Skip to content
Capt. Jeff Watkins Sr.
US Coast Guard Licensed
38 yrs local fishing knowledge
SW Florida's top rated guide

What People are Saying About Anchors Away Charters

Anchors Away Charters LLC
5.0
Based on 77 reviews
powered by Google
Tyler Voyles
Tyler Voyles
16:45 22 Sep 21
I was looking for the best fishing charter around to take my kids/family on and I definitely found it! We had an... awesome experience with captain Jeff. Caught plenty of fish and he made it a fun time for the kids as well. I will definitely be booking another trip with Anchors away in the future!read more
jil bevis
jil bevis
01:21 01 Aug 21
We had a super fun day on the water with Captain Jeff. We tried to go out on two other dates, but weather was always... an issue. Third time was the charm…we had beautiful weather and caught fish after fish!! Captain Jeff kept us on fish all day offshore. We went 50 miles out on his beautiful and comfortable boat! He kept bait on our lines and was right there to encourage us to reel hard!!! So happy Captain Jeff is so safety conscious. This was our first time offshore and we felt safe and secure all day! We can’t wait to go again.read more
Beth Fletcher
Beth Fletcher
19:03 23 Jun 21
Capt. Jeff is an excellent captain. He let us know in advance what to expect. Once we reached our fishing location... the action was nonstop. He kept us on fish all morning. We boated keeper size snapper, grunts and a red grouper. Many other fish were caught and released. His boat and fishing gear were high quality and in excellent condition. He took as much time needed to make sure we all caught fish. Everyone had a great time!read more
William Fletcher
William Fletcher
18:55 23 Jun 21
Capt. Jeff was very attentive. The weather was cooperating & so were the fish! Capt. knew the good spots to go & put... us on lots of good fish. One of the 4 of us in our fishing group was constantly hauling in a fish. Caught a nice keeper grouper, large lane snapper, good key west grunt & lots of other snappers. His boat & tackle was immaculate & well maintained -- always a good sign! Would recommend him to anyone wanting a good fishing trip.read more
Chase Highley
Chase Highley
23:46 31 May 21
We had an amazing time on our charter trip with Captain Jeff! We did both an offshore trip and inshore trip and had a... blast on both! Jeff is a great guide, very patient with the "greenhorns" we have, and put us on a bunch of fish.We had all the fish filets we could eat while staying at Little Gasparilla Island for our vacation.We're all really looking forward to our next fishing trip with Captain Jeff!read more
David & Ana
David & Ana
12:43 12 May 21
Thank you, THANK YOU! Our trip was great!For those looking for an honest, knowledgeable, clean, safety conscious... person...Captain Jeff is you man! He knew the places to go and we caught fish!! The boat was comfortable and clean! Upon the return, Captain Jeff cleaned our fish and bagged the categorically. He picked us up and dropped us off right at our dock!We will book again!! Can’t wait to do this again!!read more
Jason Macklin
Jason Macklin
15:22 17 Mar 21
Capt Jeff was phenomenal. We had a great trip and all three of us limited out on grouper. There were fish everywhere we... went but they weren't biting at all spots. Jeff worked hard to get us catching fish and we ended up with lots of snapper and our 6 groupers. He was an excellent guide and gave us all the pointers to have us catching fish. I would highly recommend fishing with Anchors Away Charters.read more
Kyle Macklin
Kyle Macklin
13:03 16 Mar 21
Got our grouper limit and 3 kinds of snapper too! Captain Jeff hustled all day to make sure we had an amazing trip. He... was always right there to teach and help out. Great experience. Highly recommend.read more
Nathanael DEton
Nathanael DEton
12:59 13 Mar 21
Awesome experience. I've been on many different charters and I feel like Jeff went over and above and out of his way to... put us on fish. Very professional. Very passionate about what he does. Caught many different species. Would have to say one of the best charters I have ever been with. Would recommend to anyone. Awesome experience. Thanks again Anchor Away Chartersread more
Karissa Doyle
Karissa Doyle
12:53 13 Mar 21
Captain Jeff is amazing! We were catching fish all day long. I had never done something like this, but Jeff was patient... and willing to teach and help. He moved us when we needed to, is extremely knowledgeable about the fish and went above and beyond our expectations. He really cares and wanted to make sure we were always taken care of. Super nice guy and I would recommend him to anyone. You will not be disappointed.read more
colton stonebraker
colton stonebraker
15:29 12 Feb 21
