Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel

Southwest Florida is known around the world for its incredible wildlife and angling opportunities. There’s no easier way to get in on the action than by taking advantage of local knowledge and expertise. Join Captain Matt Hawksley, one of Sanibel Island’s top fishing guides, and get ready to reel in some serious fish aboard Capt Matt’s Island Charters!

Capt. Matt has been catching fish in Southwest Florida since he could hold a fishing rod. As a 3rd generation local angler who has guided thousands of fishing trips in and around Sanibel, Captiva and Ft. Myers, this captain has the experience necessary to put you on the fish of a lifetime. After years of partnering with biologists and naturalists to lead guided trips in the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge & Tarpon Bay, Capt. Matt is also particularly knowledgeable about the local ecosystem and wildlife.

You’ll fish aboard a 22’ Maverick Pathfinder center console, a performance vessel designed to stalk fish anywhere from Southwest Florida’s famous shallows, to far offshore. She’s decked out with top notch safety and navigational equipment, as well as cutting-edge features including side-scan imaging, 3-D imaging, Chirp sonar, power-pole, trolling motor, drone photography and more.

Enjoy using quality, high-performance equipment and tackle. Penn Spinfisher reels, star rods, Power-Pro braided line, Yo-Zuri flouro-carbon and Trokar laser-sharpened hooks will ensure that when your trophy fish bites, you’ll be ready to land it.

Also don’t forget to ask Capt. Matt about shelling trips, eco-excursions, sightseeing, and visits to the local Calusa Indian mound sites.

So whether you’re interested in catching your biggest saltwater fish, or just want to enjoy a day on the water with your family and friends, Capt. Matt will make sure your excursion is the highlight of your Florida trip. Come aboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 31
    $1,000
    The Ultimate Hunt for Florida's largest and most prized inshore game-fish, the Atlantic Tarpon - While catching a tarpon is notoriously difficult, their athletic aerial displays and epic runs rival that of any fish in the sea. Catching a "Silver King" requires using the best bait, gear, and techniques available. 8-hours provides the best chance of landing these massive predators. Includes: License, Bait, Ice, Gear, etc.. If you prefer to fly-fish, bring a 10-12 wt. rod. Departure time is subj. to change
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:45 AM
    $900
    Spend a full day on the waters around Sanibel Island and really increase your chances of hooking some incredible fish! Target our most sought-after species including Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Grouper, Snapper, and many more. With 8 hours to fish, you can be sure you'll be around when the bite goes off! Includes: License, Bait, Ice, Gear, etc... The species you'll be targeting, your departure time, and the techniques you'll use, may vary depending on the weather, tide, and water conditions.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 31
    $800
    Join the hunt for Florida's largest and most prized inshore game-fish, the Atlantic Tarpon! While catching a tarpon is notoriously difficult, their athletic aerial displays and epic runs rival that of any fish in the sea. Catching a "Silver King" requires using the best bait, gear, and techniques available. 6 hours usually provides enough time to find and land these massive predators. Includes: License, Bait, Ice, Gear, etc.. If you prefer to fly-fish, bring a 10-12 wt. rod. Departure time can change
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Custom
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Create your own personalized island adventure while still taking advantage of Capt. Matt's local knowledge and expertise! On this 6-hour trip, you'll have the chance to mix up your choice of fishing action, sightseeing, shelling on an secluded island, or a stop for lunch at a local island restaurant. Just let Capt. Matt know what you'd like to do. Extra Hours can also be added ($100/hour if available) All Licenses, Gear, Bait, Tackle, Ice, and necessary safety equipment included.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Try multiple different techniques in various settings during this 6-hour, full-fledged fishing excursion. Target a Variety of our most sought-after species including Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Grouper, Snapper, and many more. 6 hours gives you ample time to find some amazing fish! Includes: Fishing License, Bait, Ice, Equipment, etc... The species you'll be targeting, as well as your departure time and the techniques you'll use, may vary depending on the weather, Tide, and water conditions.
  • Private trip
    5-6 Hour Trip – Shelling/Lunch
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $625
    Hop aboard and cruise to a pristine secluded island for a morning of shelling. Enjoy getting the first pick of shells on an island only accessible by boat. Some of the best local shells come from these beaches and Capt. Matt can take you right to them. Afterward, enjoy a short ride to one of our local waterfront eateries. Cabbage Key and Barnacle's (North Captiva) are the two most popular spots, but others are available if you have one in mind. Capt. Matt may even throw a line out upon request.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    Cruise the Inshore and Nearshore waters around Sanibel and Captiva and fish for some of our most sought after species including: Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Shark and more. When the morning bite is on, You never know what you might catch! Includes: Fishing License, Bait, Ice, Equipment, etc... The species you'll be targeting, as well as your departure time and the techniques you'll use, may vary depending on the weather, Tide, and water conditions.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $550
    Cruise the Inshore and Nearshore waters around Sanibel and Captiva and fish for some of our most sought after species including: Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Shark and more. Depending on the weather and tides, the afternoon can be a very productive time of day. Includes: Fishing License, Bait, Ice, Equipment, etc... The species you'll be targeting, as well as your departure time and the techniques you use, may vary depending on the weather, Tide, and water conditions
  • Private trip
    3-4 Hour Trip – Sightseeing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Cruise the tropical island waters off Sanibel and Captiva, while exploring mangrove inlets and learning about our amazing Southwest Florida estuaries. Look for a variety of Wildlife including fish, rare birds, Bottlenose Dolphin, Manatee, Turtles, Sharks, Rays, and more! As a former Captain/Guide at The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Capt. Matt is highly knowledgeable about the island's estuaries, wildlife, and local history. Fishing is only available on request.
  • Private trip
    3-4 Hour Trip – Sightseeing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $500
    You'll cruise around Sanibel and Captiva, learning while you see some stunning views – don't forget your camera. You might see turtles, dolphins, sharks, and rare birds. Capt. Matt is highly knowledgeable about the island's estuaries, wildlife, and local history. The Captain may even toss out a line upon request.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shelling (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Hop aboard and cruise to a pristine uninhabited island for a morning of shelling. Enjoy getting the first pick of shells on an island only accessible by boat. Some of the best local shells come from these beaches. and Capt. Matt can take you right to them. Spend your time doing the "Sanibel Stoop", looking for treasures or just relax and enjoy the serene private beach. Fishing is available on request only on this trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shelling (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $500
    You'll head out to an uninhabited island for an afternoon of shelling, for top quality shells. The kids will love looking for treasure and the parents will love this relaxing beach. Fishing is only available on request.
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About the Captain

