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.

Note: up to 5 guests are allowed on trips but only 4 will fish at a time.

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

If you’re interested in his inshore and back bay trips, just check out the crew’s second listing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    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
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,450
    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 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. Up to 5 guests but only 4 will fish at a time.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,600
    On this trip, you will be heading out 30+ miles into the Gulf of Mexico and bottom fishing as well as have 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. Up to 5 guests but only 4 will fish at a time.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,800
    On this trip, you will be heading out up to 60 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. This trip is also a Red Snapper trip in season. These fish will wear you out so be ready for a great day of fishing out in the Gulf of Mexico.
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About the Captain

Jeff Watkins
Placida, Florida, United States
13 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
35 Customer reviews
Response time within an 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

Boat specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2022. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Legal Charter With Federal Permits
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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano tackle
Live Bait
Certain times of the season
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days 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
Children under 13 are required to wear a life vest
You Keep Catch
If you want them
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
American Express
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Offshore on August 18, 2022
Captain Jeff was very profesional , welcoming and knowledgeable. We had an 8hr off shore planned. The weather was not...
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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   10 Hour Trip – Offshore on September 26, 2020
Best charter I have taken and have taken more than 100 all around Florida and out of country. Captain Jeff took us to multiple...
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FAQs about Anchors Away Charters – Offshore

Anchors Away Charters – Offshore offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (5 hours)
  • $1,450 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 9 Hour Trip – Offshore (9 hours)
  • $1,800 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 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
  • Radar

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