Great day on the water. Captain Jeff kept us on fish all day. New boat with good gear made for an amazing family... experience. We will be back.read more
Mike Giles
Mike Giles
17:18 01 Jan 21
My wife and I booked a trip on a whim and got lucky. The winds were to strong for offshore so Capt Jeff had to cancel a... previously booked trip. That left an afternoon open for for us!! We had a blast and we will be back!! Thanks a ton Jeff!!read more
Dan Brown
Dan Brown
14:28 17 Nov 20
What a great day!!! Captain Jeff was great with my son and we put us right on the fish from the start and we just had a... ball. The boat was brand new and super comfortable for the ride out and back in. I would highly recommend Anchors Away to anyone looking for a great day of deep sea fishing. To finish things off Captain Jeff cleaned our fish for us and send us home with a ton of fresh grouper and snapper. Top notch from start to finishread more
Bernard Madden
Bernard Madden
21:22 06 Nov 20
The captian n mate did a great job tday during tough windy conditions. I've been talking fishing charters from Cape... Cod. To Montauk and found this to be first class. Wild barracuda action and the makings of a good fish fry were the results of the days trip. Already planning the next adventure with Capt Jeff.read more
Rob schluessler
Rob schluessler
16:06 28 Oct 20
This was my first deep sea fishing experience. The spots Jeff took us too we were on fish in less than a minute! I went... with a party of 4 I caught 18 myself and I am just an average Minnesota Fisherman. Jeff is top notch and worth every penny. Definitely coming back every year!!read more
Darrell H
Darrell H
13:44 26 Oct 20
Awesome experience !! Best fishing guide out there. We went 40 miles offshore and was catching fish all day. Caught our... limit of grouper and snapper. Captain Jeff cleaned our catch and bagged it to take home. He even provided an excellent recipe for the grouper that we tried the same night and it was amazing !! I've been on a lot of charters and this was probably the best one yet. Boat was spotless and clean. Captain Jeff was very professional . I highly recommend this charter.read more
Ben Duvick
Ben Duvick
20:23 17 Oct 20
Capt Jeff was amazing, helpful, knowledgeable and above all kept everyone on board safe. This was not the first time... I have done a fishing charter, but the first with capt Jeff. I Will be back to anchors away fishing charter and capt Jeff. I suggest everyone who is looking so looking you find your guy.read more
Ed Dieppa
Ed Dieppa
00:59 17 Aug 20
We thoroughly enjoyed our charter out of Boca Grande with the captain. We went 38 miles out but he made us feel very... safe and was very thoughtful of my grandsons. Most importantly, he put us on the fish and we fished until our arms were tired. Legal groupers, big mangrove snappers, lane snappers and a few other species was what we caught. New boat, highly recommended, he’s a consummate professional.read more
Venetta Jones
Venetta Jones
21:21 13 Aug 20
We had a wonderful time on our 4 hour trip. Captain Jeff was kind, professional, and made sure we had a wonderful time.... We caught lots of fish and our little group had a great time on the water today!read more
Phil Lukan
Phil Lukan
19:07 19 Jul 20
My sons and I booked our 7hr fishing adventure with Anchors Away Charters. Captain Jeff Watkins was knowledgable,... patient and very professional. We felt safe with Captain Jeff and learned a LOT during our time on the water. More importantly, we caught plenty of grouper and snapper throughout the day. We will definitely be returning. Thanks Capt Jeff!!read more
Diana Obermeyer
Diana Obermeyer
12:09 21 Jun 20
Captain Jeff delivered a perfect offshore fishing experience. We liked the comfort, space and layout of the boat,... which made fishing enjoyable for all four of us. Captain Jeff is professional and personable. He kept us on fish all day!read more
Phil Trunnell
Phil Trunnell
13:10 03 Jun 20
Me and my two teenage sons had a great trip with Capt Jeff the other day. Caught a ton of Fish, grouper, snapper, etc.... Great day, can't wait to go again in a few months!read more
Charlene Prather
Charlene Prather
17:57 19 Mar 20
Thanks Captain Jeff for a fantastic day of fishing. Captain Jeff does everything top notch and with safety in mind. I... felt totally spoiled. We will be eating nothing but fish for the rest of our vacation and I couldn't be happier!read more
anthony church
anthony church
18:54 18 Feb 20
Awesome experience!! Captain Jeff is the best fishing guide out there. Went out 41 mile today. Caught our limit on... grouper and snapper. Can’t give this guy enough praise. New boat with great gear. Boat is super clean. This was our second year with him. Planning another one next spring. Highly recommend this charter.read more
James Wood
