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.
REDFISH are usually oversized when caught outside the Islands in the Gulf of Mexico.
We see Dolphins on 99% of all trips!
Triple Tail are a delicious and prehistoric looking fish, that can be caught year round on our Sanibel and Cape Coral Offshore Fishing Charters.
Flounder are a delicious catch year round on our Inshore / Bay Fishing Charters.
TWO GOLIATH GROUPER AT A TIME! CAUGHT OFFSHORE FISHING CAPE CORAL.
Gag Grouper are really common catches, on 6 hour Offshore trips and also in the Bay during Winter.
Large Redfish are plentiful in September and October
76" long GOLIATH GROUPER caught deep sea fishing offshore of Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
BLACKFIN TUNA! Caught Offshore Fishing Cape Coral.
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.
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!
Florida's Sheepshead are Delicious and Powerful Fighters, caught during the coldest months of the year.
Shark Fishing is Exciting and FUN!
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!
HOGFISH are an uncommon but delicious and interesting catch offshore of Cape Coral, Sanibel and Captiva.
CAPE CORAL DEEP SEA GOLIATH GROUPER FISHING.
GOLIATH GROUPER are the ultimate Bucket List Fish!
Barracuda are amazingly strong and fun to catch while Deep Sea Fishing Cape Coral.
OFFSHORE FISHING FAMILY FUN!
The BULL SHARK will test you strength and your fishing equipment to the maximum!
WHALE SHARK are AMAZING!!!
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.
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.
Gag Grouper are so much fun to catch!
Sanibel and Captiva Islands are great areas for Family Fun Fishing!
Manatee are so beautiful to see up close.
EXPERIENCE the thrill of catching SERIOUS FISH!
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.
KING MACKEREL are Lightning Fast on the Strike!
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
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Large Snook caught during Winter on a 4 Hour Offshore Fishing trip, to the artificial reefs near Sanibel, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Islands.
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.
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.
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, 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 thenhave 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 someShelling 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 ARE ALSO FAMOUS FOR OUR FISHING TRIPS
Our Most Popular Fishing Trips are;
7 Hr. $875
8 Hr. $975
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 $100.
Each additional Adult passenger is $150.
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.
INSHORE / BAY FISHING CHARTERS
3 HOUR $375
4 HOUR $450
(The 4 and 6 hour trips are our most popular family fishing charters, Inside the Islands and protected Bays)
6 HOUR $700
8 HOUR $900
10 HOUR $1100
Prices include the first 1-3 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.
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.
-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.
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. Combo-Tour rates are the same as for any fishing trip.
The minimum time for any fishing trip is three hours but
additional time can be added to any trip if the Captain has time available that day.
ALL TRIPS booked as “Offshore / Deep Sea Fishing"are also booked as "Best Availible 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.
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.
OUR CANCELLATION POLICIES;
All Charters require a $248.40 Deposit taken by Credit Card which is Non Refundable, unless the Captain cancels your trip for weather reasons. We accept all major Credit Cards and also Cash payments, No Checks Please.
The Captain reserves the right to cancel any charter for any reason he deems necessary, normally this would occur in the event of inclement weather or a mechanical reason, in the event that the Captain cancels your trip, we will refund your deposit in full.
Guests must give TEN DAYS prior written (email) notice to the Captain, to cancel their reservation with no penalty other than the loss of Deposit. If the required ten-day or more notification is given to the Captain, the remaining balance (if the trip was paid in full), other than the Deposit, will be refunded in full.
If you cancel your charter with less than ten days notice, your credit card will be charged for the Full Balance of the charter.
If you are more than a half hour late to the boat for your scheduled departure, or you fail to show up for your charter, or you refuse to comply with any of the Captain's instructions or the Boats rules, your credit card will be charged for the full price of the charter and you will be returned to the dock or USCG Station if necessary, irregardless of trip time remaining.
GENERAL BOAT RULES;
NO GPS are allowed onboard.
We do allow alcohol, beer, wine, vodka etc is fine.
We DO NOT allow the use or application of SPRAY SUNSCREEN or Styrofoam onboard our vessel!
Please use spray products on the dock prior to boarding, it is damaging to windshield, fishing equipment, it stains the seats and most importantly everyone's lungs onboard.
The Captain has regular Sunscreen available onboard for any guest to use.
We will not switch handles on reels once under way, we can however make ever effort to bring dedicated reverse handled reels if the client requests reversed handled equipment prior to the trip. Just Ask Us!
Please bring your appropriate attire for the weather expected during your trip;
Raincoat or Rain Gear, Sweatshirt or warming layer, a Hat, extra towels etc.
Please bring your Beverages, Lunch, Refreshments, Gatorade and any other drinks or snacks you desire.
Coolers with Ice are provided. You may bring a small cooler if you so desire however,
No Styrofoam coolers please they will get broken during the trip typically and the pieces usually end up in the ocean.
BEER and WINE are FINE but please No Hard Alcohol. We have had too many abusive customers in the past caused by drinking in excess.
Please do not bring loads of unnecessary items as storage space is always very limited on any fishing boat.
Fishermen and all passengers will comply with all requests and / or instructions from the Captain or Crew regarding Safety, Fishing or General Seamanship.
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, 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, 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?
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 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.
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.