Catchin’ Jiants

Catchin’ Jiants Charters departs daily from Captiva, Florida. Captain CJ is one of the few local guides with a Master Captain’s License and a ‘‘Best Fishing Captain of Sanibel and Captiva Islands 2019’’ award. He strives to give his guests a fishing experience they will cherish forever. If you want to have the waters all to yourself – look no further!

You will be fishing aboard a very rare and spacious 26’ Gillikin center console, which comes powered by a brand new 300 HP Yamaha engine. The boat can comfortably accommodate up to six anglers and is equipped with up-to-date navigational electronics. More than merely capable, this vessel caters to your comfort like no other. A removable bimini top can provide shade for more than half the boat on blistering summer days. On the other hand, Capt. CJ will be happy to take it down if you’re eager to enjoy a little sunbathing.

Catchin’ Jiants offers half and full day charters, with your choice of inshore and offshore fishing grounds. Tarpon “roll” abundantly in these inshore waters, never failing to disappoint anglers with their great size and stamina.
Offshore, you’ll find an assortment of Snappers, Barracuda, Redfish, Flounder, King and Spanish Mackerel, massive Goliath Groupers, and much more.

Captain CJ uses a lot of fishing techniques and welcomes anglers of all ages and will help you land a memorable catch no matter your level of experience. Additionally, you can see many Dolphins, Manatees and birds in the area, which will make your trip even more interesting and fun!

Your trip will include fishing licenses, rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and lures. As well as that, your catch will be cleaned and filleted for you to take home. The boat is always iced down, so there’s no need to bring your own coolers on board.

Customize your trip with Catchin’ Jiants and have a memorable day out on the beautiful waters of Captiva. Welcome aboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    This trip is the perfect option for serious anglers looking to hook the Tarpon of a lifetime! You'll get to spend more time out on the water, which means you'll really up your chances of battling your very own Silver King. Up to 6 anglers can come aboard, but 4 can fish at the same time.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,250
    price breakdown
    $1,250
    This 8-hour adventure allows for plenty of time to battle your own "Silver King", so come see what these waters hold! Up to 6 guests can come aboard, but only 4 lines can be in the water at once, so please keep this in mind if traveling with a large group.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    This package is ideal for a group of friends or a family. Catchin' Jiants can customize your trip to suit your needs. You will be able to fish inshore or nearshore to target the best species the waters of Captiva have to offer.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,000
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    Come and hook your very own "Silver King" on this 6-hour adventure! You'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle and your fishing license. Up to 6 guests are welcome aboard, but please be aware that due to local regulations, only 4 lines can be in the water at any given time.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    This trip starts at 8 in the morning. You will be fishing in the beautiful waters of Captiva, Florida, targeting a range of species including Cobia, Grouper, Barracuda, and more!
  • Private trip
    Customized Charter AM
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Let Catchin' Jiants team fit your needs! Depending on how you want to spend your day on the waters of Captiva, you can choose to go fishing inshore, nearshore, or head a bit offshore. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Customized Charter PM
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Let Catchin' Jiants take you on an unforgettable journey! Depending on how you want to spend your day, you can choose to go fishing inshore, nearshore, or even head offshore. Feel free to bring your own drinks and nibbles.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This trip starts at 8:00 in the morning. Enjoy fishing in the beautiful waters of Captiva, Florida, where your target species range from Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, and many more!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This trip starts at 1:00 in the afternoon. You will be fishing in the beautiful waters of Captiva, Florida where you will come face-to-gill with many fish including Jack Crevalle, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, and more!
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About the Captain

CJ Floyd
Captiva, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
132 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2016
Capt. CJ knows fishing to be "a way of life", "a pre-determined destiny, a calling" – "a VOCATION". He's more aware than ever about the environment and sustaining fisheries to ensure his son, Steele (5 yrs old), has the same opportunities and foundations for memories that he's been blessed to have. Capt. CJ grew up "Country" and is a simple man with very Southern Style core values. He's "easy like Sunday morning", says Mrs. Floyd. She describes fishing as "not what he does... it's who he is, who he's always been". She loves that about him. She describes Captain C.J. as reliable, dependable, honest and loyal like no other. His heart and soul go into making every trip worth his name. He takes much pride in being Captain C.J. of Catchin' Jiants. It's the heartbeat of his family. He loves what he does! You will never feel like he's "working". You will feel like the only charter on earth as he aims to please and provide an unforgettable experience!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Hogfish Hogfish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Gillikin (Center console) originally built in 2003. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.89
out of 5 stars from 76 reviews
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Crew
Experience
7 Ft. Sandbar Shark
Sheepshead within 15 minutes
Sandbar Shark up close and personal
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Angler Rating
70
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Kevin S.
Fort Myers, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   November 26, 2019
CJ did an amazing job. Prior to the trip I called a couple times with questions as well as concerns about the red tide....
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Captain CJ providing us an awesome family trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  July 22, 2020
We’ve been looking forward to this trip for months and months. It was absolutely perfect. (Even after a logistically blunder...
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Half Day Trip with C.J. and Hudson

VERIFIED   July 7, 2020
Great Trip, Great Service, Great Fishing, Great Time, Exceptional Memories!!!!  Next time we will book early for an all...
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VERIFIED   March 11, 2020
Had a great time out in the gulf with Captain CJ. Definitely recommend and will definitely be a yearly event moving forward
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Amanda G.
Fort Myers, Florida
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VERIFIED   August 12, 2019
  This was my kids first fishing trip and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.  They both caught...
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