If you want to go fishing in Southwest Florida, you’ve come to the right place! Reserve a fishing charter with us at Caloosa Charters, and we’ll take you to the best fishing spots in 100 square miles of inshore and nearshore water around Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island Sound, and the Caloosahatchee River.
Beginners & Experts Welcome
You don’t need any previous fishing experience because Captain Patrick Ewald will guide you every step of the way. If you already have fishing experience and are just looking to catch the species abundant in Southwest Florida, you’ll appreciate the high-quality tackle, gear, and local expertise we provide.
We welcome all ages. Our 24-foot boat accommodates up to four guests, so bring your family or friends and let’s go catch a big one!
Why Caloosa Charters?
Not all fishing charters are the same. Captain Patrick is a full-time, professional fishing guide with 30 years of experience. He knows the best local spots and the right way to attract each species of fish. Learn more about the Caloosa Charters difference.
Frequently Asked Questions
What fish can I catch?
Our guests often catch snook, tarpon, redfish, shark, tripletail, grouper, ladyfish, jack, seatrout and Spanish mackerel. Captain Patrick will lead you to the spots where you’re likely to catch the best fish at different times of the day or year.
Can I keep the fish I catch?
We encourage you to release the fish you catch, but if you want to keep them, Captain Patrick will clean them for you and put them in bags with ice.
Where can I fish?
We can take you to inshore and nearshore waters around Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island, Boca Grande, and the Caloosahatchee River.
We’ll provide everything you need to catch fish—fishing gear, tackle, bait, and a cooler with ice. You’ll get expert guidance from Captain Patrick, and he’ll help clean and bag any fish you want to keep. Read more about Captain Patrick’s fishing experience.
Do I need a fishing license?
No, you’re covered by Captain Patrick’s license.
How many people can I bring?
Our boat can accommodate 1-4 guests. If your party is larger, we’ll use multiple boats.
Can I bring the family?
Of course! All ages are welcome.
Do I need any fishing experience?
Not at all! Captain Patrick is a friendly teacher, so even complete beginners have a great time learning to catch fish with us! If you have previous fishing experience, you’ll enjoy our quality gear and local expertise.
What should I wear?
We recommend a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, polarized sunglasses, a rain jacket (in the summer), and tennis shoes or boat shoes. Please don’t wear shoes with dark soles, as they leave marks on the boat.
What should I bring?
Sunscreen, bottled water, and snacks are the three most important things. You may also want to bring a camera, insect repellent, and motion sickness pills if you need them.
Does your boat have a restroom?
No, but we’ll usually be within 15 minutes of a restroom.
What kind of boat and gear do you have?
Read more about Our Boat & Equipment.
When do your fishing charters start?
Morning fishing charters usually start 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., depending on the tide and time of year. Afternoon charters start at 12:30 p.m.
Where do your charters depart from?
We have multiple departure locations to choose from, including Punta Rassa in Fort Myers, The Green Flash on Captiva, and Pineland Marina on Pine Island. See a map of our locations.
4 Hour Fishing Charter
6 Hour Fishing/Tarpon Upgrade Your Trip
8 Hour Fishing Charter
8 Hour Tarpon Charter
We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Prices do not include a 6% booking fee.
If you cancel more than 24 hours before your reservation, we’ll issue a refund less a $75 deposit.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before your reservation, we won’t be able to issue a refund.
“The fishing with Captain Patrick was an amazingly fun family time. He took us to the perfect fishing spots, and helped our 10-year old daughter land several fish, including the biggest catch of the day. She was thrilled!”R. Smith