Looking For A Guide For A Tarpon Fishing Charter?
Hiring a Captain or Guide Service for your tarpon 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.
What is the best time to catch tarpon?
April-Sept. With Early Spring and late fall in Charlotte Harbor being extremely good, these tarpon are somewhat more predictable and there is much less fishing pressure then. Most of my best days of the year come during these times.
How much does a fishing trip cost?
You Need To Call Me At 941-769-1582 or Visit My Rates Page located at this link Tarpon Fishing Rates. 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
Do You require a deposit to book a fishing charter?
Yes $250 per day 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). Tarpon charters must be canceled 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. 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 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. If the full amount is charged due to you for canceling after the deadline and I am unable to rebook your date you will be given credit to be used during the same calendar year on any date that is available on my schedule.
Do we need to book a Tarpon Charter in advance?
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 April-Sept devoted to tarpon fishing only and should be booked with as much advanced notice as possible.
Who is our fishing Guide?
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.
How long have you been a guide?
Go Fish Charters Inc and me Capt Andy Boyette as owner and guide have been guiding clients for tarpon, snook, red fish, and many other species for over 20 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 Charlotte County, 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 I encourage you to check me out, so you know your charter will be done by a licensed and insured professional
Where do you Tarpon fish?
All of Southwest Florida. Which Includes Boca Grande, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, and Charlotte Harbor.
What do we need to bring on a tarpon fishing charter?
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 Beer is allowed, but if it gets out of hand the trip is over! No Liquor! All tackle, rods, and reels are provided unless you want to use your personal equipment.
Do we need a fishing license?
No. My license covers up to four people fishing on my boat including all applicable tarpon fishing license .
Average Size Of The Tarpon I Expect To Catch
The Average Size Tarpon range from about 125-150lbs. I catch several fish per week during the season