Damn good fishing guides in Captiva, Florida

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Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Captiva

What are the best fishing charters in Captiva?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 2 trips in Captiva, and the most popular trips in the area are Inshore Adventure 6-8 hours guided by Ken and Boca Grande Pass Tarpon guided by Ken.

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

What types of fishing charters are common in Captiva?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Captiva as well as river fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Captiva are: 1. tarpon, 2. speckled trout / spotted seatrout, 3. redfish, 4. spanish mackerel, and 5. snook.

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

How much do Captiva fishing charters cost?

in Captiva prices can range anywhere from $700 to $1,650, but the average price for a half day in Captiva is $881. The average price for a full day in Captiva is $1,273.

When is the best time to go fishing in Captiva?

The best time to go fishing can depend on a number of factors. Call us to talk fishing!

Where can I get a Captiva fishing license and what are the bag limits in Captiva?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Captiva, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Captiva. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Captiva.

Captiva Fishing Charters

Captiva has the perfect trip for any angler with access to a variety of prime fishing spots. Just looking at a map will get an anglers blood pumping. Located just outside the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River and Pine Island Sound, Captiva has access to prime inshore waters and is just a quick boat ride from productive offshore spots. Fishing near Captiva provides a unique opportunity to check off multiple bucket list species in the same trip. The sheer volume of fishable waters can be overwhelming, but guides have the lowdown on the best fishing spots in the area.

Captiva Inshore Fishing

Fishing in Captiva is a year-round affair. Something is always in season, the only question is what you want to target. The crown jewel of Captiva charter fishing is the inshore trip. There are endless inshore waters to be fished between the Caloosahatchee River, Pine Island Sound, miles of canals, and the backwater intertidal creeks. Captiva 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 Captiva 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 Captiva and target these inshore fish with a fly.

Captiva Deep Sea Fishing Charters

For those looking to head offshore, there are plenty of Captiva 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 Captiva.

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 Captiva will produce various species of grouper, snapper, and other deepwater structure dwellers year-round. Fishing in Captiva 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.

Things to do in Captiva, FL



There are plenty of events and attractions around Captiva to keep the whole family entertained when you get off the water. Visit any number of the white sand beaches or take the whole crew out to see Manatees. For the 21+ crowd, Captiva has more than enough options for bars and nightlife. No matter what you’re looking for on your next trip, Captiva is sure to have something for everyone.

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