Calusa Tales Charters

Calusa Tales Charters invites you down to Fort Myers to enjoy the outdoors like no other. Join Captain James Bryan, a local guide with extensive knowledge of these waters, and let him take you to the area’s finest mangrove and island shorelines, grass flats, and backcountry waters. His charters are very family-friendly and kids are more than welcome.

Whether you are looking for a day out full of exciting adventures and a lot of fish or just want to relax and wet a line, there is a trip for you. Get your hands on Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Snook, and Mangrove Snapper. Head out for Cobia, Black Drum, and Tripletail.

Or spend your day chasing the elusive Tarpon. Known for its strength and acrobatic jumps, the Silver King is a great target for those who want to bow to them or test their angling skills. The pleasure is seasonal so don’t miss it when it’s hot!

Calusa Tales Charters will take you out aboard a newly refurbished 19’ Action Craft Flatsmaster boat. Built specifically for those shallow waters, this vessel can comfortably take up to 3 anglers. This shallow water skiff gives allows you access to locations and fish larger boats are unable to access, also allowing for more exploring. The boat comes powered by a 135 HP Mercury four-stroke engine. There are all Lowrance GPS and fish finder, as well as a VHF radio and a radar. The boat is rigged with a Minn-Kota Riptide wireless trolling motor, a live well, and a Yeti75 icebox.

All trips come with the use of St Croix TideMaster Inshore rods, live bait, hard and soft baits, a fishing license, bottled water, and a complimentary fish cleaning service.

Calusa Tales Charters are here to not only put you on the fish, but also to teach those wanting to learn more about inshore saltwater fishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    This full-day trip will take you fishing for Redfish, Snook, Tripletail, Seatrout, and other exciting species in the mangrove flats, backcountry waters, shallow lagoons, and deep water holes.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Tarpon Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Sep
    $575
    up to 3 persons
    You will be spending your time on the water hunting and testing your fishing skills with the Silver King Himself. This is a fishing experience you don't want to pass up.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $475
    up to 3 persons
    Flexible departure time. You will be fishing the shallow lagoons with deep water holes, backcountry mangrove waterways, and grass flats for Redfish, Snook, Tripletail and Seatrout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $375
    up to 3 persons
    Flexible departure time. You will be fishing the shallow lagoons with deep water holes, backcountry mangrove waterways, and grass flats for Redfish, Snook, Tripletail and Seatrout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $375
    up to 3 persons
    Flexible departure times are available. You will be fishing the backcountry grass flats, shallow lagoons with deep water holes full of fish, and backcountry mangrove waterways. The targeted species include Redfish, Snook, Tripletail and Seatrout.
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About the Captain

James Bryan
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
34 Reports
21 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2018
Being a native to Florida and growing up with my father as a backcountry guide in the Florida Keys and Flamingo, fishing was built into my DNA. There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing what I've learned with others and feeling the excitement of hunting down and hooking up with the species of fish my clients are looking for.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Action Craft Flatsmaster (Flats boat) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 115HP 2018 Mercury PROXS 115 4 Stroke engine.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Fort Myers to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.93
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
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Full Day
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Half day trip with captain James
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Angler Rating
19
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Terri B.
Cape Coral, Florida
 5.00
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Awesome Day on the Water

January 23, 2019
Thanks Captain James for a Great Day of Fishing.You definitely knew how to put us on the fish. Even when the bite slowed down,...
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Shawn B.
Boggs, WV
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 2, 2019
Captain James is Awesome!! Got us onto a bunch of fish. This man definitely knows what he is doing. We had an excellent time....
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Charlie W.
Lakeville, MN
 5.00
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Half day morning trip with Capt James

March 15, 2019
Great morning on the water.  Capt James was on time and ready to role when I met him at the dock.  He had a bait...
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Josie H.
Fort Myers, Florida
 5.00
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Full day trip, amazing!

February 5, 2019
I was really debating between chartering a half day and a full day and man the full day is so worth every extra buck. Capt....
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Dan K.
New Franklin, OH
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Half day trip with captain James

VERIFIED   April 6, 2019
It was a perfect day on the water with captain James, his knowledge of the area is amazing. He put us right on the fish, we...
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Fishing Reports

Redfish Fever

August 24, 2019

The Redfish bite has continued to get better week after week. The Snook are still around, but the Reds have certainly very aggressive. As always working a moving tide has increased the odds or working mangrove lines with live… Read Full Report →


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