On this light-tackle fishing trip with Captain Leighton, you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to go after famous Florida gamefish, including Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon, in the beautiful backwaters of the Charlotte Harbor. This rich fishery is home to many trophy fish, and there's no better way to catch them than in shallow water on light line!...Read More
You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Leighton's 17' Pathfinder skiff—a perfect boat for this type of shallow-water fishing. She's powered by a reliable, 60-HP Yamaha outboard, so you'll get out to the best fishing spots quickly and smoothly. If you're interested in wading, there are plenty of opportunities to step off the boat as well. Captain Leighton will provide everything you need for a great trip, including custom-made jigs, lures and plugs. Light spinning rods, left-handed and right-handed ready, will be provided. The rods will be matched to the angler’s casting abilities to ensure the best opportunity of catching desired species. Therefore anglers can expect an exciting, up close interaction with fighting these game fish. You’ll have sight casting as well as blind casting chances as conditions allow.
All you need to bring along is proper clothing, sunscreen (no spray please!), and a pair of polarized lenses to spot fish! Get out there and see what Florida has to offer!
Before pursuing his passion as a full-time captain and commercial fisherman, Captain Leighton worked in a corporate career for 13 years, only to spend his free time on the water. His family has been in Florida since the early 1880’s and he is a second-generation fishing guide....Read More
The family eventually moved to become part of the community on Gasparilla Island; and at one time owned the historic Journey’s End property on 18th street. To this day, Captain Leighton has family residing in Boca Grande, Florida. Captain Leighton is a member of the Boca Grande Guides Association, and a U.S Merchant Marine; his extensive fishing experience has brought him to live in places from Destin to the exclusive Ocean Reef Club where he lived four years. He currently resides in historic Punta Gorda, Florida with his four children. When Leighton is not on the water, he is an avid reader and writer; he enjoys cooking for his friends and family, and vacationing in the Great Smokey Mountains. Captain Leighton is a true sportsman and enjoys all aspects of the outdoors.
Bayou Avenue, Boca Grande, FL 33921, United States
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No live bait provided.
No meal provided.
Fishing License, Ice Box, Rods, reels & tackle
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Nothing required, we always recommend sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and weather-appropriate clothing.
Nothing additional needed.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
To check pricing, please select duration and group size.
Please fill out Trip Date, Duration, Group Size, and Start Time before proceeding.
Ashley D· ·
I have been fishing with Leighton a couple times, and he’s by far the best guide I’ve gone with. I’m a life long Alaskan fisherwoman and he showed me casting techniques I’ve never used. He was a great teacher and made sure we had a lot of fun while doing ...Read More it. I’ll definitely be going fishing with him again when down in Florida.
Jim C· ·
Captain is a true Southwest Floridian and a lifelong devotee of the beauty of this most unique estuarine system . His love of this hauntingly beautiful environment and his multigenerational knowledge is inspirational and his willingness to share is without peer. I have enjoyed many experiences in the ...Read More company of this exceptional fisherman ,guide and teacher. He has also written extensively about coming of age on the waters of this special place ,and his enthusiasm is sure to rub off on his many clients. Special place with an amazing and warm man !