Pine Island Backwater Charters

3461 Manatee Drive
St. James City FL, United States

Located on a beautiful island oasis on the west coast of Florida, PIne Island Backwater Charters give you the chance to get close and personal to a variety of inshore game fish as well as Dolphins, Manatees, Ospreys, Eagles and many other species that call the area’s seas and skies their home. Capt. Pete Gulbrandsen will guide you through the natural treasures of Pine Island and the surrounding area while targeting desirable inshore game fish such as Tarpon, Redfish, Snook and Trout.

Capt. Pete runs an 18 foot East Cape Fury flats skiff that has been designed specifically for getting into the shallowest of waters. Able to float in just six inches of water, this will allow you to explore the best of the backcountry’s meandering creeks and the shallow flats and mangroves where few other boats ever go. The Fury poles extremely quietly, providing the ideal platform for chasing spooky Redfish and other species. At the same time, its hull design and built in spray rails allow anglers to travel out off the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva, and Cayo Costa to target Tarpon, Snook and False Albacore as they migrate along the coastline in the summer and fall. Capt. Pete also owns two fishing kayaks, and he will occasionally strap one to the back of the Fury to enable him to travel into even narrower and skinnier areas than he could access in his skiff. Let him know at the time of booking if you’re interested in this.

Capt. Pete usually fishes with flies or artificial bait on light tackle for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Trout. He provides premium quality fishing gear from St Croix, Century, TFO, Cheeky, Shimano, Zeebas and Okuma, as well as artificial lures from Zman, Hogy, Sluggo, Doa, Mirrolure and Heddon. He finds early morning fishing before the sunrise particularly rewarding but will tailor his trips and hours to what works best for you. Pete is an advocate of CPR (Catch, Photo, Release) but will clean and fillet your catch for you if you would like to take it home to eat.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 3 persons
    A longer trip, allowing you to explore more areas to fish for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Trout with flies or light tackle with artificial lures.
  • Private trip
    3/4 day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    A longer trip, allowing you to explore more areas to fish for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 350
    up to 3 persons
    Fish the backwaters around Pine Island for Redfish, Snook, Tarpon and Trout. We will usually fish longer than 4 hours!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish
Snook
Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon

Boat Specs

East Cape Fury (Flats boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 90HP Etec 90 engine.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in St. James City to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Checks

About the Captain

Pete Gulbrandsen
St. James City, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
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Capt. Pete loves sharing the passion for fishing that has grown inside him over 30 years of participating in the sport. Every morning he wakes up excited to spend another day stalking Redfish, Trout, Snook and Tarpon through the flats and mangroves around Pine Island.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
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4 Hour Trip with Capt. Pete
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Frank Zubel
United States
 5.00
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6 hr trip is just the right amount of time!

VERIFIED   May 25, 2018
Had a great time and experience with Capt Pete! The next time I come down to the Ft Myers area I’ll be sure to book another...
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Dave Ryan
Cape Coral, Florida
 5.00
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Fantastic Inshore Fishing!

February 9, 2017
With his extensive knowledge of local waters, Pete provided me with an excellent opportunity to fish the creeks and backwaters...
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Jaedin Ness
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 5.00
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4 Hour Trip with Capt. Pete

June 16, 2017
Had a blast with Capt. Pete! This guy is very knowledgeable and knows how to put people on that trophy fish! We caught 2 Baby...
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Al Zlata
Fort Myers, Florida
 5.00
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February fishing trip

February 13, 2017
After 40 plus years in the guide biz in the north east, I found a guide that fishes with the same desire to guide his clients...
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Lee Zausner
Brandon, Florida
 5.00
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Fun with Pete

February 3, 2017
Pete works hard to make sure you have fun.  He knows lots of spots and moves around until he finds a productive spot.
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