Southern Grove Charters is here to make sure you have an unforgettable weekend on the water. As a true Floridian, Captain Michael Wesley has been fishing in the area his entire life and he still can’t get enough of it. Now, he wants to share his experience and excitement with you.

Capt. Michael welcomes you aboard his 18’ Maverick Master Angler. This flats boat accommodates up to 3 guests and there’s enough room for everybody to fish at the same time. She’s powered by a 130 HP Yamaha engine and can reach the best fishing spots in no time. The boat is specifically built for mangroves and backwaters, which will be your main fishing grounds.

Your main targets will be Snook, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Snapper, Sheepshead, and Black Drum. The amount of fish can vary depending on the time of the year but all species are available year round in general. When it comes to fishing techniques you’ll be using, Capt. Michael prefers light tackle because he loves the challenge and it also gives the fish a fair fighting chance.

Capt. Michael will prepare your fishing equipment, live bait, lures, and water. There’s a cooler with ice, which you can fill up with your snacks and any other drinks you prefer. After the trip, the captain will clean and fillet your catch at no extra charge.

These trips are family friendly, so children of ages 5 and above are welcome. It doesn’t matter if anyone from your group is a beginner – with Capt. Michael by their side, they’ll pick up the basics easily and hold their rod with confidence.

Spending a day with Southern Grove Charters is a sure way to put a smile on your face. Book your day of inshore bliss.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $300
    Locally fishing Florida's mangrove islands and docks. Main targets for the day are Snook, Redfish, Snapper, and Sheephead. All fishing equipment and live bait will be provided, while you can bring your snacks, drinks, and a camera.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $300
    You'll mainly go after Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Sheepshead. Kids are welcome and life vests for them are provided. Pick up on the water can be arranged if it's very close to the boat ramp. After the trip, Capt. Michael will clean and fillet your catch.
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About the Captain

Michael Wesley
Fort Myers Beach, Florida, United States
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Member since March 2019
I am a Bonita Springs native and have been fishing locally with my father (also a captain) and grandfather since I was old enough to hold a fishing pole. Started taking the boat out by myself since I was 12. Fishing is my passion, and I love to share it with other people and show them the beauty of our local waters. I usually fish the mangroves and backwaters using some live bait, shrimp and baitfish, and also lures (hard and soft plastics), depending on what we are looking for that particular day.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Ladyfish Ladyfish
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

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

Boat Specs

Maverick Master Angler (Flats boat) originally built in 1996. Powered by a 130HP Yamaha V4 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
Checks

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Greg R.
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Half day backwater trip with Captain Mike.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 5, 2021
I strongly recommend Captain Mike. Everything was perfect. Boat and gear are first rate. After greeting my wife and I at the...
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 17, 2021
It was awesome. Captain Mike was cool. We caught a bunch of all different types of fish. He moved us around to find fish, I...
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Fishing with Michael

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on January 22, 2021
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Pompano Beach, FL
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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on January 3, 2021
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Half day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 5, 2021
Captain Mike was very pleasant, helpful and put me on fish.
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FAQs about Southern Grove Charters

Southern Grove Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $300 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Southern Grove Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Southern Grove Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn)
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (I supply water, ice, cooler. No glass permitted!)
  • Fishing License

Southern Grove Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Southern Grove Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Southern Grove Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout