Pine Island Fishing Charters

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Pine Island: 117 fishing charters available
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Cape Coral
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trips from US $350
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Fort Myers
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trips from US $550
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Fort Myers
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trips from US $600
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5.0 / 5
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Fort Myers
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trips from US $500
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5.0 / 5
(146 reviews)
Cape Coral
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trips from US $325
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(368 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from US $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(109 reviews)
Cape Coral
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trips from US $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Cape Coral
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trips from US $450
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4.9 / 5
(103 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from US $500
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4.9 / 5
(191 reviews)
Fort Myers
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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Pine Island are: Full list of top fishing charters in Pine Island

The average price for a private 4 hour Pine Island fishing trip is US $513, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $768 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Pine Island that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Pine Island provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Pine Island are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $350
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $499
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $738
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $930
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,250

Fishing in Pine Island

The maze of mangroves that Pine Island fishing charters regularly explore has enough stock of fine inshore species to keep you busy for days. Add to that the network of sounds, passes, natural preserves, harbours, and bay waters, and you’ll understand why so many anglers come here year after year. Pine Island doesn’t have the ‘beach glamor’ of Sanibel or Captiva, but lacks nothing in fishing opportunities.

Commercial fishing has been a major part of Pine Island’s history. Many residents are full time commercial fishermen and fishing charters are springing up around the island too. That’s great news as you will need the ‘know-how’ if you want to get these fish to bite.

Pine Island fishing spots

Pine Island is home to what you could call perfect launchpads for inshore charters - Bokeelia, Pineland, and St. James City, but, wait, that’s not all. There’s more good stuff - you can explore the fisheries out of Captiva, Sanibel, Matlacha, and Boca Grande on a full day trip without hassle. And if you’re more of an offshore angler, worry not. There’s plenty of fish in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Pine Island Sound

First things first. Fishing Pine Island Sound can easily leave you breathless. Not just because the view is stunning - and it surely is - but because the Redfish, Snook, and Trout that forage these waters are some of the strongest fighters pound-for-pound. These flats hold numerous honey holes where you can find fish lazily cruising around and some downright heavy fighters.

Work the fisheries around the bars along boating channels and you can find excellent fishing for Speckled Trout, Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon when in season. Local anglers swear that this is the finest fishing habitat for inshore fishing, with grassy flats, oyster beds, creeks, and rivers forming a mashup of chances to land an impressive catch.

Matlacha Pass

Matlacha Pass is another body of water you’ll surely want to explore. Spotted with islands, these waterways offer bays, bayous, coves, creeks, and mangrove shorelines  fish like to hide around. Speckled Trout make for spectacular fishing and you can also try sight fishing for Red Drum. Mornings are quite productive and once you throw lines out you can expect a bite from Flounder, Ladyfish, Catfish, and more.

One stop to try out here is the Matlacha Bridge, known as ‘the fishingest bridge in the world’. Although nothing remains of the original wooden bridge, the new bridge has great fishing and lives up to its nickname. You can get Redfish, Cobia, Mangrove Snapper, Trout, Sheepshead, Snook, and some Sharks. It’s a great place for a warm-up session before you head out further around the pass or into the Gulf. It’s packed with anglers who look underneath and around the bridge, mostly with a lot of success.

Cayo Costa

Once you make it past in the Pine Island Sound and reach Cayo Costa and the northern tip of Captiva Island, you’ll get some more bread-and-butter inshore fishing as schools of Red Drum, Ladyfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon cruise by. What’s really good about Cayo Costa is that the change of tides creates an entirely different terrain -  lagoons appear, filled with Ladyfish and other inshore critters. If you’re staying on Pine Island for a couple of days you should explore Cayo Costa. Anglers with a boat will make the most out of the area as they can quickly move around but bring your wading boots just in case. You might need to get off to get the biggest fish.

Gasparilla Sound and Charlotte Harbor

Gasparilla Sound has become synonymous with excellent Seatrout fishing. The sound is a mix of grass flats and mangrove shorelines and works well for a variety of species. Plus, these fisheries don’t suffer heavy fishing pressure as anglers often seek their target around more ‘mainstream’ fishing spots. But the sound is by no means of lower quality.

North of Pine Island, the Gasparilla Sound meets the waters of Charlotte Harbor and creates an incredible Snook fishery. You will also find schools of Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon swimming around in search of small bait fish. And while you’re here, you will enjoy the sight of herons, egrets, manatees, and dolphins who call this habitat home. Make sure to have a camera ready to roll.

Gulf of Mexico

If you can resist the temptation to stay inshore and move into the Gulf waters, you won’t be disappointed. A full day trip can get you nice Snapper, Grouper, Permit, Cobia, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Sharks. A bit further out, offshore wrecks will reward you with Amberjack. No matter how skilled you are, the sound of Permit pulling the line as they escape to the wrecks leaves no one indifferent. The action doesn’t stop here. If you make the effort to travel 60+ miles offshore you can have a go at Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.

Fishing techniques

Look at Pine Island fishing as a fusion of quite different fishing techniques. From light tackle for Speckled Trout and Flounder, bottom fishing around offshore wrecks for Amberjack, fly fishing for Tarpon, or sight fishing for Redfish, Pine Island will have you spoilt for choice.

Redfish and Trout will put your light tackle skills to the test. If you want to make sure that these fish don’t sniff at your bait with contempt, bring plenty of shrimps. Anglers who want to use artificial lures should equip themselves with soft plastics.

Snook are easily scared off so you need to present feather jigs with care, otherwise you’ll ruin your chances of getting any of these amazing fish.

The network of secluded fisheries around the Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass is a perfect podium to practice fly fishing, and the waters near Cayo Costa are a good place to do some wade and kayak fishing.

Seizing Grouper and Snapper always means excellent bottom fishing. Place shrimp and crabs deep enough near your target and then use all your stamina to pull them out of the water.

While you’re in the Gulf, trolling can get you Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and far off you can even hook on some Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. Use sardines for the Mackerels, while Mahi and Wahoo will go for flying fish, pinfish, and smaller Mackerel too.

Need to know

If you’re booking a trip with a licensed charter or guide, you won’t need a saltwater fishing license. But you do need to pack adequate clothes, shades, sunscreen, a hat, and Dramamine, as well as food and drinks. These are the basics, although you will find that some captains provide snacks and beverages. The captains will usually provide all the fishing gear you need, and will even bring life vests for your kids. Of course, it’s best to always check with the captain before the trip.

Pine Island Fishing Seasons

January

Finding a tactic that works can be a bit of a trouble, but you can hope for a nice stock of Trout, tailing Redfish, and Tripletail. Sheepshead, Pompano, and Permit are also a possibility.

February

Although fishing can be hit and miss, February sees excellent Sheepshead action. Check the areas around passes and nearshore structures. You can also target Redfish and Trout.

March

Warmer temperatures bring baitfish from the south and that means predators will follow. Trout get bigger and more numerous and you can expect the same from Spanish Mackerel. There are early signs of Tarpon.

April

Tarpon start to hit the waters right off Pine Island. Be ready for acrobatic feats and superb fly fishing action. Stay around sounds and creeks for excellent Trout and Snook fishing. Offshore you can get Lane and Vermillion Snapper.

May

Tarpon are hungry and will take flies, lures, and bait. Head to Cayo Costa to grapple with the Silver King. You can also snatch some Snook around sheltered waters.

June

As you seek Tarpon, which are abundant at this time, you can also land some Nurse Sharks in the Pine Island Sound. Head to the Gulf for Snapper season and come back with a juicy meal.

July

The summer bite is in full swing and you can sample good fish both offshore and closer to the dock. Snapper and Grouper are popular choices, but don’t forget Mahi and Kingfish.

August

If you avoid the storms, you can get a pretty impressive bag of fish, with Mahi, Snapper, and Grouper being the most prominent players in the water.

September

Redfish are showing up in large numbers. If the weather’s on your side you will reach your limits without much hassle. Few miles into the Gulf and you can troll for Kingfish.

October

There is a great Snook bite all over the inshore flats and creeks. Nearshore trips can get you King Mackerel and you might be able to bottom fish for Grouper.

November

The cool front can produce incredible Grouper action with Goliath Grouper posing for a postcard-worthy photo of your trip. There are plenty of Cobia in the sea, and you can get decent Snapper and Mackerel even on a bad day.

December

Calm seas will let you fish far out and have a go at Snapper, Gag, Red, and Goliath Grouper, as well as Cobia and Amberjack. You can also get Black Drum inshore as well as Redfish and Trout.