Matt Hawksley
Sanibel, Florida, United States
10 Fishing Reports
51 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since January 2019
Capt. Matt has been catching fish in Southwest Florida since he could hold a fishing rod. As a 3rd generation Southwest Florida angler who has guided thousands of fishing trips in and around the waters of Sanibel, Captiva, and Ft. Myers, this captain has the experience necessary to put you on the fish of a lifetime. After years of partnering with biologists and naturalists to lead guided trips in the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Capt. Matt is also particularly knowledgeable about the local ecosystem and wildlife. So whether you're interested in catching your biggest saltwater fish, or you just want to enjoy a day on the water with family and friends, Capt. Matt will make sure your excursion is the highlight of your trip to southwest Florida!

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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 (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Shark (Tiger) Shark (Tiger)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Maverick Pathfinder (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha fourstroke engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 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
Handline
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
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 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
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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Awesome experience for our boys

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (PM) on June 8, 2021
Captain Matt took us on an afternoon trip that was a great experience.  He was very patient with our boys.  On top of catching...
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Half Day Trip with Capt Matt

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM) on August 3, 2021
We had a fantastic trip.  Most of the group were inexperienced fisherpeople.  Capt Matt was very patient and made the experience...
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Fishing with Matt

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM) on June 20, 2021
Captain Matt made this such a fun and memorable trip for our family! For most of us, it was our first time on a fishing charter...
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip - Custom on August 2, 2021
We had a great time and we’re able to do all the different things we wanted to try.  Captain Matt was great with the kids...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM) on July 8, 2021
Great day! Captain Matt was awesome! We will look him up when we come back!
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FAQs about Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - 3-4 Hour Trip – Sightseeing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 3-4 Hour Trip – Sightseeing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shelling (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shelling (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $625 per group - 5-6 Hour Trip – Shelling/Lunch (5 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Custom (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Fishing (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Tarpon (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Fishing (8 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip - Tarpon (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn, Daiwa, Spinfisher)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (I provide some drinking water )
  • Fishing License

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 9 miles, weather permitting)
  • Reef Fishing (Weather permitting)
  • Wreck Fishing (Weather permitting)
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own equipment)
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Spearfishing (Bring your own equipment)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Shark (Tiger)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail