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November 2016 10 Hour Offshore Charter Fishing Report

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, In : Fort Myers 


Starting to get a few trips in as season has begun. The last trip was a 10 hour with a returning group of anglers. Fishing was easy with a limit of red grouper by 11 am, with some nice ones in the mix. Highlight of the day was a quick glimpse of a 12-13' Tiger Shark that briefly visited us.


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November 2016 Offshore charter Fishing Update

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Wednesday, November 9, 2016,


It's been a while since I've posted anything so I thought I'd share a few pictures and a brief update and report. As usual we haven't had many trips the last month or 2, which is good. First mate Andrew and myself are recharged for another season, and the boat is ready. We have gotten a few successful dive trips with the kids in over the last month. Where we found some great fish along with a few big gulf lobsters and a bunch of stone crabs.



Fishing has been easy when we have gotten out...
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June 2016 Long Range Ft. Myers Fishing Charter

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, In : Fort Myers 


Had a great trip this past week for the opening of red snapper season. Highlights were big red snapper, the biggest red grouper I've ever seen. and my first ever African Pompano.







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October 2015 Offshore Charter Fishing Report

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, In : Fort Myers 

We had a great 8 hour fishing charter this week with returning customers from the Vanderbilt Fishing Club. The highlight of the trip was a nice gag grouper that was asked home to dinner. We also caught lane, mangrove, and yellowtail snapper, along with a few porgys, and plenty of catch and release red grouper.



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Middle of August 2015 Offshore Charter Fishing Report

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, In : Fort Myers 


The nearshore bite continues to be excellent with good numbers of keeper sized red grouper being caught, along with lane snapper up to 16”. We still have to wade through lots of smaller fish to get to the keepers, but that makes for great action for our anglers.



We also had a great 10 hour offshore trip over the last week. The fish are definitely bigger the farther out you go. The catch included a limit of red grouper up to 30”, a nice big gag grouper, lots of nice lane and vermillion sna...

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July 2015 Great Milestone Offshore Charter Fishing Report

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, In : Fort Myers 
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 l...

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Hot July 2015 Fishing Offshore Charter Report

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Saturday, July 18, 2015, In : Fort Myers 


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

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Monday, July 6, 2015, In : Fort Myers 
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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April 2014 Offshore Fishing and Diving

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Sunday, April 26, 2015, In : Fort Myers 
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

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, In : Fort Myers 
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

Posted by Captain Bill Curtis on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, In : Fort Myers 
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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