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BONITA aka Little Tunny or False Albacore are super strong and fun to catch!

29 foot long by 10 foot wide "MISS HAYDEN"

Custom designed by Captain Frank and built in Homer Alaska. She is nicknamed the "SEA CADILLAC" because of her comfortable ride even in rough conditions.

Triple Tail are a delicious and prehistoric looking fish, that can be caught year round on our Sanibel and Cape Coral Offshore Fishing Charters. 

REDFISH are usually oversized when caught outside the Islands in the Gulf of Mexico.

TIGER SHARK's are the seriously fun to experience first hand.

LANE SNAPPER are the most numerous type of good eating fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep Sea fishing trips offshore of Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach often fill coolers full of delicious Lane Snappers 

COBIA are probably the top favorite fish to eat for most locals who know our waters, the taste is excellent! Cobia can be caught while inshore fishing Pine Island Sound and also Deep Sea Fishing Cape Coral or Offshore Fishing near Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach. 

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Gag Grouper are so much fun to catch!

Sanibel and Captiva Islands are great  areas for Family Fun Fishing!

Large Snook caught during Winter on a 4 Hour Offshore Fishing trip, to the artificial reefs near Sanibel, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach, Saint James City, Pine Island and Captiva Islands.

We see Dolphins on 99% of all trips!

76" long GOLIATH GROUPER caught deep sea fishing offshore of Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

27 foot long by 9 foot wide, Pacific Skiff

"Lil' Miss Hayden"

 She was also custom designed by Captain Frank, and built in Seattle, WA for our purposes, configured to be a multi purpose, hybrid Inshore - Bay / Offshore - Deep Sea charter fishing vessel. Built of extra strong welded aluminum, to the same strength of construction as the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Vessels. Our vessels are the strongest built and safest construction of any charter boats in these waters.

BLACKFIN TUNA! Caught Offshore Fishing Cape Coral.

​Offshore of Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral and Fort Myers Beach, the Blackfin Tuna and Bonita will boil the water as they feed on schools of minnows and Squid. Spring and Summer are the best months to fish our large roaming schools of Bonita and Blackfin Tuna. In late Winter the solitary larger Blackfin Tuna pass through our Southwest Florida waters.

EXPERIENCE the thrill of catching SERIOUS FISH!

GOLIATH GROUPER FISHING is awesome OFFSHORE / DEEP SEA of CAPE CORAL and SANIBEL ISLAND!

KING MACKEREL are Lightning Fast on the Strike!

HOGFISH are an uncommon but delicious and interesting catch offshore of Cape Coral, Sanibel and Captiva.

WHALE SHARK are AMAZING!!! 

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TWO GOLIATH GROUPER AT A TIME! CAUGHT OFFSHORE FISHING CAPE CORAL.

Fishing Offshore of Sanibel and Captiva you typically catch Fat and Delicious Red Grouper, a stable of our table fare fish which is available for harvest year round.

Huge Barracuda caught fishing offshore of Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral and Fort Myers Beach. You could put a Volleyball inside its massive toothy mouth!

Barracuda are amazingly strong and fun to catch while Deep Sea Fishing Cape Coral. 

 Manatee are so beautiful to see up close.

OFFSHORE FISHING FAMILY FUN!

We are Sanibel and Captiva's number one Fishing Charter and Wildlife Tour Service as rated by over 470 Excellent Tripadvisor Reviews! Decades of experience and Native Locally Born Captains excel in everything  from Catching 1000+ Pound Sharks to delicate and Amazing Wildlife Encounters 

Snook can be caught in our inland bay known as Pine Island Sound almost year round, but the warmer months are better more consistent Snook fishing. Pine Island Sound is the body of protected water in-between Sanibel and Captiva Islands and Cape Coral.

This Whale Shark was longer than the boat!

Catching a 30" Southern Flounder like this one is pretty much unheard of size wise, but you never know what Mother Ocean is going to produce when you are Deep Sea Fishing Offshore of Sanibel, Captiva and Cape Coral. 

The BULL SHARK will test you strength and your fishing equipment to the maximum!

PORGY are super tasty and very strong fighters for their size.

 "Hey lets go for a Triple!" Anything can happen Offshore Deep Sea Fishing from Cape Coral and Sanibel.

​CAPE CORAL DEEP SEA GOLIATH GROUPER FISHING.

CAPE CORAL DEEP SEA FISHING REDFISH!

Flounder are a delicious catch year round on our Inshore / Bay Fishing Charters.

We do not ever kill any of the large sharks, but Captain Frank does enjoy Petting them sometimes before releasing them...especially the Tiger Sharks.

GOLIATH GROUPER are the ultimate Bucket List Fish!

Gag Grouper are really common catches, on 6 hour Offshore trips and also in the Bay during Winter.

Florida's Sheepshead are Delicious and Powerful Fighters, caught during the coldest months of the year. 

Large Redfish are plentiful in September and October

Shark Fishing is Exciting and FUN! 

​​​​​​"FISH MISS HAYDEN" ​​tm

SANIBEL, CAPTIVA, NORTH CAPTIVA, FORT MYERS, Cape Coral, Saint James City, Pine Island, BONITA SPRINGS, NAPLES

239-337-4275        sanibeloffshore@yahoo.com

 

deep sea / OFFSHORE fishing charters

inshore / bay fishing charters

SANIBEL SHARK FISHING

​Goliath Grouper fishing

shelling / wildlife tours

beach hopping

lunch in the islands

customized combination trips of any of the above

​​​​Call for reservations 239-337-4275

easy to remember as 239-33SHARK

 

(Please click on the "SANIBEL FISHING" tab above for extensive photographsof all typical fish species in our waters and explanations of their habits and seasons. If you are viewing from a mobile device, dozens of pictures of our boats and typical fish we encounter, also follow at the bottom of this page.)
 

We can Pick your Family or Group up at a dock near your location;
Sanibel, Captiva, Saint James City, Pine Island, North Captiva, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach

 

Ask the Captain about booking a "COMBO TOUR" which is our most popular trip for families who want to do a little bit of everything or folks who are not serious die hard fishermen.

Combo Tours are customized to your specifications and usually include some FISHING, SHELLING or WILDLIFE TOURING and then LUNCH IN THE BARRIER ISLANDS. 

Southwest Florida's best hidden secrets are it's lovely Barrier Islands,  these remote outer Islands are only accessible by boat or Sea Plane, and include lovely North Captiva, Gasparilla, Historic Cabbage Key and Pine Island. You can catch some fish, watch Dolphins play as you cruise and then have a Drink and perhaps a Delicious Seafood Lunch at one of our Barrier Island waterfront restaurants. ​(Have a literal Cheeseburger in Paradise) After lunch relax by doing some Shelling and
Beach Hopping / Exploring 
at a remote boat access only beach or the Captain will take your group to check out some Dolphin and Manatee in their natural surroundings. 


We will gladly combine any of the different types of trips into a "Combo-Tour" to include fishing, wildlife touring, shelling, beach hopping, lunch in the islands etc.  

 WE ARE ALSO FAMOUS FOR OUR FISHING TRIPS

Our Most Popular Fishing Trips are;

 

OFFSHORE / DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTERS 


         7 Hr.             $875        
 8 Hr.             $975

(Winter 2019 - Most Family Deep Sea / Offshore Trips are 9 Hours, 9 - 10 hours is the sweet spot where we are consistently catching the bigger Grouper and Snapper.)

       9 Hr.             $1100    

 10 Hr.             $1225

 11 Hr.             $1350

 12 Hr.             $1475

 13 Hr.             $1600

        14 Hr.             $1725       


​Prices include the first 1- 4 passengers.

Each additional Youth passenger is $125.

Each additional Adult passenger is $125.

  6 passengers is the maximum.

Captiva pickup $100 extra.


All charters are Private, only your family or group will be aboard the boat, we do not mix groups.


PLEASE NOTE: ALL TRIPS  booked as “Offshore / Deep Sea Fishing"  are also booked as  "Best Availble Option” unless otherwise specified at the time of booking this means that:
On certain days of the year Offshore / Deep Sea Fishing trips may be made inadvisable due to weather conditions, especially heavy winds. Unless otherwise specified such trips will be then fished in our protected Inshore / Bay or River fishing areas, if this "best available option" is advised by the Captain.

