Pine Island Florida Fishing Charters and Pine Island Sight Seeing Tours
As a lifelong fisherman with a passion for the sport and the outdoors, Capt. Steve Burch will share his knowledge and enthusiasm to give you a Pine Island Florida fishing experience you’ll never forget! As your guide, he’ll take you from the backcountry to the saltwater flats to explore southwest Florida’s best fishing spots for snook, redfish, snapper, sea trout, shark or other shallow water fish. If it’s saltwater game-fish you’re after, he’ll show you where to find the potholes where the grouper and barracuda live, or see the acrobatic display of a giant tarpon in Charlotte Harbor near Boca Grande.
Family-Friendly Fishing Charters
No matter what your skill level or fishing style, Capt. Steve’s knowledge of the southwest Florida Gulf waters and fishing expertise will guarantee you’ll catch some fish and have a great day on the water! Families and children are welcome, and first-timers are guaranteed to experience the thrill of catching their first fish!
The waters surrounding Pine Island and Matlacha, Florida offer some of the best fishing and boating in the world. You'll have a great day on the water in our comfortable Bay/Flats boat - a 19' Coastal Bay powered by a 150 Yamaha 4-stroke. Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa and Boca Grande provide a Florida fishing paradise that offer a wide choice of angling thrills for everyone. A huge estuary, the Pine Island area waters receive fresh water from the Caloosahatchee River and contain 17 miles of eastern shoreline of unspoiled mangrove habitat containing numerous tidal creeks and mangrove islands. Saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico flows into the Sound from three separate passes, Boca Grande, Redfish, and Captiva Passes to help nurture the expansive shallow flats and turtle grass that make the light tackle fishing in Pine Island Sound so extraordinary.
Flats fishing, or light tackle fishing is one of the most popular types of sport fishing on Pine Island Sound. Flats consist of miles of shallow water that range from a few inches to five feet deep, with a bottom of Turtle Grass and sand. Pine Island Sound and the backwaters near Pine Island, Florida feature the most extensive turtle grass flats in southwest Florida. They provide feeding grounds to a large variety of fish, including redfish,
sea trout, tarpon, snook, shark, sheepshead and snapper.
Many other varieties of fish such as Jack Crevalle, Cobia, Ladyfish, Drum, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel and tarpon help make Pine Island, Florida a fisherman's paradise. The sport of tarpon fishing originated in Pine Island Sound. Boca Grande Pass (just 20 minutes across Pine Island Sound from Bokeelia) is considered the "Tarpon Capital of the World."
If a day of sightseeing or an eco tour is more to your liking, Captain Steve will share his knowledge of the area and the local wildlife to provide a fun and informative day on the water. From Redfish Pass to the south to Boca Grande Pass to the north, the spectacular beaches of Sanibel, Captiva, and Cayo Costa are within easy reach on any excursion. These pristine, secluded beaches are some of the best in North America for collecting shells of all kinds.
The waters near Pine Island are also a great place to do some bird and nature watching. You’ll see many varieties of egrets, herons, pelicans, Ibis and perhaps catch a glimpse of a shy roseate spoonbill or the endangered wood stork. There are also more than 18 active American bald eagle nesting sites on Pine Island, as well as pileated woodpeckers, hawks, and owls. And while on the water, in addition to sighting gamefish, it's also easy to spot frolicking dolphins, sea turtles, sea otters, or the endangered manatee.
Pine Island Florida-Style Dining
For the early-risers, start your day with breakfast at the outer island of Cabbage Key, the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise," to enjoy the panoramic view and casual Old Florida ambiance. When you're done, Captain Steve will have the live bait ready to go and the fish will be waiting! Or have lunch at another one of the unique tropical locales accessible only by boat, and experience the ultimate in island-style dining. Take a cruise to Or on North Captiva Island, dine at Barnacle Phil's with specialties like their famous Black Beans and Rice or Pesto Grouper Sandwich. Just make sure your fish are securely packed or the resident otters will enjoy them for their lunch! If a picnic on the beach is more your style, Cayo Costa offers miles of unspoiled beaches for your family to explore.