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Matlacha fishing charters will take you through the grass flats of the Matlacha Pass into the vast open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Its sub-tropical climate and excellent year-round fishing make this destination a prime location for a family getaway. The fishing in Matlacha is diverse, dynamic, and exciting, and has something for everyone regardless of your level of experience.

Matlacha’s inshore fishing is among some of the best you’ll experience in Southwest Florida. The area’s a great habitat for inshore species like Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle, Sheepshead, Cobia, Snook, and Sharks. In the Gulf, the waters offer a new host of targets such as Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, and Mahi Mahi.

Local inshore trips are kid-friendly and excellent for families. It won't take long to reach some of the top fishing spots, so even a half-day trip can yield many great catches. The alternative to these are the high-octane offshore adventures. These trips cater to avid anglers with strong sealegs who don’t mind staying out for 8–10 hours to increase their chances of a big catch.

Matlacha has got a wide range of opportunities available, from kayak fishing inshore to trolling the rich fishing grounds offshore. Most charters tend to congregate at the southern half of the island. Start your search here and decide on the type of experience you’re looking for. Finally, pick your charter and start planning your adventure right away!

Rules & Regulations

All Florida saltwater guides are licensed to cover everyone aboard, so no need to pick up a separate fishing license. If you’re planning on fishing in any freshwater or brackish water areas, however, be sure to purchase one online or at a local retailer.

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January

Trout fishing is solid throughout January. Florida’s mild winters keep the water temperatures in the mid-to-high 60s, so you can expect to target other inshore species as well, including Redfish, Tripletail, and Sheepshead.

February

Don’t let the winter blues hold you back. February provides good action for Sheepshead and Tripletail, as well as Redfish and Trout. If your skills are on point, you may even be able to court the occasional Mangrove Snapper.

March

Water temperatures begin to warm up so bigger fish start to come out of hibernation and show up closer to shore. Trout increase in size and quantity, as well as Black Drum and Redfish. Other likely catches may include Cobia, Jack Crevalle, and Grouper.

April

It’s time for Tarpon fishing, so book a fly fishing trip for the ultimate back bay showdown! Snook, Permit, and Mangrove Snapper start to show up in numbers as well, creating a fishing frenzy in the mangroves and backcountry flats.

May

As water temperatures reach the mid-to-high 70s, the variety of fish increases. Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, and Snook fishing remain hot with the chance of catching various Grouper and Snapper species. Other targets include Ladyfish, Tripletail, Cobia, and even the occasional Barracuda.

June

Temperatures heat up, making the fish hide out in shady areas. Mangrove, Mutton, and Yellowtail Snapper, as well as Goliath Grouper, Ladyfish, Tripletail, and Cobia are willing to take the bait. Head a little further out from the Pass and target Hogfish and Black Grouper while drifting above underwater structures.

July

July marks the peak of the wet season, but no need to worry, rains come and go quickly. The best time to go fishing is in the morning while fish congregate around the Matlacha Bridge. Permit and Jack Crevalle are coming in hot, as well as Tarpon and Mangrove Snapper.

August

The wet season continues so be sure to check the forecast before planning your trip. If you avoid the storms, offshore bottom fishing produce some great opportunities for Grouper and Snapper. Night fishing for Snook around the bridge or in the flats is also a great option.

September

The rainy season starts to wind down but be on the alert for hurricanes. Cold fronts start to roll in but water temperatures still remain nice and warm for Redfish and Black Drum to make their comeback right in time for fall. 

October

Tides are low, making October perfect for flats fishing. Redfish, Black Drum, and Snook flood the waters of Matlacha Pass, granting anglers with premium action on light tackle. Head further out and troll Kingfish and Cobia or bottom fish for Amberjack and Grouper.

November

Strong cold fronts continue to roll in which bring Tarpon fishing to a halt. Cobia start to migrate southward along the coast but you can still target them in nearshore waters. The Goliath Grouper catch is still good, as well as Amberjack, Kingfish, and Barracuda.

December

Inshore fishing is prime time and Snook, Redfish, and Black Drum take the spotlight. Calmer seas will allow you to fish further out as well, targeting the likes of Gag, Red, and Black Grouper.

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Use maxed out fishing charters and make sure you tell the 1st mate Justin to double bait your hook. Lol He's Captain Bill song and a great little kid
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Use maxed out fishing charters and make sure you tell the 1st mate Justin to double bait your hook. Lol He's Captain Bill song and a great little kid
Roy  B.
Roy B. Hialeah, Florida
You won't get the big fish you get the medium size 20 to 23 pound snook 15 to 18 pound sea trout, that's what we caught but it's mangrove fishing. Redfish was always a possibility just not today.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You won't get the big fish you get the medium size 20 to 23 pound snook 15 to 18 pound sea trout, that's what we caught but it's mangrove fishing. Redfish was always a possibility just not today.
Stephen  G.
Stephen G. United States

Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Had an awesome time being guided to the fish today! Caught some snook, trout and a few that got away. A true professional, very knowledgeable in fishing and the local waterways. I would strongly recommend mike for your fishing adventure. I know who I’m calling next time that’s for sure !!! Thank you again Lawrence
Lawrence  P.
Lawrence P. Fort Myers, FL
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
One of our best days fishing ever. Captain Mike put us on all kinds of fish including my first shark. We will definitely be using him again.
Tom  E.
Tom E. LUTHVLE TIMON, MD
Fisch Charters – Pine Island
Fisch Charters – Pine Island
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
What an awesome fishing trip!!! Boat, equipment, knowledge of the area and great fish… caught red fish, Jack, snook, trout on the same trip. Just perfect Captain and guided trip!!! Coming back and booking same Captain soon!!!
Mindaugas  K.
Mindaugas K. Olathe, KS
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Captian Mike put us on fish and kept us on them. Boat was great and a smooth ride, well equipped for a half day of fun. It took only a few minutes to boat our first fish and they kept coming aboard until the trip was over. Mike is very knowledgeable about the fish, area, rules, and much more. I highly recommend this captain and trip.
Donnie  S.
Donnie S. Marseilles, IL
Maxed Out Charters
Maxed Out Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Great time, great capt and 1st mate and great new boat! Caught fish and really enjoyed the day!! I highly recommend capt billy.
Kaj  R.
Kaj R. Brooklyn Center, MN
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
My son and I booked the trip...Capt. Mike knew where and when the fish were...great time, great experience. We'll be back next year for sure.
Ryan  B.
Ryan B. Bristol, RI
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Had a great time with Mike, he very knowledgeable and also personable. Well worth the trip.
Thomas  S.
Thomas S. New Milford, CT
Hook’d Up Fishing – Matlacha
Hook’d Up Fishing – Matlacha
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
We had a blast! He took us where we caught trout and so many other types of fish. Showed us how he netted our bait when we switched up fishing. Very knowledgeable on species and the area. Great story teller. Took his time with us. I had no clue on what to since we are from Minnesota. Thank you Captain Michael you made our day!!!
Julie  C.
Julie C. Champlin, MN
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Had a wonderful day fishing with Michael! Caught Reds, Snooks, snapper, and even a Shark!! great guy. Great fun. Give him a chance, you won't be disappointed!!
Robert  L.
Robert L. Heeney, CO
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
My wife I and had a great time fishing with Captain Mike. The boat was clean and well cared for. Captain Mike took care of everything so we could maximize our fishing experience. I highly recommend this excursion.
William  H.
William H. Orlando, FL
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
It was a tough day for fishing. Captain Mike tried everything to put us on fish. We caught fish, but not the fish we were targeting. They were just not cooperating.
Joe  H.
Joe H. Fort Myers, FL
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
My son and I had a wonderful time with Captain Mike. After 4 canceled trips with other charters in the past year we finally got to go fishing and it was awesome!! Thank you Captain Mike we appreciate you highly! Sherri & Ben
Sherri  W.
Sherri W. Englewood, FL
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Planned a birthday fishing charter for my boyfriend. Captain Michael made sure we were comfortable and catching fish from the time we stepped onto the boat until the time we stepped off. As a newbie to fishing I appreciated his tips and help as I got my catches of the day. My boyfriend, who is more experienced, had a smile on his face the entire time as Captain Mike took us around Matlacha Pass to some great fishing spots. Would definitely go out with Captain Mike again!!
Maia  P.
Maia P. Waldorf, MD
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Captain Mike was patient, knowledgeable, and fun. We will definitely go on another trip with him next time!
Lynnsey  M.
Lynnsey M. Powell, TN
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
I took my daughter on her first inshore fishing trip with Capt. Michael. We did the 3 hour trip and I wasn’t sure how many we would catch. We caught a bunch of fish and I couldn’t have asked for a better time. When my daughter hooked this 26” red, he did a great job of coaching her to get the fish netted and in the boat. Super nice guy and very knowledgeable. We will definitely do this trip again in the future.
Chris  W.
Chris W. Kannapolis, NC
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
He knew exactly where all the spots where and helped us with everything. Almost caought a 30 pounder cant wait to go back
Brian  H.
Brian H. NO FORT MYERS, FL
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
My wife and I have been on numerous charters across America and Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters sets the bar VERY high. His boat is the perfect size to get to the fish and he knows where they are. Professional and knowledgeable, Capt. Michael was prepared and immediately put us on the fish. His sense of humor coupled with his desire to make every trip memorable and successful, makes him the easiest charter to take. We will definitely be back to take Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters!
Arlen  S.
Arlen S. Phoenix, AZ
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
We had a great morning with Michael where we learned about the different species of fish and how to catch them. Michael was a great captain as he worked hard to make our experience special.
Andy  R.
Andy R. Wellesley, MA
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Great experience for a great price. Makes the experience more than just a fishing trip. Caught a 10 pound jack cravalle!
Jerry  D.
Jerry D. Tampa, Florida
Fisch Charters – Pine Island
Fisch Charters – Pine Island
Fishing charter in Matlacha
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
We had a blast! Captain Alex helped us land two Tarpon, couldn't have asked for a better day!
Sally  D.
Sally D. Montpelier, VA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Matlacha

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Matlacha costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $367, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $634. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Matlacha is 22 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters, Mike’s Outdoor Adventures, and Maxed Out Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Matlacha, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Matlacha.

Capt. Michael Kayrouz Charters, Mike’s Outdoor Adventures, and Maxed Out Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Matlacha.

The best way to experience fishing in Matlacha is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Matlacha, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snook, Snapper (Mangrove), and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Inshore fishing is prime time and Snook, Redfish, and Black Drum take the spotlight. Calmer seas will allow you to fish further out as well, targeting the likes of Gag, Red, and Black Grouper. Check availability for local fishing charters in Matlacha.

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