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 Post subject: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:56 pm 
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Im new to the forum, but decided to give some reports from the Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda area. I've been putting in at Ponce De Leon park and paddling into Punta gorda Isles. The fishing has really picked up again. I mainly slow troll 1/8 oz jig with white DOA paddletails.one day last week, I ended up with 17 snook, 2 Mangoes and 3 60- plus lb Black Drum. The snook are getting bigger now than they were a month ago. There is a school of big black drum that is at least 500 strong. I hope this post helps in expanding your kayak fishing places.


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:21 am 
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Hi: Thanx for the report. Haven't been up that way for a while now. Will have to drive up there soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:39 am 
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I am not sure what your post says with “3 60- plus lb black drum”. Are you really catching black drum going over 60 pounds from your yak?


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:09 pm 
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I sure am! It's a total blast. They pull you all over until your arms ache. They have been in such a tight school that half of them you hook are snagged in big dorsal fin. I've never snagged anything on that jig set up before. I had one day I hooked 20 plus and only got pics of 2 of them. With the moratorium on snook/reds/trout, I've been targeting them. The snook in those canals are also a lot of fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:15 pm 
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I went out again on Sunday am, but could not locate the school. I did manage to get 5 snook, 4 of which were 23+ inches! I was also able to get 7 legal size mangroves with a couple over 13 inches on the same jig set-up. Tight lines!


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:30 am 
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Hey David,

I often fish the same area but have not been nearly as successful as you have been. What time are you fishing? I usually fish incoming tides but have only caught a few catfish. Let me know if you want to fish sometime. I'm fairly new at saltwater fishing. I've had a Kayak on freshwater for a number of years. Other places I fish in the area are Allapatche Park, Sunrise Park and Live Oak Park.

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:12 pm 
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I don`t really get a chance to fish a particular tide usually. I fish in the mornings until 1200 or 100. My wife is a night owl, so not an esrly riser. I learned early in our marriage that I can fish mornings and not cut into the family time or not get my honey dos done-lol!. I am usually on the water by 0700. I rarely get catfish because I mostly fish artificial only. I don't always catch a bunch. Yesterday, I only managed to get 2 mangroves, 1 snook and 1 sheephead. Thats the 1st sheephead I ever caught on a jig! I went out of Harbour Heights this am. See the next thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:59 pm 
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Oh, I forgot. I did see 5-6 juvenile tarpon rolling in a couple of the canals yesterday.


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:39 pm 
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I got back out here yesterday for 4 hours. The water was very high, but not moving a lot. I managed to get 8 snook, 3 mangroves and 2 jacks. 3 of the snook were bigger than 23 inches. I again saw some juvenile tarpon, black drum and a pod of manatees. There were some schools of jacks busting bait in several canals. Having a great time in southwest Florida!


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 Post subject: Re: Punta Gorda Isles
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:31 pm 
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I got on the water by 0800. The water was high, but to be falling. I trolled my jig/paddletail around the 1st 2 sets of canals from Ponce de Leon inlet. It was not a great day, but I did manage to get 3 nice snook (biggest was 25inches) and 3 keeper mangroves. I had a ton of mangrove bites and lost 2 more nice snook on the hook set. I was off the water by 1. I only spent 45 minutes undrr a boat during rain storm. Lol! Hope you all get out fishing!


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