FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many passengers are included in your rates?

Four passengers are allowed for the base price for all fishing charters, eco-tours and shelling tours. Extra passengers are $50/each not including children 10 and under which are no extra charge. Shelling and sightseeing tours are allowed up to 6 passengers. Many charter boats in the area only allow 2 anglers and charge for extra passengers. Our fishing charter rates example: 2 adults, 2 kids fishing = $400/half day, 5 adults for a half day is $450, 6 adults $500, etc.

I booked a charter but haven't heard from the captain. Now what?

Please arrive at the dock at the time you booked your charter for. The captain will only call if he has to move boarding time due to tides or weather.  The regular boarding times are as follows: 8am for morning, 6hr or 8hr charters. 1pm for pm half day charters or 5pm for shark/night charters. Please call or text 239-691-1966 if you have any questions that aren’t addressed here on the FAQ page. Here is a link to the map to Port Sanibel Marina where you will board the boat for your charter.

Is the cost of food and drinks included in your charters?

We provide bottled drinking water and ice. Any food or drinks ordered at the restaurants we take you to is your responsibility.

Capt. Bill is booked for the date we wanted our charter. Now what?

Capt. Bill wishes he could accommodate everyone. Fortunately, we have a fleet of USCG certified captains that we work with personally on a daily basis. We take pride in knowing that if Capt. Bill is unable to take your charter our other well qualified and experienced captains are able to give you a great day on the water. We will match you up with the captain most suited to your charter request. Also, our captains are kid friendly and fully insured.

There's only two of us, will you find someone else to 'split' the charter with us?

Our customers charter us because they want a private charter where they can enjoy having the boat and the captain to themselves. This allows them to make changes to their charter if the fishing is really great and they want to stay longer or they might be going for a “Grand Slam” and just need an extra hour to get that snook or redfish!

We are afraid of getting too much sun, is there shade on your boat?

You’re in luck! Our boat is one of the few private charter boats in the area with a t-top. When the Florida sun gets intense this is a must for a 6 or 8 hour charter. A minimum of spf 15 sunscreen is still recommended (no spray please).

Where do we board for our charter?

We are located at beautiful Port Sanibel Marina and convenient to all of S.W. Florida. Port Sanibel Marina is 1.3 miles east of the Sanibel toll plaza at 14341 Port Comfort Road in Fort Myers, Florida. Once on Port Comfort Rd. follow the signs to the Ship’s Store. We are located adjacent to the Ship’s Store.

Can I make arrangements for you to pick me up at my resort?

It depends. Click HERE for our main boarding location. All are conveniently located to Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach. Royal Shell Vacations renters can be picked up at their home if on the water. Some resorts require a pick-up fee which the customer can pay to the Dock Master.

What time do you usually leave?

Our charters begin at 8am and 1pm normally. However, there are times when the tides or bait don’t cooperate. Since we fish the tides in S.W. Florida, Capt. Bill or Matt may contact you the night before to go over last minute changes. The captain is on the water two hours before the morning charter to hand catch bait. If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate there may be times he is running late due to the fact that the bait is in shore supply the morning of your charter and they have to work harder to get it. Please be patient if the captain is late…this is normal.

Do you have flotation devices for everyone aboard?

We are required by the U.S. Coast Guard to have regulation life preservers aboard for all ages while on our fishing charters, shelling charters and eco-tours.

Do I need to pay a deposit for my charter?

Yes, to hold your spot we require a 25% deposit per boat per day booked. We cannot hold your charter date until we receive the deposit.

Is it customary to tip the captain?

The captain works very hard to make sure you have the best day possible whether the fishing is hot or not so hot and has everything to do with weather, barometric pressure, tides, angler’s experience, etc. For every charter add four hours of prep and cleaning time that the captain puts in to give you a day you can remember so gratuities are greatly appreciated.

What is your cancellation policy?

We will refund 100% of your deposit if you cancel up to one (1) week prior to your charter date. If we are not notified prior to one week the deposit is forfeited. After 48 hours before the charter then 100% of the trip will be charged. This is very fair compared to other charter guides in the area as our customers book months ahead.

What happens if the captain cancels because of weather, etc.?

If the captain decides the charter must be cancelled because of bad weather (lightning or small craft warning) any deposits will be refunded in full, 100%. We will first try to reschedule your trip for a different day with us or one of our associate guides so you can still take your charter as a courtesy. This is fully the captain’s call on the day of the charter. You may want to bring a rain poncho if the weather looks like there is a possibility of rain as some light showers may pop up.

What should I bring on my charter?

Hat, polarized sunglasses, NON-spray sunscreen and a camera. If the skies are grey on the day of your charter a rain poncho may be in order. You may also want to bring snacks (or lunch) and other beverages of your choice. You are welcome to use our cooler. Please do not bring your own cooler.

What does Endless Summer Charters supply?