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What anglers said about fishing in Pine Island

Get on a boat with someone who knows what there doing you’ll have a blast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get on a boat with someone who knows what there doing you’ll have a blast
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Definitely check the weather, it's been cooler this year, luckily we were prepared.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely check the weather, it's been cooler this year, luckily we were prepared.
SWFL Premier Charters
SWFL Premier Charters
Pick up is currently in Captiva, so the drive can be long from Fort Myers with the traffic. Overall, it was a wonderful time though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick up is currently in Captiva, so the drive can be long from Fort Myers with the traffic. Overall, it was a wonderful time though!
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Long winter tides make for slow moving water. Capt's can still find the fish, but feeding activity (action) greatly increases with speed of moving water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Long winter tides make for slow moving water. Capt's can still find the fish, but feeding activity (action) greatly increases with speed of moving water.
Captain Sandy
Captain Sandy
Cool or colder weather not for most beginners. But Captain Gregg will put you on the Bite. He will instruct and guide you. You will see a lot of action. This type of fishing good for all ages. If you can do cold water fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Cool or colder weather not for most beginners. But Captain Gregg will put you on the Bite. He will instruct and guide you. You will see a lot of action. This type of fishing good for all ages. If you can do cold water fishing.
Fish On Adventure – Captiva Island
Fish On Adventure – Captiva Island
May/June and October/November is the best time to fish but still caught fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
May/June and October/November is the best time to fish but still caught fish.
Sanibel Fishing Adventures
Sanibel Fishing Adventures
It's not the best time of the year for fishing in the area because it is winter. We know that, but it's when we come to Florida. We caught more fish with Capt Scott this year than we have with other Capt's in several years. We would definitely recommend him in February or any other month of the year.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It's not the best time of the year for fishing in the area because it is winter. We know that, but it's when we come to Florida. We caught more fish with Capt Scott this year than we have with other Capt's in several years. We would definitely recommend him in February or any other month of the year.
Thrill Of It All – Captiva
Thrill Of It All – Captiva
He’s very patient and helpful in pointing out things ( tricks) to make more hookups I’ve personally fish with a few guides and I think he’s a KEEPER My son , was all smiles !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
He’s very patient and helpful in pointing out things ( tricks) to make more hookups I’ve personally fish with a few guides and I think he’s a KEEPER My son , was all smiles !!
Reel Adventures SWFL
Reel Adventures SWFL
Fishing in cooler weather can be hit or miss. Enjoy just being out there and catching whatever bites!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in cooler weather can be hit or miss. Enjoy just being out there and catching whatever bites!
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
January bring an extra layer or two sunblock sunglasses and a cold sandwich and snacks
Excellent
5.0 / 5
January bring an extra layer or two sunblock sunglasses and a cold sandwich and snacks
Sanibel Saltwater Adventures
Sanibel Saltwater Adventures
CPT Rob is the perfect charter for families with kids or first-time fishing experiences.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
CPT Rob is the perfect charter for families with kids or first-time fishing experiences.
Tarpon Magic Charters
Tarpon Magic Charters
Weather can fluctuate greatly. Inshore is a safer bet when booking in advance because you're not as dependent on ocean conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can fluctuate greatly. Inshore is a safer bet when booking in advance because you're not as dependent on ocean conditions.
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
We were just fishing for 2-3 hours so recommendations may be a bit too much:)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were just fishing for 2-3 hours so recommendations may be a bit too much:)
Barefoot Charters Inc
Barefoot Charters Inc
Just get out on the water there is plenty of wildlife to see and plenty of amazing views and spots with great fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just get out on the water there is plenty of wildlife to see and plenty of amazing views and spots with great fish
Reel Sanibel Fishing Charters
Reel Sanibel Fishing Charters
Weather can be the factor most days but when it cooperates you’ll have a great day on the water.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Weather can be the factor most days but when it cooperates you’ll have a great day on the water.
Reel Fishing SWFL Charters
Reel Fishing SWFL Charters
Great if you’re not looking to target a big fish but want to catch a lot everyone caught 10+ fish in our short 4 hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great if you’re not looking to target a big fish but want to catch a lot everyone caught 10+ fish in our short 4 hour trip.
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Offshore fishing 60 to 70 miles out. 10 or 12hr trip will give you the best chance to catch the bigger fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Offshore fishing 60 to 70 miles out. 10 or 12hr trip will give you the best chance to catch the bigger fish.
Exit Strategy In/Offshore Charters
Exit Strategy In/Offshore Charters
Make sure to bring sunscreen and water. Good sunglasses and a sunshirt is also recommended.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring sunscreen and water. Good sunglasses and a sunshirt is also recommended.
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Listen to the Captain. Deal with weather not behaving & you’ll catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain. Deal with weather not behaving & you’ll catch fish.
Reel Fishing SWFL Charters
Reel Fishing SWFL Charters
Hire an experienced Captain like Mike Moran at Dragonfly Charters to guide you and put you on the fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire an experienced Captain like Mike Moran at Dragonfly Charters to guide you and put you on the fish
Dragonfly Charters
Dragonfly Charters

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Pine Island?

