Sanibel Charters

Sanibel Charters

Whitney's Bait & Tackle offers Sanibel charters for guests wanting to get out on the water with one of our skilled charter guides and captains. Voted 'Best Fishing Charter' & 'Best Charter Captain', we're sure you'll love your experience & that we'll get you #HookedOnSanibel
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1/2 Day

4 hours

Up to 6 Guests

Includes: Bait, Fishing Licenses, Ice & Tackle

Choose From: Near Shore Fishing, Back Bay Fishing, Eco-Charter, Sunset, Shelling or Custom Charters

3/4 Day

6 hours

Up to 6 Guests

Includes: Bait, Fishing Licenses, Ice & Tackle

Choose From: Near Shore Fishing, Back Bay Fishing, Eco-Charter, Sunset, Shelling or Custom Charters

Full Day

8 hours

Up to 6 Guests

Includes: Bait, Fishing Licenses, Ice & Tackle

Choose From: Near Shore Fishing, Back Bay Fishing, Eco-Charter, Sunset, Shelling or Custom Charters


8 hours

Up to 6 Guests

Includes: Bait, Fishing Licenses, Ice & Tackle

Fish for: Grouper, Amberjack, King Mackerel, Tripple Tail & More!
American Red Snapper is Additional $200

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Looking for a Sanibel fishing charter? Our local charter captains will get you #HookedOnSanibel and the fish of your liking in no time! From beginner to expert, our guide staff will arrange a day of fishing around your needs.  Let us know what kind of fishing you’d like to do and we can match you with one of our guides for an unforgettable experience on the water.  Whether you're looking for mixed-bag fishing, to put a bend in the rod, or just to make sure the kids are having a great time on the water - we've got you covered!

sanibel sunset charter

Get lost in the horizon on one of our Sanibel sunset charters. We'll take you and your guests off into the distance to capture the awe inspiring visions out on the Gulf.. And, if you're lucky, you'll capture the 'green flash' visitors and locals have been talking about for centuries. Yes, it happens, but will you blink and miss it? Come out with us and see!

sanibel eco-charters

Birds, manatees, dolphins - oh my! There is so much to see in Southwest Florida! The wildlife is abundant and our Sanibel eco-charters will give you an opportunity to see it in a way most can't. With 250 kinds of shells, 230 species of birds, 50 species of fish, and more, we'll get you out on the water with our friendly & knowledgable charter captains for the most wonderful nature experience you'll remember for a life time!

wedding charters

Fishing = love. Well, to us it does... Let Whitney's be your love vessel and  get hitched on the waters of the Gulf. We will arrange for a notary to do the deed or you can bring your own. Want to do a special knot tying ceremony? Perfect! What better place to do so? Don't want to necessarily get married while you're with us but rather celebrate an upcoming marriage? Our Sanibel charters make great bachelor and bachelorette trips! 

lunch charter

Don't want to spend time catching your next meal? That's okay! We'll take you to it! On our Sanibel lunch charters, guests can choose from any restaurant on the water of their choice. Our captains will get you there and back in style! Not sure where to go? We'll tell ya'! We've compiled a full list of options to pick from that will allow us to safely drop you off. Don't want to go to a restaurant? We'll have a picnic! Just say the word and we'll make it happen.

sanibel shelling charters

Yes, Sanibel shelling charters exists! And, yes, we will take you on one! If you want to escape the land-locked, visitor laden beaches and get out to sand bars in the middle of nowhere so you can search for the shell of your dreams, we'll take you there! We get it, you like searching for treasure and you don't want any competition. Our guides will plan your trip to the shell covered beach of your dreams. Just ask!

custom charters on sanibel

Not seeing the Sanibel charter of your dreams listed? Make it up and we'll make it happen! As long as it's legal, it's likely we can do it. Just call us to discuss what you're looking for and we'll get you set up with the right charter guide and boat!


Where are you located?

Our address is 1554 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957. We are conveniently located one-half mile from the four-way stop and public boat ramp when you first come on the Island. See the Contact Us section for a map.

What is included in my charter price and what is extra?

Everything needed for a guaranteed good time is provided. That includes, bait, tackle, rods and reels, cooler, ice, bottled water & fishing licenses.  Food and beverages are not provided by the boat.  However, there are grocery stores Publix, Jerry's & Bailey's stocked with drinks, sandwiches, snack items, ice and beer before and after you get to the Island.

Why book with Whitney's?

We have a long history of excellence in the charter fishing industry and have the best charter guides on the Gulf.  We offer including inshore, offshore, private, eco-cruises and more.  We believe in premier customer service and are here to support your boating and fishing needs. We also have anything you need to fish the waters of the Gulf and it's back bays in our bait & tackle store located on Island. And, we've been voted 'Best Fishing Charter' & 'Best Charter Captain' since 2017!

What should we bring with us on our fishing charter?

We provide everything you need for fishing including bait, tackle and license.

You may want to bring:

  • Cooler with snacks and drinks (alcohol allowed, no glass bottles)
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel/rag
  • Hat and/or long sleeve shirt to help keep the sun off

What if weather or sea conditions are bad?

Our captains monitor the weather very carefully and if the weather or sea conditions are unfavorable, the captain may cancel the trip.  The captain will typically make this decision the morning of the trip.  If your captain cancels the trip, you will be refunded.  Your trip will not be cancelled simply due to rain.  Only the captain is able to cancel your trip due to weather.

What is the difference between inshore and offshore fishing?

Inshore fishing is typically in the back bay areas and close to shore on a smaller center console boat.  The inshore boats can take a maximum of 6 people and all trips are private charters.  Fish cleaning is included on inshore trips.  Inshore fishing may be more suitable for small kids or those who are prone to sea sickness.

Offshore trips can range from 4 hours to 72 hours.  They are targeting larger fish than the inshore trips and can be private or shared.

What is your cancelation policy?

We accept cancellations up to 21 days in advance of the departure date for a full refund.

Cancellations made less than 21 days of the departure date must be rescheduled ONE TIME ONLY within 90 days of the original booking date or payment and trip will be forfeited.

Cancellations made 72 hours or less may not reschedule and will forfeit both the payment and the trip.

If the captain cancels due to weather, sea conditions, mechanical difficulties (and if the trip cannot be rescheduled) you will receive a full refund.

Are your rates per person or per trip?

Our standard rates are per 4-passenger trip. An additional $50/passenger is required for the 5th & 6th passengers should you wish to include them.

How many passengers can you accommodate?

Per US Coast Guard regulations, we can only take up to 6 passengers.  If your group is larger than 6, we will partner with another captain to charter an additional boat.

What payment methods do you accept?

A $50 deposit is required to reserve your charter. You may pay the deposit in person or over the phone. Full payment will be made at the conclusion of your charter to your captain. We accept cash & checks. Our rates do not included gratuity.

Where do your charters depart from?

Our charters typically leave from the Punta Rassa boat ramp just before coming over the Sanibel Causeway. We can accommodate requests for pick-up on Captiva Island as well.  Call us for details at 239-579-0399