Captain
James Bryan

Member since February 2018 Fort Myers, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Capt James Bryan is a sight fishing guide who enjoys the tranquility of quietly polling and fishing the shallows between Sanibel & Charlotte Harbor. He loves the challenge of sneaking up to fish and executing a realistic presentation to earn a bent rod. Species Capt James primarily targets Redfish, Trout, Snook & Tarpon.

Hey, I'm Captain James Bryan

Fort Myers, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Capt James Bryan is a sight fishing guide who enjoys the tranquility of quietly polling and fishing the shallows between Sanibel & Charlotte Harbor. He loves the challenge of sneaking up to fish and executing a realistic presentation to earn a bent rod. Species Capt James primarily targets Redfish, Trout, Snook & Tarpon.

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Calusa Tales Charters

21 reviews
Fort Myers
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trips from $375

Calusa Tales Charters

Homosassa
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trips from $350

Fishing Reports

Fall Redfish Bite

September 23, 2019

September and October are known for having one of the best times of the year for fishing for Redfish here in SWFL. We've had great results so far this September allowing our clients some great opportunities and stellar days… Read Full Report →


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 →


Dont Miss Out on Some Great Days on The

July 03, 2019

As we roll into the 1st week of July the fishing continues to stay consistent. Have had half day and full day trips all bringing in some really nice days of fishing and time on the water. We have… Read Full Report →


Stellar Fishing Continues

June 30, 2019

We are currently in the peak of some of the best fishing this yr. Tides, Winds and Water Temps are working in our favor producing some great results. Whether you're fishing for Reds, Snook,Trout or Tarpon they are all… Read Full Report →


Stellar Day for Reds & Snook

June 25, 2019

Water Temps are on the rise and the so is the fish bite Lots of schools of baitfish are everywhere. Most trips I head out early and cast net live bait for the day. Currently the larger fish I… Read Full Report →


Redfish & Snook Kinda Day

June 14, 2019

Fishing as been steady and consistent, as lonh as we are working a moving tide it has been working well. Working passes and grass flats and working Mangrove Shorelines on hightide has produced some great results this past week.… Read Full Report →


Great Day Snook Fishing

June 01, 2019

Outstanding Day on the Water Snook Fishin with Dennis my Guest for the day. Never caught a snook before, needless to say he was happy! Read Full Report →


Tarpon Season is Here!!

May 27, 2019

Tarpon Season is officially upon us. Working the Pine Island Sound, the passes or outside on the gulf side has been working out well so far his seson. Have had several clients hook up with their 1st ever Tarpon… Read Full Report →


Amazing day's on the water here in SWFL

May 08, 2019

Had a great time on the water with these guys today. Saw some rollers inside 1st thing this morning, but no takers. Moved outside and played with the Mack's, Sharks and Lady's. Finished off the day in the old… Read Full Report →


April 2019 Fishing Update

April 26, 2019

April has brought exactly what's expected. The Snook bite has continued to be solid. Jack Crevalle schools are still everywhere and fun to get your blood pumping and definitely is a rod bender. Redfish are being found along mangrove… Read Full Report →


March Fishing 2019 has been Amazing

March 27, 2019

March has not disappointed and April is looking to be even better. We've been mixing it up with live baits.Either Live Shrimp or Live Pilchards on either a incoming or outgoing tide and been a receipe for success. Working… Read Full Report →


Spring Snook Fishing in Full Swing

March 15, 2019

Our Local Waters are warming, bait fish pods have moved in and water clarity is at a all time high. Put all that together and you have a great opportunity at some back country and flats snook site fishing.… Read Full Report →


Early Spring Fishing Is Here

March 02, 2019

Waters have continued to warm, bait fish have started showing up and with that the fishing continues be impressive. The Baker Family enjoyed a 6hr Trip on the water and reaped the waters and made some memories they will… Read Full Report →


Fishing Has Been Amazing

February 17, 2019

With the current warming trend we are experiencing it has really intensified the Redfish, Snook and Trout Bite. Working a moving tide either morning or afternoon hasnt made a difference, we have continously been finding the fish using either… Read Full Report →


Winter Redfish Bite is happening Now

January 15, 2019

We are steady hitting the Reds on a regular basis. If your lookin for a inshore fishing adventure that will wet your appetite when it comes to Redfish, Snook and we have even run across some Backcountry Juvenile Tarpon.… Read Full Report →


Snookery

January 11, 2019

1st Ever Snook cauglt by Our Guest Today, Size doesn't Matter when the Smile is that Big! I can Promise You this, We Always have a Great Time on the Water! Read Full Report →


Fishing is still on Fire here in SWFL

December 31, 2018

My Clients have been getting some nice Reds, Trout and even Snook over this past few weeks. Closing at 2018 this morning with a half day trip and scored again with some nice Reds and Trout. Weather has been… Read Full Report →