Saltwater Excursions
Saltwater Excursions
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
My son is visiting from Chicago. We tried booking with captain Dalton and were confirmed within hours. The captain was courteous, informative and sincerely interested in making our trip out memorable. Next time my daughters are in town we will see the captain again!!
Perry  F.
Perry F.
Barefoot Charters Inc
Barefoot Charters Inc
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Thanks Capt. Joe. Great trip. You definitely know these local waters. Will see you again.
Harry  P.
Harry P.
Reel Adventures SWFL
Reel Adventures SWFL
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
We drove 3 hours for this trip and I'm so glad we did! My kids aren't usually up for fishing and they both had an awesome time and were so glad we went on our last day of vacation! Captain Dalton was fantastic and went above and beyond! Highly recommend, especially with kids!!
Amanda  C.
Amanda C.
Salty Pirate Fishing Charters
Salty Pirate Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bokeelia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Captain Keith made my mornings g fishing experience easy ! Caught a nice Sheepshead. Saw lots of dolphins, huge Leatherneck turtle.
Carolyn  R.
Carolyn R.
Feelin' The Mojo Fishing Charters
Feelin' The Mojo Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Capt Sean was knowledgeable and very capable. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thanks Captain.
Robert  E.
Robert E.
Indigenous Charters
Indigenous Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(341 reviews)
We had a great time! Enjoyed Tyler educating us on the different fish and techniques. Caught some unique fish. Will definitely come back again!
Chip  C.
Chip C.
Day Shape Fishing Charters
Day Shape Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Capt. Roland was a really nice man. Had a lot of fun facts and took us straight to the fish. Totally enjoyed the trip.
Michael  J.
Michael J.
Bent Rod Charters LLC
Bent Rod Charters LLC
Fishing charter in St. James City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Captain John got us on the fish right away, and we had a blast fishing. A couple dolphins showed up to steel our fish making the experience remarkable. Would definitely book with Captin John again at Bent Rod Charters. Thanks
Daniel  M.
Daniel M.
Saltwater Excursions
Saltwater Excursions
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Highly recommend. Captain Dillon really knows what he is doing and great with families and kids. He even picked us up by boat, to make it as easy as possible.
Darrick  K.
Darrick K.
Tarpon Magic Charters
Tarpon Magic Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
My wife and I booked this trip while staying on Sanibel. Captain Rob is super knowledgable and works hard to get you on fish. He is very personable and makes you feel comfortable on his boat. Highly recommend!
Jarred  P.
Jarred P.
Tarpon Magic Charters
Tarpon Magic Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
Robert is knowledgeable, fun, and easygoing. It didn't hurt that we had perfect weather and caught fish. Thanks Robert for a memorable day.
Carla  N.
Carla N.
Day Shape Fishing Charters
Day Shape Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
We did the afternoon charter and Captain Roland made the fishing trip a joy. He's very knowledgeable about the local fish and knew where to go if they weren't biting.
Chuck  J.
Chuck J.
Southern Charter Co – Cape Coral
Southern Charter Co – Cape Coral
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Cold front put a damper on the fishing but we still caught some! Great boat and equipment along with professional friendly conversation! I highly recommend.
Matt  H.
Matt H.
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Gulf Coast Charter Service
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
It could have been a warmer day, but it didn't take away from a fun morning. Captain Fabian took care of all the work, so we could relax and just reel them in. He cleaned what we kept as well.
Noreen  S.
Noreen S.
Feelin' The Mojo Fishing Charters
Feelin' The Mojo Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Sean was great. He took us to different places to catch different species. Had a great time.
John  C.
John C.
Tarpon Magic Charters
Tarpon Magic Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
It was great! Our captain was very friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed our trip. Would recommend 10/10!
Michelle  S.
Michelle S.
Baited Hook Fishing Charters
Baited Hook Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Great captain! Really knows the area and kept moving us to different areas to catch some fish. Captain did not overbook us the charter was just me and my boyfriend. Great personalized experience!! Would definitely recommend Captain Mike.
Kaila  G.
Kaila G.
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(368 reviews)
Jack was extremely helpful with helping our 10 year old land the big one of his dreams amazing boat and a extremely talented guy
Danny  D.
Danny D.
SWFL Premier Charters
SWFL Premier Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(206 reviews)
Trip was enjoyable and interesting, we caught fish and saw a variety of wildlife. Can't wait until next time.
Hal  L.
Hal L.
Day Shape Fishing Charters
Day Shape Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Roland is a fantastic captain and great guy. Despite a cold front he got us on fish and we got into sheepshead, nice sized trout and even a pompano. Took home some great filets and had a great day. Well book him again for sure. Highly recommended. Thanks for a great day.
Frank  K.
Frank K.

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