BonitaFish Charters

BonitaFish Charters is a family-owned boat charter available for near coastal and backwater fishing, scenic cruises, private charters, as well as dolphin and sightseeing trips. Captain Eric is waiting for you in Bonita Springs, Florida to take you to some of the area’s best fishing spots and make sure you have a day to remember. He’s a veteran angler who knows how to make your trip fun and put you on the fish, so join him aboard and have a great time on Florida’s lovely waters!

Your adventure takes place on a Sea Pro V2300 with a Suzuki 200 that can sit up to 6 guests. It’s rigged with modern fishfinder, GPS, as well as radio electronics that allow for safe and efficient movement on the water. The boat has also got a livewell to provide live bait.

There’s a wide choice of interesting species you can target on your trip. To name just a few, there’s Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Bonnethead Shark, Jack Crevalle, Sheepshead, Redfish, and many more. You’ll be bottom and popper fishing on light tackle in order to attract your prey. You can keep your catch if you want to but feel free to release it as well. Kids are welcome.

Captain Eric will take care of all the rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and fishing licenses, so you should only bring whatever food and drinks you like. If you decide to keep your catch, the captain can clean it and bag it for you at no extra charge.

Come aboard with BonitaFish Charters and enjoy a wonderful day of fishing in Florida!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for 2 persons
    US $450
    Come enjoy a morning fishing trip that runs from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. You'll fish the backwaters and near coastal waters of Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, and Estero Bay. Captain Eric also offers custom trips.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - May 30
    Price for 2 persons
    US $450
    Spend an afternoon on the water fishing from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and have a lovely time on Florida's backwaters as well as near coastal grounds. The areas you'll fish include Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, as well as and Estero Bay. Custom trips are also available.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Family Boating Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Price for 2 persons
    US $615
    Plan your own day to include fishing, beach, shelling, swimming, and sightseeing. 5 hours up to 6 persons for $600, $15.00 per person to add fishing. When prompted for the number of persons, only indicate the number of persons that will be fishing. Departure times are flexible.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Caught fish
93%
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Christopher P.
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Outstanding experience and great Captain

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 19, 2024
Captain Eric was extreme knowledgeable and professional the entire trip. He was able to work with all levels of angler experience,...
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Murray M.
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Beautiful day on the water

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on February 22, 2024
Eric was a great captain! Eric put us on fish all morning. We caught multiple varieties of fish. Great time was had by my wife,...
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Brian T. J.
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Great time. Bachelor Party charter.

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on January 31, 2024
Captain Eric was great. Friendly and professional at the same time. Put us on some fish and kept the trip fun by moving multiple...
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Kate W.
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Enjoyable day fishing!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on March 27, 2024
Captain Eric is great with children! He took time to teach tips and the art of fishing! It was a very enjoyable day fishing!...
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Paul D.
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Great day with Captain Eric

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on April 27, 2024
Had a wonderful day of fishing. Eric put us in a bunch of different species that proved fun during our outing and delicious...
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FAQs about BonitaFish Charters

BonitaFish Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $450 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $450 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $600 per group, additional US $15 per person after 1 guest - 5 Hour Trip – Family Boating Day (5 hours)

When you book a trip with BonitaFish Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

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

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

BonitaFish Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with BonitaFish Charters include:
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Whiting

Meet the Captain

Eric Hildebrandt
Bonita Springs, Florida, United States
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50 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2021
Angler's Choice
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Captain Eric is a USMC veteran and a retired LEO living in Southwest Florida since 2017.

About this listing

Targeted species

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish Ladyfish
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish

Boat specs

Sea Pro (Bay boat) originally built in 1999. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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
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
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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