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Straw Hats Fishing Charters

Straw Hats Fishing Charters welcomes you aboard to discover the rich waters of western Florida. Based out of Port Charlotte, Boca Grande, or Inglewood, you can discover the wealth of inshore fishing that just adds to the beauty of the “Suncoast.”

Captain Cody Cristello invites you on an exciting adventure to find your favorite fish. Whether you fancy Snook, Redfish, Jacks, Speckled Trout, Sharks, Snappers, or even Tarpon – he’s got you covered. Born to charter captains in the Keys, he’s fished his whole life, gaining his own license aged just 18. He promises to let you in on all his secrets to land that prized catch.

Step aboard the 20’ Back Country flats boat and hit the waters from the rivers to the reefs. Up to 5 guests are welcome on board, heading from sweet spot to sweet spot in search of some prized fish. Make use of the 360-degree view and the spacious deck as you battle it out with monster fish, while the captain will provide water and chips to keep you energized.

Get ready to put your fishing skills and physical strength to the test, as you go after some tough-fighting and delicious creatures. Snook, Sharks, and Tarpon will provide the toughest battle to come aboard, while Redfish, Trout, and Snappers also promise to put up a fight.

After working up a sweat, you can even go snorkeling to cool off. Get in touch with your captain and he can provide the gear to let you discover the magical underwater world. Bring your own spearfishing gear, and you can even combine it with a spearing trip!

At the end of the day, your captain will clean and fillet your edible catch to take home, so you’re good to go. All you need to do before coming aboard is bring some extra drinks and snacks, some sunscreen, and settle in for a thrilling trip. Make Straw Hats Fishing Charters your next stop in western Florida!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 5 persons
    Keep yourself busy over the course of 5 hours as you go up against some of the water's strongest, most deadly creatures. Head to the Boca Grande Pass and get your fish on against tough-fighting Sharks. This body of water is also known as the Tarpon capital of the world, so get your hands full of tough-fighting fish, as you experience fishing like never before. Get in touch with your captain if you'd like to go out by night and he can arrange.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    From Lemon Bay to Charlotte Harbor, the waters leading inshore from the Gulf of Mexico are full of surprises. Get the most out of these rich waters and spend a day bottom fishing, trolling, popping, and even handlining, to attract whatever's biting. Depending on the season, you can catch Snook, Snappers, Drum, Jacks, Redfish, and many more prized creatures. Settle in for a thrilling fishing experience, with the chance to stop off for lunch in a beautiful spot.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Night Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    $400
    up to 5 persons
    The lights of the docks and bridges enable you to experience fishing like no other. Get out on the water as the sun goes down and stay fishing until midnight, as you experience the thrill of fishing under the stars, The fish don't rest up, so why should you? Go out and get your fill of the exciting and delicious inshore fish species that have made Charlotte Harbor their home.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – River Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $400
    up to 3 persons
    + $30
    each additional person
    Meet your guide at the Nav-a-Gator and head up the Peace River for some thrilling brackish fishing action. Explore 15 miles of river banks that play home to plenty of exciting fish. Push your skills to the limit as you go up against Jacks, Redfish, Bass, and even the "Silver King" – Tarpon. You're sure to work up a sweat to land these beauties, so take advantage of the option to stop at a riverside restaurant for a hearty lunch before continuing fishing for the rest of the day.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    The rich waters of Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande Pass are so full of fish that you can fill the boat even within 4 hours. Up to 5 guests are welcome aboard to test your bottom fishing skills or let the trolling lines do the work, as you target Snappers, Redfish, Trour, Jacks, Sharks, and more. Settle in for a thrilling morning of fishing pushing your fishing skills to the limit, all the while trying to catch something tasty for lunch.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $350
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    As the sun goes down, you'll have the chance to explore the riches of western Florida against a stunning backdrop. Take advantage of the evening bite of some prized fish, as you go bottom fishing, trolling, and even handlining, to show off your fishing skills. These waters are full of Redfish, Jacks, Snappers, Sharks, Bass, and many more creatures, so rest assured that you'll be in for an exciting evening with a delicious reward to take home.

About the Captain

Cody Cristello
Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2019
Growing up on the Charlotte Harbor his whole life, Captain Cody was always an avid boater. Both his parents are captains in the keys and he decided to follow in their footsteps, and make use of his experience and love for the water, by making his passion a profession at the age of 18 in 2011. With a record catch of a 75" Sailfish, he's just the guy to get you reeling in the big fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Cobia
Jack Crevalle
Redfish

Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead)
Shark (Hammerhead)
Shark (Nurse)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Back Country (Flats boat) originally built in 1999, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha VMAX engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 47 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Popping
Drift Fishing
Handline
Spearfishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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 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 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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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