Winter Fishing in SWFL

December 27, 2018

I gotta say, was hesitant about today with wind conditions. But from sun up to sun down these guys hammered the fish today. Alot of undersized, but it got to the point it didn't even matter. We lost count.… Read Full Report →


Seatrout & Redfish Winter Time Fishing

December 19, 2018

Colder air temps and water temps for SWFL standards change things up a bit. Trout bite and size of trout increase, Redfish bite has stayed steady and still able to locate Snook if your fishing with a guide that… Read Full Report →


Sunset Redfish

December 08, 2018

Half day guided trip today with the Furgeson Family. Left the dock at 1:30 fishing a incoming tide. We bounced from one spot to another putting in the work and hit Mangrove Snapper, Snook and ended the trip at… Read Full Report →


Fishing has been Amazing this November

November 19, 2018

We've started out great this month on the fishing front and weather front. Have had a couple fronts push through lowering air and water temps. Which has been made days on the water very pleasant. Have had a consistent… Read Full Report →


Redfish Redfish and more Redfish

November 10, 2018

Our clients have been blessed over the past few weeks finding , hooking and landing some amazing Reds here lately! The fishing has just been on fire as we look forward to the upcoming weeks to come! Book your… Read Full Report →


Great Day on the Water for these Clients

October 29, 2018

We pushed off from the dock at sunrise for a half day backcountry fishing trip. From our 1st spot to the last we were able to find fish. We were working a strong outgoing tide and was able to… Read Full Report →


Redfish, Snook, Mangrove Snapper Galore

September 19, 2018

Set out for our day early morning, working a high outgoing tide. We spent 4 hours this day fishing mangrove shorelines and backcountry lagoons. And boy did it pay off. Landed Redfish, Snook and Mangrove Snapper, sending these clients… Read Full Report →


Snook Honey Hole

September 01, 2018

Have been working Matlacha Pass and surrounding areas,working mangrove lines on high tides and grass flats on outgoing tides. And the snook bite has been nothing but amazing here lately. Working live pilchards on a free line has been… Read Full Report →


Tripletail Hookups

May 24, 2018

Tripletail bite has picked up, fishing most structure such as,floating grass, channel markers, crab traps and buoys. We've been having good luck fishing either live pilchards or shrimp on a popping cork while drifting or anchored up. If you've… Read Full Report →


Snook & Red's Outstanding Day on the Wat

May 13, 2018

We spent the day beating the bushes along mangrove lines and feeder back country lagoons to find these beauties! Dealing with overcast and at times steady rain we still managed to get the job done! Good times, laughs and… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Season is in Full Swing

May 04, 2018

This mornings Clients had the time of there lives jumping 4 Tarpon and landing one boat side. If you've wanted to tangle with the Mighty Silver King the time is now!! There is nothing more exciting and gets your… Read Full Report →


Redfish Galore

April 21, 2018

As we move through April into May the water temps continue to increase. Daily the fish bite is improving. My Clients spent the later half of the day fishing the last hour of the incoming tide, drifting an poling… Read Full Report →


Improved Weather Pattern=Improved Fishin

April 07, 2018

Our local water's are warming into the upper 70's and the winds have relaxed. We are starting to see higher and longer high tides as we move forward into our spring fishing season. Large Sea Trout in the 20"+… Read Full Report →


A VERY PRODUCTIVE WEEK ON THE WATER

March 29, 2018

We have still been dealing with strong winds as fronts push through. That being said, with our Action Craft Flats boat we are able to get back into wind protected backcountry estuaries and still have a very productive day.… Read Full Report →


Snook Bite is Back

March 23, 2018

The winds finally slacked off today and the snook bite picked up!! We left out early this morning to grab some bait fish. Nothing like catching your own bait for your clients. As we departed the bait grounds we… Read Full Report →


IT'S TARPON TIME! FISH ON!!

February 27, 2018

We pushed off from the dock this morning as the sun was just rising from the east. Today we were on the hunt for Bull Reds in the pass. We posted up at our desired location, dropped anchor and… Read Full Report →


Weather Heats Up & So Does The Redfish

February 22, 2018

We've had warmer than normal temps here in SWFL and with that increases water temps. And in return the warmer temps cause the Redfish bite to increase. We are starting to see trends happening in Pine Island Sound a… Read Full Report →


SWFL SPRING TIME FISHING

February 15, 2018

Spring is right around the corner and with that brings Snook Season followed by Tarpon Season hot on it's heels! Spring is a magical time. All of our local fish are still around but the warmth ushers in countless… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.90
out of 5 stars from 21 reviews
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95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
80%
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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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Boggs, WV
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Full Day

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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Lakeville, MN
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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
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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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Keith L.
Miami, Florida
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Hunting for snook

VERIFIED   March 29, 2019
James is a fantastic hard working captain.  We had a half day charterand he communicated with me regularly before pickup...
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