Port Charlotte Fishing Charters

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What are the best fishing charters in Port Charlotte?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 80 trips in Port Charlotte, 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 Port Charlotte are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 7329 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 Port Charlotte?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Port Charlotte as well as inshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Port Charlotte are: 1. snook, 2. triggerfish, 3. tarpon, and 4. speckled trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Port Charlotte are trolling, light tackle fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but bottom fishing is popular as well.

How much do Port Charlotte fishing charters cost?

in Port Charlotte prices can range anywhere from $400 to $2,900, but the average price for a half day trip in Port Charlotte is $620. The average price for a full day trip in Port Charlotte is $1,085.

What month is best for fishing in Port Charlotte?

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

Do I need a Port Charlotte fishing license and what are the bag limits in Port Charlotte?

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

Port Charlotte Fishing Overview

Port Charlotte, located at the north end of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary, is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts on Florida's west coast. The area offers a unique blend of fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities, with the Myakka and Peace Rivers providing access to Largemouth Bass, Bream, Crappie, Tilapia, and Catfish, while inshore fishing offers a chance to catch Snook, Tarpon, Trout, and Redfish. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the Gulf waters provide excellent fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and Cobia.

Port Charlotte offers a variety of fishing trips to suit any preference, from half-day trips exploring shallow waters close to the shore to full-day trips out to the Gulf. Kayaking, fly fishing for Tarpon, and enjoying scenic sights of herons, manatees, and egrets are also popular activities in the area. Charters are readily available from Port Charlotte Beach Park, Punta Gorda, and Charlotte Park.

It's important to note that booking a trip with a licensed Port Charlotte fishing charter includes a saltwater license, but a freshwater fishing license is required for freshwater adventures. Regulations exist for certain species like Tarpon and Red Snapper, so it's essential to ask your captain about them to ensure you're fishing legally.

Port Charlotte Inshore Fishing

Fishing in Port Charlotte is a year-round affair with something always in season. The only question is what you want to target. Inshore trips are the most popular in Port Charlotte because of the quantity and quality of fish here. There are endless inshore waters to be fished between the Peace River, Myakka River, and the Gasparilla Sound. The maze of canals and other backwater habitat is unmatched by any other fishery and makes it an incredible place to target an array of sought after sportfish.

Port Charlotte is a prime location to go after the Backcountry Slam which consists of catching a redfish, speckled trout, and a snook all in a single day. As April comes around, tarpon fishing heats up and these migrating Tarpon can be caught through August. 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 for redfish, and take a shot at the Backcountry Slam.

Port Charlotte Nearshore Fishing

Heading into the summer, tarpon arrive in waters around 20 feet deep and within 1-3 miles off the shore. For those longer trips out to deeper offshore fishing, various species of grouper, snapper, and other deepwater structure dwellers can be caught year-round. Fishing in Port Charlotte during the winter is every bit as productive as in the summer. In the colder months, prized game fish like amberjack and kingfish reign supreme.

Port Charlotte Offshore Fishing

For those looking to leave land behind, there are plenty of Port Charlotte deep sea fishing charters available. There are highly productive nearshore and offshore fishing grounds 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 Port Charlotte.

Other Things to do in Port Charlotte

There are plenty of events and attractions around Port Charlotte to keep the whole family entertained when you get off the water. Visit any number of the nearby beaches which offer beautiful water, soft white sand, and scenic views, all of which will help anyone relax. If you like adventure, take the whole crew out to see the manatees, dolphins, birds, and other wildlife in Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. This park is teeming with life from the shallow grassy areas to the mangroves. For the 21+ crowd, Port Charlotte has more than enough options for bars and nightlife. When its time to fuel up or wind down for the day, the variety of restaurants is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Whatever you’re looking for on your next trip, Port Charlotte is sure to have something for everyone.

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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Todd was amazing. We had a fabulous time. Enjoyed our trip caught lots of fish all around great time.

    Rebecca E. with Todd W. of Sarasota, 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

  • ★★★★★
    My son in law and Grandson had a wonderful time with captain Todd on their fishing charter. They both said he was great…patient and knowledgable! They would love to do it again when visiting next. I will keep all info so i can book him. Thank you Captain Todd!

    Claudia L. with Todd W. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captan James was a great guy as well as a great Captain. He put my family on exactly what we were looking to catch and sent us home with a good meal. I would recommend him any day.

    Brian W. with James G. of Sarasota, 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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Darius was polite and very knowledgeable. We caught lots of fish! Overall excellent.

    Jeffrey S. with Darius K. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time. Darius was great. Couldn't ask for more. Will plan to book a trip with him again next year.

    Geoffrey M. with Darius K. of Sarasota, Florida

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