There’s something for everyone and the waters surrounding Fort Myers give ample opportunities to try your luck with all kinds of fish. Capt. Tom Katz will help you land your next trophy, or he will take you on gorgeous sight-seeing tours where you might encounter dolphins or manatees. 

You’ll join the captain on his 2017 Sportsman 312 central console. The boat is 32’ long and there’s ample room for up to 6 passengers. Two 300 HP Yamaha engines will help you slice the waves effortlessly. Additionally, the vessel is fitted with Simrad fishfinding equipment.

Offered trips cover various fishing locations, allowing you to choose from nearshore, and offshore fishing grounds. If you want to try your hand at bottom fishing, the crew will also gladly take you local reefs and wrecks. With such a diverse choice of locations, you’ll be able to target the likes of Kingfish, Wahoo, and Red Snapper, just to name a few.

The crew will provide you with the fishing gear, lures, and bait. You get bottled water on board, but you are responsible for your snacks. You get to keep your catch fresh in an ice-box provided onboard. Families with children are welcome and for passengers’ convenience, an onboard toilet is available.

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,900
    Are you the thrill seeking type that has a desire for line tugging, drag ripping fish? Well you're in luck, here you'll be able to chose form Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Tuna, Shark, Barracuda, and more. Navigating offshore to deep ocean wrecks, reefs, and ledges the captain knows when to fish and where to fish in the local Gulf waters. Tight Lines!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    The early bird gets the worm! Jump on board to catch the early morning Snapper/Grouper bite.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    $1,100
    Jump on board for an afternoon adventure. Reel in a fresh catch of Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, and many more Gulf species. This trip ends with a spectacular sunset ride home.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $850
    This is a shorter version of the half-day trip. Perfect for both beginner and experienced anglers that want a few hours on the water. Fishing up to 9 miles off the coast of Sanibel, you will encounter many reef-dwelling species including juvenile Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, migratory (seasonal) Cobia, Kingfish, and even Shark! Jump on board for a fun morning of fishing!
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About the Captain

Tom Katz
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
47 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
35 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2019
Captain Tom has been fishing the Gulf waters of Florida his whole life. His dream came true when he became a charter captain and started showing others the beauty that Southwest Florida offers. For him, watching people reel in fish, relaxing on the boat, and creating memories that will last a lifetime is the best part of his job!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Sportsman 312 (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha 300 engines.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
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 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

Fort Myers Fishing Calendar

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Recent Fishing Reports

*FRESH FISH DINNER* Sanibel Offshore Fis
*FRESH FISH DINNER* Sanibel Offshore Fis
November 30, 2021
Gag grouper, mangrove snapper, yellow tail snapper and a ton of catch and release Red Grouper. All in a great days work. These customers will have fresh fish for dinner for many nights!
Mutton Monday!
Mutton Monday!
November 29, 2021
Gulf of Mexico Mutton Snapper bite has been steady this fall. Great fighting fish, beautiful colors and provides a delicious meal if you choose to take it home for dinner. These snapper are some of our favorite to catch. Lets go fishing! Capt. Tom
Amber jack *REEF DONKEY*
Amber jack *REEF DONKEY*
November 26, 2021
The Amber jack bite has been incredible the last few weeks. These fish are hard fighters and super fun to catch.

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Rog V.
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It was more of a 3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 23, 2021
Very nice boat. Very well equipped. Comfortable when in motion. Captain and mate were very friendly and knowledgeable and shared...
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Jeremy K.
Fort Myers, Florida
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Half day with Captain Tom

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 6, 2021
Amazing experience and more than we hoped for!! In Florida for a week and wasn’t planning on coming back because “been...
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Englewood, CO
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Crushing it on full day trip with Captain Tom

VERIFIED   Full Day Fishing Trip on March 15, 2021
Blind Date Charters and Captain Tom are the real deal!  State of the art boat/equipment and knowledge of where the fish are. ...
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Half Day with Capt. Tom

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 14, 2021
Capt. Tom did a great job getting the kids on the fish. All the kids did was talk about the experience on the ride home and...
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Best trip by far

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 31, 2021
This is the best trip me and my buddies have been on by far. Literally got us the fish we wanted. He wouldnt stop till be did....
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FAQs about Blind Date Charters

Blind Date Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $1,100 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,900 per group, additional $250 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Fishing Trip (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Blind Date Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (Simrad)
  • Fishfinder (Simrad)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Blind Date Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water Only)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Blind Date Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Blind Date Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blind Date Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Wahoo