Charlotte Harbor is one of the most fertile fishing grounds in the world and the best way to experience all that Charlotte Harbor has is to charter a boat and have one of the local experienced guides take you into the backcountry or towards the mouth of the Gulf. You can charter boats to take you all over the harbor and backcountry for 4-hour half-day trips for around $500 and 8- hour full day trips for around $700.
There are over 129 miles of protected fishable waters and 75 sq. miles of mangrove shores and grass flats and because of this there are so many options when it comes to fishing. The waters here are the perfect breeding grounds for so many fish species.
In the flats, mangroves and backcountry you can find yourself on the other end of hard hitting fish like Redfish, Snook and Spotted Sea Trout. All three of these will give you a fight as you reel them in. Or you could be reeling in the “Silver King” himself, a giant Tarpon.
In the harbor itself there are plenty of artificial reefs, ledges and rocky areas that are perfect feeding grounds for many fish. Imagine a day full of bites from Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Jacks, Sheepshead and more. All of these fun and tasty fish and more can be found just waiting for your hook.
Charlotte Harbor is also a great place for shark fishing. There are all kinds of sharks in the harbor. On a trip in and around the harbor you might encounter Blacktip Sharks, Bull Sharks and the little Bonnet Head Sharks. All three are really fun to catch and will give you a battle reeling them in.
Boca Grande Pass is at the western end of the Harbor and is famous for the most amazing Tarpon fishing anywhere in the world. If Tarpon is on your bucket list then Charlotte Harbor is definitely a destination you have to make at least once in your lifetime.
You can find these charter services in Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor as well as neighboring Boca Grande.
There are not many offshore charters. The average prices vary depending on what you are looking for but: