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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 Fishing Charter Pricing

Select from a Offshore, Nearshore, or Inshore Fishing Charter to see the pricing options available. Don't see the trip you want or have questions before booking a trip please call, email, or text Captain Jeff with any questions.

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Now Booking American Red Snapper Trips for the 2022 Season June 1st-August 3rd. These trips are listed as 9 hr Red Snapper Trips under Offshore Fishing

*****NOTICE*****

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. Lane Snapper, Gray Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper and others. 

 

 

 

 

Policies & Procedures For Fishing Charters

  • 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-Glass Bottles, black soled shoes, boots, shoes that you do not want to get dirty or wet, 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 the dock. The Captain can take any photos and send to you after the trip. If any GPS signal is picked up by our monitoring system, the trip will be terminated, and you will owe full balance due. (At the Captain’s discretion bags may be searched).  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 (flip flops are ok), 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. Pick up can also be arranged from Little Gasparilla docks. Please arrive 15 min prior to scheduled departure.
  • Red Snapper trips in season (normally June-Aug) are a minimum of a 9 hr trip.

Policies & Procedures For Tours & Cruises

  • Tour and Cruise reservations require a $50.00 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.
  • Things not to bring-non prescription drugs, glass bottles, black soled shoes, firearms, aerosol sun block.
  • Things to bring-Drinks(alcohol is allowed), snacks, a small cooler, a hat, rain gear, sunglasses, sun block (non aerosol), non marking white soled shoes(flip flops are ok)
  • Trips depart from Gasparilla Marina. Please arrive 15 min prior to scheduled departure. Pick up can also be arranged from the Little Gasparilla Island Docks as well as the Pink Elephant docks on Boca Grande.
  • Gratuity is not included in your trip (Customary is 20% the cost of your trip)

Bait, tackle, fishing license, ice, fish cleaning, and a great time are all included!

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Offshore Fishing Charters

On our Boca Grande offshore fishing charters, we will take up to 5 guests. Trips range from 25-60 miles out depending on the length of the trip you choose, so the ride out can range from a 1-2 hrs (depending on the length of your trip and the sea conditions). 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 so, as a result, our offshore fishing charters can send us fishing over rock ledges, reefs, and wrecks. Our target species consist of Snapper (Mangrove, Red, Lane, Vermillion, and Yellowtail) also Grouper (Red, Gag, Black, and Scamp). Additionally, other possible species include Trigger Fish, Cobia, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Porgies and many more. Fish size and species can also be impacted by the distance of your trip, therefore If you have any questions contact Capt. Jeff.  Book Today!!!  

 

Boca Grande Nearshore Fishing Charters

Nearshore Fishing Charters

Our Boca Grande nearshore fishing charter is a trip for groups that want to experience offshore fishing but want to stay a little closer in. You will still enjoy the Gulf of Mexico and catch some fish as well. Generally we fish 15-20 miles out on these trips, therefore the ride out to the fishing grounds is about 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 also possible catches. At this distance and depth the fish are sometimes smaller and not all keepers but we do get a few for dinner and it's always a great time on the water. Book Today!

Boca Grande Inshore Fishing Charters

Inshore Fishing Charters

Our guided Boca Grande inshore and back country fishing charters 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**Redfish & Snook are closed for harvesting until May 2022 in Southwest Florida. Trout were opened in June 2021 but Captain Jeff is not harvesting Trout at this time to allow our fishery to flourish. Therefore these fish can still be caught but will have to be released

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