Captain
Jeff Watkins

Member since July 2016 Placida, United States
Background
Captain Jeff is a top rated Boca Grande fishing guide, he grew up locally and has been fishing the waters of Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor, Lemon Bay, Pine Island Sound, and The Gulf Of Mexico all his life. Therefore he knows these waters like the back of his hand and specializes in providing fun engaging fishing charters and above all making lifelong memories. If you are looking for a day on the water you will remember for years to come, look no further. Choose Captain Jeff as your Boca Grande Fishing Guide. Captain Jeff's objective is to give you the best fishing experience possible, and a great time out on our beautiful waters. He is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, insured, and also one of only a few Captains in the area that possess NOAA Federal Reef & Pelagic fishing permits which allow you to legally fish in federal waters which is past 9 miles . I look forward to putting my years of experience to work for you!
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Hey, I'm Captain Jeff Watkins

Placida, United States
Background
Captain Jeff is a top rated Boca Grande fishing guide, he grew up locally and has been fishing the waters of Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor, Lemon Bay, Pine Island Sound, and The Gulf Of Mexico all his life. Therefore he knows these waters like the back of his hand and specializes in providing fun engaging fishing charters and above all making lifelong memories. If you are looking for a day on the water you will remember for years to come, look no further. Choose Captain Jeff as your Boca Grande Fishing Guide. Captain Jeff's objective is to give you the best fishing experience possible, and a great time out on our beautiful waters. He is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, insured, and also one of only a few Captains in the area that possess NOAA Federal Reef & Pelagic fishing permits which allow you to legally fish in federal waters which is past 9 miles . I look forward to putting my years of experience to work for you!
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My Charter Listings

Anchors Away Charters – Offshore

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Placida
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trips from $700

Anchors Away Charters – Inshore

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Placida
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trips from $450

Fishing Reports

Boca Grande/Placida Fishing Report
Boca Grande/Placida Fishing Report
Feb 26, 2020 Placida
Fishing is on fire here in Placida Florida The Boca Grande Offshore Charters have been off the charts with Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, and much more. Triple Tail are here and all over the crab traps out in the Gulf. Are 6 & 8 hr offshore trips 25 + miles are yielding the best chance of keeper Grouper with 10 to 15 lb grouper being caught the last few trips. Other catches include Mangrove Snapper, Lane Snapper, Porgys, Key West Grunts, Cobia, Kingfish, Mahi-Mahi, and Gag Grouper. The 5 hr trips in a little closer have still been producing great numbers of fish and even scoring some nice Grouper . If your looking for a great day of fishing with a very consistent bite and bringing home dinner then the offshore trips are for you. On the Boca Grande Offshore Charters we offer many different trips depending on how far you want to go. As a rule the further you go the bigger some of the fish get. But sometimes it’s not all about how big. Either way on the offshore trips we catch a lot of fish and a great time is had by all. If your looking for a great day of fishing book Anchors Away Charters/Boca Grande Fishing Charters today!! BOCA GRANDE OFFSHORE CHARTERS The inshore Placida fishing Charters have been very consistent as well. Redfish, Snook, Trout have all been biting on our inshore trips. We have finally gotten a few cold fronts which have cooled down the waters and the fish are alot more willing to eat. This time of year also brings the lower tides which is game on if you can get to the real skinny water and fish the deeper pot holes. On our inshore trips we run a 18 ft Shallow Sport tunnel hull which is made to run in waters as shallow as 8 inches. This boat gives Anchors Away Charters the upper hand when fishing the shallow back country in Gasparilla Sound. Inshore fishing can be a little more laid back then fishing offshore, the bite can be a little slower at times but always an enjoyable day out on the water. Get your trip Booked Today !!!!! **Note** The harvest of Redfish, Snook, & Trout have been closed by the state of Florida until at least May 2020. We can still catch them but they will have to be released. Boca Grande Inshore Fishing Charter ***Note/FYI*** Illegal offshore fishing charters are becoming a real problem in the state of Florida and the U.S. Coast Guard and FWC are really starting to crack down. When booking an offshore charter where you are going out past the 9 mile state waters and targeting reef fish or pelagics always ask the Captain to see his federal permits as well as his Captains license. It’s the law and a federal offense if these are not on the boat and current at all times. If the captain can’t produce them then it’s simple get off the boat. Also another game that the illegals play is they will tell you that you need to go out and purchase a fishing license and this should throw an immediate red flag. All Coast Guard Licensed Captain’s purchase a license that covers all passengers for fishing. And last there is the not clients but friend fishing trip. This is a no brainer and if suggested by a fishing charter when you call to book just hang up. This also could get not only the Capt but you in a lot of trouble. On all my charters my clients don’t have to ask because I always show them all of my credentials at the start of the trip. Capt Jeff Watkins

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Appropriate for children
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Duke K.
Cape Haze, FL
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8 hr. Offshore

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip – Offshore on July 2, 2021
Capt. Jeff is a professional at his trade and I highly recommend this trip. Plenty of grouper, snapper, and even an African...
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Byron Center, MI
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8 hour trip with Capt Jeff

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Offshore on May 27, 2021
Had a great day everything was great about the trip especially Captain the guy really likes to fish and it shows! We had a...
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Fort Myers, FL
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VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Offshore on September 26, 2020
Best charter I have taken and have taken more than 100 all around Florida and out of country. Captain Jeff took us to multiple...
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Alafaya, FL
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4 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Nearshore on August 13, 2020
We had a wonderful time on our 4 hour trip. Captain Jeff was kind, thoughtful, and made sure we had a wonderful time. We caught...
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Mancelona, MI
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VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Offshore on December 28, 2020
Even with less than ideal conditions with cold and wind capt Jeff put us on the fish. He is as good as you will find.
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