James Wood
02:18 18 Feb 20
This was one of a kind fishing trip limiting out on red Grouper. There were four of us and all limited out. We also... caught several snapper. Capt Jeff and son Jeff were very cordial and worked very hard to make sure we had the best trip. Capt Jeff has also excellent fishing gear and a boat set up with the state of the art gps, sonar, and radar. I highly recommend Capt Jeff and his son Jeff. Fish doesn't always bite but this team will try to make it happen.read more
Tucker Stafford
Tucker Stafford
16:22 08 Jan 20
Unreal trip with Captain Jeff. As a group we caught over 100 fish and the day could not have been any better. Really... appreciate the work Jeff and his team (son that day) put in to make it happen. Easy, fun, and a true professional. Recommend to anyone looking to catch quality fish in the Gulfread more
Evan Herman
Evan Herman
02:25 13 Dec 19
Had a wonderful day out fishing. Captain Jeff took us out to one of his hot spots, we caught soo many fish. We reached... our grouper limit early and started catching a bunch of red snapper. It was non stop action all day, everyone was laughing and catching fish, most fish I’ve ever caught. Captain Jeff was so knowledgeable and nice all day, looking forward to it again.read more
Pam Elliott
Pam Elliott
01:03 13 Dec 19
We caught our limit of Grouper (>20”), Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Triggerfish (had to go back as not in season). ... Captain Jeff put us right on top of the fish and we were catching them immediately one after another. It was absolutely awesome!! His boat is comfortable and immaculate! Great time had by all. We will definitely go out again and highly recommend him!read more
Rebecca Elliott
Rebecca Elliott
22:15 11 Dec 19
Awesome fishing charter with very knowledgeable captain Jeff Watkins. Caught our Grouper limit and caught tons of red... snapper. Can’t wait to plan our next trip out. We caught fish everywhere we went. Very comfortable and clean boat (and I am 22 weeks pregnant so that says a lot).read more
Ang W
Ang W
21:14 12 Oct 19
We wanted a family friendly trip that would make memories and bring home a little dinner too. Captain Jeff did not... disappoint. He was patient and had us on fish the whole time. The kids had a great time with nonstop action. They talked about their day all the way home. My husband and I can’t wait to book another tripread more
Barbara D
Barbara D
20:39 12 Oct 19
My husband and I went fishing on a 6 hr offshore fishing charter with Captain Jeff . We had an absolute blast and... caught about 100 fish . Capt Jeff is very professional and knowledgeable (he knows his stuff!) . Every spot we went to we got fish . Only down side is we were sore the next day from catching all the fish! We would highly recommend Anchors Away Charters to others and look forward to our next fishing trip! Thanks Captain Jeffread more
David Vale
David Vale
22:30 11 Oct 19
If you want a successful fishing trip, this is the guide you want. we went out in July of 2019 and all i know is that... Captain Watkins knew exactly where to go to find the grouper we were looking for. His attention to detail is amazing and the boat was immaculate. Very, very spotless. we came back with enough fish to feed us for a very long time. i recommend this charter captain and know that when i go again, there will be no hesitation in who i will be calling.read more
Barbara Vale
Barbara Vale
19:06 11 Oct 19
We had a wonderful time! Great Captain and mate!
Sea Palm House
Sea Palm House
00:26 09 Aug 19
I treated my son and my cousin to an offshore fishing charter with Captain Jeff. They both came back with tons of fish... and said they had the best day ever fishing. The boat is top of the line and Jeff knows where to go to get some big ones. We live in Sarasota and have never caught anything close to what they caught off of Boca Grande today. We will definitely use Captain Jeff again!read more
Dominic Palumbo
Dominic Palumbo
14:16 19 Apr 18
My son and I had a great experience deep sea fishing with Anchors Away Charters. Captain Jeff took the time to teach my... son the fundamentals on catching and reeling in fish from the ocean. The captains mate his son Jeff JR. was very helpful making sure we had our hooks baited and took the fish off the hooks when needed. He was very knowledgeable about deep sea fishing. The boat was fantastic and a great ride. I definitely would use Anchors Away Charters again.read more
Next Reviews
Anchors Away Charters LLC
5.0
Based on 30 reviews
powered by Facebook
Mandy Lee
Mandy Lee
2021-07-11T21:32:06+0000
