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Fishing charters in Matlacha, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in Matlacha, FL

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Matlacha can be considered the fishing capital of Florida as it's home to a variety of exotic fish and a large fishing charter fleet.

Matlacha fishing charters will help you to land Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Matlacha

Matlacha is home to some of the best inshore fishing experiences. Bays, inlets, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for a great trip.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip and 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The cheapest rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Matlacha.

In Matlacha and nearby cities, there are more than 41 inshore fishing charters. You will have a variety of choices for your next fishing getaway.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best time to go inshore fishing in Matlacha are considered to be April, June and September.

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Offshore fishing charters in Matlacha

This is your chance to get away from it all and experience some of the best offshore fishing in the world. You’ll be heading out to the open waters searching for the big ones. Matlacha offshore fishing charters will show you the perfect fishing grounds in the area.

Depending on the season, you can catch 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

On average, the price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip is $682 for 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Matlacha.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Matlacha and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Matlacha.

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.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best months for offshore fishing near Matlacha are April, June and September.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Matlacha

Matlacha family-friendly fishing charters offer unique fishing options for novice anglers of all ages. This trip is more than just fishing; it offers education and fun for kids.

The beautiful inshore waters of Matlacha allow for a great amount of fishing and fun. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. It won’t be an exhausting trip, so your kids will learn more about fish species and fishing techniques.

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional guest. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Matlacha

A steady flow of warm water makes Matlacha an attractive destination for shark fishing. Hiring a Matlacha shark fishing charter is an excellent idea if you want to target famous ocean predators.

Matlacha shark fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in 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. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit inshore and deep water near reef dropoffs. Pups and juveniles occur in shallow waters, while larger sharks can be found in offshore waters.

Sharks will eat almost any live bait. Ladyfish, Bonita, Mullet, and Blue Runner are the go-to bait for shark fishing. The type of bait depends on the shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional guest. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

There are more than 13 fishing companies in Matlacha and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

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Best time for shark fishing in Matlacha

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

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Tarpon fishing charters in Matlacha

Tarpon are known as one of the world’s best fighting fish. Local fishing guides can help you to target Tarpon. They will show you all the spots, techniques, and provide you with the best bait.

Tarpon live in bays, lagoons, and even rivers. The go-to bait for Tarpon fishing would be shrimps, pinfish, mullet, and crabs.

Note: Tarpon are a catch-and-release-only species. It is illegal 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

$580 is the average price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra angler fee is $50.

We found 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Matlacha.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Matlacha

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to go after Tarpon in Matlacha waters. July, June, and May are the best months.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide all the necessary fishing equipment, bait, and cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the anglers 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. The cancellation deadline is usually 2-14 days before your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Matlacha?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Matlacha. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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