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

Online Reservations

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

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 others. 

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

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.
  • Please look over the trip details page to ensure you are booking the correct trip
  • Things not to bring-Bananas,  Glass Bottles,  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.
  • 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. Customary is 20% of the price of your charter.
  • 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 however at times only 4 lines will be allowed in the water at a time

Policies & Procedures For Cruises & Tours

  • 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. Customary is 20% of the price of your charter.

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