Boca Grande Fishing Charters

Boca Grande Fishing Charters and Captain John Kelso welcome you to a fine day of fishing in Florida. Captain John has over 25 years of experience fishing the waters of Florida and will help you catch fish regardless of your skill level. He will meet you in Placida and take you to the best inshore as well as backcountry spots, making sure you have the biggest chance of landing a great catch. Join him aboard and have a great time on the water!

You will be fishing aboard a restored 24’ custom-built Aquasport bay boat. The spacious design allows for up to 4 anglers and the captain. The boat is equipped with safety gear as well as GPS, VHF radio, and fishfinder electronics used for efficient navigation on the water. It has also got a large livewell, an ice-box, a fighting chair, and a Power Pole shallow water anchoring system. The boat runs on a 200 HP Honda engine.

You and Captain John will fish inshore and nearshore spots, flats, and the backcountry for Shark, Goliath Grouper, Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snappers, and Spotted Seatrout. You will use light and hard tackle to attract your prey and you can keep the fish you catch. Kids are welcome to join the trip.

Captain John will provide all of the necessary fishing equipment on this charter as well as a fishing license. What you should bring are just the snacks and drinks of your choice.

Join the captain and Boca Grande Fishing Charters, their guests always have fun!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    Enjoy the morning out in the Boca Grande Pass or the Charlotte Harbor, targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, and sharks. All of the necessary fishing equipment and licenses will be provided. Feel free to bring some snacks and drinks to help you stay refreshed and have a fun time out on the water. Departure time is flexible and can be adjusted to fit your schedule.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $550
    If a morning trip doesn't suit you, you can start in the afternoon and still have a great experience, fishing out in the Boca Grande Pass or Charlotte Harbor. Target a variety of fish including Snook, Trout, Redfish, and sharks. The trip includes all the necessary fishing equipment and licenses. Feel free to bring you food and drinks to stay energized and have a great time out on the water. Departure time can be adjusted to fit your needs.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    Enjoy the morning out in the Boca Grande Pass or the Charlotte Harbor, targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, and sharks. All of the necessary fishing equipment and licenses will be provided. Feel free to bring some snacks and drinks to help you stay refreshed and have a fun time out on the water. Departure time is flexible and can be adjusted to fit your schedule.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $650
    Enjoy the afternoon out in the Boca Grande Pass or the Charlotte Harbor, targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, and sharks. All of the necessary fishing equipment and licenses will be provided. Feel free to bring some snacks and drinks to help you stay refreshed and have a fun time out on the water. Departure time is flexible and can be adjusted to fit your schedule.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    This trip is perfect for those who want to fish, but simply can't stay for the full day. This trip will give you time out on the water to target a variety of fish including Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Sharks. The captain provides all of the fishing equipment and licenses. Bring your snacks and drinks to stay refreshed and have a great time on the water. Departure time is flexible, meaning it can be adjusted to fit your schedule.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $750
    This trip is perfect for those who want to fish, but simply can't stay for the full day. This trip will give you time out on the water to target a variety of fish including Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Shark. The captain provides all of the fishing equipment and licenses. Bring your snacks and drinks to stay refreshed and have a great time on the water. Departure time is flexible, meaning it can be adjusted to fit your schedule.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
    A full-day trip will give you plenty of time out on the water to visit several great fishing spots and be able to target a variety of species including Trout, Snook, Redfish, and sharks. Captain John supplies all the necessary fishing gear and licenses. A cooler will also be available for your food and drinks to help you stay hydrated and refreshed, and to have a great day out on the water. Departure time can be adjusted to suit your needs.
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About the Captain

John Kelso
Placida, Florida, United States
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30 Customer reviews
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Member since May 2021
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Captain John welcomes you to Placida and offers to take you on a memorable sea adventure full of fishing action and fun!

About this listing

Targeted species

Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark

Boat specs

Aquasport (Bay boat) originally built in 1986, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 200HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle

Amenities

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

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
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Crew
Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
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Catch intended fish
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Christopher B.
PT CHARLOTTE, FL
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Above & beyond

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on August 7, 2022
We booked a 4 hour inshore near shore charter with Boca Grande Fishing Charters Captain John Keslo and his first mate Mark.
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MARK T.
Palm Harbor, FL
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Strong Day on Boca Grande

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on May 29, 2022
Tremendous day on the waters of Boca Grande with Captain Johnny and Mark. Plenty of live bait; moved around from spot to spot;...
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Michael H.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Excellent
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Full Day Trip With Captain John 5.12.22

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Inshore on May 12, 2022
Had an amazing trip! Having a full day, Captain John was able to put us on all kinds of different fish. Started the day with...
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Jim R.
Sarasota, FL
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Super Captain

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on April 13, 2022
Captain John Kelso started by agreeing to pick us up at our motel dock which necessitated a 30 minute run for him.  He also...
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Jon E.
Hiteman, IA
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Morning trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on June 13, 2022
I would highly recommend booking a trip with John! Great guide, very knowledgeable in the area, and for this mom and daughter...
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FAQs about Boca Grande Fishing Charters

Boca Grande Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • $950 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Inshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Boca Grande Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Boca Grande Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Boca Grande Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Boca Grande Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Boca Grande Fishing Charters include:
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout