Captain Arthur Schmidt Charters

4577 Pine Island Rd
Matlacha FL, United States

Captain Arthur Schmidt runs charters around Pine Island, Matlacha, Sanibel, and Captiva, specializing in targeting trophy inshore gamefish on fly tackle.

Capt. Arthur has worked with some of the best in the industry and is the man to go to if you want to catch big fish. Target Tarpon, Snook, Permit, Jacks, and other fly fishing favorites in the maze of mangroves and grass flats the area is famous for.

You will be fishing aboard Capt. Arthur’s Silver King Signature Series 16 flats boat. The vessel was fully restored in 2017 and makes for the perfect fishing platform for one or two experienced anglers out in search of record-breaking fish.

Stalk silently through the shallows, with your captain poling you along and sighting out the best fish from up high. This vessel was born for epic flats fishing and that’s exactly what you’ll get.

The boat is outfitted with the very best tackle, with Taylor, Tibor, Abel and Seamaster Reels and Sage, Orvis and Loomis Rods. If you want to bring your own fly gear you are welcome to, but you can rest assured that you will be given the best on the market if not.

All licenses are covered by the boat so all you need to bring is some sunscreen and a decent pair of polarized glasses to seek out those signature silver flashes!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    8 hours
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 550
    up to 2 persons
    With a couple more hours on the water, you can get in even more great catches of fly fishing favorites like Tarpon, Permit, and Snook.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    Spend the morning fishing the flats, mangroves, and passes for some huge inshore fish. Target Tarpon, Snook, Permit, Redfish, and much, much more.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Little Tunny (False Albacore)


Boat Specs

Silver King (Flats boat) originally built in 1994, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

16 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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:

About the Captain

Arthur Schmidt
Matlacha, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
Captain Arthur Schmidt is a friendly knowledgeable Florida native with 24 years of guiding experience. Growing up in a large family of hunters and anglers, he became hooked at an early age and fly fishing became his great passion. Captain Arthur loves working with experienced anglers, guiding them towards the catch of a lifetime and trading techniques for bringing in the biggest fish.

Matlacha Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

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I’ve been fly fishing fo a long time but never got a Tarpon, Capt Art put me on a nice school of 40-60lb fish and caught my first one on fly. Highly recommend Capt Art, he’s a nice guy and an excellent guide

Fished August 23, 2017
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