Fort Myers Fishing Guide Captain Bill Curtis

July 2015 Great Milestone Offshore Charter Fishing Report

July 21, 2015
We had an awesome first on board the Fish n Tales this past week. On our farthest charter to date out into the gulf we hooked and landed our first sailfish.

We saw the fish on the surface while at anchor in slick calm conditions. One of our anglers quickly pinned a small live bait onto the hook of a fairly small spinning reel and pitched it out. After just a few minutes we had an estimated 50-60# sailfish leaping and tail walking across the surface for us, before getting it to the boat. The long range trip also produced some big red grouper, mutton and mangrove snapper.

The red grouper fishing continued strong this week on all of our trips using both live and dead baits. Our red snapper season closed this past week. Our season was excellent this year with plenty of big fish caught over the last month and a half.


Hot July 2015 Fishing Offshore Charter Report

July 18, 2015

We’ve been doing long trips over the last week from 10 to 24 hours were the fishing continues to be hot. Red grouper fishing has been easy with fish up to 32”, and limits on every trip.

We just completed our last red snapper trip with nice fish up to about 28”. We had our best catch of gag grouper on our most recent long range trip, with several fish up to 36”.

While not getting big numbers of gags, we are getting at least a few on every trip. Although 1 big fish was caught on a dead ...

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July 2015 Ft. Myers Offshore Charter Fishing Report

July 6, 2015
We’ve been having some great fishing on the Fish n Tales out of Fish Tale Marina over the last few weeks. Gag grouper season just opened on July 1, and we are able to continue fishing for red snapper for another week or so making our long range trips off the hook.

We need to do minimum 24 hour trips to get out far enough to catch the red snapper here on our boat, but when we get out that far we are in the land of giant grouper as well.

On recent trips we have caught easy limits of red snapp...

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June 2015 Land of the Giants Trip

July 6, 2015

More great summertime fishing photos with my boy. We took our longest trip out into the gulf yet into the land of the giants, and we found them. Hope you enjoy!

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June 2015 Offshore Charter Fishing Report

July 6, 2015
We’ve been getting in some longer range offshore trips over the last couple of weeks, as far as 70 miles, where the fishing has been excellent.

One reason to get out that far is for red snapper. They have been more than cooperative with fish over 30” caught on most any cut bait offered on the right spots.

There have also been some big mangrove snapper schools holding with the red snapper. We have caught quite a few over 20” up to over 25”.

Big porgies and some nice scamp grouper have ...

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Awesome May 2015 Family Fishing Day

May 18, 2015

I’ve had a break the last week or so from the offshore boat as it’s undergoing some maintenance. That gave the family the opportunity to get out on the bay boat for our first try at tarpon this year. The morning started great with everybody up and out of the house before 7 am. We launched the boat out of Punta Rassa and followed the boats to the Sanibel Causeway Span that everyone was catching bait at. After just a few throws of the cast net we had enough tarpon sized threadfin herring fo...

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April 2014 Offshore Fishing and Diving

April 26, 2015
I got a chance to take a break from charter fishing to take my boy out for some offshore action recently.

We spent a day fishing deep water where the big dogs live, and a day diving back close to shore.

We did some spearfishing on our dives with my boy getting to do his first underwater hunting.

He did awesome with 5 fish on his first chance, including a nice hogfish on his very first shot.

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March April 2015 Ft. Myers Offshore Charter Fishing Report

April 14, 2015
We’ve had lots of trips over the last few weeks with excellent results. The red grouper have been very cooperative biting both live and dead baits.

On our 10 hour trips we are bringing back limits of red grouper on just about every trip. Many fish are over 24” and we are getting plenty over 30”.

Results have been similar on 8 hour trips with big numbers of fish brought aboard but necessarily as big.

We made it out to a wreck on a 12 hour trip and caught a bunch of Greater Amberjack betw...

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March 2015 Offshore Charter Fishing Report

April 14, 2015
The last couple of weeks have seen the best fishing of the year so far for us aboard the Fish n Tales.

The winter cold fronts have subsided and the weather has been great allowing us to run almost every day. The red grouper bite has been excellent on our 10 hour trips with us catching limits on just about every trip. A good percentage of the fish have been over 25” up to about 30”.

An 8 hour trip also saw us catch a limit in the last week. The water temperature is definitely warming which...

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Middle of February 2015 Offshore Charter Fishing Report

February 20, 2015
When the weather allows the red grouper fishing continues to be good.

The fish are farther offshore than in their close to shore summertime haunts, but when we find them they are hungry eating dead baits as readily as live baits.

We still always carry some of each to make sure we cover all of our bases.

Some very nice gag grouper continue coming over the gunnels disappointing some clients that they still have to release them, as they are out of season. On some of the rougher days when the gro...

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