When you’re looking for a fishing trip with a captain who can provide an amazing experience, look no further than Santiva Charters. Captain Rob’s main goal is to provide this for you and he believes it’s all in the details. He takes special care for all those little things that make each trip special.

To make your trip more comfortable, Capt. Rob allows for only 3 guests on the boat. This way everyone can fish at the same time. You’ll aboard his 18’ Key West boat, powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine. This flats boat is perfect for shallow waters you’ll be fishing in, and it features a live bait tank and yeti cooler with ice and bottled water.

You’ll be fishing around Sanibel’s backcountry and inshore waters, targeting Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Mangrove Snapper. These waters also keep Jack Crevalle and Bull Sharks, so you never know what can bite your hook. You can keep the catch and save it for a delicious meal afterward. Capt. Rob recommends the “Lazy Flamingo” restaurant near the marina.

Rob will organize everything you need for fishing: rods, reels, lures, and live bait. You can bring some snacks and drinks, and don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.

Whether you’re looking for excitement while fishing or just hope to relax on the water, you can rely on Santiva Charters and Capt. Rob!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Book a trip and enjoy a day out on the water fishing! There's a variety of different species of fish to catch, cooler on board with water and ice. Bring any additional provisions and you're ready to go. Captain Rob will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    Spend unforgettable 6 hours of fishing with Captain Rob. You'll visit the inshore and backcountry around Sanibel and target Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, and many more. Your fishing equipment is fully covered.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Start your day the best way possible – fishing! You'll target Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Snapper, and many more. Bring some snacks and drinks and you're good to go – everything else is covered by the captain. This is a great trip for people who've never fished before.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    Skip your nap this afternoon and go on a relaxing fishing trip. This is also a great option for families with kids or any kind of first-timers with the rod. Capt. Rob will help you with anything you need and cover your fishing equipment.
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About the Captain

Robert Cooper
Sanibel, Florida, United States
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52 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2019
Raised on Sanibel Island, I have been around many professionals in the marine industry, not only for fishing but for boating in general. I worked for many years at South Seas Yacht Harbour and I have extensive knowledge of the surrounding waters of Sanibel, Captiva, and other areas in SWFL. I’ve had a passion for fishing and taking people on the water to share my experience with others.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Key West (Flats boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 12, 2021
We had a family trip with Capt Rob and he did a really great job. We told him we wanted to catch species we had not caught...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 22, 2021
This was a great time had by all. This was our first experience chartering a fishing trip, I stumbled onto Fishing Booker,...
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Flats Fishing with Captain Robert

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 5, 2021
I found Captain Robert on Fishingbooker.com. Chose him because his reviews were outstanding. He did not disappoint! The trip...
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Half day Sanibel with Capt rob Cooper, Santiva Charters

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 4, 2021
MY 16 y/o grandson and I spent the morning with Rob fishing the bays and gulf beaches. Capt Rob is a great guy, personable,...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 13, 2021
Beautiful day, caught lots of fish! Rob pointed out manatee, white pelicans, dolphins, and osprey. He was great getting us...
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FAQs about Santiva Charters

Santiva Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Santiva Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Santiva Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, St croix, and Falcon)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Santiva Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Santiva Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Santiva Charters include:
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail