Captain
Matt Hawksley

Member since January 2019 Sanibel, United States
Background
Capt. Matt has been catching fish in Southwest Florida since he could hold a fishing rod. As a 3rd generation Southwest Florida angler who has guided thousands of fishing trips in and around the waters of Sanibel, Captiva, and Ft. Myers, this captain has the experience necessary to put you on the fish of a lifetime. After years of partnering with biologists and naturalists to lead guided trips in the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Capt. Matt is also particularly knowledgeable about the local ecosystem and wildlife. So whether you're interested in catching your biggest saltwater fish, or you just want to enjoy a day on the water with family and friends, Capt. Matt will make sure your excursion is the highlight of your trip to southwest Florida!
Techniques
Whether bottom fishing, jigging, trolling, popping, drifting, pitching live bait, or throwing flies, Capt. Matt has done it all and knows the best techniques to put fish in the boat!

Hey, I'm Captain Matt Hawksley

Sanibel, United States
Background
Capt. Matt has been catching fish in Southwest Florida since he could hold a fishing rod. As a 3rd generation Southwest Florida angler who has guided thousands of fishing trips in and around the waters of Sanibel, Captiva, and Ft. Myers, this captain has the experience necessary to put you on the fish of a lifetime. After years of partnering with biologists and naturalists to lead guided trips in the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Capt. Matt is also particularly knowledgeable about the local ecosystem and wildlife. So whether you're interested in catching your biggest saltwater fish, or you just want to enjoy a day on the water with family and friends, Capt. Matt will make sure your excursion is the highlight of your trip to southwest Florida!
Techniques
Whether bottom fishing, jigging, trolling, popping, drifting, pitching live bait, or throwing flies, Capt. Matt has done it all and knows the best techniques to put fish in the boat!
Anglers Choice
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My Charter Listings

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Sanibel

13 reviews
Sanibel
In demand!
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trips from $425

Capt Matt's Island Charters – Captiva

21 reviews
Captiva
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trips from $500

Fishing Reports

Snook are Heating UP!

April 08, 2019

Been getting ON the snook this week... caught some each trip weve tried.... guy in the second picture hooked two big ones two casts in a row! Read Full Report →


Shark fishing still on FIRE!!

April 08, 2019

We have been nailing sharks from 4-8+ ft long... some trips have gotten double digits of big sharks all trips have been a huge success with Hammerheads and Blacktips being caught constantly... Read Full Report →


Snook on deck!

April 07, 2019

Snook Big and small are biting on the right tide... we have had sucess finding them each trip weve tried! ... so glad to see them on the trail to recovery! Read Full Report →


Shark bite is on point

March 25, 2019

We have been crushing the sharks inshore and offshore every day weve tried this spring break. Tons of medium size scalloped Hammerheads, Big Blacktips, Blacknose, and more. Read Full Report →


Big Sharks every day

March 24, 2019

We have been crushing the sharks inshore and offshore every day weve tried. Tons of medium size scalloped Hammerheads, Big Blacktips, Blacknose, and more. Read Full Report →


Snook Bite Is ON!

March 06, 2019

The Snook bite has been heating up the last two weeks and we've been getting some real giants! Every trip lately has been catching snook. On top of that, The trout bite has finally returned and there are ladyfish… Read Full Report →


Snook and Spring are here!

March 05, 2019

Snook, Big and small, have been biting hard lately. Spring action has finally sprung. King mackerel and cobia have showed up nearshore and ladyfish have been slamming schools of bait in the sound. The trout are finally biting again… Read Full Report →


Tripletail off sanibel

January 16, 2019

These delicious fish have been super abundant lately and easy to find.. this is one of the best possible eating fish you can catch at this time of year and they put up one heck of a good fight… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Janine W.
Orland Park, IL
 5.00
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The BEST

VERIFIED   NEW  May 28, 2020
Matt was patient, knowledgeable and easy to talk to.  He taught us things we never even knew about the ocean.  Our...
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Jonathan F.
Minneapolis, MN
 5.00
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Good day on the water with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   NEW  May 22, 2020
My son and I were out with Captain Matt today. He is so knowledgeable and helpful in every aspect. We hooked into some nice...
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Jeffrey C.
Shelbyville, IN
 5.00
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Fishing with Matt

VERIFIED   February 4, 2020
Matt was great to be with.  He did everything within his power to ensure our happiness including making sure hooks were...
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Tommy T.
Lehigh Acres, FL
 5.00
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3/4 Day Trip with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   NEW  May 24, 2020
Had a great day with Captain Matt today. Weather was spotty, but he put us on fish. He was very patient with us “green”...
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Dianna B.
Allen, TX
 5.00
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AM trip with Captain Matt!

VERIFIED   August 8, 2019
Our first fishing trip in Sanibel/Captiva, and we experienced it all with Capt Matt!  We were able to book a last minute...
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