Hook the Big One on a Fort Myers Fishing Charter

One of Southwest Florida’s favorite past times is fishing. With the Gulf of Mexico as the area’s backyard, the waters here are teaming with hundreds of thousands of fish. There are also thousands of spots to explore in the bays, inlets and sounds that surround the islands here.

From April through June the majestic tarpons migrate through the area from the Florida Keys, in huge numbers, drawing anglers from across the globe. Fishing is a year round sport in Southwest Florida with redfish, snook, snapper, shark, trout, grouper, mackerel and more on the menu. 

If offshore fishing is on your radar, hop on board the ultra fast Miss Hayden with Sanibel Offshore where you can also reel in mahi mahi and blackfin tuna. 

Because of the numerous mangrove islands, that can all look alike to the novice, along with the area's shallow waters, fishing with an experienced guide is key for a successful experience. Operators such as Adventures in Paradise and Good Time Charters certainly know how give you a good time, especially if you are a family that also wants to do some touring in-between your casting.

If you’re looking to cast a line, this 10Best list will ‘hook’ you up with charters providing endless adventure from the back bays and mangrove forests to deep sea.

Captain John has been fishing his entire life and enjoys spreading his love of the sport to all ages and experience levels. He has vast knowledge of local waters, is patient with the novice and helpful to the more advanced anglers who board his...  Read More

Paradise Charters sets sail from the heart of Fort Myers Beach at Snook Bright Marina, where you will conveniently find a Publix Supermarket to fill your cooler with all kinds of goodies before you board. The boat, a 24-inch Tidewater can seat...  Read More

This charter service has two 24-foot Morgan Boats, perfect for exploring the inland waters and back bays. Docked at a marina found just before you cross the Sanibel Causeway, you'll get fast access to areas teaming with fish. Arrangements can...  Read More

Good Time Charters
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Good Time Charters is a family friendly company that is not only known for its dolphin and sunset cruises, but also its fishing charters. The flat deck boat is perfect for the calm waters of the back bays. While they can go out into the Gulf of...  Read More

Whether you're an avid angler or new to fishing, FishSkinner Fishing Charters offers great, guided trips, from a Fort Myers native; including half-day and full-day charters. While specializing in fishing the flats and in the back bays, the...  Read More

Endless Summer Charters
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Endless Summer Charters is one of the premier choices for the shallow, back bay fishing. Their 25-foot bay boat is one of the largest private charter boats in the area, and it's also available for tarpon fishing and shark fishing, among other...  Read More

Florida Native Fishing Charters
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Operated by a 5th generation Floridian, the captain of this fishing charter loves looking for tarpon and fishing for snook. The 23-foot Carolina skiff is perfect for fishing the back bays and during the summer of 2015, a new boat is being added...  Read More

Reel FishNSea Charters
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While this charter has a home base of Rick's Marina, if you are staying on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel or Captiva, the captain can come to a marina closer to you for pickup. Like most local fishing charters, this one does a great job exploring the...  Read More

Fish Miss Hayden/Sanibel Offshore
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Captain Frank is a Florida native and former Marine Sargent who also has commercial fishing experience in Hawaii. His custom built boat is like no other you'll find in the area; aluminum, unsinkable, like the rescue boats of the US Coast Guard....  Read More

This Fort Myers charter company offers an array of tours including numerous fishing excursions to suit anglers of all experience levels. Daily backwater fishing trips take patrons out into the usually calm waters surrounding Sanibel, Captiva and...  Read More


Meet Gina Birch

Gina carries the rare title of "Native Floridian". Living in Southwest Florida for 22 years, she is a well known, award winning radio and TV personality. 

Besides brandishing a microphone, Gina...  More About Gina

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