Southwest Florida Charter Fishing

Magic Hook Charters, Naples, Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Southwest Florida

Fishing is fun for all ages and levels of experience. Come aboard the Magic Hook for a day of fun and relaxation. We custom tailor your day on the water to maximize your enjoyment. Whether its a day chasing giant tarpon , or catching a boat load of reef fish, or a stop at the beach for the kids to play, its our goal to show you a great time.

IGFA Certified Guide
CCA Endorsed Guide

I have twenty years experience fishing local waters. Two time past president Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters club, two time winner “Grand Slam Award, two time” Angler of the Year” Sanibel Island Fishing Club and multiple tournament wins gives me the confidence to know I can put you on big fish. Want to make a personal best catch or pursue big pelagic fish on light tackle? That’s my game. Offshore fly fishing for big L.T’s (false albacore) cudas, sharks, mackerel, tarpon, permit is my specially. I am and IGFA certified guide and run a first class charter operation, top quality boat, gear, and a great desire to make your day on the water special. We have released over seventy five tarpon per year for the last five years.


There is always something special about spending time on the water. A great way to renew friendships, or take a client out for the day catching fish. Learn new techniques to improve your fishing, or just enjoy nature at its best. There is always something special to see, dolphins, manatee’s, sea turtles, & bird life galore. Maybe you need to get out on the ocean and enjoy some relaxation time away from the every day stress and hassle of the “real world”. Out on the water the mind always seems to clear while the soul renews itself. Remember days on the water don’t count against your time on earth.


There is no better time spent together as a family than fishing. The memories last a lifetime. Everyone in the family can participate. Make it a day or evening to remember. This is a great way to start your children out fishing. A perfect way to start them out on a life time of fun and excitement. The perfect way to highlight a vacation is a day of fishing. The pictures and memories will be worth it next winter!

– Light Tackle – Spin – Plug- Fly – Live Bait

License, fishing tackle, bait, fish cleaning, & a cooler full of ice are included. Parties of 1 to 4 anglers. Fast custom rigged Mako custom rigged with the serious angler in mind. Modern electronics, including RADAR, DGPS Map, Fish finder, EPIRB, Marine VHF radio, Cell Phone. Multiple day package trips a specialty. Brand new Mercury 225 H.P. Optimax engine in 2002. Now RADAR Equipped!

About the Captain

I am Captain Rick Featherstone. I have been fishing and guiding local waters for 20 years. I love to take kids of all ages out to catch fish they have never caught or even seen before. Helping an angler to a personal best, or biggest fish they have ever caught is a great thrill for me. As I head west into the gulf of Mexico each morning I still get the same thrill as I did the first time. There is something special about being out there. Guiding is a job, but it isn’t. Its a special gift to be able to share with others the nature & beauty this area has to offer. There is room for beginners or experts aboard my boat. We offer light tackle sport fishing charters using, conventional, spin, plug, or fly equipment. I am a fishing nut and fishing is my passion. I dont fish for the money even though it pays the bills. I just love fishing. I’m the easiest guy to get along with and I will go the extra mile for you. No matter what we are after be it just bending rods for the kids, or that special fish of a lifetime, its always a good time for me.

Family’s & first time anglers are great fun to take out. I have not gotten far from my roots so when they see the sights and sounds for the first time I get to experience that feeling again myself. I love toss the cast net for Live Bait, add in a hundred shrimp or so and we have the have the recipe for a fun filled day. Maybe is just a camera and some sunset pictures of birds, or maybe its drifting the calm backwater or working offshore over a wreck. What ever your desire, we can taylor the trip to you. I have two daughters and a grand son “Dylan” that love to fish, and love lots of “bites” so I know how to do that well.

I love to go with experienced anglers to try our luck at light tackle or fly fishing for big, elusive Tarpon, Permit, Snook, Cobia, Tuna, or King Mackerel. Live baiting, wreck fishing, or working a Tarpon pod along the beach, maby its casting to a school of 200 Permit is my idea of a good time! If you want to learn about the tides, migrations, weather & how it all fits together with our fishing, I am happy to share my knowledge with you.

My enthusiasm for the outdoors and love of fishing will make YOUR day on the water special with Magic Hook Charters. Whether its tossing my cast net for a live well full of pilchards for a day of family fun, or tossing a hand tied fly at permit, tarpon or cuda, I am sure you will have and exciting and enjoyable day on the water with me. I have fished from Costa Rica to Alaska including Hawaii along the way, but nothing holds the variety and year long fishing season as South West Florida.

If you want more hands-on experience, if you want to set your own hooks, if you want to be more involved in your day of fishing, then this is the charter for you.

My boat, in my never to be humble opinion is the perfect rig for fishing our area. Its a sleek, Fast, 23 Mako center console. NEW 2002 Merc 225 Opti Max Engine, T-Top (shade), leaning post, out riggers and all the fishing features you can pack into it, plus a few! Modern electronics include Differential GPS Map, Radar, VHF ship to shore radio, graphing bottom machine (fish finder), EPIRB, & cell phone. These electronics are more than convience and aids in fishing. They add a great amount of safety to our charters. She holds 120 gallons of gas so our imagination is our only limit. Her live well is 40 gallons. The hull is the perfect combination of soft ride and stable at anchor or drifting that Mako’s are famous for. Plenty of seating room and shade. This is the only boat I have ever ran that feels and fishes bigger than it really is when its gets a bit sloppy offshore. Her draft is still shallow enough so that we can work the canals, beaches, passes, and some of the backwater areas if we want to.

I own all top of the line equipment from Penn, Shimano, Diawa & Loomis. It is always maintained in excellent condition. When you hook your trophy fish, you will know you are using the best equipment rigged with the best line, leader, & hooks money can buy! I go to great lengths to have the best bait possible. We use lots of Live Bait, but also troll, drift, sight cast, or anchor depending on conditions.

Our fishing area covers from Sanibel island south to Naples including all the waters around Fort Myers Beach. My specialty is offshore fishing. This can be from the beach out to where ever the action is. Backwater fishing in Estero Bay or Pine Island Sound is always fun. Depending on season I love to target giant tarpon average weight one hundred pounds and reaching two hundred. Kingfish, Permit, Barracudas, Cobia, & Sharks, Tuna, make for pictures that last a lifetime. Family’s love the non stop reef & wreck fishing for grouper & snapper. Inshore trout, ladyfish, or pompano can make for and action filled day. Your charter will include fishing license, bait, tackle, a cooler full of ice, & fish cleaning, and bagging. Local tradition requires that you bring your lunch & beverage. I will provide the maximum effort to make your day fun and successful. I encourage catch and release fishing.

All Offshore trips are not created equal! On our charters you will be traveling to wrecks, or bottom structure that are rarely fished. We will have LOTS of chum, the BEST bait, equipment, top of the line tackle, and effort on my part to put you on quality fish. Our Tarpon trips are REAL tarpon fishing adventures. I know where the fish are, how they act, what to expect next. I know all of the local tarpon hunters on the water and we keep in contact via radio and cell phone to keep us in the best action of the day. Each trip is rigged and ready with four line classes of tackle for what ever shows up.

Our charters are strictly custom. You get me, the boat and all the gear to yourself. Its your trip we can do it your way! My desire is that you have and exciting day and a good time on the water. If that involves hitting the beach for a swim then that is what happens. If the wind comes up, we go where its calm, YOU choose. If you are a serious angler and want and intense, light tackle adventure, then lets GO! Every charter offers unique chances to see nature and experience things that will imprint your memory with visions that last a lifetime. There is no better quality time with family or friends than fishing.

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Bahama Joes Charters, Marco Island, Naples, Florida

WE SPECIALIZE IN Deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico from North Naples, Naples and Marco Island. The Gulf of Mexico along the coast of Southwest Florida is well known for it’s calm sea conditions and it’s abundance of natural reefs, rocks, and ledges which sustain a fantastic fish habitat for outstanding year around sport fishing. We fish in several areas of the Gulf , we follow the fish as they move thru the area. We do not go to the same spot on every trip, this allows us not to over fish the area, thus allowing you to land larger fish.

WE RUN FAST AND FISH HARD. We provide all of your licenses, fishing tackle, bait, fish cleaning, and bagging along with coolers, water, and ice. Parties of 1-6 anglers fish on a custom rigged ,fast 26 foot Paramount power boat with twin 175 HP Johnson outboards. WE are one of the fastest charter boat in the area. Enjoy a smooth fast, and comfortable ride to your fishing destination



All anglers welcome: Novice to Experienced/Children to Adults Instruction provided as needed.

We specialize in family fishing we will show you how to catch fish.  We provide all types of instruction for any anglers skill level. One of the best way’s to spend time with the family and have lots of fun is to go fishing.


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Sea Level Family Flats Fishing Charters, Cape Coral, Florida

Fishing Florida waters with Sea Level Family Flats Fishing Charters is more than fun in the sun, it’s a Florida fishing adventure. Sea Level Family Flats Fishing Charters is a Florida fishing charter service that operates with only four of the best Florida fishing guides in the business. Florida saltwater fishing the waters of Sanibel Island and Pine Island Sound is something that can’t be put into words, it can only be experienced. Sea Level Family Flats Fishing Charters is a Cape Coral, Florida fishing guide service that specializes in saltwater backcountry flats fishing the waters of southwest Florida’s Pine Island Sound, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and the surrounding waters of Pine Island including, Matlacha Pass, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and all associated keys, islands, rivers and near Gulf shore waters. We are based out of beautiful Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral, Florida…”where Florida flats fishing is a way of life”.

