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

Welcome to Anchors Away Charters!

Specializing in Inshore & Offshore Gasparilla Fishing Charters

We invite you to spend a sunny Florida day on the waters surrounding Gasparilla. For over 35 years, Captain Jeff has spent days and nights fishing southwest Florida's coast. Furthermore, Captain Jeff is bringing his love for the water to you by providing a Gasparilla fishing charter that will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Whatever your ideal day of fishing is, Captain Jeff can provide that charter for you.

Captain Jeff is one of only a few Gasparilla offshore fishing charter captains that possesses Federal Fishing Permits. In other words, you can choose an offshore charter which allows you to fish past the state waters of 9 miles into federal waters. As a result, you will catch a wider variety of bigger fish. If a shorter trip is where you want to start your charter journey, Captain Jeff can still get those Shimano fishing rods bent inshore or nearshore surrounding the beautiful Gasparilla waters.

Gasparilla • Boca Grande • Charlotte Harbor • Placida • Venice • Palm Island • Punta Gorda • Englewood

Custom trips based your needs, preferences, and skill level

Whether you are local or planning a Gasparilla vacation to the Sunshine State, Anchors Away Charters can meet all of your fishing charter trip expectations. The trips can be customized to your needs, preferences, and skill level. What better surprise than to take the kids and family for a day of fishing and fun in the sun? After fishing, a stop at the local sandbar could be a great way to end a perfect day of fishing. Talk about making memories that will last a lifetime!

Safety is our number one priority on your Gasparilla fishing charter!

In addition to having over 35 years of local fishing knowledge, Captain Jeff is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain and a holder of federal fishing permits. Therefore, you can be assured you are in good hands. Safety equipment is always on board and Captain Jeff is certified in CPR and First Aid.

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What Sets Captain Jeff Apart From The Others:

  1. United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain
  2. 38 Yrs Local Experience
  3. CPR & First aid certified
  4. One of a few SW Florida Captains that posses Federal Fishing Permits
  5. 5 Star Rating amongst all platforms
  6. Insured for your safety
  7. NOAA federally regulated vessel
  8. Full time charter captain

What People are Saying About Anchors Away Charters

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
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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
Chris Wages
Chris Wages
2019-07-23T20:13:48+0000
had an excellent trip with Capt Jeff. He made sure we stayed in the fish. Managed to come home with more than enough... fillets. Very professional, great equipment, knowledgable capt and crew. Will definitely charter with him again!read more
Jodie Hettwer Gocher
Jodie Hettwer Gocher
2019-06-21T21:20:11+0000
We had a great trip out on the water with Captain Jeff, he is so helpful and has the equipment to get you on the fish. ... Would definitely recommend Anchors Away Charters and Captain Jeff.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
Jessica Betts Sanger
Jessica Betts Sanger
2019-03-07T18:28:28+0000
I’ve been on quite a few guided trips and fish myself quite a bit. This was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve... had. They were good even with the young child we had with us. They would be my first choice!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
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What Can I Catch Inshore?

An inshore fishing charter around the Gasparilla Island waters will provide you the opportunity to catch the tailing redfish, the glimmering Snook, the Speckled Sea Trout, or the mighty Tarpon ( April-June), also known as the Silver King. Other inshore species may surprise your line as well.

*Redfish, Snook, & Trout were closed for harvesting till at least May 2020 by the state of Florida. Therefore, they can still be caught but will have to be released.

What Can I Catch Offshore?

Gasparilla Offshore fishing charters offers a great day of fishing. Along with the deeper offshore waters, there are many natural and artificial reefs. Depending on which offshore trip you choose, you will catch a variety of fish, including Snapper (red, mangrove, lane, and yellowtail), red and gag Grouper, kingfish , mahi-mahi, wahoo, amberjack, barracuda, and sharks.

**Note** All offshore trips produce great table fare fish. However, length and distance of trip will determine size and quality of fish.  If you have any questions please contact Captain Jeff.

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