We supply bait, tackle, rods and reels, fuel, Florida fishing license, flotation devices, a cooler full of ice and bottled water…basically everything you’ll need for your fishing charter. We have Zip-locs for shelling also. You are welcome to bring beverages & snacks of your choosing and use our cooler. Yes, beer and alcohol is allowed but no glass containers please.

Can I keep the fish I catch?

Yes, if the fish is in season we will clean, ice and bag your catch. We do prefer you to release fish that come in at the minimum size limit to grow up and catch on your next trip!

What species of fish am I likely to catch?

While fishing is not an exact science we can try to target certain species. What is biting changes seasonally and sometimes daily in SW Florida. Tarpon can be caught here just about every month. However, the best months are April-August and sometimes that varies from year to year. See, it’s not an exact science but Capt. Bill is out there on almost a daily basis which gives you the best advantage to get the species you’re looking for. Here our FISH WE CATCH chart and our MONTH TO MONTH FISHING chart to help you out.

I have been on charters where they charge extra for bait and fuel. Do you charge extra?

There are no hidden costs with us. Everything is included except gratuity for your captain in our price.

Your prices went up since we were here last a couple years ago, can we get the old pricing?

We would love to accommodate, however most of our customers are also return customers so we have to be fair to everyone. We reserve the right to charge the price of your charter listed here on our website the day you take your charter.

We want to go DEEP SEA fishing. What does that include?

We do offshore fishing not “deep sea”. A true deep sea fishing trip take you out to at lease a depth of 100′. Because of our very shallow coast in SW Florida we do an offshore trip which lengthens your fishing time while giving you the opportunity to catch species such as grouper, snapper, shark, barracuda, tripletail, etc. All offshore trips are dependant on weather. If the captain feels the conditions are not right to go offshore we reserve the right to do an inshore charter at the lesser price of an inshore charter.

Can we stop for lunch while we're on our charter?

Time permitting, absolutely! There are many restaurants that can be reached by boat, some only by boat. Just ask the captain. You can also make prior arrangements to go to Cabbage Key, a historical island only reached by boat.

Can I bring my own rods?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own rods. However, we supply top quality rods, reels and tackle loaded with the exact line you need to catch the fish you’ll be targeting. Please let the captain know prior to your trip if you plan to bring your own equipment. Fly fishing is also permitted but because we have a t-top for shade casting is restricted. Also, think of the other people in your party if you plan on fly fishing, it can be unsafe with more than one or two people aboard while casting.

Will I get seasick?

Not likely. We fish the back bays, flats and near shore areas of S.W. Florida. There is very little wave action so there is no worry of seasickness. Unless you plan an offshore trip, then prepare by using an over the counter anti-seasickness med.

Is there restroom facilities?

There are restroom facilities at the marina Ship’s Store right next to our slip and it is suggested they be used before departure. However, it only takes minutes to stop at a local marina or restaurant for emergencies. No worries!

Are children allowed?

Absolutely! They are our favorite customers! The captain does everything in his power to make sure the kids have a day on the water that will last in their memory forever. When the kids are happy, Mom and Dad are happy! Kids 10 and under are free at Endless Summer Charters.

Can we bring our pet on our eco-tour or fishing trip?

Yes, absolutely! We love animals! If they like the water it is a good idea to bring along a flotation device made especially for dogs.

We're having such a great time, can we stay out longer?

Yes, time permitting. You can request extra hours while on your charter. The captain will let you know at that time if he is able to stay the extra hours. The cost is $100 per hour.

We have a couple last minute guest that want to come along. Can we just show up with extras in our party?

No and yes. Please give us at least 24 hour notice if you plan on bringing an extra guest. We have to often buy bait, rig the boat and supply extra tackle according to the number in your party for your fishing charter. There is an extra charge of $50 per person if there are more than four people in your party. No more than six is allowed for any reason, sorry.

We have gone out with Endless Summer Charters three times now and all three times were OUTSTANDING! Both Captain Bill and Captain Matt are fantastic people that bend over backwards to try to make your experience a good one.

joev464 - Little Rock, AKCould not have been better!

My brother and I will never forget our day on the water with Capt. Bill. We had an amazing time. I had high expectations and they were blown away. It was the perfect day!!

David Anderson Sr - Atlanta, GAMemory of a Lifetime

Our day on the water was flawless. The boat was clean and our Captain was very professional, congenial, and knowledgeable.

Karen J. - Wildwood, FloridaBest time ever with Endless Summer Charters

Capt. Matt with his passion and knowledge of the area filled our day with amazement. Fishing for Tarpon and the fight of a lifetime, the manatees with their gentle nature, walking the beach shelling, and ending the day in a wonderful display of a dolphin pod surrounding the boat. We could not have asked for more and hopefully we'll make this trip again.

Robin D. - Madison, WisconsinOur best day!

We went out twice because we had so much fun the first time! Both Captain Bill and Captain Matt are so knowledgeable and did their very best for us. We caught 8 fish in 45min in water conditions that were not very favorable..... Not bad, right? We can't wait to go out again!

Sanishell - Sanibel, FLSo wonderfu

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