Tarpon Magic Charters invites anglers and families to come enjoy a day of world-class fishing, sightseeing, or shelling on the pristine waters off Sanibel, Captiva and nearby barrier islands. Whether you’re an experienced angler looking for a challenge or someone who just wants to go shelling and take in the sights, Captain Rob will be able to provide an experience best suited for your individual needs.

Let Captain Rob guide you from his 24’ custom-built Bay Boat, perfect for cruising the nearshore and Back Bay waters with larger groups or families with kids that want a higher sided boat. For those who want the challenge of sight casting in the flats, Captain Rob also has a 16’ polling skiff available that is made to carry one or two anglers.

These water provide endless miles of pristine beaches and mangrove island waterways for you to enjoy. The fish are plentiful and include species such as Tarpon, Trout, Snook, Redfish, Goliath Groupers, Red Groupers, and more besides.

If you’re here to just relax, Captain Rob has you covered as well. Have lunch at one of the by-boat-only restaurants like world famous Cabbage Key, all while you collect shells and gaze at the countless number of birds and wildlife like sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees that frequent these waters.

All trips start and end at Port Sanibel Marina where you have access to bathrooms, showers, coffee and free parking with security unless another pick-up location is arranged. Captain Rob will clean and package your catch in ice after the trip. All tackle, licensing, bait, lures, water, and ice are included in your trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Combo Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $675
    A Six hour Combo trip is one where we split the day with a little fishing, shelling, and lunch at one of the many barrier island restaurants like world famous Cabbage Key where singer songwriter Jimmy Buffet got his inspiration for his hit song Cheeseburger in Paradise. This is a family favorite because of its flexibility. There's a little something for everyone to enjoy. It's a great way to break into or wrap up a family vacation or business trip that you are here on.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    If half a day is just too short, we recommend the 3/4 Day Trip, as it offers more time and flexibility for the trip you want to have. Especially recommended for Barrier Island shelling and lunch combos if you are looking for something other than fishing. All trips will leave the marina with no charge. Other pick-up places sometimes have a fee which you will have to pay if you wish to be picked up there.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Shark
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 1
    $500
    This is a 4 hour trip where anglers get to test their might! There's nothing like pulling in one of these toothy monsters on light or heavy tackle. The best time to fish for Sharks is in the summer months.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Get up early and prepare for a fast-paced trip. This trip usually involves fishing for Trout, Snook, or Redfish. Most people elect to fish for whatever is biting best at the time. All trips will leave the marina with no charge. Other pick-up places sometimes have a fee which you will have to pay if you wish to be picked up there.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - PM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 15
    $450
    For those who don't want to get up at dawn, an afternoon fishing trip is just the thing. Enjoy fishing for Trout, Snook, Redfish, and whatever else you manage to find. Most people elect to fish for whatever is biting best at the time. All trips will leave the marina with no charge. Other pick-up places sometimes have a fee which you will have to pay if you wish to be picked up there.
  • Private trip
    Fun Fishing/Sightseeing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    This is a 3 hour trip that bird watchers or people with very young children like to book. If we are fishing I use shrimp and lures only, and trips must leave from my marina. This is a great way to fish one or two spots for a few hours for whatever is biting best while other members in your family that might not want to fish on the boat can do a little shopping or beach walking on Sanibel just minutes away from the marina.
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About the Captain

Robert Reed
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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Member since April 2015
Capt. Robert Reed has more than 20 Professional full time years as a fishing guide in South West Florida. He has done several T.V. shows and has taught shallow water angling and fly casting techniques at dozens of venues abroad teaching experienced anglers and educating newcomers what he’s learned over the years. The waterways he guides in include Pine Island Sound, Charlotte harbor, BocaGrande, Captiva Island, Sanibel Island, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.

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Targeted Species

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Hammerhead) Hammerhead Shark

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

MPL Custom-made (Bay boat) originally built in 2001. Powered by a 225HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
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6 Hour Tarpon Hunt

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon (AM) on June 28, 2021
I am not the most experienced Tarpon guy in the world but I have had the chance to entertain the buggers several times, mostly...
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Tarpon, Tarpon everywhere!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon (AM) on May 25, 2021
Captain Reed is the guide you want to use for putting and keeping you on tarpon for the day.  He was extremely knowledgeable...
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3/4 day trip with Captain Robert Reed

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 15, 2021
My wife and I went out both our first experience fishing salt water other than from the beach. Captain Robert Reed was very...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Tarpon on May 7, 2021
10/10 experience. Only a few minutes to the spot, fishing nearly the entire time, made great conversation and great laughs....
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Captain Rob is the best!

VERIFIED   Combo Trip on July 1, 2021
We go out fishing with Captain Rob each year when we are here in vacation and each time is even better than the last. He’s...
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FAQs about Tarpon Magic Charters

Tarpon Magic Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Fun Fishing/Sightseeing (3 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - AM (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - PM (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Shark (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $675 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Combo Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Tarpon Magic Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box (With plenty of ice and waters.)

Trips booked with Tarpon Magic Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (All spinning with interchangeable handles)
  • Live Bait (Appropriate bait will be provided)
  • Lures (Will have flies for the appropriate fish.)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Will have ice and water for everyone)
  • Fishing License (I have all the appropriate licensing)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Rods, flies and leader)

Tarpon Magic Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (Out to nine miles.)
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Tarpon Magic Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Only high end spinning gear)
  • Bottom Fishing (Fishing inside of 9 miles)
  • Spinning
  • Jigging (Sea Trout, and pass fishing)
  • Popping (Using corks for Sea Trout)
  • Fly Fishing (Sage, Loomis rods. Will give casting lessons)

Top targeted fish species with Tarpon Magic Charters include:
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail