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Top Fishing Charters in Englewood

Fishing in Englewood

So charming that both Charlotte and Sarasota counties wanted to include it in their territory, Englewood is a Gulf Coast community in west central Florida, located an hour from Sarasota and hour and a half from Fort Myers. Wide untouched beaches dotted with shells and Shark teeth, many golf courses, versatile wildlife, and most importantly, Englewood fishing charters, attract numerous visitors here each year. Since it was founded as a fishing village in 1896, Englewood’s reputation for fishing has just kept growing.

Known For

The fishing Englewood, FL has in store is all about diversity – when it comes to both species and fishing locations. You'll get to explore everything from inshore to offshore Gulf waters, mangrove islands, backwaters, and shallows in pursuit of the most attractive species in the area. When it comes to the top Englewood fishing spots, local captains love to take their clients exploring the bite of the Lemon Bay, Boca Grande, Gasparilla Sound, Tampa Bay, Gasparilla Island, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island, Cayo Costa, and more. 

Inshore Fishing

If you're an inshore enthusiast, the fishing charters Englewood has to offer will give you the ultimate shallow water fix. Various backcountry hot spots are filled with Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, as well as other shallow water trophies. 
The Snook in these waters can reach up to 40 pounds, and they're known for their speed, unexpected jumps, and stamina. Redfish are also found in these areas, especially in skinny seagrass waters, and are known to reach 35 pounds. Trout can be found hiding in seagrass beds, and it's not uncommon to catch specimens up to 15 pounds. When it comes to Tarpon fishing, Englewood Fl charters can take you exploring the best locations out there, including Boca Grande, the “Tarpon Capital of the World”, located only 17.5 miles from Englewood.
In these grass and sand flats, mangroves, and bays, you can also target Cobia, Tarpon, Tripletail, King and Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Permit, and more. You might even come face-to-gills with monsters such as Sharks and Goliath Grouper.  

Nearshore Fishing

Venturing farther out to deeper nearshore waters will bring you a whole new universe of species to target. Exploring the many reefs and wrecks will give you a chance to boat delicious fish like Snapper and Grouper, both big and versatile when it comes to their subspecies. Fishing artificial reefs, ledges, and hard bottoms up to 9 miles from the coast, you'll also get to bag Tripletail, Cobia, Grunts, Spanish and King Mackerel, Amberjack, Barracuda, Hogfish, Blacktip Shark, and even the mighty Goliath Grouper. The latter average 100–700 pounds, while Sharks can grow 4–12 feet.

Offshore Fishing

If you book a longer trip lasting 10+ hours, you can get your hands on the biggest of big and the tastiest of tasty species. Topwater trolling, jigging, and bottom fishing near offshore reefs is what's hot in these offshore waters, which can get you Red and Mangrove Snapper, Red Grouper, Barracuda, Amberjack, Mackerel, and even Tuna if you're really lucky. These offshore adventures usually take place 20–70 miles from the coast and are perfect for hardcore anglers looking to get the best out of Englewood deep sea fishing. 

Englewood Fishing Tips

  • Flats fishing is all about light tackle spinning and fly fishing. Spinning is usually done with live bait, and the choice will depend on the species. Snook like small crabs, herring, and pilchards, while Redfish are into small shrimp and crabs. 
  • Fly fishing for Tarpon is an absolute must – local guides usually sight fish for them in the shallows during April-July. You can also drift fish for the Silver King nearshore. 
  • Goliath Grouper are caught using heavy tackle – you can try handlining or using conventional tackle. 
  • If you head farther from the coast, you'll be focusing on trolling topwater baits or bottom fishing the reefs and wrecks. You can also jig for delicious Grouper and Snapper.  

Need to Know


If you book a trip with a licensed Englewood fishing charter, you won't have to worry about getting permits. Just make sure to ask your guide about closed seasons and bag limits if you're after a particular species. 


Full day trips for a party of four to six usually cost $550–$1,000, with Tarpon full days slightly pricier ($800–$900). Six hours on the water will cost you $500–$750 and half day trips are normally $325–$650, with offshore trips being a bit more expensive. 

Getting There

Charlotte County Airport is located only 30 miles from downtown Englewood if you take US-41 N. Other major airports nearby are Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport located 43 and 77 miles from Englewood. The city is also easily reachable by car from Saint Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and other major Florida cities. 
Whether you'd like to spend the day chasing the inshore trophies, hit the reefs and wreck for some delicious bottom species, or fight the biggest A-listers miles offshore, you'll find all the action you need in Englewood!
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Englewood Fishing Seasons

Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, and Snook are roaming the inshore waters – catch as many as you can. Or head out to reefs and focus on Spanish Mackerel and other nearshore species. 
Go after Snook and Redfish swimming near the coast or venture out a bit farther and catch some Amberjack. But it doesn't end here; there are plenty of other fish in the sea.
Stay inshore and boat Redfish and Trout or go exploring the deeper waters offshore. There you'll find anything from Amberjack and Jack Crevalle to King Mackerel.
Fishing is heating up in every part of these waters. Inshore waters are exploding with Tarpon, Snook, Drum, and Trout, while deeper waters are all about Barracuda, Bonito, Kingfish, and Amberjack.
Snook and mighty Tarpon dominate the inshore waters. Offshore, you can target a variety of A-listers, including Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia, and other trophies – catch them if you can!
Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook are abundant in inshore waters. You can also expect some mind-blowing action when it comes to Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper, and most importantly, Red Snapper!
Hit the reefs and deeper waters for some rod-bending fishing action. It's time to catch some Snapper, Grouper, Barracuda, and Jacks. Or have an equally productive day targeting Tarpon inshore.
Catching Tarpon and Snook inshore has never been more fun. If you'd like to go farther out, expect to encounter some Amberjack, Cobia, Barracuda, and other amazing species. 
Redfish, Tarpon, and Drum can be caught in skinny waters inshore – don't miss the chance to chase after them. You can also go for King and Spanish Mackerel near reefs and wrecks.
Stay inshore and land some brag-worthy Snook and Redfish. But it's not all about skinny waters – set sail and go farther for some Amberjack, Cobia, and King Mackerel. 
The weather is getting cold, but fishing is still hot, hot, hot! Catch anything from the inshore superstars to the likes of Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia, and King Mackerel offshore. 
December is all about heading farther out and focusing on some of the biggest of big reef and nearshore species. With some luck, catch Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and Jack Crevalle. 

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What People Are Saying About Englewood

"Half Day Trip with Captain Tim"

Ed M. fished with MM Charters on January 25, 2020

Be prepared for anything, being from Wisconsin The windy 70 degree day in January was a shorts and tshirt day for us, The locals were all bundled up complaining of cold

"Half day of paradise!"

Pamela H. fished with Saltwater Spoiled Fishing–Englewood on October 27, 2019

This was our first trip fishing in Florida and was extremely pleasant. Captain Mike was very patient and very helpful

"Six hour bottom fishing with Capt. Steve"

Richard G. fished with Paradise Fishing Charters on July 9, 2019

Target fish selectively on their seasonal abundance and type of fishing methods.

"What a great trip "

John G. fished with MM Charters on May 3, 2019

Go with a good captain like Tim who knows the area well to ensure that you get the best experience.

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Top Targeted Species in Englewood







Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mangrove)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Goliath)

Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle

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