Cape Coral Fishing Charters

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What are the best fishing charters in Cape Coral?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 73 trips in Cape Coral, and the most popular trips in the area are Back Bay Trip – 27’ Carolina guided by Richard, Nearshore Trip with Captain Phil guided by Phil, and Fort Myers Inshore Fishing Trip guided by Rob.

Our guides in Cape Coral 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 Bokeelia, Naples and Placida.

What types of fishing charters are common in Cape Coral?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Cape Coral as well as flats fishing, nearshore fishing, and deep sea fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Cape Coral are: 1. snook, 2. redfish, 3. speckled trout, and 4. mangrove snapper.

The most common fishing techniques in Cape Coral are light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, and live bait fishing but jigging and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do Cape Coral fishing charters cost?

in Cape Coral prices can range anywhere from $400 to $2,900, but the average price for a half day trip in Cape Coral is $637. The average price for a full day trip in Cape Coral is $1,092.

What month is best for fishing in Cape Coral?

The most popular season for fishing in Cape Coral is spring, and most anglers book their trips 19 days in advance.

Do I need a Cape Coral fishing license and what are the bag limits in Cape Coral?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Cape Coral 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 Cape Coral. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Cape Coral Fishing Charter Overview

Cape Coral, Florida is renowned for its 400 miles of waterways and scenic beauty, boasting more canals than any other city in the world. Fishing enthusiasts can easily find charters to take them on an exciting adventure, with the Caloosahatchee River on one side and the Matlacha Pass on the other, offering both freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities.

Freshwater anglers can target Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Tilapia, Carp, and Alligator Gar, while the brackish canals are home to Tarpon, Catfish, Snook, and Redfish. For those seeking offshore action, the reefs offer Snapper and Grouper, while the Gulf of Mexico provides opportunities to battle Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, King Mackerel, and Cobia.

Half-day trips are perfect for beginners, while full-day trips increase the chances of a successful catch. Longer trips are recommended for those venturing further out to sea. A variety of fishing charters are available to cater to different needs, with freshwater and brackish water charters in the north, and saltwater charters departing from the docks on Caloosahatchee River and Matlacha Pass.

It is mandatory for all anglers to have a license, either freshwater or saltwater, depending on the canal. However, if you book a charter with a registered guide, the licenses will be taken care of for you.

Cape Coral Inshore Fishing

Fishing in Cape Coral is a year-round affair. Something is always in season, the only question is what you want to target. The crown jewel of Cape Coral charter fishing is the inshore trip. There are endless inshore waters to be fished between the Caloosahatchee River, Estero Bay, miles of canals, and the backwater intertidal creeks. Cape Coral is a prime location to go after the Backcountry Slam, which is catching a Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Snook all in a single day.

The tarpon bite heats up around April and lasts until August. During these summer months, tarpon swing through Cape Coral on their annual migration to spawning grounds. Easily being one of the most exhilarating fish to catch in the world, tarpon are on almost every angler's bucket list.

As the summer heat subsides and fall comes around, bull redfish, snook, and speckled trout head up into the flats and intertidal creeks. This is an excellent time to sight-fish and go for the Backcountry Slam. If you want to double down on a challenge, book a trip to Cape Coral and target these inshore fish with a fly.

Cape Coral Deep Sea and Nearshore Fishing Charters

For those looking to head offshore, there are plenty of Cape Coral deep sea fishing charters available. The highly productive nearshore and offshore fishing grounds are just a short boat ride from the heart of town. The transition from winter to early spring brings hard-fighting game fish like Cobia and Permit to the nearshore reefs that dot the waters off of Cape Coral.

Continuing into the summer, tarpon arrive in waters around 20 feet deep and within 1-3 miles off the shore. Going further offshore to deeper water from Cape Coral will produce various species of grouper, snapper, and other deepwater structure dwellers year-round. Fishing in Cape Coral during the winter is every bit as productive as in the summer. when water temperatures drop in colder months, prized gamefish like amberjack and kingfish go into a feeding frenzy.

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Popular Types of Fishing In Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Cape Coral include inshore, offshore, and backwater fishing. Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to catch snook, redfish, and trout. Offshore fishing charters are ideal for those who want to catch grouper, snapper, and kingfish. Backwater fishing charters are great for those who want to catch tarpon, snook, and redfish.

Some of the most common fish to catch in Cape Coral include tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, grouper, and snapper. Cape Coral fishing charters often visit landmarks such as the Sanibel Causeway and Pine Island Sound. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, there's a Cape Coral fishing charter that's perfect for you. So, grab your gear and get ready for an adventure on the water!

The Best Places To Fish In Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral, Florida is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of waterways and diverse fish species, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Whether you're looking for a peaceful day of fishing or a thrilling adventure on a fishing charter, here are some of the best places to fish in Cape Coral:

1. Matlacha Pass - This scenic waterway is home to a variety of fish, including snook, redfish, and tarpon. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the area with an experienced guide.

2. Pine Island Sound - With its shallow waters and mangrove islands, Pine Island Sound is a popular spot for catching snook, redfish, and trout. Fishing charters are available for those who want to venture out to deeper waters.

3. Caloosahatchee River - This river is a great place to catch bass, catfish, and bluegill. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the river's many twists and turns.

4. Charlotte Harbor - This expansive estuary is home to a wide variety of fish, including tarpon, snook, and redfish. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the harbor's many channels and flats.

5. Gulf of Mexico - For those who want to venture out into deeper waters, the Gulf of Mexico offers a chance to catch grouper, snapper, and other big game fish. Fishing charters are available for those who want to experience the thrill of offshore fishing.

Other Things To Do In Cape Coral, FL

While Cape Coral fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this Florida city. Take a scenic boat tour of the Caloosahatchee River, explore the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, or visit the Cape Coral Historical Museum to learn about the city's past. For a day of family fun, head to Sun Splash Family Waterpark or Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park. Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at one of the many courses in the area, including the Coral Oaks Golf Course. And don't forget to catch a breathtaking sunset at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach.

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

  • ★★★★★
    Brian was great! We plan on calling him again for our next trip in Naples.

    Jesse E. with Brian A. of Naples, Florida

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

    lesley A. with Christopher T. of Placida, 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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Phil and his mate Tim were great! They were fun to fish with, super knowledgeable about fishing in the area and they put us on the big fish!

    Hank H. with Phil H. of Naples, Florida

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

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

  • ★★★★★
    Had a wonderful time with Captain. Caught tons of fish, plenty to take home as well. Great company too

    Bryan L. with Stanley B. of Naples, 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

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip and lots of action catching fish! Great music and Captain Phil was an awesome guy!

    Christopher L. with Phil H. of Naples, 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

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time and caught a lot of fish we will use Jon again

    Joe W. with Jon F. of Bonita Springs, Florida

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