Cape Coral Fishing Charters

Cape Coral, located in Southwest Florida, is known as being home to some seriously incredible fishing grounds! This includes the Gulf of Mexico’s plentiful waters, which offer excellent year round deep sea fishing opportunities. Captain Matt Ruffing specializes in providing offshore angling adventures that target a whole host of famous saltwater superstars. Come aboard Cape Coral Fishing Charters and get ready to reel ‘em in!

Capt. Matt has been fishing for over 30 years, and decided to turn his passion for angling into a successful charter business. He loves being outdoors and introducing his guests to the Gulf’s diverse fishery – as well as helping them reel in their dream catch! He offers year-round angling trips and, depending on the season, you’ll have the chance to catch all sorts of species of fish, no matter your age or skill level.

You’ll be traveling on board a 32’ Cobia center console, built to tackle offshore waters and travel to the hotspots quickly and efficiently. She’s decked out with all the necessary safety and navigational gear, as well as a full toilet – no matter how far offshore you go, you’ll be traveling in plenty of comfort! Capt. Matt warmly welcomes children aboard, and asks that you bring your own life jackets for them.

You’ll have the chance to try out deep sea fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, where you’ll come face-to-gills with huge Grouper and Snapper. Species include Yellowtail Snapper, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, and more – the further offshore you go, the bigger they get! You’ll also be able to target other Floridian favorites, such as Kingfish, Cobia, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, and giant Redfish.

Your captain will have you trying out a variety of fishing techniques, and will provide you with top-notch rods and reels to hook your catch. Want to try spearfishing? Just let Capt. Matt know – no prior experience is needed. Join Cape Coral Fishing Charters for the trip of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    American Red Snapper Trips
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,560
    up to 5 persons
    + $150
    each additional person
    These trips for anglers who want to get into American Red Snapper. The daily bag limit is 2 per person and the season is only two months long.. June 1 to July 31. We typically fish 50 to 80 miles off shore.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    12 hour trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,350
    up to 5 persons
    + $250
    each additional person
    This trip is perfect for hardcore anglers looking for the catch of a lifetime! Get ready to cruise up 55 miles out onto the Gulf's seriously deep and productive offshore waters. They're home to huge Grouper and Snapper – species include Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Gag and Red Grouper, and plenty more. You'll be able to bottom fish using top-notch rods and reels, as well as using other techniques. Want to try spearfishing? Let your captain know – no previous experience is required!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hour trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,175
    up to 5 persons
    + $250
    each additional person
    Want to catch some seriously big fish? Join your captain and get ready to head a whopping 30–40 miles offshore to land some saltwater superstars! You'll have the chance to hook huge Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Red and Gag Grouper, and plenty more. Your captain will have you trolling, jigging, and more with top-quality rods and reels. He'll also provide you with bait, tackle, and a fishing license. Want to try out bowfishing? Gear is provided, and you don't need any prior experience!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $975
    up to 5 persons
    + $250
    each additional person
    If you want to increase your chances of landing some seriously big deep sea species, then join your captain on this full day trip! You'll be heading 25–30 miles out onto the Gulf, which will give you the chance to explore plentiful offshore waters. You'll be targeting Amberjack, Gag and Red Grouper, Lane and Vermillion Snapper, and whatever else is biting. Your captain will provide top-quality rods and reels, as well as bowfishing equipment – he'll also teach you how to use this technique!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Barracuda (Great)
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish

Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail)
Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Cobia (Center console) originally built in 2019. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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

About the Captain

Matt Ruffing
Matlacha, Florida, United States
Member since November 2018
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Capt. Matt has been working as a captain for one year, but his fishing experience goes back much further than that – he's had a passion for angling for about 30 years now! He decided to start captaining out of pure love for fishing, as well as exploring plentiful waters. He loves being outdoors and spending his time with customers, helping them to reel in the catch of a lifetime. He has some bragging rights under his belt, too – his biggest catch was a 500 lb Goliath Grouper!
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Chris K.
Glenview, IL
 5.00
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8 hours trip with Captian Matt

VERIFIED   December 31, 2018
Captain Matt and his son Blaze truly gave us an incredible deep sea fishing charter experiance that we will never forget. The...
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Hector F.
Fort Myers, FL
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Great Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   February 16, 2019
This was an awesome trip. The Captain was awesome and extremely helpful and easy to work with. His assistant is very proactive...
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Shelley C.
St. Petersburg, FL
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Great Day iof Fishing with Matt!

VERIFIED   March 12, 2019
We highly recommend this fishing charter. We began catching fish immediately, Captain Matt and First mate Blaze were very knowledgeable,...
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Jennafer B.
Judson, IN
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8 Hour Trip was a BLAST!

VERIFIED   February 28, 2019
Absolutely wonderful! Captain Matt & Blaze know where to fish! We had the best time with them on an 8 hour trip. When returning...
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Steven B.
Richmond, VA
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Half day with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   February 17, 2019
Great day on the water. We caught about 40 snapper. The crew was professional and took the time to explain the fishing. The...
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