Capt Matt's Island Charters – Captiva

Southwest Florida’s barrier islands are known worldwide for their incredible wildlife and angling opportunities. What better way is there to get in on the action, than by taking advantage of local knowledge and expertise. Join Captain Matt Hawksley, one of Captiva Island’s premier fishing guides, and get ready to reel in some of the finest fish in Florida!

Capt. Matt has been catching fish in Southwest Florida since he was old enough to hold a fishing rod. He’s a 3rd generation Southwest Florida angler, and has guided thousands of fishing trips in and around the waters of Sanibel, Captiva and Ft. Myers. He also spent years partnering with biologists and naturalists to lead guided trips in Sanibel’s Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge (Tarpon Bay), and is particularly knowledgeable about the local ecosystem and wildlife. Because of this, Capt. Matt has the experience necessary to put you on the fish of a lifetime.

You’ll be fishing from your captain’s Maverick Pathfinder 2200 center console, a performance vessel designed to chase fish from Southwest Florida’s famous flats, to offshore gulf waters. She’s decked out with top notch safety and navigational equipment, as well as cutting-edge features like side-scan imaging, 3-D imaging, Chirp sonar, Power-Pole, trolling motor, drone photography, and more.

Capt. Matt will provide the best 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 will be ready to land it!



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 Captiva 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
    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
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About the Captain

Matt Hawksley
Captiva, 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

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Captiva to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
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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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (PM) on June 16, 2021
Highly recommend Capt Matt! He asked us first thing what kind of fish we wanted to catch and after telling him we were looking...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM) on June 15, 2021
Thanks for a great time fishing. We will definitely recommend you to our friends.
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Great trip…..Great Day

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (PM) on June 14, 2021
AJ and I had a wonderful day with Captain Matt!!! Highly recommend!! Fun and knowledgeable!!!
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM) on July 1, 2021
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VERIFIED   6 hour Trip - Custom on July 5, 2021
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FAQs about Capt Matt's Island Charters – Captiva

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Captiva offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Fishing (AM) (4 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 – Captiva, 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 – Captiva include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Captiva offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Captiva offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

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