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

Boca Grande Offshore Fishing Charters

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On our Boca Grande offshore fishing charters, aboard our 2021 33' Parker Center Console with twin 300 HP engines, we take up to 5 guests. Trips range from 20-70 miles out depending on the length of 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, Scamp). Additionally, other possible species include Trigger Fish, Cobia, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Porgies and many more. However, fish size and species can be impacted by the distance of your trip. Contact Capt. Jeff if you have any questions.

The ride out can range from a 1-2 hrs depending on the length and distance of your trip and this can change with conditions. Offshore trips are action packed and you will leave with great table-fare fish. In addition, bait, tackle, and fishing licenses are all included and we clean your fish too. Book Today!!!  

 

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

*****Lane Snapper has been closed effective 10/18 and should be reopening late November

*****Now Booking American Red Snapper Trips for the 2022 season which we anticipate being June 1st  2022 - August 3rd 2022. Red Snapper Trips are 10 hr trips only . 

*****NOAA has closed the harvest of Red Grouper & Gray Triggerfish effective September 15th 2021 and will remain closed through the end of the year. We will still catch but will have to release for another day.  We still have many other fish we can harvest.  Gray Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper and many more.

 

What to expect on the different lengths of trips

5 Hr Nearshore Fishing  $800.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for a 5th person

On the 5 hr trips we fish no more then 20 miles offshore around 70 ft of water. 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, Vermillion Snapper, and Key West Grunts. We will also catch Red Grouper & Gag Grouper but as a rule will be undersized. Other possibilities are Cobia, Kingfish, Barracuda, Spanish Mackeral, Amberjack, Squirrel Fish, and Sharks.  Always a fun trip and we usually bring back a few for dinner.

**Seasons vary on what can be kept

8 Hr Offshore Fishing $1250.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for a 5th person

On our 8 Hr trips we fish no more then 45 miles offshore around 125 ft of water. 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, and Gag Grouper. Other possibilties are Cobia, Kingfish, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Amberjack, African Pompano, Sharks, and more. Odds go way up for the bigger Snapper & Grouper and others at this distance. Fresh fish always make the cooler.

**Seasons vary on what can be kept

 

9 Hr Offshore Fishing $1350.00 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 $1500.00 up to 4 people $100 extra for 5th person

On our 10 Hr trips we fish up to 70 miles offshore around 170 ft of water. Boat ride out is estamated @2 Hrs and 20 min depending on conditions. We will be bottom fishing as well as possibly trolling or freelining bait. Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Triggerfish, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, and Black Grouper. Other possibilties are Cobia, Mahi-Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Barracuda, Kingfish, African Pompano, Amberjack, Almaco Jacks, and Sharks. This is a trip with high possibilties of that giant trophy fish. Fresh fish always make the cooler.

**Seasons vary on what can be kept

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

 

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

Fishing Safely and Legally

 Captain Jeff is one of a few SW Florida Captains that has the required permits to fish legally in the federal waters with clients. Therefore, he has the advantage of taking customers out past the 9 mile state waters where the fun begins. These permits, known as Federal Reef Permits and Pelagic Permits, have an initial cost of upwards of $30,000 and there are a limited number available.

 

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 makes the final call the day before the trip. 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.

*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.

Boca Grande Inshore & Backcountry Charters

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On our guided Boca Grande inshore and backcountry fishing charters, you will ride aboard our 18' Shallow Sport tunnel hull. 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. Our objective is catching Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, and more on these trips. Artificial baits and lures, as well as live and cut baits, are used depending on the fish bite and your angler skill level. 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.

**NOTE**Redfish & Snook are closed for harvesting until May 2022 in Southwest Florida. Therefore these fish can still be caught but will have to be released

Boca Grande Nearshore Fishing Charters

Rich results on Google's SERP when searching for '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. We will generally fish 15-20 miles out on these trips. Therefore, the ride out to the fishing grounds is 30-45 min. At this distance typical catches include Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Grunts, and Squirrel fish. In addition, Shark, Bonita, Kingfish, Barracuda, and Amberjack are possible catches. At this distance the fish are sometimes smaller and not all keepers but we get a few for dinner and it's always a great time on the water.

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. In addition, to our single boat trips.

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 shelling on a remote beach or sandbar, or even lunch at one of our many island 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.

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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.
  • 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 7 days notice. However, inside of 7 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 dont 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.
  • If you have any questions please contact me.
  • 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.
  • Red Snapper trips in season (normally June 1st - Aug 3rd are only the 10 hr trip
  • Up to 5 guest are welcome on our offhsore trips but at times only 4 lines will be allowed in the water at one time