Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island

Explore the beautiful waters off the coast of North Captiva Island, and have a wonderful time with Catchin’ Jiants! Capt. CJ Floyd and Capt. Jordan Dunn are among very few local guides with Master Captain’s Licenses. They’ll put you on fish in no time and give you an experience you’ll cherish forever. Voted “Best Fishing Charter and Captain of Sanibel and Captiva Islands" for 3 years in a row (2019, 2020, 2021), you can be sure of the captain’s skills and passion!

You’ll get on board their very rare and spacious 26’ Gillikin center console boat, powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine. It can comfortably accommodate up to 6 anglers, so bring your friends and family and have a productive trip in these fish-rich waters. The removable bimini top will provide you with shade so you can relax and fully enjoy your day.

All the equipment will be provided for you on board, as well as fishing licenses, live bait, and lures. If you’d like to take the fruits of your labor home for a nice dinner, the captain will be happy to clean and fillet your catch. There’s plenty of storage on board, and there’s no need to bring your own cooler.

There’s a variety of fish species that call these waters their home, and you can use different techniques depending on your ambitions. Some of the target species include Snapper, Redfish, Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Snook, and Shark. There’s rich wildlife in the area, so expect to see a lot of dolphins, manatees, and different species of birds!

If you’re up for a challenge, you can book one of the specialized Tarpon trips, and tick the Silver King off your bucket list. Kids are welcome on board, so feel free to turn this into a great family experience. Harvestable fish will be graciously filleted for the freshest dinner life has to offer. The captains love recommending some of the islands’ best chefs!

Customize any trip with Catchin’ Jiants for the most memorable day you could dream of. Welcome aboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (Extended) – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,500
    This is a great option for serious anglers looking to get the Tarpon of a lifetime! Spend 10 hours on the water and catch your own monster Silver King. All the equipment will be provided for you. 4 anglers can fish at the same time on this trip. Make sure to pack some sunscreen, some snacks and drinks, and come have a memorable fishing experience!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,250
    Spend a whole day on the water trying to reel in your own Silver King and tick it off your bucket list. All the equipment will be on board, as well as a fishing license. Due to local regulations, only 4 lines can be in the water at any given time. Bring some snacks and drinks, some sun protection, and come have your own Tarpon adventure!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    This package is ideal for a group of friends or a family. You will target some of the prized species in the productive waters of North Captiva Island. The target fish include Cobia, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Shark, and Snapper. The crew will provide all the fishing gear, just bring some sunscreen, snacks, and drinks, and come explore these beautiful waters!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,000
    Tick the Silver King off your bucket list on this 6 hour trip. You'll have all the equipment you need on board, as well as a fishing licence. Note that due to local regulations, only 4 lines can be in the water at any given time. Bring some snacks and drinks, some sunscreen, and come on this Tarpon fishing experience!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Spend 6 hours exploring the beautiful waters of North Captiva Island. You'll be testing your angling skills against creatures like Grouper, Barracuda, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Cobia, Snook, Tarpon, Snapper, and Shark. There will be equipment for you on board, so all you need is some sunscreen, and you're off to a great adventure!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Get out on the water and start fishing in the early morning. Enjoy fishing in the beautiful waters of North Captiva Island, Florida, where you'll target a variety of species. The target fish include Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Snapper, and Shark. The equipment will be provided for you, just bring some sunscreen, and get ready to enjoy your day in these productive fishing grounds!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Customized
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Let the crew make a custom trip for you to fit your needs! Depending on how you want to spend your day in the North Captiva Island area, you can go inshore, nearshore, or head a bit offshore. The target fish include Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Snapper, and Shark. The crew will provide all the equipment, just bring some sunscreen, and get excited about your day on the water!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    You can get some more sleep, and go out on the water in the afternoon hours. You will explore the beautiful waters of North Captiva Island, reeling in a variety of species including Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Snapper, Tarpon, Redfish, and Shark. The crew will provide all the equipment, just bring sunscreen, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Customized
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    Get out on the water in the afternoon and customize your trip however you want! Depending on your wishes for how you want to explore the North Captiva Island area, you can go inshore, nearshore, or a bit offshore. You'll target fish like Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Redfish, Snook, Snapper, Tarpon, and Shark. All the fishing gear will be provided, just make sure to bring sun protection, and get ready for your new fishing adventure!
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About the Captain

Catchin’ Jiants
Captiva, Florida, United States
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Member since December 2016
Our Captains know fishing to be "a way of life", "a pre-determined destiny, a calling" – "a VOCATION”. We will proudly do whatever it takes to ensure our islands fisheries are here for the generations to come. Capt. Jordan (dad to son Weston, 9 months) as well as Capt. CJ with his wife, Trisha (parents to Steele, 10 yrs) can’t imagine raising their kids anywhere other than on the water being able to provide the same opportunities they were given as children which both hold near and dear. Our Captains are reliable, safe, honest, loyal & daymakers! They love kids and enjoy teaching them. Catchin’Jiants puts their heart and soul into making every trip worth their name. Fishing is the heartbeat of our family and we carry our attitude of gratitude for your business and We absolutely love what we do!! You will feel like the only charter on the water as they aim to please and provide an unforgettable experience time after time for your family!!!

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Hogfish Hogfish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Hammerhead) Hammerhead Shark
Snapper (Cubera) Cubera Snapper
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Gillikin (Center console) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 1, 2021
Great morning of fishing with my two Grandsons and Captain CJ.  We got blown out on our original day, but CJ had a backup...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Customized on March 3, 2021
Captain CJ was great. We wanted to head out into Gulf for some fishing but were unable to due to weather. So we fished the...
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Totally professional and fun put us on fish from first line in
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FAQs about Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island

Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) – Customized (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) – Customized (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $125 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $150 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,250 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Tarpon (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (Extended) – Tarpon (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate (On as needed basis)
  • Fishing License

Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Catchin' Jiants – North Captiva Island include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Hogfish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon