Florida, Punta Gorda
For over six years, Flatscaptain Charters has been helping anglers experience some of the finest fly and light tackle angling southwest Florida has to offer. Based in Punta Gorda, Capt. Michael Manis has direct access to the unspoiled waters of Boca Grande, Pine Island, and Charlotte Harbor. This entire area is part of the Charlotte Harbor aquatic preserve estuary system of Southwest Florida. It is the second largest estuary in the state and includes vast tidal flats, sea grass beds, and backcountry mangrove islands full of pristine shorelines and winding tidal creeks. From the white sandy beaches of Cayo Costa and Boca Grande to the blue green water just inside the Gulf passes at Pine Island or Gasparilla Sound and all the way up to the more tannic water deep within the back country of Matlacha or Bull and Turtle bay, this huge estuary system includes some of the most extremely clear and shallow water you will ever have the chance to fish. For fly and light tackle anglers, this provides some exceptional sight fishing opportunities for some of our most popular game fish such as redfish, snook, and tarpon. It's not unusual to see red fish tailing, snook pushing water while busting bait, or tarpon daisy chaining or just laid up in a sand hole on a grass flat.