The backwaters of the Gulf provides great sport fishing opportunities, including Snook, Trout, Red Fish, Snapper, Tarpon, and Grouper.
Fort Myers & Sanibel Island
Experience the excitement of backwater fishing in the Fort Myers, Florida area with Captain Al Hedstrom aboard his 20′ Lake and Bay skiff, the Ferrari of flats boats! Fish for the mighty Snook, Redfish, Trout and Tarpon – true sports fishing – without spending your day being tossed about on the rough Gulf of Mexico waters. Captain Al will pilot you a short distance to the quiet waters of the flats and mangroves in Pine Island Sound, Estero Bay, and Matlacha Pass where all the excitement will happen at the end of your fishing line!
Half day trips are geared for up to three anglers. Normal pick up times at Punta Rassa boat ramp are 8:30am and run to 12:30pm. On many days, we do two half day trips. Afternoon trips start at 1:00pm and run to 5:00 pm.
Whether you choose a full or half day charter, all you need to bring are your personal necessities, including snacks and refreshments, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, hat, camera, and a smile.
All gear, fishing license, and bait are included in the package. Our mission is to put you on fish to catch, and enjoy. We practice primarily catch and release. I always say I am in the entertainment industry, not the food business. Of course there are times when we do keep a fish or two for a fresh fish meal, and on those occasions, we do clean and package your selected catch.
What to Bring
Captain Al caters to all anglers, from novice through to professional, and personally guarantees that you will catch fish while spending any part of a day on his boat.
Full Day: $750
Full day trips consist of 8 hours on the boat. We start around 8:00am from the Punta Rassa boat ramp are are back around 4:00pm.
Half Day: $400
For the record, we NEVER keep Snook. Snook are our favorite sport fish and we want them to "live long and prosper" so they may be enjoyed by anglers for all time. Redfish are also on our do not kill list. Our commitment is to the fishery. As charter captains, we are the stewards of this fishery and it is our job to not only put you on fish, but to ensure that in the future, there will be fish to put you on.
We can also do pick ups on Pine Island, Sanibel, or the causeway islands.
Want to experience the beauty of the mangroves or go shelling on the best beaches? Snook One Charters is also available for birding, shelling, or just relaxing guided tours.