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Endless Summer Charters – Sanibel’s Finest Charter Boats

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Sanibel & Fort Myers Fishing with Endless Summer Charters

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Finest Charter Boats in Fort Myers & Sanibel Island

Boarding at Port Sanibel Marina but offering multiple pick-up locations on Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, Sanibel Harbor Resort, North Captiva, Cape Coral & Pine Island by special arrangement.

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Spring break family fishing!

Some of Florida’s finest saltwater fishing occurs in Southwest Florida. This area of Florida has some of the best back country, flats and near shore fishing in the state, using light tackle, it’s angling at its best. Florida’s extensive network of bays, mangrove islands and tidal creeks that permeate the region present angling challenges to the accomplished angler as well as the novice. There are thousands of miles of shoreline, oyster bars and acres and acres of sea-grass flats that attract an abundance of saltwater fish.

For the adventurer or true sportsman, Tarpon fishing for the prized “Silver King” is it. Capt. Bill, Capt. John and Capt. Matt have the experience and know-how to help you land that trophy. During season in Sanibel there is nothing like Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande pass! Did you know the first tarpon taken on rod and reel was caught just minutes from Port Sanibel Marina?

Roaming the inshore waters are four of Florida’s most sought after game fish, the Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and the Spotted Sea Trout. Thousands of anglers come to Southwest Florida each year for the chance at a Grand Slam, catching a fish of each species in a single day. In addition to the fishing, Florida’s wildlife helps to provide an extraordinary aesthetic experience.

Offshore and Deep Sea we have many Grouper species, snapper, shark, etc. You may be lucky enough to catch the mighty Goliath Grouper while fishing with our guides!

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Winter back bay fishing for snapper and sheephead

If Capts. Bill, John or Matt are not available for the date you’ve chosen we can also book any of the Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina Charter Fleet. So please let us know and we’ll get you on the water if we’re booked. We feel confident that you’ll enjoy your day on the water with any one of these knowledgeable, USCG certified & insured guides if our captains are unavailable.

We hope you’ll call us soon!  Our winter species are migrating in (see right) and the weather is beautiful! Call us today at 239-691-1966

You can also e-mail us at esc@endlesssummercharters.net or go directly to our website and book immediately:

BOOK NOW!

Gift Card Holiday Promo for Fishing Charters

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We want to thank our customers for their continued charter business and hope they’ll take advantage of our thanks above!

Our reflections…

Endless Summer Charters is celebrating it’s 14th year in the business! We’ve had some great times and adventures with our customers over the years. There is nothing that brings people together better than spending the day on a 25 foot boat together!  We’ve seen weddings, funerals, graduations and births. We’ve seen customers who loved it so much here that they are now permanant residents of SW Florida.

We do love our

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RIP, Kevin. We will always remember your “Ahoy, Captain!” greeting. home. Actually, I’m writing you now and it sunny and it’s 83 degrees on this beautiful Veteran’s Day.

We just wanted to add a few photos of some great catches and even better times with our customers over the years.  We’ve lost a few people that will always be remembered, those that shared in our passion for fishing and all things salty.

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An over slot Snook caught near Sanibel Island, FL

 

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Beautiful Copper colored Redfish caught near Sanibel Island

William is a BIG boy! This snook was much bigger than it looks here!

This Goliath Grouper is big but is a protected species, no grouper sandwiches today!

Best Kept Secret – November Fishing off Fort Myers & Sanibel Islands

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November fishing has long been SW Floridian’s best kept secret.

Big Snook caught November 2018

The water is crystal clear. The temperature is perfect. The air is light and dry. November is not only a great month to visit Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands for the weather but the fishing is also phenomenal in November. November has long been our favorite month. You can’t visit SW Florida a better month than November. The October Redfish bite is still great but November the Snook are hungry and they are BIG.

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Capt. Bill has been recovering from shoulder surgery so Captains Matt and Ethan have taken over in November with getting their customers on some monsters. Not only are the Snook big but plentiful too. Still biting on whitebait, Redfish and Snook have been more than plentiful despite the media’s reports of low number from the red tide we had earlier this year.

Snook are able to live in brackish and even extremely low salinity where red tide algae is unable to grow. Many Snook are able to thrive up the Caloosahatchee river where they can wait out the red tide until the literal coasts are clear.

So, if you want a perfect time to come to Fort Myers and Sanibel Islands for fishing, weather, no lines, no waits and little traffic we would say visit us in November. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone though!

Let Capt. Bill Hammond, Capt. Matt Johnson and Capt. Ethan Hansen with ENDLESS SUMMER CHARTERS show you some of the best back bay and near shore fishing in SW Florida. Catch Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Shark, Mackerel, Trout and so much more in the waters of Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers & Fort Myers Beach!  Whether you are an avid fisherman or a family with kids, they have the experience for both.

Catching huge snook in SW Florida

Book your SW Florida fishing charter today! Give us a call at 239-691-1966 or book online at Endless Summer Charters!

 

Sanibel Fishing Charters Winter Fishing Report

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This might have well been a Lady’s Florida state record at 6.2 lbs. but this Pompano made its way to the dinner plate.

January and February can be an interesting time to fish in Southwest Florida. With a cold start to the month Fort Myers and Sanibel Island has seen record low temps and winds blowing hard out of the northeast. Finding a place to hide has been our biggest issue in Pine Island Sound. Finding a place to hide where there’s not twenty other boats doing the same thing is another problem. Despite off of that our captains have been getting it done and finding some hungry fish.

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Tripletail fishing is a favorite of locals of SW Florida

Captain Matt has managed to venture out into the Gulf of Mexico between blows and has gotten on the triple tail bite. The bite has been insanely good and his clients have been pleased with the awesome table fare. This prehistoric looking fish can offer quite a fight, not to mention the thrill of the hunt. The intensity of this fish on light tackle is thrilling to say the least.

Captain Bill has been beating the bushes and deeper channels to pull out big sheephead as well as snapper and trout on the colder days. He is also been finding nice slot size redfish on days when water temps rise about 65. Slowing down the retrieve and soaking baits have been the key in the cold weather.

Captain John has proven that perseverance pays off this month. John uses techniques that remind us a little bit of the methods used by most of the old timers. Patience has paid off on big outgoing tides on the flats and the redfish can’t resist. For Capt. John’s clients nice slot size redfish and gator trout have put smiles on their faces.

Don’t count out the cold months of January and February, it can be an awesome time to fish with a little patience and some warm clothes. You are sure to have a  great time on a fishing charter with the captains from Endless Summer Charters no matter what time of year.

Check out our What’s Biting page on our website to see what species are most likely to bite per month.

Sheephead is great table fare for those who know how to filet this bony fish.

We want to thank San Carlos Marine for keeping us up and going on the water. We also want to thank Dan James Custom Rods for the best fishing rods around and Florida Fishing Products for supplying us with top of the line reels. To top that off, Fins Situational Braid line is our number one choice on the water and try their Wind Tamer line on windy days.

Make sure to call and book your Spring fishing charter as soon as possible. We are booking quickly. Tarpon charters in May, June and July are also booking fast!

Call 239-691-1966 to book your charter now!

 

Hurricane Irma and Sanibel Island Fishing

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Hurricane Irma was a frightening and anxiety ridden and we were staring right down the barrel of a Catagory 5 storm, the largest and most dangerous storm in recorded history. Not only did we have to worry about our own lives but we had our boats, marina, other people’s boats and our animals!

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Capt. Bill on clean-up

Just before it got to Florida it decided to go up through the middle of our peninsula via the Florida Keys. The Keys took the brunt and by the time it got to us it had downgraded to a Category 2. Not so scary. The fact it stayed on land and didn’t beat the coast was more of an advantage for Florida as the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico would have kept it a much stronger storm. Florida Crackers are a pretty resilient group. I’m not talking about transplants (although there a good few), I’m talking about true third, forth and fifth generation Floridian whom were nicknamed Crackers after the Florida Cowboys and the bullwhips they’d wield in the Florida Palmetto scrub. Many Crackers ended up in the fishing industry like my grandfather.Sanibel Snook fishing, Sanibel Island fishing charters

My mother was in quite a few Hurricans (as they call them) before they even named them. Every time time the people would build it bigger and better than before.

With Irma we were fortunate. The storm looked big but it’s swath was much narrower than people expected. The coast of Lee County got the least damage with mostly non-native vegetation taking the largest toll.

Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, Cayo Costa and Useppa are totally up and running!
This week we’ve had some great catches. Redfish and Snook are continuing with a strong bite and we are even seeing Tarpon up the river in droves.

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Capt. John doing a little post-hurricane scouting

Our charter boats and captains are ready and eager to get you out in the water to do some fishing. This would  also be a great time for some shelling on Cayo Costa as the shells have mounded up from the storms. We are lucky to not have lost any beaches or structures on our beautiful barrier islands.

Please feel free to give us a call or book online 24/7. We are ready to get you out on the water for your next adventure!

Capt. Bill

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Sanibel Island Fishing Charters Tarpon Season 2017

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Spring is officially here which means the Silver King are back! Tarpon are sought after for not only for their beauty but the pure adrenaline rush you get once you hook in to one. Fishing Sanibel Florida is a unique experience. Here on the Southwest Gulf coast we have a shallow and slowly sloping bottom. We don’t have the large reefs of the Florida Keys or the huge drop-offs of the East Coast of Florida. What we do have is Tarpon and LOTS of them.sanibel fishing charters There’s more than one reason we are called the Tarpon Capitol of the World. One reason is the fact that the first tarpon was caught right here Tarpon Bay on the bay side of Sanibel Island. It was the first tarpon caught on hook and line. That started the ball rolling. When sports fishing anglers heard about the magnificent fish and the fantastic fight they came droves. They soon found out that the migration of the tarpon took them from off Fort Myers Beach to the north tip of our county, Lee. The north tip of Lee County ends a Gasparilla Island. Gasparilla Island is known for a little town called Boca Grande. South of Boca Grand is the famous Boca Grande Pass. Boca Grand Pass is know three things, deep water, Tarpon and shark! The nutrient rich waters of Charlotte Harbor empty into the Gulf of Mexico through Boca Grande Pass. The waters carry what we call around here, pass crabs. These crabs are like candy to the tarpon and they will pile up in layers waiting for their crunchy goodness.

sanibel backwater fishing guideBecause tarpon became so popular as a game fish it also became the downfall of the tarpon fishing industry.  Along with the ecologically responsible anglers and guides came the money hungry tournament anglers. What was once a gentleman’s sport became a “take no prisoners” kind of fishing.  The boats got faster, fishing style over the top and testosterone running higher than ever. Luckily, in recent years the efforts of the responsible anglers have won out.  Sure, there’s the occasional yahoo that doesn’t know the etiquette of Boca Grande pass or tarpon fishing as a whole but for the most part we are slowly returning to responsible angling here in the Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach areas.

Capt. Bill and Capt. Matt practice responsible angling. This means you’ll get the best experience while fishing the fair and guilt-free way. We respect tarpon as one of the greatest species of fish in the oceans.

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Catching tarpon off Sanibel Island

They don’t call them Silver King for nothing. To be treated any less of the royal fish they are is a crime. We never gaff. Gaffing can cause a hole in the lower mouth of this fish that gulps air at the surface in order to survive. We hand hold only for photos which makes it a little more work for the captain but a bigger reward as you see this gentle giant swim off unharmed to catch another day.

“I’m a passionate hardcore fisherman. Biggest fish I caught? A 200-pound tarpon.” – Dwayne Johnson

Anglers can spend thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in pursuit of the famed tarpon in the waters of Southwest Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Hiring a guide affords you the best opportunity to catch this magnificent fish and check it off your Bucket List as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Presidents and Millionaires have for decades. All with little effort on your part by having two of the best tarpon guidesanibel fishing charterss Southwest Florida.

Capt. Bill and Capt. Matt have put many anglers on these elusive fish and released hundreds if not thousands of the chrome beauties for numerous seasoned as well as amateur anglers.  To book your Sanibel flats fishing charter please go to our BOOK NOW page and simply choose a 6 or 8 hour tarpon charter in April, May, June or July.  You will not be disappointed in your hunt and catch of a lifetime.

-Compiled from the family history of the Wilhelm, Wade, Johnson & Hammond families history in fishing for tarpon in Southwest Florida-

Call (239) 691-1966 or go to Endless Summer Charters to make reservations for the 2017 Tarpon Season.

Offshore Sanibel fishing is heating up!

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We had an epic weekend down here in sunny S.W. Florida! Jen and Nathan wore out the offshore fish with Capt. Matt, along with all their muscles. Their 8 hour trips consisted of Amber Jacks, Grouper, Baracudas, Mangrove Snapper, a battle with a big Tuna, and many more. Sanibel in the winter is heating up! Fishing off Sanibel Island can be a thrilling adventure, especially when you have professional guides who put you on fish again and again!

If you’d like to book a Sanibel Island fishing charter or a Fort Myers fishing charters please give us a call or book 24/7 on our online automated booking system for an adventure of a lifetime!

We can arrange your charter to your liking. We completely customize your day according to your skill, fish you’d like to target and side trips for lunch or a mini eco-tour!

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A big barracuda caught off Sanibel and Captiva Islands

 

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An Amberjack caught off Sanibel & Captiva Islands

 

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Having an epic day fishing with Capt. Matt off the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers.

 

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Nothing like Amberjack for dinner!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Matt Johnson

 

 

Offshore Fishing off Sanibel Island, Florida

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A nice King Mackerel aka, Kingfish was caught off Sanibel Island

A nice Bonita caught off Sanibel Island

A nice Bonita caught off Sanibel Island

Another beautiful day in the waters off Sanibel Island, Florida.  The wind has laid down and the Kingfish were hungry!! Big Bonita, snapper and gag grouper made an appearance as well. When the winds cooperate this is a great time of year for offshore fishing in SW Florida. This is the time of year when the tourist visitation is still light and the water is not overly crowded.  It can be an excellent time for a Sanibel Island fishing vacation considering the low chance of rain and weather still in the 80’s!

 

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Fall Tarpon – Sanibel Fishing Charters!

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We are starting off a little earlier than usual with our fall flats fishing trend. Big tarpon have been making random appearances off the beaches, Delicious triple tail are out floating with the left over crab pods and no wake  Markers, and what seems like endless amounts of Spanish Mackeral & Jack Creval schools are terrorizing the bait schools off the beaches. All of which will readily eat a lively Pilchard or Threadfin. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for good Sanibel weather to go along with an awesome bite!

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