Task Force Fishing Charters welcome you to the Florida Gulf Coast, a fisherman’s paradise. Come fish Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound in Boca Grande, world-famous fisheries and home to some of the best inshore game fishing on the coast. Captain Mike Downs is committed to providing you with a productive and enjoyable fishing experience!

You’ll be fishing aboard a 22’ Shearwater bay boat powered by a 200 HP Suzuki engine, comfortably accommodating four anglers. The boat is equipped with top-notch GPS/fishfinder, wireless trolling motor, livewells, safety equipment, gear storage, and a spacious deck for plenty of casting room.

Captain Mike is a third-generation Floridian who has fished the Gulf coast waters his entire life. He is passionate about fishing and the outdoors, and above all, introducing anglers, families, and visitors to these unique, beautiful waters he calls home.

He will do his best to put you on Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Grouper, and more. Your adventure can start from either Punta Gorda or Placida — it’s entirely up to your preference. You’ll be using light tackle and spinning rods by top brands such as Shimano, Falcon, and others.

Fishing licenses, gear, bait, a cooler with ice, and bottled water are all courtesy of Task Force Fishing Charters at no added costs. Bring a hat, sunglasses, food, drinks, and sunscreen. The captain will clean your catch if you’d like to take fresh fillets home.

There’s no age limit, so this is a perfect chance to take your little ones on their first fishing trip. Just bring life jackets for them and let them fall in love with inshore fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    On this 8-hour inshore trip, you'll be targeting the "inshore slam" species such as Snook, Redfish, and Trout on light tackle, using both live and artificial bait. Additional common catches are Snapper, Grouper, Tripletail, and Sheepshead when in season. Departure time and location are subject to changes based on weather, tides, and planned charter. All information will be shared and confirmed before the day of the trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    This exciting 6-hour trip will take you after the "inshore slam" fish, including Redfish, Snook, and Trout. But this is just a beginning of the list; you'll also have a chance to reel in Grouper, Tripletail, Snapper, and Triggerfish, depending on the season. The exact departure times and fishing locations are flexible and weather dependent, so make sure to consult with the captain prior to the trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Get ready for this afternoon "inshore slam" trip filled with fun in the sun. The captain will do his best to put you on Redfish, Snook, and Trout, but you can also expect to hook Snapper, Triggerfish, Grouper, and Tripletail, if in season. Depending on the weather and the tides, the captain will arrange the departure times and fishing locations, and confirm everything before the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    This 4-hour morning trip will see you fishing for Redfish, Snook, and Trout, but will also give you the opportunity to target Snapper, Grouper, Tripletail, and Sheepshead, depending on the season. The exact departure times and fishing locations are tide and weather dependent, just consult with the captain before the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    If you're looking to spend 4 hours on the water in the most productive way, this afternoon excursion is perfect for you! Your hit list will include "inshore slam" species such as Redfish, Snook, and Trout. Depending on the season, you'll also get to battle Snapper, Grouper, Tripletail, and Sheepshead. Departure times and locations are weather and tide dependant, but the captain will confirm all the details prior to the trip.
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About the Captain

Mike Downs
Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
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6 Customer Reviews
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Member since June 2018
I started fishing at a very young age. Growing up in South West Florida, it afforded me great opportunities to experience excellent fishing in the flats and backwater bays, which grew into my passion for inshore fishing. I started providing fishing charters to share my passion and love for the outdoors with others who might otherwise not experience SWFL the way I have.

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Targeted Species

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Shearwater (Bay boat) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Customer Reviews

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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on December 14, 2020
Captain Mike got on the fish. Grouper, Snapper, plenty of good size Snook and a tripletail for dinner. Weather not the best...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 10, 2020
Great time with Captain Mike, his boat handle the water very nice, smooth ride. We caught lots of fish and Mike kept up with...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 13, 2019
I have taken many charters in and around Florida. Captain Mike was by far the best my family and I have experienced. If anyone...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 17, 2020
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 5, 2019
We caught lots of fish, had an awesome time with Captain Mike, will definitely do this again next time we come to Florida!
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