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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 Venice Fishing Charters

We invite you to spend a sunny Florida day on the waters surrounding Venice. 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 an Venice 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 Venice 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 Venice waters.

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

Custom trips based your needs, preferences, and skill level

Whether you are local or planning a Venice 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 Venice fishing charter!

Here at Venice Fishing Charters 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 including offshore type 1 life preservers, epirb emergency locator device, satellite phone, NOAA gps tracking device, VHF radio and Captain Jeff is certified in CPR and First Aid also.

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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

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Charlene Prather
Charlene Prather
17:57 19 Mar 20
Thanks Captain Jeff for a fantastic day of fishing. Captain Jeff does everything top notch and with safety in mind. I... felt totally spoiled. We will be eating nothing but fish for the rest of our vacation and I couldn't be happier!read more
anthony church
anthony church
18:54 18 Feb 20
This was the fishing trip of a life time. Put us right on the fish. We got are limit on red snapper Then he moved to... a different fish. Very nice boat nice equipment very professional. And his son was first mate did a great job. We wil definitely use him again. Thank you Jeffread more
James Wood
James Wood
02:18 18 Feb 20
This was one of a kind fishing trip limiting out on red Grouper. There were four of us and all limited out. We also... caught several snapper. Capt Jeff and son Jeff were very cordial and worked very hard to make sure we had the best trip. Capt Jeff has also excellent fishing gear and a boat set up with the state of the art gps, sonar, and radar. I highly recommend Capt Jeff and his son Jeff. Fish doesn't always bite but this team will try to make it happen.read more
Tucker Stafford
Tucker Stafford
16:22 08 Jan 20
Unreal trip with Captain Jeff. As a group we caught over 100 fish and the day could not have been any better. Really... appreciate the work Jeff and his team (son that day) put in to make it happen. Easy, fun, and a true professional. Recommend to anyone looking to catch quality fish in the Gulfread more
Evan Herman
Evan Herman
02:25 13 Dec 19
Had a wonderful day out fishing. Captain Jeff took us out to one of his hot spots, we caught soo many fish. We reached... our grouper limit early and started catching a bunch of red snapper. It was non stop action all day, everyone was laughing and catching fish, most fish I’ve ever caught. Captain Jeff was so knowledgeable and nice all day, looking forward to it again.read more
Pam Elliott
Pam Elliott
01:03 13 Dec 19
We caught our limit of Grouper (>20”), Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Triggerfish (had to go back as not in season).... Captain Jeff put us right on top of the fish and we were catching them immediately one after another. It was absolutely awesome!! His boat is comfortable and immaculate! Great time had by all. We will definitely go out again and highly recommend him!read more
Rebecca Elliott
Rebecca Elliott
22:15 11 Dec 19
Awesome fishing charter with very knowledgeable captain Jeff Watkins. Caught our Grouper limit and caught tons of red... snapper. Can’t wait to plan our next trip out. We caught fish everywhere we went. Very comfortable and clean boat (and I am 22 weeks pregnant so that says a lot).read more
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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What Can I Catch Inshore?

An inshore Venice fishing charter will provide you the opportunity to catch the tailing Redfish, the glimmering Snook, the Speckled Sea Trout. Other inshore species may surprise your line as well.

*Redfish, Snook, & Trout were closed for harvesting till at least May 2021 by the state of Florida. Therefore, they can still be caught but will have to be released.

What Can I Catch Offshore?

Venice 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, vermilion and yellowtail), red and gag GrouperKingfish Mahi-MahiWahooAmberjackBarracuda, and Sharks.

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