You may also specify that you want "Offshore Only" and the trip would then be cancelled and deposit refunded if the Captain determines the weather is unsuitable for Deep Sea Fishing.  

 

 INSHORE / BAY FISHING  CHARTERS 

3 HOUR             $300

4 HOUR             $375

5 HOUR             $500

(The 4 and 6 hour trips are our most popular family fishing charters, Inside the Islands and protected Bays)
6 HOUR             $625

7 HOUR             $750
8 HOUR             $875

        9 HOUR             $1000      

         10 HOUR            $1125        

Prices include the first 1-2 passengers.

Each additional passenger is $75.

6 passengers is the maximum. 

Captiva pickup is an extra $100.


All charters are Private, only your family or group will be aboard the boat, we do not mix groups. 


The minimum time for any Inshore / Bay Fishing trip is three hours but
additional time can be added to any trip if the Captain has time available that day.


PLEASE NOTE: Trying to fish more than 3 fishing rods at a time in the Bay is often difficult or sometimes even impossible. Wind and / or strong currents will effect the amount of fishermen that can fish at the same time. You  will be limiting the quality of your fishing experience by trying to bring more than 4 total fishermen. If you are serious about fishing please limit your total fishermen to 3 or 4 total or be prepared to take turns.   

COMBO TOURS

Shelling the Barrier Islands / Fishing / Wildlife Touring / Lunch in the Islands 

(Combo Tour Activities are Customized to Your Family or Groups Specific Desires and or Requests)

4 Hour $450

5 Hour $575

6 Hour $700

7 Hour $800

8 Hour $900

  9 Hour $1000

10 Hour $1100


Prices Include the first 1- 4 passengers.

 Each additional passenger is $75.

6 passengers Maximum.

Captiva pickup is an extra $100.


All charters are Private, only your family or group will be aboard the boat, we do not mix groups. 


WILDLIFE TOURS
-SHELLING-BEACH HOPPING-LUNCH IN THE ISLANDS ​

$125 Per Hour, for the boat includes up to 6 passengers

Bring the Family! our rates on this trip are the same for 1-6 Passengers,
if no fishing is involved. If the trip includes fishing, the normal fishing trip prices will apply.​ 


DETAILS AND ETC.
A Deposit is required to reserve your charter at the time of booking, $248.40 minimum deposit.


We accept payment in Cash, or Major Credit Card only, no checks please.


Everything you will need to fish is included in our price;

Fishing License for every member of your group.

Rods and Reels

Bait / Tackle

Use of a cooler with Ice for your refreshments (no need to bring a cooler, please bring bottled waters or whatever you may want to drink or eat, we do not provide any food or drinks.)


Separate fish cooler with Ice to keep your catch ice cold

Although most Offshore fishing charter boats charge extra for fish cleaning, our Captains always clean your catch and bag it for your trip home as part of the standard service. 


Some of our Typical Pick Up Locations;

PUNTA RASSA BOAT RAMP, Ft. Myers.
15001 Punta Rassa Road, Fort Myers FL, 33908

"BARNACLE PHIL's" Restaurant, North Captiva Island.

TARPON POINT MARINA, Cape Coral.

The WESTIN RESORT CAPE CORAL at Marina Village.

CAPE CORAL YACHT CLUB, Cape Coral.

BOWDITCH POINT BOAT DOCK, Fort Myers Beach.

On PINE ISLAND in SAINT JAMES CITY.

From YOUR DOCK or RESIDENCE.

Or any chosen landing point agreed upon ahead of time with the Captain, just ask us.


Some Frequently Asked Questions:


What exactly is an Offshore or Deep Sea Fishing Charter?

The Captain will take you OFFSHORE FISHING, also known as DEEP SEA FISHING, outside the Islands of Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, Cayo Costa, San Carlos Island (Ft. Myers Beach), Fort Myers, Saint James City, Pine Island, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco Island and Cape Coral, into the vast body of water known as the Gulf of Mexico.
Weather, Tide, Time of Year and other factors effect where the boat will fish from day to day. Offshore Fishing / Deep Sea fishing is typically done over natural live bottom reefs and ledges or artificial reefs such as old shipwrecks and rubble.