Sea Level Family Flats Fishing Charters is a flats fishing guide service dedicated to teaching the family how to realize the joys of shallow water flats fishing. We specialize in teaching your spouse and children the fundamentals of fishing. When the family learns how to fish as an outdoor unit the more likely they will enjoy the outdoors together and more often. Years of experience has proven to us that those who always seem to have the best outdoor flats fishing adventure are those who have either never fished before or those with the least amount of fishing experience. All to often Dads and Moms are reluctant to take their children fishing because of their lack of knowledge or because they feel intimidated by the guide experience itself. Consequently, the children are denied the opportunity to learn the art of flats fishing from an experienced professional teacher and guide. Come aboard, enjoy the day, and let us teach your spouse and children how to catch fish. We prefer not only the avid fishers, but also “The Family”.

Captain Dave Ribeca and his staff have worked relentlessly, over many years, to become the best and the hardest working Cape Coral saltwater backcountry flats fishing guides that flats fish southwest Florida’s Pine Island Sound, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island waters. You will see your dollars at work! Hop aboard and flats fish for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon or the backcountry species of your choice. You’ll play hard and fish even harder.

Sea Level Family Flats Fishing Charters and Guide Service consists of only four professional, U.S. Coast Guard licensed, insured, and U.S. Coast Guard safety approved captains. Each captain is a member of the “Action Craft” Boat Company’s Professional Guide Team and has been officially selected by Action Craft via applications and interviews. Our guide team has met the standards of the finest flats skiff manufacturer in the fishing industry, as advertised in “Florida Sportsman Magazine”. We take pride in that kind of endorsement. We have fished with the best of the best. Come on down and take us out for a try.

The purpose of limiting the number of captains to four is to enable better communications between the guides as to where the fishing has been hot and where it has tapered off. It is the goal of the “guide team” to help one another and their clients produce fish through cooperation and the sharing of information on a regular basis. In short, it is in the best interest of each guide to insure the others success. Who benefits? Obviously, everyone. Especially the “paying customer”. With larger guide services, that book literally dozens of captains, the elements of “cooperation” and “team work” are lost.

We saltwater backcountry flats fish the waters of Southwest Florida’s Lee island waterways. Specifically, the Calooshatchee River, the flats and keys of Pine Island Sound, Blind Pass, Redfish Pass, Matlacha Pass, Captiva Pass, famous Boca Grande Pass, Charlotte Harbor, near Gulf of Mexico waters, and Ding Darling National Wildlife Sanctuary. Southwest Florida waters are by far some of the most under fished waters in the state. The diverse wild life and estuaries are something to see. The beauty of fishing around Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island, Pine Island and the countless smaller keys and island sanctuaries cannot be put into words…

About the Captain

“Captain Dave has been backcountry flats fishing the waters of Pine Island Sound since 1983. He acquired his U.S.C.G. captain’s license “sea time” flats fishing and blue water fishing this area with Captain Ron Rebeck of Florida Backcountry Charters (founder of “Pole Mate” push pole holders), now fishing out of Indian River, Florida. Prior to opening his business at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral, Florida, Captain Dave owned and operated Sea Level Fishing Charters on Lake Michigan, docked at Pastrick Marina, in East Chicago, Indiana. There he ran a Gulfstream Grady White and fished for Salmonids, Lake Trout, Brown Trout and Steelhead. His university undergraduate B.S. studies in Geosciences and graduate M.S. studies in Environmental science is a good indicator of his love and understanding of fishing the outdoors. Dave brings to his clients a unique combination of excellent fishing skills and a complete and comprehensive knowledge of the various outdoor fishing environments. Whether it’s saltwater game fish or land-locked Salmonids Dave’s ability to read weather, water, and fish behavior, will always put fish in his boat. He is an avid saltwater flats fisher. I know this to be true because I’ve fished him.”

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Fish Stix Charters, SW Florida, Sanibel, Captiva Island, Cape Coral and Ft. Myers Beach

Let Captain Gary be your fishing charter guide in Southwest Florida, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cape Coral and Ft. Myers Beach. Southwest Florida fishing is great for Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Grouper, Trout, Snapper, Sharks and many more species.

Take your family fishing or cruising on Captain Gary’s 24′ Grady White, equipped with more comfort features, including cuddy cabin with bathroom facilities. This boat can accommodate up to six people.

Fish the passes of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island like Redfish pass, Captiva pass and others for Tarpon, Grouper, Snook, Snapper and more. See Manatees, Dolphins, tropical birds or just relax and get a tan while shelling on beautiful Sanibel Island and other tropical islands. It’s your day, enjoy it any way you want!

About the Captain

My name is Gary Nucci. I am originally from Long Island, NY where I fished Long Island Sound and famous Montauk Point. I have been a licensed captain for ten years. I moved to Cape Coral, FL in 1997. Besides chartering I also teach fishing classes. We cover from the beginner to the advanced angler. I recently starred in a local fishing show on TV. I had three generations from one family on the boat. The shows theme was family fishing with kids.

U.S.C.G Licensed – Fully Insured VHF, Cellular Phone, All Licenses & Tackle supplied, Full Day or Half Day Charters