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What are the best fishing charters in Boca Grande?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 66 trips in Boca Grande, and the most popular trips in the area are Back Bay Trip – 27’ Carolina guided by Richard, Fort Myers Inshore Fishing Trip guided by Rob, and Offshore Excursion - 26' Key West guided by Michael.

Our guides in Boca Grande are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 7327 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Cape Coral, Bokeelia and Placida.

What types of fishing charters are common in Boca Grande?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Boca Grande as well as flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Boca Grande are: 1. tarpon, 2. mangrove snapper, 3. sheepshead, and 4. snook.

The most common fishing techniques in Boca Grande are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but live bait fishing and sight casting are popular as well.

How much do Boca Grande fishing charters cost?

in Boca Grande prices can range anywhere from $400 to $2,900, but the average price for a half day trip in Boca Grande is $639. The average price for a full day trip in Boca Grande is $1,105.

What month is best for fishing in Boca Grande?

The most popular season for fishing in Boca Grande is spring, and most anglers book their trips 17 days in advance.

Do I need a Boca Grande fishing license and what are the bag limits in Boca Grande?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Boca Grande don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Boca Grande. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Boca Grande, Florida Fishing Overview

Boca Grande, known as the "Tarpon Capital of the World," is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With access to the Gulf of Mexico, mangrove forests, and backcountry, this fishery offers a diverse range of species and environments. The main attraction is Tarpon fishing in the Boca Grande Pass, but the area also offers Snook, Redfish, Trout, Pompano, Red Snapper, Grouper, King Mackerel, Cobia, Goliath Grouper, and Sharks. Fishing charters are readily available, offering trips ranging from four to over ten hours. Regulations on catching and releasing Tarpon are strict, so it's important to book a trip with a reputable captain who can update you on all bag and size limits. Fishing licenses are included in charter trips.

Boca Grande Tarpon Fishing

Boca Grande, FL is known as “The Tarpon Capital of the World”, and it certainly lives up to its name as it is one the most renowned Tarpon fishing destinations in the world!

You may ask, “What makes tarpon fishing so good?” Well, annually tens of thousands of hungry tarpon migrate to Boca Grande pass and its surrounding areas for their annual spawn. They usually show up in early April, hungry after a long journey up from warmer equatorial waters. Like a road warrior who has been driving all night, these tarpon stop off in Boca Grande as if it were a Mcdonald's, a Walmart, and a 4 Seasons Hotel combined!

Now this incredible migration happens all over the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast as well, but in most areas, the Tarpon are on the move. Boca Grande is different mainly due to Boca Grande Pass. This small inlet between Gasparilla Island and Cayo Costa is the deepest natural inlet on the Gulf of Mexico, reaching depths of approximately 80 feet. Tens of thousands of tarpon congregate in the area from April through August, feeding day and night, as they prepare to head back offshore for their annual spawning ritual. There are very few other places in the world where this many Tarpon congregate in one place and are actually happily eating!

After weeks of feeding, they begin to gather into large breed schools to socialize as they prepare for this spawning ritual. They gather in huge schools that are sometimes 500 fish or more, giving anglers ample opportunities. After the spawn is over in early July most of the fish stay in the area to feed on the abundance of food the surrounding water has to offer. Great Tarpon fishing action will continue thru October offering anglers a chance at battling the “Silver King” for over 6 months out of the year!

Some anglers have taken on the challenge of fly fishing for the silver king and with a fish this powerful, it's about as much fun as you can have on a flyrod. There are still no guarantees with traditional tackle because tarpon are easily capable of snapping line at any moment if the drag is not set just right. Lure choice is more important than anything else and you better have a variety because you never know what they will be biting.

Boca Grande Inshore Fishing

The inshore fishing in Boca Grande is a dream come true for any angler. Snook, redfish, and trout call this area home and make for an exciting day out on the water. Snook is a bucket list fish on its own and fish over 40lbs are not unheard of. The redfish and trout fishing in the flats and marshes is world-class with giants being caught here every year. There is no shortage of prime fishing either with the cult following commanded by trout and redfish, exhilarating bites are just one cast away.

Boca Grande Nearshore Reef Fishing

If you want to leave the shoreline behind and target open water fish then the nearby reefs will have all the species you are looking for. Dropping bait lines or jigs around structure will give you the best opportunity to catch many different snapper and group species. If a more active fishing style is preferred then trolling and casting for cobia, kingfish, mackerel, tripletail, and mahi-mahi is the trip for you. All of these species grow large and fight hard but better yet, each of them have a different peak bite making Boca Grande the perfect place to take a trip any time of year.

Popular Types of Fishing In Boca Grande

Boca Grande fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Boca Grande are inshore, offshore, and tarpon fishing. Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to stay close to shore and catch species like redfish, snook, and trout. Offshore fishing charters are for those who want to venture further out to sea and catch species like grouper, snapper, and kingfish. Tarpon fishing charters are for those who want to catch the famous silver king, which is abundant in Boca Grande during the summer months.