What types of fish will we catch on a typical OFFSHORE - DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTER?


Commonly Caught Fish Species Offshore Fishing;
Shark, Barracuda, Goliath Grouper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Black Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Strawberry Grouper, Black Fin Tuna, Bonita “Little Tunny” Tuna, Amberjack, Hogfish, Permit, Cobia, Tarpon, Tripletail, Sharks (many varieties), Mangrove Snapper, Grunt Snapper, Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Flounder, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cero Mackerel, Mahi Mahi (Dorado).


* The above list represents species commonly caught on our Offshore / Deep Sea Fishing Charter. Length of trip / Time Invested, Weather, Season, Tide, Angler Experience, all play a roll in which species will be targeted by the Captain and caught by the Crew.

 

What exactly is a “Inshore or Bay Fishing Charter”, where will we be fishing Captain?

The Captain will take your INSHORE / BAY FISHING CHARTER into the best areas surrounding the Barrier Islands of Southwest Florida and/or in the bay inside the Islands of Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, Cayo Costa, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Saint James City, Pine Island,  Bonita Springs, Naples, and Cape Coral, a body of water generally known as PINE ISLAND SOUND.
Weather, Tide, Time of Year and other factors effect where the boat will fish from day to day.
On certain days INSHORE / BAY FISHING CHARTERS could be best spent by fishing in the Caloosahatchee River which separates the towns of Fort Myers and Cape Coral.
The Caloosahatchee River is famous amongst Snook fishing enthusiasts, known for some of the best BIG SNOOK FISHING in the world.
Certain times of the year the Captain will advise you that the best way to spend your time CHARTER FISHING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, is to fish the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach, Captiva, North Captiva or Cayo Costa Islands respectively. All possible fishing charter options are on the table from nine miles off the beach in the Gulf of Mexico, to nine miles up the river, to Boca Grande Pass and Charlotte Harbor. 

 

What types of fish will we catch on an INSHORE - BAY FISHING CHARTER?

Typical species caught while on an Inshore - Bay Fishing Charter in Southwest Florida include Sea Trout, Sand Trout, Whiting, Black Drum, Snook, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, Grunt Snapper, Catfish, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Barracuda, Tarpon, Pufferfish, Lane Snapper, Flounder, Bluefish, Bonnethead Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Bull Shark, Lemon Shark, Blacktip Shark, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Spinner Shark, Nurse Shark, Stingray, Skate, Cobia, Tripletail, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Permit, Pompano, Ladyfish, and probably a few more. 


Can Fishing Charters be combined with Lunch, Shelling or Wildlife Tours?

Yes! Absolutely.

We will go to great lengths to make you trip a perfect mix of options to suit your particular ideal itinerary.

Fish-Shelling-Lunch itineraries are our most popular combination trip; they require a minimum of six hours to do comfortably. Most families enjoy combo trips 7 to 8 hours in length, fishing then lunch and after lunch some shelling is ideal.

 

Shelling and Beach Hopping involves accessing remote and sometimes deserted sections of beach, so bring your water-shoes or go barefoot thats what the Captain will be doing. 

What should we bring along?

We recommend that you bring a hat and long sleeve shirt for the Sun.

Maybe bring water shoes, especially if you have chosen to go Shelling or Beach Hopping on Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, Cayo Costa or Gasparilla Islands. These islands are remote and you will have to wade the last few yards to shore in knee deep water.

Snacks and Refreshments especially Gatorade and Bottled Waters

Camera, however we also always have a camera aboard and will gladly photograph you fish and email the photos to you after the charter. Regular Liquid Sunscreen.


Please Do Not Bring!

GPS Equipment!!! We will confiscate them.
Illegal Drugs!

Firearms
Please DO NOT bring SPRAY SUNSCREEN or Tanning Oils these are not allowed to be used onboard the boat, however you may use Spray Sunscreen at home or on the Dock as you are getting ready for your adventure.
NO STYROFOAM COOLERS are not allowed, they will break and be all over the boat and ocean.