Airborne Outdoors Charters - Boca Grande

With Airborne Outdoors, you will be presented with a chance to pursue some of the best saltwater fishing Florida has to offer. Join Captain Chris Fanelli in the “Tarpon Capital of the World” to test your angling skills and patience.

Check the bite in early spring, when thousands of hungry Silver Kings embark on their annual migration. Explore the bountiful waters of the Boca Grande Pass and target massive schools of Tarpon.

Even though Tarpon fishing is an amazing experience for any angler, there are myriads of other angling opportunities to enjoy. Capt. Chris can take you out for the likes of Goliath Grouper, various types of Sharks (including Lemon, Hammerhead, Blacktip, and Bull), and many more. The list of your potential catches includes Redfish, Snook, Cobia, Seatrout, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Permit, Jack Crevalle… and the list just keeps going!

Airborne Outdoors operates a 24’ Lake And Bay boat, which is a spacious vessel for up to 4 anglers. It comes powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine and is fully outfitted with everything you need to make a great catch possible. Once on board, you will find top-notch gear by Penn, live bait, lures, and drinks. All you have to do is bring your snacks and get ready for an exciting adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    The Silver King 12hr Tarpon Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    up to 4 persons
    12 hours of Tarpon fishing. Max 4 Anglers. Departure times will depend on the tide.
  • Private trip
    Full Day - Shark/Goliath Grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This eight-hour trip will see you fishing for various types of Sharks or concentrating on Goliath Grouper fishing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Nearshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    A full 8 hour day fishing in the Gulf of Mexico targeting reefs, natural hard bottom and ledges. Grouper, Snapper, Mackerel and Barracuda are a few of the species commonly caught while fishing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Tarpon (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Enjoy a full-day Tarpon extravaganza, targeting the Silver King. This trip is for a maximum of 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Spearfishing Full Day
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 4 persons
    Full day of spearfishing in and around the reefs and wrecks along Boca Grande. Please bring all the equipment you would need for your trip. The captain has 2 spearguns available to use. This trip is for a maximum of 6 guests.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico targeting natural hard bottom, ledges and reefs. On this trip, you can expect to catch a variety of species like Snapper, Grouper, Sheepshead, Cobia, and Barracuda. This trip can accommodate up to 4 people.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day - Shark/Goliath Grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Target various types of Sharks, including but not limited to Lemon, Hammerhead, Bull, and Blacktip, or go for Goliath Grouper that can reach a weight of over 700lbs! Departure times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Tarpon (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Head to the world-famous Boca Grande to target the "Silver King" Tarpon. The charter will provide you with all the required equipment. This trip is for a maximum of 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Spend your whole day checking the bite close to shore, fishing for Redfish, Tripletail, Cobia, and many other species that are in season. Fly fishing and spearfishing are also available – just let the captain know in advance and bring your own gear.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Inshore (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Add a few more hours to your time on the water and fish more productive spots. Target Redfish, Tripletail, Snook, and other species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day - Shark/Goliath Grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Departure time is flexible. You will be able to choose between the two most prestigious targets on the local waters – Sharks and Goliath Grouper.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Nearshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Enjoy a 4 hour trip fishing in the Gulf of Mexico targeting ledges, reefs and natural hard bottom. You can expect to catch a variety of species like Snapper, Grouper, Cobia and Sheepshead.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Tarpon (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This package is for a maximum of 4 anglers. On this trip, you will be targeting the "Silver King" in the bountiful waters of Boca Grande. Everything will be provided for the trip. Fishing is good year-round, but the best time to go is from the beginning of March to the end of October.
  • Private trip
    Spearfishing Half Day
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    Enjoy diving in and around the reefs and wrecks near Boca Grande. Please bring all the equipment needed for your trip. The captain will have 2 spearguns available to use. This trip is for a maximum of 6 guests.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    On this trip, you will be fishing the waters of Boca Grande for Snook, Redfish, and other species. You will be provided with all the required equipment.

About the Captain

Chris Fanelli
Placida, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
17 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2017
Captain Chris Fanelli was born in NY and grew up fishing the lakes and rivers of upstate NY. This love for fishing and the outdoors brought him to Punta Gorda, FL at a young age. Capt. Chris is a military veteran. Knowing that he wanted to become a charter captain, he acquired his USCG Captains license in his free time while in NC. After the Army, Capt. Chris returned to Florida to start his career as a fishing guide. He has more than 20 years experience fishing in the Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters. His passion for fishing eventually developed into a career and turned him into a full time guide.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Lake And Bay (Bay boat) originally built in 2008, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Handline
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Gregory B.
Englewood, Florida
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May 24, 2019
I took my father on a fishing trip with Airborne Outdoors and Captain Chris Fanelli.  We had such a great time with Captain...
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February 8, 2019
Captain Chris was highly recommended to us by friends and after meeting him it is apparent why. I would recommend Captain Chris...
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February 14, 2019
This trip was amazing! Cpt. Chris was very attentive and professional, a true sportsman’s sportsman. Great for the novice...
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3/4 day trip with Airborne Outdoors

February 11, 2019
One of the most knowledgeable captains around! Had top of the line equipment and put us on the fish in one of the slowest fishing...
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February 6, 2019
We had a great day out on the water. Captain Chris has excellent knowledge on the water, very professional, and friendly. We...
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