Some of the most common fish to catch in Boca Grande include tarpon, redfish, snook, trout, grouper, snapper, and kingfish. Boca Grande is known for its world-class tarpon fishing, with the Boca Grande Pass being a popular landmark for tarpon fishing charters. Other popular landmarks for fishing charters include Gasparilla Island and Charlotte Harbor.

No matter what type of fishing charter you choose, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience in Boca Grande. So, grab your gear and get ready to reel in some big catches!

The Best Places To Fish In Boca Grande

Boca Grande, Florida is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life, it's no wonder why. Here are some of the best places to fish in Boca Grande, whether you're going on a fishing charter or casting from shore:

1. Boca Grande Pass - Known as the ""Tarpon Capital of the World,"" this deep-water pass is a prime spot for catching tarpon, as well as other game fish like snook and redfish.

2. Gasparilla Sound - This shallow bay is home to a variety of fish species, including trout, snook, and redfish. It's a great spot for both fly fishing and spin fishing.

3. Charlotte Harbor - This expansive estuary is a popular spot for fishing charters, as it offers a wide range of fishing opportunities. You can catch everything from tarpon to grouper to snapper here.

4. Lemon Bay - This scenic bay is a great spot for inshore fishing, with plenty of opportunities to catch snook, redfish, and trout. It's also a popular spot for kayak fishing.

5. Gulf of Mexico - If you're looking for offshore fishing, the Gulf of Mexico is the place to be. You can catch a variety of game fish here, including tuna, mahi-mahi, and sailfish. Fishing charters are available for those who want to venture out into deeper waters.

Other Things To Do In Boca Grande

While Boca Grande fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this Florida city. Take a trip to Gasparilla Island State Park for a day of hiking, swimming, and picnicking. Visit the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum to learn about the area's history and enjoy stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. For a unique experience, take a tour of the nearby Cayo Costa State Park, accessible only by boat. If you're looking for a more relaxing day, head to one of the many beautiful beaches in the area, like Boca Grande Beach or Don Pedro Island State Park. And don't forget to check out the local shops and restaurants in downtown Boca Grande for a taste of the city's charm.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Although the captain did a decent job trolling over hundreds of tarpon, we failed to hook up one tarpon. Not sure if it was the bait, surf or what?? The captain didn’t have an explanation either.

    Rod T. with Christopher T. of Placida, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Neal was an awesome fishing guide and was very knowledgeable of the local area.

    Tim O. with Richard T. of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent captain and we had a good time

    lesley A. with Christopher T. of Placida, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The guys were very happy with their trip and happy with the catch! Dustin was great also! Thanks we would do this again

    Stephen B. with Dustin L. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Chris was friendly, funny, and very informational. We reeled in a trophy sized tarpon. A fantastic experience!

    Rylee K. with Christopher T. of Placida, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome trip went out with Captain Kenny did a great job put us on fish right away. My wife went along on the trip and she is not a fisher person Kenny did a great job with her and she caught her first shark. Thanks for the great time and unforgettable memories.

    Christopher J. with Rob J. of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Mike was awesome boat was very nice we are definitely going with him again when we come back to town

    Todd D. with Michael B. of Cape Coral, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Mike was great . Friendly and knowledgeable. We had conditions that did not match the weather forecast and had to end our trip before it got started

    Todd D. with Mike W. of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great personalities, knowledgeable, easy going, and great with kids.

    Nicholas A. with Michael B. of Cape Coral, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent trip Kenny our guide was very knowledgeable on locating fish.

    Stan O. with Richard T. of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our skipper was awesome! I am terrible with names but I believe it was Captain Kenny. He was great with the kids and we caught our dinner with leftovers to spare. We will definitely be back next year

    Christopher W. with Richard T. of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a blast! Captain Charlie kept us moving not only did we catch great fish but we enjoyed dolphins all around us and a manatee swam right next to the boat. He was early for our trip and recommended a wonderful restaurant that cooked up our fish that he cleaned for us. We will be back next year to do it again Lord willing 🙏Thanks Captain Charlie

    Christopher S. with Charlie C. of Fort Myers, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Very good half-day charter. We caught lots of fish right in the bay and would be a great trip for families with kids.

    Bill S. with Rob J. of Fort Myers Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We rented two boats because we had 8 people who wanted to fish. Our captains, Dillion and Logan, were excellent. The 5 teenagers and 3 adults had the best time. Even caught some fish. Highly recommend these two captains.

    Sue R. with Dylan H. of Matlacha, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Dylan was great. Very professional, helped with our girls having a great time. I would highly recommend him.

    Robert C. with Dylan H. of Matlacha, Florida

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