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)
Spotted Seatrout


Boat Specs

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

18 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


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

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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


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:

About the Captain

Pete Gulbrandsen
St. James City, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
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%

St. James City Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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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 trip.

Fished May 25, 2018
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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 tarpon and jumped another. On top of that we had 3 bigger tarpon bite and actually hooked into one and fought it for a good amount of time and the line spooled out after a HUGE run! Other than that he put us on snook and had a blast catching those bad boys! If you want to get put on that fish on a life time give this guy a call!

Fished June 16, 2017
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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 on fish as I did but, with the same enthusiasm as the first time you came tight on a giant snook or tarpon on a fly you tied the night before your trip! Great knowledge of the local waters. Give him a call when you want to work for some guality fish! Capt. Al Zlata (ret)

Fished February 13, 2017
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