As far as Catchin’ Jiants is concerned, you can expect outstanding service. Captain C.J. won ‘‘Best Fishing Captain of Sanibel and Captiva Islands 2019’’ and you will see why! The crew invites you down to Sanibel to explore its fantastic angling opportunities in comfort and style. Captain C.J. loves kids of all ages, so bring your whole family and have a trip to remember!

Hop on board a 26’ Gillikin center console. This boat features plenty of fishing space for up to 6 anglers. A large, removable bimini top provides ample shade on hot summer days, and you can always expect the boat to be iced down so you don’t need to haul your own coolers on board. This vessel is also fitted with electronics, modern technologies, and the finest tackle.

The local backwaters are a top Tarpon fishing destination, and you can expect to have your skills put to the test when these fish make blistering runs and dance on the water with gill shaking jumps! These “Great Silver Kings” are often followed by an entourage of apex predators, including Giant Greater Hammerheads Sharks, Bull Sharks, and Tiger Sharks. Additionally, you can see many Dolphins, Manatees and birds in the area, which will make your trip even more interesting and fun!

Should you choose to head offshore instead, you’ll have a chance to hook into Redfish, Permit, Barracuda, Little Tunny, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, a variety of Rays, and the legendary Goliath Grouper—to name a few.

Customize your fishing adventure and let your captain know which species you’d like to target. From trolling to bottom fishing, handline, jigging, popping, and spinning techniques, Catchin’ Jiants can do it all.

Whichever fishing adventure you choose, you will be provided with everything you need for a successful and productive day on the water. All you need to do is just bring your own drinks and snacks.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,500
    This trip is the perfect option for serious anglers looking to hook the Tarpon of a lifetime! You'll get to spend more time out on the water, which means you'll really up your chances of battling your very own Silver King. Up to 6 anglers can come aboard, but 4 can fish at the same time.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,250
    This 8-hour adventure allows for plenty of time to battle your own "Silver King", so come see what these waters hold! Up to 6 guests can come aboard, but only 4 lines can be in the water at once, so please keep this in mind if traveling with a large group.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    This eight-hour adventure is right what the doctor ordered. Bring your family and friends onboard and venture up to 25 miles out for Grouper, Barracuda, Little Tunny, Cobia, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 1
    $1,000
    Come and hook your very own "Silver King" on this 6-hour adventure! You'll be provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle and your fishing license. Up to 6 guests are welcome aboard, but please be aware that due to local regulations, only 4 lines can be in the water at any given time.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    This trip can start as early as 8 in the morning. You will be exploring the beautiful waters of Sanibel. The list of your potential catches includes Redfish, Snook, Snapper, Little Tunny, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Customized (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    Let the team customize your trip to meet your very specific needs. Spend the day the way you want. Fish close to shore, head to the nearshore waters and have fun. You can catch anything from Grouper to Little Tunny, Jack Crevalle, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Customized (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy some fine angling and customize your trip to meet your wishes. Fish inshore or nearshore, learn a new technique or master your cast. Target anything from Jack Crevalle to Redfish and Snook.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    This afternoon trip will take you fishing the prolific waters of Sanibel, Florida. You will be checking the bite not too far from shore, going for Redfish, Snook, Jack Crevalle, Grouper, and many more.
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About the Captain

CJ Floyd
Sanibel, Florida, United States
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170 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2016
Capt. CJ knows fishing to be "a way of life", "a pre-determined destiny, a calling" – "a VOCATION". He's more aware than ever about the environment and sustaining fisheries to ensure his son, Steele (5 yrs old), has the same opportunities and foundations for memories that he's been blessed to have. Capt. CJ grew up "Country" and is a simple man with very Southern Style core values. He's "easy like Sunday morning", says Mrs. Floyd. She describes fishing as "not what he does... it's who he is, who he's always been". She loves that about him. She describes Captain C.J. as reliable, dependable, honest and loyal like no other. His heart and soul go into making every trip worth his name. He takes much pride in being Captain C.J. of Catchin' Jiants. It's the heartbeat of his family. He loves what he does! You will never feel like he's "working". You will feel like the only charter on earth as he aims to please and provide an unforgettable experience!

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Targeted Species

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

Hogfish Hogfish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Custom Gillikin (Center console) originally built in 2002. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Best fishing trip ever!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on January 18, 2021
I would absolutely recommend this trip to any family member, friend, or acquaintance. Captain CJ is an excellent fisherman...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Customized (AM) on June 4, 2021
Excellent day fishing with Captain CJ!  Great Captain with tons of fishing, boating knowledge and years of experience. Boat...
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Tough day fishing. Still had fun.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Customized (AM) on March 26, 2021
Strong winds made it a tough day fishing.  CJ tried to put us on some fish a little off shore but my son started getting sea...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on February 25, 2021
One of the most epic days I have had on the water. Captain CJ put us on the fish. My son crossed way more species off his list,...
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FAQs about Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel

Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - Customized (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - Customized (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Tarpon Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,250 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Tarpon Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - Extended Full Day Tarpon Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate (On as needed basis)
  • Fishing License

Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Hogfish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon