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

Information On Available Fishing Charters In Boca Grande

*****News/Notices*****

*****NOAA has announced that Lane Snapper will be closed for harvesting  November 15th 2022 - December 31st 2022.

*****NOAA has announced that Red Grouper will be closed for harvesting August 30th 2022 through December 31st 2022.

*****Reminder gratuity is not included in price 20% is customary and appreciated

*****Trip lengths are from time leaving dock to time returning to the dock and return time can fluctuate a little depending on conditons

***** Redfish are set to be open on Sept. 1st, However on my inshore charters they will be catch and release only to allow our fishery to continue to flourish. Many guides are doing the same thing as we all share the same interest in the fishery here in Southwest Floirda.

Boca Grande Offshore Fishing Charters

Boca Grande Fishing Charters

On our Boca Grande offshore fishing charters, aboard our 2022 30' Parker Center Console with twin 200 HP engines with a bathroom on board , we take up to 5 guests but only 4 will fish at a time so we are fishing and not untangling lines all day. We fish from 20-60 miles out depending on the trip you choose and we will be bottom fishing, as well as possibly trolling and drifting bait.

The Gulf Of Mexico offers a wide variety of fish and structure, therefore as a result, our offshore fishing charters send us fishing over rock ledges, reefs, and wrecks. Depending on the trip you choose our target species consist of Snapper (Mangrove, Red, Lane, Vermillion, Yellowtail) and Grouper (Red, Gag, Black, Speckled Hind, Scamp). Additionally, other possible species include Trigger Fish, Cobia, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Barracuda, Porgy, Kingfish and many more. We also at times see some other Gulf Of Mexico creatures including large schools of Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Flying Fish, Whale Sharks and many different species of birds. Contact Capt. Jeff if you have any questions.

Available trips

5 Hr Offshore Fishing up to 20 miles $1000.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for a 5th person

On the 5 hr trips we fish up to 20 miles. Boat ride out is estimated @ 45 min depending on conditions. We will be bottom fishing as well as possibly trolling or freelining bait for Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Porgy, Vermillion Snapper, and Key West Grunts. We will also catch Red Grouper & Gag Grouper at times but as a rule will be undersized but the possibility is there on this trip but don't expect that 15 lb Grouper or the larger Snapper . Other possibilities are Cobia, Kingfish, Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Squirrel Fish, and Sharks.  Always a fun trip and fish for dinner.

 

6 Hr Offshore Fishing up to 25 miles $1200.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for a 5th person

On the 6 hr trips we fish up to 25 miles. Boat ride out is estimated @ 1 hr depending on conditions. We will be bottom fishing as well as possibly trolling or freelining bait for Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, and Grouper. Keeper Grouper are possible at this distance on occasion. Other possibilities are Cobia, Kingfish, Barracuda, Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, and more. Always a fun trip and fish for dinner.

 

8 Hr Offshore Fishing $1450.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for a 5th person  (Recommended by Capt. also #1 BOOKED TRIP)

On our 8 hr trips we fish up to 45 miles offshore. Boat ride out is estimated @ 1 hr and 30 min depending on conditions. We will be bottom fishing as well as possibly trolling or freelining bait for Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Triggerfish, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper and Gag Grouper. Other possibilities are Cobia, Kingfish, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Amberjack, African Pompano, Wahoo, Tuna and more.  Fresh fish always make the cooler.

 

9 Hr Offshore Fishing $1600.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for a 5th

Our 9 hr trip is the same as the 8 hr just extra fishing time

 

10 Hr Offshore Fishing  $1800.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for 5th person

On our 10 hr trips we fish up to 60 miles offshore. Boat ride out is estimated @2 hrs and 20 min depending on conditions. We will be bottom fishing as well as possibly trolling or freelining bait for Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Triggerfish, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, and Black Grouper. Other possibilities are Cobia, Mahi-Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Barracuda, Kingfish, African Pompano, Amberjack, Almaco Jacks, Wahoo and more. Fresh fish always make the cooler.

**If you have any questions. Please contact Capt. Jeff to discuss before booking a trip. 

Boca Grande Inshore & Backcountry Charters

On our guided Boca Grande inshore and backcountry fishing charters, you will ride aboard our 18' Shallow Sport tunnel hull which can run in water as shallow as 6 inches. We allow up to 2 people to fish the shallow protected waters in and around Gasparilla Sound and Charlotte Harbor. We primarily fish the mangrove shorelines and the abundant grass flats of Florida's beautiful southwest coast. Therefore, our objective is catching Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, and more on these trips. We use artificial baits and lures, as well as live and cut baits, depending on the fish bite and your angler skill level. These trips are not meant to fill a cooler as most fish are catch and release. We do have a few possibilities for brining home for dinner. If your looking for a meat trip then offshore is the trip to do.

Since we remain in protected waters, these trips also offer plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty of our undeveloped shorelines. As a result, we will encounter an abundance of wildlife that makes these waters home, including Egrets, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Dolphins, Manatees, and much more.

Available Trips - Up to 2 people

4 Hr trip $450.00

5 Hr trip $550.00

6 Hr trip $650.00

8 Hr trip $850.00

Boca Grande Inshore Fishing Charters

Boca Grande Shark Fishing Charter

On this trip we will fish inshore around Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound for Sharks. Species include Blacktip, Spinner, Nurse, Hammerhead, and Bull Sharks. This is a pretty laid back trip as we drift up to two poles with cut bait and await for the drag to start screaming and then the fight is on. You will also have plenty of opportunities to see local wildlife and the beautiful scenery surrounding the area.

