Anchors Away charters invites you to spend a sunny Florida day on the waters surrounding Boca Grande. The air is clear and crisp and the fishing bite is as hot as the weather. Specializing in inshore and offshore fishing, Captain Jeff has spent over 35 years fishing southwest Florida and now he’s bringing his love for water to you.

If you’re heading offshore, you’ll be fishing aboard a 2021 33’ Parker center console. The boat is powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha engines and features top of the line fish finding electronics along with first-rate Shimano and Penn tackle.

Whatever your skill level, preference, or idea of a day of fishing is, Captain Jeff can customize your charter for you. He is one of the few Boca Grande captains that hold a Federal Fishing Permit. This means you can go beyond the 9-mile limit, catch bigger fish, and target a wider variety of species. If a shorter trip is where you want to start your charter journey, Captain Jeff can still get those Shimano fishing rods bent on an inshore or nearshore trip.

Hunt for huge toothy predators, get in the water with an enormous Goliath Grouper, or head to the offshore reefs and wrecks to catch some delicious table fare or battle with the giants – the choice is yours. Capt. Jeff provides plenty of bait and artificial lures to get you on the fish you have always wanted to catch.

All trips are family-friendly and will provide memories to last a lifetime! Safety is Capt. Jeff’s number one priority, he’s USCG licensed, certified in CPR and First Aid, and his vessel is outfitted with all the necessary safety equipment.

Book with Anchors Away Charters today, you won’t be disappointed!

If you’re interested in his inshore and backbay trips, just check out his second listing.
****Red Grouper has been closed for harvesting through the end of the yr. Also Lane Snapper will be closed October 15th and will reopen before the end of the year . We still have plenty of other species we can catch



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,400
    On this trip you will be heading out 30+ miles into the Gulf of Mexico and bottom fishing as well as a possibility of trolling over many of the reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges where you will be fishing for a variety of fish including Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Barracuda and the occasional Mahi and Tuna. These fish will wear you out so be ready for a great day of fishing out in the Gulf Of Mexico.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $1,300
    On this trip, you will be heading out 30+ miles into the Gulf of Mexico and bottom fishing as well as a possibility of trolling over many of the reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges where you will be fishing for a variety of fish including Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Barracuda, and the occasional Mahi and Tuna. These fish will wear you out so be ready for a great day of fishing out in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $1,200
    On this #1 booked trip you will be heading out 30+ miles into the Gulf of Mexico and bottom fishing as well as a possibility of trolling over many of the reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges where you will be fishing for a variety of fish including Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Barracuda and the occasional Mahi and Tuna. These fish will wear you out so be ready for a great day of fishing out in the Gulf Of Mexico.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $750
    This offshore trip is great for groups that want to experience offshore fishing while staying a little closer to shore, enjoying the Gulf of Mexico, and catching some fish for dinner as well. On this trip, you'll typically be fishing 15-20 miles out. At this distance, typical catches include smaller Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Grunts, and many others. Please take note at this distance the fish will be smaller including a lot of short Grouper.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $600
    On this trip, you will be fishing around 9-12 miles offshore. This is a great trip if you just want to catch some fish and have a great time out on the water. You're not going to catch that 10 lb grouper at this distance but you can catch Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Key West Grunts, Squirrelfish, Red Grouper (normally shorts), and at times Cobia, Amberjacks, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel. Normally you'll bring some home to eat as well!
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About the Captain

Jeff Watkins
Placida, Florida, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
29 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since July 2016
Captain Jeff is a top rated Boca Grande fishing guide, he grew up locally and has been fishing the waters of Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor, Lemon Bay, Pine Island Sound, and The Gulf Of Mexico all his life. Therefore he knows these waters like the back of his hand and specializes in providing fun engaging fishing charters and above all making lifelong memories. If you are looking for a day on the water you will remember for years to come, look no further. Choose Captain Jeff as your Boca Grande Fishing Guide. Captain Jeff's objective is to give you the best fishing experience possible, and a great time out on our beautiful waters. He is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, insured, and also one of only a few Captains in the area that possess NOAA Federal Reef & Pelagic fishing permits which allow you to legally fish in federal waters which is past 9 miles . I look forward to putting my years of experience to work for you!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)
Snapper (Lane) Lane Snapper

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Vermilion) Vermilion Snapper
Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2021. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 62 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 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
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Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Offshore Fishing Is Phenomenal
Offshore Fishing Is Phenomenal
October 4, 2021
Offshore Placida the bite has been steady and down right epic at times. Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, African Pompano, Cobia have all been coming over the sides. Season varies so so we cant keep them all but still plenty to bring back to eat. American Red Snapper season has been extended for Federally Permitted Charters and that is Anchors Away Offshore. Oct 15th - Nov 5th we will be able to keep Red Snapper. On our offshore trips we've been fishing anywhere from 35-45 miles where the bite has been the best. The #1 booked trip is the 8 hr trip but we still offer trips that will keep you closer but you will limited on some of the species that we catch further out. On all the offshore trips we use live & cut baits fishing the bottom of the Gulf Of Mexico. Kingfish will start showing up very soon as well as Tripletail and we at times will be targeting both. If your ready for a true fishing experience then lets get offshore and do some catching

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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Offshore on May 27, 2021
Had a great day everything was great about the trip especially Captain the guy really likes to fish and it shows! We had a...
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Offshore on July 2, 2021
Capt. Jeff is a professional at his trade and I highly recommend this trip. Plenty of grouper, snapper, and even an African...
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Offshore on December 28, 2020
Even with less than ideal conditions with cold and wind capt Jeff put us on the fish. He is as good as you will find.
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore on October 21, 2020
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VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Offshore on September 26, 2020
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FAQs about Anchors Away Charters – Offshore

Anchors Away Charters – Offshore offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (5 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Offshore (9 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Offshore (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Anchors Away Charters – Offshore, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Anchors Away Charters – Offshore include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano tackle)
  • Live Bait (Certain times of the season )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (For certain trips)
  • Fishing License

Anchors Away Charters – Offshore offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Legal Charter With Federal Permits)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Anchors Away Charters – Offshore offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Anchors Away Charters – Offshore include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Scup (Porgy)
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)