a "Top-Spots" chart at a local West Marine or Boater's World or go to Florida and buy one on line. They will have lots of locations with types of fish you can expect to find there, etc.

There's a big difference between Gulf Coast trolling and SE Florida trolling. You can "blind troll" a mile offshore in SE Florida and have good results. Over there in the Gulf, you can't blind troll a mile or 2 offshore and catch squat. You need to either go way offshore or you need GPS numbers of reefs or structure of the exact spots that you are going to fish. Otherwise, your just rinsing off your baits, trolling over sandy bottom.

jimh posted 06-10-2008 08:54 AM ET (US)
For advice on good locations for angling, I recommend you check the local bait and tackle stores in the area you are planning on visiting. Also, there are web sites whose entire focus is on giving tips on angling techniques and good locations for angling. Some of these web sites are organized by area and location, and you probably can find information about offshore fishing on Florida's west coast on those sites.

If you are planning an offshore fishing trip to Florida's west coast, you may be able to organize some companion Boston Whaler boaters if you give a time and date.

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