Available Trips - Up to 4 people $75.00 extra for 5th

4 Hr trip $600.00

5 Hr trip $700.00

Boca Grande Shark Fishing Charter

Boca Grande Nearshore Fishing Charters

Boca Grande Nearshore Fishing Charters

Our Boca Grande nearshore fishing charter is a trip for the group that wants to experience offshore fishing but wants to stay a little closer in. You will still enjoy the Gulf Of Mexico and catch some fish as well.

On these trips typical catches include Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper,  Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Grunts, and Squirrel fish. In addition, Shark, Bonita, Kingfish, Barracuda, Cobia, Permit and Amberjack are possible catches. Also at this distance please take note as we will not mislead you as some other charters do. This is not considered a true offshore trip where we go far and deep. As a you aren't going to catch keeper Grouper or the bigger Snappers on these trips. The fish are smaller the bite is sometimes slower and not all keepers but we normally get a few for dinner and it's always a great time on the water.

Available Trips

4 Hr Nearshore Fishing up to 12 miles $800.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for a 5th person (Mainly Grunts & Snapper)

On the 4 hr nearshore trip, we fish up to 12 miles out. The boat ride out is estimated @ 25 minutes depending on conditions. We will be bottom fishing as well as possibly trolling or freelining bait for Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Grunts, Porgy, Sea Bass, and  Squirrel Fish. In addition, other possibilities include Kingfish, Cobia, Grouper (very rare any keeper Grouper), Spanish Mackerel, Shark and Permit. Always a fun trip and we usually bring a few back for dinner.

*****All trips are dependent on good weather and sea conditions. Unlike some charters we don't go if it's going to be rough or a day where we feel it's not safe.

Safety equipment and more

Our vessel always has Type-1 offshore life jackets with the required whistle and light, first aid kit, VHF radio, 72 mile range open array live radar, Epirb Gps location device, Satellite phone, Spot Satellite Messenger, NOAA GPS monitoring system, flares and other safety equipment on board. Remember you get what you pay for -- safety and experience are priceless!!

All offshore trips are weather permitting, therefore trips sometimes get cancelled or rescheduled. Capt. Jeff has many years and training of forecasting sea conditions and weather and will make the safest decision because safety is our #1 priority. Take note offshore fishing isn't for everyone. Conditions can change at the blink of an eye and sometimes forecasted weather/sea conditions are wrong, rain, storms, and rough seas are always a possibility and if needed a trip will be cut short.

*Additional Note
In addition, on offshore charters, children under 13 years old are required by law to wear a life vest. Therefore, it is recommended that you bring their own life vest to ensure that it properly fits your child. If you don't bring one, a child's universal life vest will be provided, but sometimes they aren't as comfortable. Contact Captain Jeff if you have any questions, please.

Customized Trips

Create Your Own Perfect Trip

If the trips above are not exactly what you are looking for, we can customize a trip just just for you. For instance, we can accommodate large groups with additional boats and trusted Captains.

It's your time and we cater to you, even if you aren't into fishing but would like to enjoy time on the water. For instance, how about sightseeing or enjoying a beautiful sunset, or maybe a trip to the beach or sandbar, or even lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants? These are just a few more ideas, however the possibilities are endless. Give us a call and we will design your perfect day on the water.

Burial at sea trips (spreading of ashes) are also available. Please contact Captain Jeff for pricing and details.

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Pick Up Locations

Whats included in my trip

  • Bait, tackle, fishing license, federal permits, and fish cleaning if desired are included.

Policies & Procedures

  • Reservations require a $100 deposit.
  • NOAA has announced that Red Grouper will be closed August 30th 2022 through December 31st 2022. We still have plenty of other species to bring back for dinner.
  • NOAA has announced that Lane Snapper will be closed for harvesting  November 15th 2022 - December 31st 2022.
  •  Redfish are set to be open on Sept. 1st, However on my inshore charters they will be catch and release only to allow our fishery to continue to flourish. Many guides are doing the same thing as we all share the same interest in this fishery here in Southwest Floirda.
  • The captain may postpone or cancel trip due to poor weather conditions or other reasons at his discretion. Trips cancelled by the captain will receive a 100% refund.
  • The captain will email you within 48 hrs of your reservation with an itinerary of your trip including all the details.
  • A full refund is issued for all trips canceled with at least 14 days notice. However, inside of 14 days the deposit is forfeited, and for no shows the day of charter you will be charged the full amount of trip on the card you used for deposit.
  • Things not to bring - Bananas, Glass Bottles, All Black soled shoes!!!!, Boots, and Crocs are not allowed. You will need to go barefoot if you don't have non marking shoes. Firearms, nonprescription drugs, Cannabis even with prescription is not allowed in Federal waters. Aerosol sun block. GPS units, smart watches, and Go Pros are not allowed aboard. Cell phones must be off before leaving dock. The Capt can take any photos and send to you after trip.  If GPS signal is picked up by our system trip will be cancelled and full amount will be due. If you are not sure of cell phone GPS, then I would recommend putting your devices in a faraday signal blocking bag during trip which I have on board.
  • Things to bring - Drinks, snacks, a small cooler, a hat, rain gear, sunglasses, sun block (non aerosol), non marking white soled shoes  and Dramamine if prone to motion sickness or not sure (follow directions on the box).
  • Gratuity is not included in your trip (Customary is 20% the cost of your trip)
  • Trips depart from Gasparilla Marina. Please arrive 15 min prior to scheduled departure.
  • Up to 5 guest are welcome on our offshore trips but only 4 lines will be allowed in the water at one time
  • If you have any questions please contact Capt. Jeff