Thank you Captain Jeff. We had a great day fishing! We had to change our scheduled day due to Elsa and the process... was smooth. We caught so much fish we were able to share grouper and snapper with our family. We had limited to no knowledge about fishing. Capt Jeff was patient, knowledgeable and even helped a little 8 year old little lady catch one. We highly recommend his charter and will most definitely book with him again.read more
Amanda Walden Highley
Amanda Walden Highley
2021-05-24T11:29:20+0000
My husband and I did an in-shore charter and we loved it! Jeff was professional, patient, and easy to get along with... (it was just the 3 of us). It was windy at times and he was careful with the waves to keep us as dry as possible as we got from point A to point B. We caught quite a few fish, even with a pesky dolphin following us at one point. I caught my first shark and Jack!Definitely recommend!read more
Betsy Murtaugh
Betsy Murtaugh
2021-05-15T12:24:25+0000
Thank you Capt Jeff! We had the best time! Capt Jeff was great! Beautiful comfortable boat! Very knowledgeable on... finding the fish! We ate 3 meals for 8 people with some left over!! 🐠🎣🐟 Will for sure book with Capt Jeff again and recommend you do the same!read more
Ana Highley
Ana Highley
2021-05-12T12:51:54+0000
WThank you, THANK YOU! Our trip was great!For those looking for an honest, knowledgeable, clean, safety conscious... person...Captain Jeff is you man! He knew the places to go and we caught fish!! The boat was comfortable and clean! Upon the return, Captain Jeff cleaned our fish and bagged the categorically. He picked us up and dropped us off right at our dock!We will book again!! Can’t wait to do this again!!read more
Lori Borwig
Lori Borwig
2021-04-18T02:49:50+0000
We had a great time catching grouper, snapper and my husband caught a large lane snapper. Captain Jeff and his son,... Justin were so helpful for us first timers. Definitely will use them again. Thanks for a fantastic fishing trip!!read more
Darrell Hord
Darrell Hord
2020-10-26T13:48:41+0000
Awesome experience !! Best fishing guide out there. We went 40 miles offshore and was catching fish all day. Caught our... limit of grouper and snapper. Captain Jeff cleaned our catch and bagged it to take home. He even provided an excellent recipe for the grouper that we tried the same night and it was amazing !! I've been on a lot of charters and this was probably the best one yet. Boat was spotless and clean. Captain Jeff was very professional . I highly recommend this charter.🐠🐟🐬🐳🐋🦈read more
Tammy Dickerson
Tammy Dickerson
2020-10-26T13:42:40+0000
Had a amazing time with Captain Jeff. We caught our limit and came home with plenty of fish. I will be booking him... again and would recommend him to anyone!read more
Janice Rouillard Duvick
Janice Rouillard Duvick
2020-10-17T20:19:53+0000
Captain Jeff did a wonderful job making sure we were able to have a great time and catch some big fish. Super fun day
Kathryn Pletcher
Kathryn Pletcher
2020-06-25T19:22:22+0000
Had a great time on the waters inshore today! hot day, but we didnt let that stop us from enjoying the fish we landed!... Captain Jeff was great at pointing out local wildlife and teaching us some flats fishing techniques we needed to know. Looking forward to booking an offshore trip with him next time! great guide, worth the time! thanks captain Jeff!read more
Brad Mann
Brad Mann
2020-06-24T22:13:51+0000
Had a great time on the water with Captain Jeff. We were on the fish the whole time we were out and came back with... plenty of fish to take home. Very good chance I will book him again in the future and would recommend him to anyone!read more
Stephen Benages
Stephen Benages
2020-06-12T23:45:28+0000
Jeff was awesome today! I would recommend him to anyone. He is very knowledgeable, great with kids, and has a nice well... equipped boat. I hope to spend another day with him sometime soon.We had a great experience all the way around.read more
Caleb Morris
Caleb Morris
2020-06-10T21:48:11+0000
This guy is legit!! Very professional, got us on fish quickly!! Was just a all around great guy! Don’t hesitate to look... Jeff up when you come down here!read more
Dan Ciokiewicz
Dan Ciokiewicz
2020-05-28T22:58:07+0000
great fishing trip unbelievable day Captain Jeff is so concerned about our comfort and Welfare on the entire trip... Captain Jeff works hard to get fish for you and his experience pays off we all had a great day and will be doing so againread more
Denise Boyd
Denise Boyd
2020-03-23T17:47:50+0000
My grandsons and their dad (Barrs) went out with him. The grouper they caught were amazing!!! Definitely a do over in... their book 🙂read more
Tony Church
Tony Church
2020-02-17T23:35:33+0000
Awesome fishing experience Jeff and his son did a great job. We will use him again for sure. This guy really knows his... stuff. Put us right on the fish. Very nice boat and equipment. Definitely knows where the fish are thanks jeffread more
