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Light Tackle Flats and Backcountry Fishing For Snook Redfish Trout Cobia Permit And A Variety Of Other Fish. Fishing All Of Southwest Florida From Fort Myers To Englewood. Including Burnt Store Marina, Cape Coral, Ft Myers Beach, Punta Gorda, and Pt. Charlotte. Tarpon Fishing Charlotte Harbor, Beach Fishing, Or Boca Grande Pass. Live Bait or Artificial Fishing

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Hiring a Captain or Guide Service for your fishing charter is a big decision. With all the internet sites that now advertise and promote their business, I designed this page to help with client inquiries and hopefully make your choice a little easier. Below are some of the  frequently asked questions that I receive.

Q: How long have you been a guide?
A: Go Fish Charters Inc has been guiding clients for tarpon, snook, red fish, and many other species for over 10 years. I am a fifth generation Floridian and have lived and fished in Southwest Florida my entire life. I am a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, I have an occupational license for Lee and Charlotte Counties, I carry commercial charter insurance for my boat and clients, I also carry a saltwater fishing license and all the permits necessary to run a legal charter service, I am also registered as a Florida Corporation in the state of Florida and can produce all the necessary documents to do business by request, or you can feel free to check with local and state agencies about my company and encourage you to check me out, so you know your charter will be done by a licensed and insured professional


Q: How much does a fishing trip cost?
A: You Need To Call Me Toll Free At 1-888-880-0006  Rates quoted are for entire boat. Not per angler. All necessary license,  bait, tackle, and an on board cooler with ice and water is provided

Q: Who is our fishing Guide?
A: Capt Andy Boyette. I personally do all of my fishing charters I am not a booking service so when you hire Go Fish Charters you fish with me. I do have other well qualified guides that help me with multiple boat trips. I use these same guides to help me every year and have the up most confidence in their abilities. Being that I am one person, one boat and make my living 100% as your fishing guide, in an event outside my control, that prevent me from personally being available, I will contact you as soon as possible, If I can not contact you, I will personally meet you at the pickup location and time of your trip. If I will be unavailable to be you guide, I will have arranged for another qualified guide to take my place. This is done out of courtesy with understanding that you have came here to fish, and it is your right to accept or decline this replacement. If you chose not to accept this replacement and or do not wish to reschedule, all deposits and or monies are returned promptly. I take such events personal and they are rare and limited to Acts of God such as weather, equipment failure, illness, etc.

Q: Do we need to book in advance?
A: Yes, the best chance for you to get a day that fits your schedule is to call in advance. The months of March, April, May, June, and July are prime months with May-July devoted to tarpon fishing only and should be booked with as much advanced notice as possible.

Q: Where do you fish?
A: All of Southwest Florida. Which Includes Charlotte Harbor, Fort Myers, Pine Island Sound, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande Pass, Sanibel, Englewood.

Q: What can we expect to catch?
A: Tarpon, snook, redfish, jack crevelle or sharks from Englewood to Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor area south through Pine Island and Fort Myers. Southwest Florida has a multitude of fish species available to target with light tackle. Trout, mackerel, ladyfish, snapper, grouper, pompano, bluefish and flounder. Cobia, triple tail and permit are also available during certain parts of the year.

Q: What do we need to bring?
A: All tackle, rods, and reels are provided unless you want to use your personal equipment. Each person is advised to wear a hat and sunscreen. Good polarized sunglasses are recommended for spotting fish. Bring any food and drinks you want. I keep plenty of ice onboard so you don't need to pack a cooler. Canned alcohol is allowed, but if it gets out of hand the trip is over!

Q: Do we need a fishing license?
A:  No. My license covers up to four people fishing on my boat including snook stamps, and all applicable fishing license .

Q: What is the best time to catch tarpon?
A: May-July. However late fall in Charlotte Harbor can be extremely good, these tarpon are somewhat less predictable, but there is much less fishing pressure then and most of my best days of the year come during these times.

Q: Do you offer any package deals for multiple bookings?
A: No, I work just as hard on multiple day trips as I do on single day trips and my overhead doesn't get any less just because you'll book more than one day.

Q: Are you a Head Boat or Party Boat and do you split trips?
A: No. I do private guided charters in the backcountry and near shore waters of Southwest Florida with maximum of 4 anglers on a boat

Q: Do You require a deposit to book a date.
A: A $150 per day per boat deposit is required to book and hold a reservation. This is fully refundable if there is bad weather on the day of your charter (captain's discretion), or you must cancel prior to March 1st. If you cancel after March 1st, your deposit will only be refunded if I rebook your date. I accept most major credit cards, (Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express). As Captain, I have the final say as to whether the trip will be canceled or postponed if the weather turns bad. There are many creeks and islands to hide from the wind should unexpected weather conditions arise, but high winds and lightning are always a sign to get off the water. If the weather is unfishable, your deposit will be refunded. If a trip is already underway, but is cut short due to inclement weather, the trip costs will be prorated.


Once you give me a credit card that date is held for your private charter and any other inquiries for that date are denied.  You will receive a confirmation if you give me a email address.  A 10 day notice of cancellation required for flats charters for tarpon charters you must cancel prior to March 1st.  Because that date is held for you and other possible trips for that date are turned away, if you cancel your trip after the after the above deadline, for any reason, the entire amount will be processed on your credit card unless I can rebook that date with someone else.  I am not looking to make money on cancellations.


For Fishing Reservations Or Information
Capt Andy Boyette 
Toll Free 1-888-880-0006 Local 941-769-1582

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