Anchors Away Charters

Boca Grande Causeway
Placida FL, United States

Anchors Away Charters has what it takes to get you on fish in Boca Grande, Florida. Captain Jeff grew up locally and has been fishing the waters of Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor all his life. He knows these waters like the back of his hand and specializes in providing fun days of fishing that lead to lifelong memories. If you are looking for a day on the water you will remember for years to come, look no further.

What makes Anchors Away Charters special is that Captain Jeff has two boats to fish from, meaning he will always be able to show you the best that the local area has to offer, whatever the conditions. So whether you are navigating the intricate backwaters on his 18 ft Shallow Sport tunnel hull or heading offshore in his 2018 26 ft Parker center console, you will have the edge over the majority of the other Captain’s in the area. Also Capt. Jeff has all the required permits for charter fishing in federal waters in the Gulf Of Mexico,  which is past the 9 mile mark. Both boats are equipped with top of the line fish finding electronics, Power Pole shallow anchoring systems, Yamaha outboards and top quality Shimano fishing tackle.

Thanks to this flexibility, Capt. Jeff can take you on a whole range of trips. Target the world famous Boca Grande Tarpon, hunt for huge toothy predators, get in the water with an enormous Goliath Grouper, stalk the backcountry in search of Redfish, Snook, or Trout, 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.

Although Capt. Jeff strongly supports catch and release to keep the local ecosystem flourishing, Capt. Jeff is willing to clean your catch if you prefer. He welcomes anglers of all experience levels aboard his boats, and kids are especially welcome. What are you waiting for? Reserve your spot with Anchors Away Charters today!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 900
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 125
    each additional person
    On this trip you will be heading out 30+ miles into the Gulf of Mexico bluewater and fishing over many of the reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges where you will be fishing for a variety of fish including Black, Scamp, Gag, Red, and Goliath Grouper, Lane, Yellowtail and Red Snapper, Cobia, Amberjack, and the occasional Mahi and Tuna. These fish will wear you out so be ready for a great day of fishing the blue water. Departure time will vary.
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip - Tarpon (MAX 3)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 25 Jun
    US$ 850
    up to 6 persons
    This charter is a 8hr Tarpon charter in world famous Boca Grande Pass and the surrounding waters. Max of 3 people
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Inshore/Backbay (MAX 2)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 6 persons
    On this charter you will be fishing the shallow inshore/backbay waters in and around Boca Grande. You will be fishing the endless grass flats and mangrove shorelines for a variety of fish including Redfish, Snook, and Trout. Also a good chance you will see other wildlife like Dolphins, Ospreys, Eagles, and Manatees. Note departure time will vary. Due to the devastating red tide this year and the loss of many inshore species this charter is catch and release only at this time.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip – Tarpon (MAX 3)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 16 Apr - 25 Jun
    US$ 650
    up to 6 persons
    This charter is a 6hr Tarpon charter in world famous Boca Grande Pass and the surrounding waters. Max of 3 people
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip – Nearshore
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    On this charter you will be fishing approximately 10-12 miles offshore on some of the many reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges for a variety of great table fare fish including Grouper, Lane Snapper, and Seabass. This is a great trip for the family and the kids will have a blast too. The fish are not all giants nearshore but the bite is consistent and 25+ fish per person is not uncommon. Departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip – Inshore/Backbay (MAX 2)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 6 persons
    On this trip you will be fishing the shallow inshore waters in and around Boca Grande. You will be fishing the endless grass flats and mangrove shorelines for a variety of fish including Redfish, Snook, and Trout. Also a good chance you will see other wildlife like Dolphins, Ospreys, Eagles, and Manatees. Note departure time will vary. Due to the devastating red tide this year and the loss of many inshore species this charter is catch and release only at this time.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Tarpon (MAX 3)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 16 Apr - 25 Jun
    US$ 500
    up to 6 persons
    This charter is a 4hr Tarpon charter in world famous Boca Grande Pass and the surrounding waters. Max of 3 people
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Nearshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    On this charter you will be fishing approximately 10-12 miles offshore on some of the many reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges for a variety of great table fare fish including Grouper, Lane Snapper, and Seabass. This is a great trip for the family and the kids will have a blast too. The fish are not all giants nearshore but the bite is consistent and 25+ fish per person is not uncommon. Departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Nearshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:15 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    On this charter you will be fishing approximately 10-12 miles offshore on some of the many reefs, wrecks, and rock ledges for a variety of great table fare fish including Grouper, Lane Snapper, and Seabass. This is a great trip for the family and the kids will have a blast too. The fish are not all giants nearshore but the bite is consistent and 25+ fish per person is not uncommon. Departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr – Inshore/Backbay (AM) MAX 2
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 425
    up to 6 persons
    On this charter you will be fishing the shallow inshore/backbay waters in and around Boca Grande. You will be fishing the endless grass flats and mangrove shorelines for a variety of fish including Redfish, Snook, and Trout. Also a good chance you will see other wildlife like Dolphins, Ospreys, Eagles, and Manatees. Note departure time will vary. Due to the devastating red tide this year and the loss of many inshore species this charter is catch and release only at this time.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr – Inshore/Backbay (PM) MAX 2
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 425
    up to 6 persons
    On this charter you will be fishing the shallow inshore/backbay waters in and around Boca Grande. You will be fishing the endless grass flats and mangrove shorelines for a variety of fish including Redfish, Snook, and Trout. Also a good chance you will see other wildlife like Dolphins, Ospreys, Eagles, and Manatees. Note departure time will vary. Due to the devastating red tide this year and the loss of many inshore species this charter is catch and release only at this time.
  • Private trip
    Boat & Captain (No Fishing) 3 hrs
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 300
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    It's your trip you make the call. Sandbar, Beach, Cruising, Sunset, Picnic? It's up to you. For up to 6 people. Time is negotiable to fit your schedule. Trip is 3hrs
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red)
Permit