Nathan Stembridge
Nathan Stembridge
2020-01-25T01:00:43+0000
Was such a great trip! Captain Jeff was awesome, helping us get fish In the boat, and answering all our questions!... Would most definitely recommend him to anyone looking to go on a fishing charter!read more
Jaime Greaux-Stembridge
Jaime Greaux-Stembridge
2020-01-25T00:52:29+0000
Captain Jeff was highly knowledge & helpful. He made our first deep sea fishing trip so much fun. I would highly... recommend going out on a 6-8 hour fishing day.read more
Jim Wages
Jim Wages
2019-07-24T10:07:38+0000
Capt Jeff always put us on the fish. We limited out on grouper and had to start throwing some monsters back. Very... professional and knowledgeable. It would be hard for any future trip to come close to this one. Would definitely recommend.read more
Christopher Gonyo
Christopher Gonyo
2019-05-10T19:37:19+0000
This was my first charter in the gulf and it was amazing. Jeff was very friendly and accommodating. We did the off... shore fishing trip and he did everything right to make sure we had a great time. Throughout the trip we were constantly catching fish and when a hole dried up we were moving to another location. His equipment helped in ensuring that we maximized our opportunities and was always there to assist with landing the catch and making sure we had new bait right away. No question, I would recommend this charter and when I come back to Florida I will book again. An experience that I will never forget. Thanks to Jeff and his son for the great time.read more
Lumir Drahota
Lumir Drahota
2019-05-05T22:47:26+0000
Capt. Jeff runs a great charter service and works hard to get his clients the fish they want. With his... state-of-the-art equipment...like the gps anchor...he is able to spend more time attending to clients and fish! Book him now!😁read more
Mary T. Drahota
Mary T. Drahota
2019-05-04T14:48:16+0000
great trip put us on fish, worked very hard
Jim Ebenstein
Jim Ebenstein
2019-04-18T23:40:48+0000
Captain Jeff and his son did a great job. Jeff jr. did a super job with my 5 year old grandson helping him catch... several fish. Captain Jeff put us in great spots and we caught lots of fish.Thanks again guys can’t wait to go again.read more
Ellen Boyle Lewandowski
Ellen Boyle Lewandowski
2019-04-08T12:36:49+0000
April 7, 2019. Went out with my husband Mark and son Brandon. We went on an offshore trip, it was great. We caught... so many fish. Perfect weather. Capt. Jeff and son Jeffrey were awesome. Looking forward to next year!! Thanks again!😎🌞read more
Randy McCarthy
Randy McCarthy
2019-04-02T14:05:39+0000
Captain Jeff agreed to take my Grandfather and I out at a moments notice on one of his days off, tailoring an off shore... fishing trip to meet our tight schedule. Weather was questionable but then turned out to be great once we got out on the water. His equipment and knowledge of the area was outstanding and we immediately began catching fish. This guy knows what he's doing and we will be using him again!read more
Jill Leiferman Wellman
Jill Leiferman Wellman
2019-01-01T21:02:29+0000
Had a blast with Captain Jeff and Alex! Very family friendly as we had our 5 year old son with us. We were on fish... right away and the action was non stop!read more
Wendee Wilson
Wendee Wilson
2018-07-16T14:47:45+0000
Anchors Away Charters gave me one of the best fishing trips of my life! The day was filled with excitement and happy... faces with all the huge Red Grouper among all the other fish! The day was a huge SUCCESS and so much fun! I wanted to Thank Capt- Jeff for such an AWESOME day! If your looking for a fish day out then Anchors Away Charters is definitely who you should choose!!!!!!read more
Ray Mann
Ray Mann
2018-04-03T19:04:04+0000
Captain Jeff and his crew were awesome! My two boys loved catching snapper and grouper by the dozens. Captain Jeff... knows where to fish and his boat is state of the art. Would highly recommend and cannot wait to do it again with my family.read more
Dan Fox
Dan Fox
2018-02-27T11:52:35+0000
I have used Captain Jeff two years in a row while on vacation, and would recommend him to anyone looking for a great... fishing experience. He his professional, knowledgeable and makes it a fun day, and knows just where to go to catch fish. I will definitely be using him and Anchors Away Charters in the future.read more
Abbie Lyon
Abbie Lyon
2017-07-30T19:12:41+0000
Michael Crouse
Michael Crouse
2017-07-12T19:36:34+0000
Capt. Jeff Watkins is the BEST! Our nearshore fishing trip was more than what we expected. He put us on the fish and... helped us to bring home dinner. Even though my son caught the biggest grouper, I caught more! Anchor's Away baby!!!read more
Next Reviews

Click Here To See More Reviews or Click A Logo Below To Leave One Of Your own..