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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

Boca Grande Fishing Charters

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 25-60 miles out depending on the length of the trip you choose. 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. As a result, our offshore fishing charters send us fishing over rock ledges, reefs, and wrecks. 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. 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 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!!!  

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 & Pelagic Permits, have an initial cost of upwards of $25,000 and are a limited number available.

What to expect at the different lengths of trips

5 Hour trips (nearshore) cover approximately 20 miles in distance.

Typical catches include Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Squirrel Fish, Key West Grunts, Red & Gag Grouper but a lot of short Grouper at this distance. Summary- Fishing is consistent at this distance with a lot of smaller but keeper Snappers, the Grouper we get a lot of shorts but at times we get into some keepers and we normally always bring home plenty of fish for dinner.

 

6 Hour trips cover approximately 25 miles in distance.

Typical catches include Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Porgies, Key West Grunts, Squirrel Fish, Red & Gag Grouper with the odds going up for keeper Grouper. Summary-Same as the 5 hr trip but the odds go up a little as far as keeper Grouper and slightly bigger Snapper

 

7 - 8 Hour trips are the #1 BOOKED TRIPS and cover 30-40 miles.

Typical catches are Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Red Snapper, Red, Gag, Scamp, & Black Grouper, Porgies, also at times Mahi-Mahi.  In summary, you never know what you may pull up on these trips. If your looking for the opportunity at 10 lb + Grouper or 7 lb plus Mangrove Snapper then this is the trip. In addition, Red Grouper over 12 lbs are not uncommon.

 

10-12 Hour trips cover 35-50 miles.

The catches on these trips are pretty much the same as the 7-8 hr trips above. However, this distance is where we get into the big Red Snapper during season. And again, the farther you go the bigger the fish so, the Grouper and Snapper get bigger as well. Also, the variety of different species goes up.

All the trips are not limited to the species mentioned above. Kingfish, Mahi-Mahi, Cobia, Amberjack, Barracuda and others make their way on our hooks at times.

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

 

Safety equipment and more

Our vessel alway has Type-1 offshore life jackets with the required whistle & 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 & 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. Safety is our #1 priority.

*Additional Note

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

Charlotte Harbor Fishing Charters

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, and Seatrout 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** The State of Florida closed the harvesting of Redfish, Snook and Trout until May 2021.  These changes were put into effect after the significant red tide of 2018. We can still fish for and catch these species but they will have to be released.

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. To clarify, these trips consistently average over 75 fish caught for a 4 person trip.

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. We also offer gift certificates.

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. How about sightseeing or enjoying a beautiful sunset? Maybe shelling on a remote beach/sandbar or even lunch at one of our many island restaurants? These are just a few more ideas. 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, & fish cleaning if desired

Policies & Procedures

 

  • Reservations require a $100 deposit.
  • The captain may postpone/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. Inside of 7 days 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.
  • Any type of GPS device is not allowed on boat. All cell phones, smart watches brought with you will need to be powered off and will be put in a Faraday signal blocking bag till the end of the trip. Go Pros are also not allowed. At Captains discretion bags may be searched. If a GPS signal is picked up by our system your trip will be immediately terminated and you will be billed for the remaining balance of trip. The Capt. will take photos throughout the day and send them to you at the end of the trip. If you have any questions please contact us
  • Things to bring-Drinks, snacks, a small cooler, a hat, rain gear, sunglasses, sun block (non aerosol), non marking white soled shoes(flip flops are ok). Dramamine if prone to motion sickness or not sure (follow directions on the box)
  • Things not to bring-Glass bottles, black soled shoes or shoes that you don't want getting wet or dirty. Your $200 Nike's are not boat shoes, boots, aerosol style sun block, firearms, non prescription drugs.
  • Gratuity is not included. (The general rule of thumb is 15-20% of 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-Aug) are a minimum of a 10 hr trip.