250 Pound Grouper, Cobia and lots more. Reel Adventure

December 21st, 2009 by Capt. Matt Wirt | Comments Off

Hello everyone! The Pine Island Fishing has been awesome. We have had lots of inshore action and LOT’S of offshore action latley. I wanted to share some pics of our last offshore trip where we ended up with some HUGE goliath grouper, HUGE sharks, lots of amberjacks and cudas. It was a blast! I will let the pics speak for themselves. If anyone wants to come pull on some of the grouper. I will GUARANTEE you hook up with a few of them. It is up to YOU to get them up. More about this after the pics!


First we catch one of these for bait, yes this is the bait! Then we cut 5 pound chunks off of it.


The bait does not last long, if it even makes it to the bottom. This is 36 pounds of max drag, 200 lb test. You will only try this once standing up (trust me on this) you will learn quick to leave it in the rod holder and crank from there!


If your lucky and you dont get broke off you will come up with a big boy! We got broke off 5 times before we found one we could manage! This one was bigger then me and I am 210 lbs. Estimated it @ 250 lbs, probably much bigger.



Released unharmed!


Here is one estimated at 50 lbs.


Sent the whole thing down asking for trouble and I got it.


This shark went 200 lbs estimated and it inhaled the cuda before it went out of visual range. I saw it eat it, I tried to bring it up and this shark ate it boat side. After 15 minutes we got the shark to the boat again and released. We got 3 sharks and all of them were around this size.


My buddy Shannon went after the Amberjacks and Cobia on live pinfish. He got this 20 lb cobia on a trout rod. We caught around 10 amberjacks as well. The amberjacks had me puzzled because they did not go to the bottom and break you off like I am used to. I realized a few minutes later they cant! They will get eaten!

So back to the GUARANTEE. If anyone wants to come down and battle the biggest grouper of your life I will guarantee you get hooked up multiple times. Bring your baddest rod and reel or use mine. We are running these trips out of a 24 Ranger bay boat in the calm gulf of mexico waters 14-20 miles from land. Price is $600 for 3 anglers (includes captain, mate and everything else except your fishing license wich we can easily get when you get here).

Capt. Matt Wirt



Pine Island Florida untill March 20

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Pine Island FL fishing report 12-9-09 Reel Adventure Charters

December 9th, 2009 by Capt. Matt Wirt | Comments Off

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving. We have made the move to Florida for the winter and the Pine Island fishing has been insane! Lots of spanish, blues, ladyfish, and trout are on the flats, and near the passes in huge schools busting the surface. Cast your fly (small white clousers or gurglers) into the frenzy and you could come out with any of the 4 species! 60 fish half days have been the norm and just to add a little spice to it, about every 30 minutes or so a 3-5 shark usually shows up to try to take your catch! Thats a big shark for 2 feet or less of water!

The redfish and snook are working the mangroves and we have been doing well on them with fly. I got a nice snook and messed up a NICE redfish bite big time the other day. I sighted the fish, made the cast saw the red chase it and open its mouth and I set the hook and evidently pulled it right out!  I made a perfect follow up cast, but I think the redfish was frustrated as I was. He just followed the second cast a bit then went on about his way! The merkin crab fly pattern has been the fly of choice so far.

The snook light fishing at night has been good. The fish are always there. Some nights they bite, some nights they dont. I hope to check out a spot soon that holds tarpon, BIG jacks, and BIG snook very soon. That might be tomorrows plan.

If you are intrested in getting in on some warm sunny Florida fishing action just give me a call or click here: Pine Island Fishing Charters

Reel Adventure Charters is also offering gift certificates for Pine Island Florida fishing untill March 18 and for Wrightsville Beach fishing charters (from Topsail to Bald head) anytime after March 22. Just give us a call and we will get it to you before christmas, credit cards accepted!

Also, I made the decision a month ago to join facebook. I didnt think I would mess with it much but it is a neat way to give up to the minute reports (with pics) right from the boat via my Iphone. If you would like to keep in touch with whats going on with me (most of it is fishing related) please send me a friend request @ http://www.facebook.com/#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1033147691

And finally, I am glad lots of you got in on the $45 fly rod deal! The Scientific Anglers 8wt 9? 2 piece NEW rods sold out quick. I sold 16 of the 21 that I was able to get. I have 4 left, just email or call to get the remaining few. Can ship if needed! I believe all that said they wanted one should have a check on the way. If any one doesnt have my address to send the check please email me asap @ mwirt@charter.net

Here are this weeks pics! Enjoy!

Capt. Matt Wirt




Not much left!


17 inch spanish have been the norm







He whines all day untill he gets one!


His one for the day! My happy fishing buddy.


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