Pompano
Redfish
Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Hammerhead)

Snapper (Lane)
Snook
Speckled Trout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 46 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

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 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 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

About the Captain

Jeff Watkins
Placida, Florida, United States
Member since July 2016
18
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My name Is Capt. Jeff Watkins. I was born in Rochester NY and started fishing with my dad when I was 4 yrs old. I knew then that fishing would be a big part of my life. I moved to Florida @ 9 yrs old here in Charlotte County and have been fishing the surrounding waters for over 35 yrs. From Inshore to offshore I have dedicated most of my life mastering the many different fishing techniques for the many species we have in our waters. My objective is to give you the best fishing experience and a great time out on our beautiful waters. I am a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, Insured, and also possess NOAA Federal Reef & Palagic fishing Permits for charter captains. I look forward to putting my years of experience to work for you.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.98
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
Boat
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Experience
An epic 1\/2 day near shore trip
Fishing with  Jeff
Angler Rating
18
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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GREAT EXPERIENCE

May 5, 2018
My two sons and I did a combination trip. 4 hr inshore/back country & a 4hr nearshore all in the same day. On the inshore...
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Lance Todd
Lee's Summit, MO
 5.00
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6 hour tarpon trip on 05/20/2018

VERIFIED   May 20, 2018
Capt. Jeff and first mate Alex were outstanding. Equipment and boat were first rate. First charter for wife and...
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Jason Clevenger
Fishers, IN
 5.00
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An epic 1/2 day near shore trip

VERIFIED   July 17, 2018
Captain Jeff delivered a great day of fishing. He took me and my 8 year old son to multiple spots that he has discovered in...
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 5.00
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Nearshore trip 6 hrs

April 25, 2018
Myself and my husband and two children did a 6 hr nearshore trip with Capt. Jeff.. We caught over 120 fish . It was a great...
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Chuck Edwards
Mansfield, TX
 5.00
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Captain Jeff commumicared well on technical crafts of catching Tarpon compared to our bass savy. We had a great time and will...
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Fishing Reports

October Fishing The Bite Is On

October 09, 2018

The fish are biting. Redfish, Snook, Trout on the inshore side have been roaming the mangrove shore lines and grass flats. We have been having a decent catch on every trip. Due to the red tide this year Redfish,… Read Full Report →