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Bradenton, Florida, United States
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Inshore/Offshore fishing

FISHING CHARTER & Ash Scattering
Bradenton, sarasota, anna Maria IslandĀ FL

Fish We Love To Catch

Fish We Catch

Fish Regulations, Saltwater Fishing, Chummy Charters

 

Cobia 

The Cobia are a large species that  grow to 4 feet and can weigh over 50 pounds with the record in Florida  130 pounds caught in Destin, but most caught are in the 20-30 pound  range. Mostly a solitary fish, you may sometimes find them in small  groups in bays and inlets around structure. Offshore, Cobia feed on  crab, shrimp, squid and small fish usually around shipwrecks and deep  reefs. Cut bait chumming works best to attract the Cobia.                   


Black Drum

Black drum are often found on oyster bars, but  also around rocks and wrecks in deep channels. Black Drums area large  fish, usually growing to 40 to 60 inches and weighing as much as 50 to  100 pounds. Black Drum are bottom feeders that eat marine worms, shrimp,  small crabs, small fish, crustaceans and mollusks, with a preference  for blue crabs, shedder crabs, shrimp, oysters and squid. Generally, the  fish enters estuaries to feed on a rising tide, and then leaves as the  tide drops.                  


Pompano

Pompano are a highly prized food fish and  sought after game fish that is usually between 6 and 10 inches long.  This is a schooling fish and is a good pier and shore fishing target.  Often confused with the Permit which is deeper bodied, Pompano rarely  grow larger than 6 pounds, Permit are common to 40 pounds. They feed on  mollusks, crustaceans, and sand fleas.
         

   

Spanish Mackerel

The Spanish Mackerel is a very colorful  fish. The Spanish Mackerel can be found close to shore and further out  in waters to about 40 feet, traveling in schools. This fish migrates  seasonally, spending the winters in southern Florida waters then  migrating north to spawn and spend the summers in the Panhandle or the  Carolina's on the east coast. The fish is targeted primarily for later  use as bait for larger species, but it's strong white flesh is quite  good and is used for sushi by many. Spanish Mackerel are aggressive  feeders preferring shrimp, squid and small fish.
          


Snook

Snook can be readily found in bays usually  around structures and in shallow water off oyster bars and mangroves.  Snook cannot survive in water temperatures below 60 degrees.
Snook  are excellent eating and fun to catch but do have strict catch limits  and closures, so be sure to read up on current rules.
      

     

Sea Trout

    

Their average length is 23  inches, but they can grow up to 51 inches in  length and weigh up to 44 pounds under favorable habitat conditions. 

Their most striking feature is the long, elongated,  torpedo-shaped body. They have silver grey sides and grey-green backs.  The belly is white. Like all trout species the sea trout has an adipose fin. 

Sea trout feed mainly on fish, small crabs, shrimps and prawns.          

   

Gag Grouper

The Gag can be found on shallow reefs over rocks  and reefs throughout Florida and they are usually caught around 25  pounds. The markings on their bodies can be described as "worm-like" and  sometimes form kiss prints. Gag's are considered to most the best  tasting of all the Groupers.             

     

Flounder

The Southern Flounder is the 2nd largest of the  Florida Flounder averaging 2 to 4 pounds, 15 to 20 inches in length but  have been caught over 10 pounds and are abundant in our near shore  waters.             

     

Redfish

Red Drums are primarily an inshore fish found  throughout Florida and can reach 45 inches and weigh 51 pounds. Redfish  feed in shallow waters in schools and feed on a variety of fish such as  

, Pinfish, Mullet, Menhaden, Flounder and also crabs and  shrimp. Redfish have many feeding patterns from hiding behind structure  to ambush their prey, to sucking prey off the bottom which is where you  hear the term Redfish tailing (look for the tails above the surface).  It is common to find them around mangroves and oyster bars feeding on  the small crabs and shrimp.              

     

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove Snapper are common in shallow  waters especially around mangroves but larger Snappers move off shore to  hard-bottom or reef areas for more food and shelter. Usually found at  10 inches inshore, they can grow to 2 feet offshore. Mangroves are  inquisitive fish that will come out of their ambush spot to see what's  going on when they hear noise like your engines motor, but they will  flee after hearing loud sudden noises. These fish are considered  extremely smart and once you have hooked one, the rest become tight  lipped after seeing your hook.            

    

Sheepshead

Look for Sheepshead near structures that  have oysters growing on them such as mangrove roots, jetty rocks, docks,  pilings, and piers. Sheepshead are common at 4 pounds but can be found  further from the shore near navigational markers at 10 pounds or more.
Chum  made with oysters, shrimp, clams, clam juice, scallop guts, sand fleas,  or fiddler crabs are best for Sheepshead as these crustaceans are their  main diet. Ever notice they have teeth like humans and they can crush  oyster shells with ease.
          

   

TRIPLETAIL

Like many other pelagic species, Tripletail  associate strongly with floating objects such as grass, crab trap lines  or debris. They can be found throughout Floridas gulf coast and anglers  generally find them suspended under buoys, channel markers and other  floating objects. Tripletails spend much of their time in brackish water  bays and estuaries. Catching tripletail is an art and requires both  skill and patience.