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Fishing charters in Fort Myers Beach, FL

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Whether you are planning an inshore fishing trip or a reef fishing, you’ll easily find a fishing charter in Fort Myers Beach.

Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and Spotted Seatrout can be your next trophy.

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Inshore fishing charters in Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. Bays, inlets, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for an experience of a lifetime.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Fort Myers Beach. These waters are filled with Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Fort Myers Beach.

There are about 41 fishing guides in Fort Myers Beach and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Fort Myers Beach.

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Best time for inshore fishing

April, June and September will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Fort Myers Beach.

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Offshore fishing charters in Fort Myers Beach

If you’re looking for offshore fishing adventures, you’ll find that there are some excellent fishing opportunities miles off the coast. Fort Myers Beach offshore fishing charters can take you there for a whole day.

Fort Myers Beach fishing charters will put you on Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

$682 is the average price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

The most affordable rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Fort Myers Beach.

In Fort Myers Beach and nearby cities, there are about 29 offshore fishing charters. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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April, June and September are the best months for offshore fishing near Fort Myers Beach.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach family fishing charters allow families to have a fantastic fishing experience on a budget. This trip is more than just fishing; it offers education and fun for kids.

You can fish in the inland waters during the fishing trip. Inland waters provide consistent fishing even on windy days.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

If you are planning a vacation to Fort Myers Beach, take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing charter. The kids will learn more about fish species and won’t get bored.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional guest. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

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Shark fishing charters in Fort Myers Beach

Sharks are one of the most famous game fish in the waters of Fort Myers Beach. Fort Myers Beach shark fishing charters are perfect for families with young children or those who are looking to try their hands at shark fishing.

Local shark fishing charters target a variety of sharks including species like Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: not all shark species can be caught or landed in Florida. Some species are considered prohibited. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks prefer to live in shallow coastal waters, nearshore, and even deep sea waters. Young sharks reside in shallow waters, while deep waters are home to adult species.

Sharks will eat almost any live bait. Some of the most popular are Ladyfish, Bonita, Mullet, and Blue Runner. Your Captain will provide the proper bait for your shark fishing trip.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

In Fort Myers Beach and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Fort Myers Beach.

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Best time for shark fishing in Fort Myers Beach

Sharks are active all year round. March through October is the best time for shark fishing in Fort Myers Beach.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is a great destination for Tarpon fishing. Local fishing charters specialize in Tarpon fishing. They are ready to share productive spots and methods with their clients.

Tarpon are primarily found in coastal waters, bays, and shallows. The perfect bait for targeting the silver king could be crabs, shrimps, mullet, or pinfish.

Note: Catch-and-release-only when fishing for Tarpon. You are not allowed to lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So take a photo of a lifetime, measure your trophy, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the base price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter is $580 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50.

In Fort Myers Beach and nearby cities, there are about 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Fort Myers Beach

Tarpon fishing season in Fort Myers Beach is late spring through summer. July, June, and May are the best months.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. You will have everything you need for a fishing trip: rods, reels, tackle, lures, and cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the people on the vessel.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can make a reservation with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Fort Myers Beach?

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Fort Myers Beach is a beautiful town on Estero Island at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. Numerous bays, warm Gulf waters, and more than 50 fishing companies make it a popular destination for fishing. Local fishing guides provide endless opportunities for both inshore and offshore fishing.

When you book an inshore fishing charter, you can expect to fish in shallow bays surrounded by mangrove islands. This type of fishing is perfect for those who want to catch inshore fish species and avoid the waves and wind of the open waters. The best fishing spots near Fort Myers Beach are Matanzas Pass, Hurricane Bay, and San Carlos Bay.

Can you go on an inshore fishing charter with your family? The answer is yes! Several charter companies offer family-friendly trips. These trips are a great way to bond with your loved ones while enjoying the outdoors.

Are you looking for a bigger catch? Most offshore fishing charters in Fort Myers Beach will take you about 9-40 miles off the coast to fish for pelagic species or reef dwellers. The charter boat will stay near reefs, wrecks, and drop-offs or in the deep offshore waters. Depending on the season and fishing method, you can expect to catch Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and Mackerel.

No matter what trip you're looking for, a Fort Myers Beach fishing charter is a great way to enjoy a day on the water. Don't forget to bring comfortable clothing, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks on your fishing trip.

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