Anchors Away Charters

Boca Grande Causeway
Placida FL, United States

Anchors Away Charters has what it takes to get you on fish in Placida, 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 scanning the surrounding waters from the tower of his 24 ft Skeeter SX240 or navigating the intricate backwaters on his 18 ft Shallow Sport tunnel boat, you will have the edge over the majority of the other boats in the area. Both boats are fully equipped with top of the range fish finding electronics, Power Pole shallow anchoring systems, and top quality Shimano fishing tackle.

Thanks to this flexibility, Captain 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 off to the nearshore reefs to catch some delicious table fare… the choice is yours. Captain Jeff provides plenty of live bait and artificial lures to get you on the fish you have always wanted to catch.

Although Anchors Away Charters strongly supports catch and release to keep the local ecosystem flourishing, Captain 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. Some of Captain Jeff’s fondest memories are fishing with his children - let him help you make memories with your kids, too.

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 7:30 AM
    US$ 850
    up to 4 persons
    Want to catch big fish and bring dinner home? Book an 8 hr offshore fishing trip, up to 4 people, with Capt Jeff. He has the required permits for charter fishing in federal waters in the Gulf Of Mexico. On this trip you will fish 12+ miles over rock ledges, reefs, and wrecks for a wide variety of fish including Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and Cobia. Bait, Tackle, fishing licenses are all included and we will clean your fish to if desired . Book today and be ready for a great time.
  • 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 - 30 Jun
    US$ 850
    up to 4 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 3)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is for a inshore/back bay 8 hr charter for up to 2 people with a max of 3 with a additional charge.. We will be fishing for a variety of inshore species including Redfish, Trout, and Snook.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 4 persons
    Want to catch big fish and bring dinner home? Book an 6hr offshore fishing trip, up to 4 people, with Capt Jeff. He has the required permits for charter fishing in federal waters in the Gulf Of Mexico. On this trip you will fish 12+ miles over rock ledges, reefs, and wrecks for a wide variety of fish including Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and Cobia. Bait, Tackle, fishing licenses are all included and we will clean your fish to if desired . Book today and be ready for a great time.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip - Tarpon (MAX 3)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 16 Apr - 30 Jun
    US$ 650
    up to 4 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 - Inshore/Backbay
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is for a inshore/back bay 6 hr charter for up to 2 people with a max of 3 with a extra charge..We will be fishing for a variety of inshore species including Redfish, Trout, and Snook.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip - Tarpon (MAX 3)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 16 Apr - 30 Jun
    US$ 500
    up to 4 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 9:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is a nearshore/reef fishing trip for 4 Hrs (up to 9 miles out in the Gulf Of Mexico) and includes up to 3 people and a max of 4 people for a additional $50.00. We will be bottom fishing and trolling a few of our nearshore reefs/wrecks for a variety of Gulf Of Mexico fish. A great trip!! and normally a lot of bent rods and well over a hundred fish caught each trip. This is a weather permitting trip..
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip - Nearshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:45 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is a nearshore/reef fishing trip for 4 Hrs (up to 9 miles out in the Gulf Of Mexico) and includes up to 3 people and a max of 4 people for a additional $50.00. We will be bottom fishing and trolling a few of our nearshore reefs/wrecks for a variety of Gulf Of Mexico fish. A great trip!! and normally a lot of bent rods and well over a hundred fish caught each trip. This is a weather permitting trip..
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip - Inshore/Backbay (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is for a inshore/backbay 4 hr charter for up to 2 people with a max of 3 with a extra charge. We will be fishing for a variety of inshore species including Redfish, Trout, and Snook.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip - Inshore/Backbay (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:45 PM
    US$ 400
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is for a inshore/backbay 4 hr charter for up to 2 people with a max of 3 with a extra charge. We will be fishing for a variety of inshore species including Redfish, Trout, and Snook.
  • Private trip
    3 Hr Trip - Cruise (NO FISHING)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US$ 325
    up to 4 persons
    IT'S YOUR TIME SO ENJOY IT. I PROVIDE THE BOAT AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WATERS THE REST IS UP TO YOU. SUNSET CRUISE, SANDBAR, REMOTE ISLAND, TOUR, SWIMMING, SHELLING, PICNIC. IT'S YOUR CALL. DEPARTURE TIME IS NEGOTIABLE. MAX OF 4 PEOPLE
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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

Skeeter (Performance fishing) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 46 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 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

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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
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My name Is Capt. Jeff Watkins. I grew up locally here in Charlotte County and have been fishing the surrounding waters for over 32 yrs. 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 will put my years of experience to work for you.
Response time: 3 hours
Response rate: 100%

Placida Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.98 out of 5 stars from 17 reviews

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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 be back to fish again.

Fished June 2, 2018
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Capt. Jeff and first mate Alex were outstanding.
Equipment and boat were first rate.
First charter for wife and myself. I hooked and fought a tarpon that Capt. Jeff guesssed to be around 135lbs. Lost fish right at boat when it made a huge head shaking jump. Wife and myself had a great time. I would highly recommend Anchors Away charter. Wife and myself will use them again when we return next year.
Thanks Capt. Jeff for a fun filled day on the water.

Fished May 20, 2018
Jeff Watkins (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 21, 2018

Thank you Lance it was a pleasure having you and your wife out to chase Tarpon. Look forward to next year

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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 trip Capt. Jeff knew right where to go. We caught multiple fish including Redfish, and Trout. We were in them so thick we all had one on at the same time.. . Our next 4 hrs was about 8 miles off shore fishing some structure. Water was calm and just a beautiful day. On this trip we caught Grouper, Lane Snapper, Sea Bass, Grunt, Mangrove Snapper, and even a nice Cobia. In total between the three of us we caught over 120 fish alone just in the near shore trip. The boat was awesome had everything we needed to get on the fish. I have been on quite a few charters and I can tell you this was by far the best one ever. Capt. Jeff’s knowledge of the fish and water is the best bar none. Cant wait to do another trip. Thank you Capt. Jeff for showing us a great time. See ya soon ... RS.

Fished May 5, 2018
Jeff Watkins (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 21, 2018

Thank you Richard. Was a great day and enjoyed having you guys on the boat. Look forward to seeing you again!!

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