Whether you want to do some hardcore fishing for the Silver King, or have the kids shelling on North Captiva and Cayo Costa, Southwest Florida Charters has got you covered.

The experienced anglers can try their hand at Tarpon fishing. When Tarpon are hooked they fight hard, with over 63% breaking free. This makes them a great fish to show off your fishing skills. You’ll have special robust rods provided for you, to give you the best chance of reeling in these beauties.

For people new to fishing, the backwater 4-hour trips are great for experiencing the full breadth of what is on offer in these waters. You will target various species, including Shark, Snook, Trout, Sheepshead, Redfish, and many more. Whatever the time of year there will be something great to fish here. Location and species will change depending on the season, but Captain Michal will have your lines in the water and hooking fish in no time.

You will fish aboard a 24’ Pro-Line boat, restored in 2012. She has 200 HP Yamaha engine and a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots. Whichever location Capt. Michal takes you to, you’ll be hooking the fish fast. His Simrad Sidescan fishfinder will get you on top of the fish in even the most hidden places.

You will be fishing like a pro soon enough – all of the rods are custom handmade Dan James rods and the reels are all Shimano Saragosas. Using top of the line gear makes a huge difference when you are fishing. More experienced anglers can bring their own equipment too if they wish.

Whichever species you choose to target, Capt. Michal is happy to fillet it for you. All you need to do is choose which trip you would like, grab your snacks, and decide how you will cook your catch!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 10 (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)
    $800
    This is an adventure tailored to Tarpon hunters! The captain will provide some of the heaviest rods along with the best bait to handle the fish. Tarpon fishing is intense; expect to travel miles to find the best areas and pursue the "Silver King". The captain recommends older kids and adults; however all are welcomed. Just be prepared! Talk to the captain beforehand for more information.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour – Fishing/Shelling Combo
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)
    $650
    This fishing, shelling, and lunch combo trip has become a staple in the area! Take a trip to some of the best shelling beaches in Southwest Florida, do some fishing along the way, and visit a local restaurant on the water. Each trip is customized to the individual after booking, making it a great option for families. Some groups just want to fish whereas others want to spend more time on the beach. It’s completely up to you. Bagged lunches are welcome.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 30 (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)
    $500
    This trip is the most popular for its diversity. It is best suited for the groups looking for the all around Southwest Florida Fishing experience. You will target Snook, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks, and many more. Time of year will dictate where and what you fish specifically, but there's always a line in the water ready to go! Bring a friend or the kids. All are welcome. Talk to the captain beforehand if you wish to target a specific species.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Backwater (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)
    $500
    This trip is great for people who want their lines in the water and are happy to target many species. You'll catch Redfish, Snook, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks and more. Depending on the time of year will change the location and species targeted, but there is always something to hook. Great for groups looking for the Southwest Florida Fishing experience. Bring a friend or the kids. All are welcome.
  • Private trip
    Sunset Dolphin Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 13 - Jun 30
    $300
    Our 2.5 - Hour long sunset trips offer our guests a relaxing evening cruise filled with dolphins, manatees, bird watching, swimming or Shark fishing if desired. Come spend the evening with us, BYOB on all our trips.
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About the Captain

Michal Zeleny
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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14 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2018
I grew up in the Fort Myers, Sanibel area. After completing my undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh I decided to come back to Fort Myers and start my career on the water. I am thrilled to now be able to share my experiences and knowledge with my customers. It's never a dull moment out on the water!

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pro-Line (Center console) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2012. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Satisfied with the boat
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Michael L. P.
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Sunset Dolphin Trip on July 16, 2021
Capt Mike is the “Man”.  Took my three 17 yr old grandkids from the Midwest (Missouri) on the fishing trip of their lifetime. ...
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Brooklyn, MI
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Half Day with Capt Mike

VERIFIED   6 Hour – Fishing/Shelling Combo on April 1, 2021
We had a great time with Capt Mike. The weather conditions were not ideal, but Capt Mike was still able to get us some nice...
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Fishing/Shelling adventure

VERIFIED   6 Hour – Fishing/Shelling Combo on June 16, 2021
Our fishing/shelling trip with Captain Michal was phenomenal. He does his best to make sure you have a great time. We would...
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Capt. Mike was great!

VERIFIED   Sunset Dolphin Trip on April 4, 2021
We went on a sunset dolphin tour and caught a small shark.  Awesome evening on the water.  Captain Mike was knowledgeable...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Backwater (PM) on March 27, 2021
Mike is a great captain! He is very knowledgeable about fishing and the area. We enjoyed our trip and can’t wait to go again...
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FAQs about Southwest Florida Charters

Southwest Florida Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Sunset Dolphin Trip (2 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Backwater (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour – Fishing/Shelling Combo (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Tarpon Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Southwest Florida Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Simrad )
  • Fishfinder (Simrad Sidescan)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Southwest Florida Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Dan James rods and reels are Shimano Saragosa's)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Southwest Florida Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing (Up to 9 miles out)
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Southwest Florida Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Southwest Florida Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon