Captain
James Branca

Member since July 2017 Fort Myers, United States
Background
Captain James Branca fell in love with the water at a very young age. His SWFL fishing repertoire includes the waters from Marco Island, Naples, Sanibel, and Captiva Island to Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers Beach. Capt. James specializes in targeting Snapper and Grouper, as well as many other reef fish. Captain James holds a Federal Reef and Pelagic Permit, which allows him to legally harvest reef fish in federal waters.
Techniques
Bottom Reef Fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Porgy and other reef fish.

Hey, I'm Captain James Branca

Fort Myers, United States
Background
Captain James Branca fell in love with the water at a very young age. His SWFL fishing repertoire includes the waters from Marco Island, Naples, Sanibel, and Captiva Island to Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers Beach. Capt. James specializes in targeting Snapper and Grouper, as well as many other reef fish. Captain James holds a Federal Reef and Pelagic Permit, which allows him to legally harvest reef fish in federal waters.
Techniques
Bottom Reef Fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Porgy and other reef fish.

My Charter Listing

Tie One On Charter

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Fort Myers
trips from $1,600

Fishing Reports

Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper
Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper
Mar 9, 2017 Fort Myers
As we head offshore another beautiful March morning our target species was Grouper, Snapper, Porgy and other reef fish. Our boat ride takes us about an hour and a half to reach the first destination so that gives us time to speak with other and cover questions for my clients. On the boat ride out we notice numerous shrimp boats starting about ten miles out to 30 miles out, in-fact that is the most shrimp boats I've personally noticed in the past 10+ years off Sanibel Island. I'm guessing the shrimping must be good. We arrived at the first spot and set everyone up on lite tackle for offshore fishing(30lb. braid). We are using cut squid wings and squirrel fish attached to 4/0 & 5/0 eagle claw circle hooks with 3oz. egg sinkers. On the very first drop we immediately hooked-up with grouper and snapper and the bite was on! The first several grouper were undersized and released and after about ten minutes we starting catching the legal sized grouper. This is the key to bottom fishing spending at least 15-20 minutes after the bite starts to get the bigger fish excited. We also boxed some nice lane snapper and porgy. The rest of the day we only moved two more times with the same great production. We also got cut off a few times with a fish on. I'm guessing a shark, barracuda or king-fish since the cutoffs we clean and quick. We were able to hook a few sharks(video posted below) which were exciting since the clients have never caught one with both being decent size fish.  One of the odd fish we caught was a lizard fish(huge mouth and full of teeth). All in all it was another great day fishing 40+ miles out on a calm Gulf of Mexico

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 25 reviews
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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All day trip with Captain James
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Appropriate for children
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Andrew P.
Columbus, OH
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9 hour trip

VERIFIED   NEW  9 Hour Trip on June 7, 2022
Captain Jim runs a first-class operation. He was extremely attentive and reached out multiple times before our trip to give...
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Alex B.
Chicago, IL
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A great day on the water!!

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip on August 20, 2021
We had a great experience with Captain James and Alex fishing offshore.  This was our first time fishing off Sanibel and Captiva,...
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Sid B.
College Station, TX
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Full Day Trip - One of the best!

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip on August 6, 2021
We booked a full day with Capt Jim and his first mate Alex. They were one of the best crews we have ever had and we have done...
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Brooke C.
Cheyenne, WY
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Fantastic Fishing

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip on March 18, 2022
Capt Jim and Alex were a terrific team and a pleasure to spend the day with. Not to mention the TON of fish we caught and were...
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John Y.
Edinboro, PA
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All day trip with Captain James

VERIFIED   NEW  9 Hour Trip on June 14, 2022
We went miles off Sanibel and caught 9 different species of fish, and the Red Grouper bite was on!
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