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Fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach, FL

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This city is one of Florida’s most visited fisheries. It never fails to mesmerize with the species of fish, and a large number of Punta Gorda Beach fishing charters.

You can land Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach

Inshore fishing is one of Punta Gorda Beach's key attractions. 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. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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

You can find more than 41 fishing companies in Punta Gorda Beach and nearby cities. You will have a variety of choices for your next fishing getaway.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best months for inshore fishing near Punta Gorda Beach are April, June and September.

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Offshore fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach

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If you're looking for an offshore fishing adventure, Punta Gorda Beach is the perfect place to go. With various fish waiting to be caught, you're sure to have a great time.

There are a plenty of options for your next fishing trip near Punta Gorda Beach. Local waters a playground for 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. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

The most affordable 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Punta Gorda Beach costs $350 for 2 anglers.

You can find more than 29 fishing companies in Punta Gorda Beach and nearby cities. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

Tip: It takes some time to get to the offshore fishing spots. So it’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience.

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

April, June and September will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Punta Gorda Beach.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach

Punta Gorda Beach family-friendly fishing charters provide trips for anglers of all ages. The Captain will show you and your family various fishing techniques and teach you about different fish species.

Your party will enjoy fun fishing in waters like creeks, flats, and small bays. When you’re fishing inshore, you’ll usually be within a few miles of the coast.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

If you are planning a vacation to Punta Gorda Beach, take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing charter. 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 an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach

Millions of sharks migrate through Punta Gorda Beach waters, making it a perfect shark-fishing destination. Punta Gorda Beach shark fishing charters are experienced in targeting various species of sharks.

You can have a relaxing fishing adventure and a chance to target Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit inshore and deep water near reef dropoffs. Juvenile sharks use estuaries and lagoon areas as nursery grounds, while adults could be found in deeper waters.

Sharks will eat almost any live bait. Preferred live baits for shark fishing could be Blue Runner, Mullet, Bonita, or Ladyfish. Fishing charters prepare the bait depending on what shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

You can find more than 13 fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

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Best time for shark fishing in Punta Gorda Beach

Most of the non-prohibited shark species can be caught any time of the year. The best months for shark fishing in Punta Gorda Beach are March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach

Punta Gorda Beach is one of the best Tarpon fishing destinations. You should have a very good chance at catching Tarpon by hiring one of the local guides. They will provide you with the best bait and show you all the productive spots.

Tarpon are primarily found in coastal waters, bays, and shallows. Pinfish, mullet, and crabs are the go-to bait for Tarpon fishing.

Note: Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release-only. You are not allowed to lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be careful with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50.

You can find 15 fishing charters in Punta Gorda Beach and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Punta Gorda Beach

The best seasons for Tarpon fishing in Punta Gorda Beach are spring and summer. The peak months for Tarpon fishing are July, June, and May.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the people on the vessel.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning 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 reserve a trip 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. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Punta Gorda Beach?

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

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