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Rotonda West area, what to do

Old 04-18-2019, 08:59 AM
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I'm going to be staying in Rotonda West July 23 - 30th. My uncle just moved down there and does not know the area well. Can anyone point me in the direction of where to hang on the beach and where to fish? I definitely would like to book a charter trip so if you could send some guide suggestions my way I would appreciate it. I also would be willing to rent a boat one day and fish on my own if anyone could share any pointers. Any help would be great, as I know nothing of the area.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:59 AM
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Both englewood and Boca grand are close by for night life etc go to englewood beach / manasota key there are also some charters on the way down to the beach Boca has the nicer beach higher end restaurants more laid back and has some better charters $$ as well I like the south beach grill at boca worth a lunch time stop
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:07 AM
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Boca and Manasota Key beaches will have good snook fishing from shore in early AM; use small spoons or jig head with white or pearl colored paddletail baits, casting parallel to the shoreline as you walk the beach. There will still be some tarpon in the pass but not like in May and June. Fishing early am or late in day is best if T storms arent threatening. Agree with casco on South Beach Grill on Boca.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:24 AM
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Manasota is one of the best beach snook fisheries in FL, and July is prime time. The biggest mistake people make is throwing out too far. Mrs. Snook is cruising about 2-5 feet - yes feet - off the sand, trying to trap bait in the trough at the surf line. You may not see her but she's there!
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:08 PM
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Any specific guides that any of you have used?
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Get a group together for a Red snapper trip?It will still be open for federal Capts.Look me up.Im on Manasota Key. www.daybreakercharterfishing.com Only offshore.Capt.Mike
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:31 AM
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I live in Port Charlotte. PM me around July 15th and if I'm available I'll take you inshore fishing, I'm not a guide so no charge. The weekend should be no trouble at all, it's the week days I'm not sure about my schedule.

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Old 04-19-2019, 04:27 PM
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Pokercat, thanks! I will hit you up
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:40 PM
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Pokercat, thanks! I will hit you up

OK summer fishing is best will kill snook very late at night or very early in the AM


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Old 04-20-2019, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by pokercat View Post
OK summer fishing is best will kill snook very late at night or very early in the AM
I'm not entirely certain what you are saying here, but Snook and Reds are closed, even in season, due to the red tide.
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Old 04-21-2019, 08:17 AM
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Tarpon should still be around. We have resident tarpon, too. The best beaches are in/near Englewood off of Beach Road, or Boca Grande if you want to pay the toll; all close to RW. I can't recommend a specific guide, but be aware there are some whom don't have their credentials; Google for legitimate guides. Go to the Fishin' Frank's site for current info. Gasparilla Marina has rental boats. I'd tell you where to fish, but I seem to be the world's worst fisherman LOL. Snook and Redfish should be in the harbor and still some sharks.
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There are a good number of public wrecks and reefs that will help you get to know the area. We spend a lot of time down there. Box cars out of Boca Grande usually has AJ and mangrove snapper and depending on the time of year permit and grouper. https://strikelines.com/reefs/florida-public-reefs/

In addition to what has been said:

Lots of area in between the better spots, so invest in some charts or go with a guide if you want to cut down on the learning curve down there for offshore fishing.

Inshore is mainly just spending your time looking for the best bait areas and fishing the mangroves and little lslands everywhere for trout, snook, and reds.

Learn to throw a cast net if you dont already know how. Once you get the bait close you only need one or two throws if you know what you are doing.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:34 AM
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I catch and release only.
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All below is in Englewood/Manasota Key:

Beach Road Wine Bistro for best food and to rent your boat. Don't let the kitchen trailer fool you. It really is the best food around.

The Waverly/Waves for live music on Thursday and Sunday evening. Vercel will be singing both those nights. Bring your Uncle for this one.

The Sandbar for outdoor fun drinks/bar food/music.

Lock & Key for pull tabs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. "Come on 50 cent drinks!" Really good calamari too.

Buy a red light at your favorite outdoor sports place then hit Englewood Beach after you're done with the bars to look for nesting sea turtles. Anytime after dark but later is best. I go after the news is off or after getting back from the bars. Not sure where you're from but us Midwesterners find these Momma's amazing.

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Old 07-15-2019, 07:00 AM
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Figured I would bump this up in case anyone has any other suggestions before we head down next week. I have a charter booked with Ronald Jones on the 25th, plan on hitting up the beaches, some fishing in the canals where we are staying and maybe a boat rental. Are there any places to snorkel down there? Looking for turtles sounds good, any other wildlife to go see?
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Are there any places to snorkel down there? Looking for turtles sounds good, any other wildlife to go see?
We snorkel in front of the condo when the water is flat but there isn't much to look at...mostly you'll be looking for shark teeth.

The water is very warm so the Manatee will be moving around. Get a boat or kayak and cruise around the mangrove islands. I've seen them under docks and in boat houses hanging out in the shade. You might see one swim by in the gulf if the water is flat.

Always see dolphin in the pass at the end of Stump Pass State Park...as in every time I've ever hiked or kayaked down there! If you have a boat this is a nice place to pull up on the beach for a picnic.

We were down for the 4th of July. Lots of nest. We saw at least one turtle nesting every night we went out. We were watching one turtle nest and my son whispers, "There's a turtle coming out of the water right behind us". We had to sneak around to set of stairs to get out of her way. She ended up going right by us and nested under the deck we were hiding out on. Caught a couple nests hatching also. If you get to witness the "volcano" of baby turtles coming out count yourself one of the lucky ones.

I need to warn you again about the red light. White light is illegal on the beach during turtle season May 1 through Nov 1. We walked up on a fisherman at the public beach with a bright white LED lantern. I told him to turn it off which he did. I was about 30 seconds into the whole white light speech when a Charlotte County Deputy walked up on us. "That's a $500 fine and 30 days in jail" speech. He ran them off with a warning. (You also can't fish after dark from the public beach...I didn't catch the entire rule as we started walking away after the white light speech part.) Anyway...get a red light and the Turtle Patrol and Cops won't bother you.

Have fun and enjoy Manasota Key,

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Are there any places to snorkel down there? Looking for turtles sounds good, any other wildlife to go see?
No really, but you can snorkel off Venice Beach for sharks teeth, fossilized bones. As for the wildlife, the White Elephant usually doesn't disappoint on a Saturday night...

You can walk through the Stump's Pass State Park on the south end all the way to Stump's Pass. Bring water.

Also have Don Pedro's State Park if you have a boat.
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As far as charters go, Fast Lane Charters with Marty Scott out of Boca Grande Marina or Tommy Locke if you want fly fishing cant be beat.
I fished Boca for years, great are when the fish arent dealing with red tide.
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