Blackwater Charters

With Capt. Scott Hughes

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This page will give a brief description of each of the game fish species that you might catch while fishing with me in Southwest Florida.


Broad River Snook from the 10,000 Islands Snook are probably our most sought after inshore or flats gamefish. They are excellent eating, provide hard  runs and jump when hooked. They are caught all year but our best time for catching snook is March-November.

tarpon, beach tarpon, boca grande tarpon Tarpon or Silver King is the largest gamefish on the west coast of Florida. Our fish range from 50 to over 200 lbs. They fight extremely hard make runs up to 100 yards and make spectacular jumps. Most battles last between 25 minutes and 2 hours. There is a possibility of hooking tarpon all year, but April-September is much better.

Florida Redfish, Southwest Florida fishing Redfish are the third species in the famous "Backcountry Slam" which consist of catching a snook, tarpon, and redfish in one fishing trip. They fight very hard and are great to eat.  Again, they can be caught in any month, but we mostly target them in the winter, spring and fall.

Jack Crevelle, pass and beach fishing Jacks, pound for pound, are the hardest fighting fish that we have. They fight extremely hard and make fast runs. I consider them to be mainly a sportfish because their food quality is only fair. We catch jacks all year with pretty good success.

speckled sea trout fishing in Florida Trout is a very popular gamefish in Florida. They take artificial lures and flies very well and they are great to eat. These fish are caught all year but we do not target them in the summer because we are to busy catching tarpon.

offshore fishing charters Tuna and Bonito are offshore species that we catch in the summer in the Atlantic Oceanand in the fall in the Gulf of Mexico.  We also catch kingfish, sailfish, dolphin, cobia, amberjack, barracuda, and sharks when targeting these fish.

Fishing guides, inshore flats and backcountry Jewfish and grouper are mainly an offshore species that move nearshore and inshore during the months of November-April. They inhabit rocky edges and holes in the backcountry and in the passes. We catch them with live bait and jigs.

Shark fishing charters 

Sharks are a common catch in the spring and summer. This shark is a 20 lb blacktip shark. They are the fastest of our inshore sharks and jump when hooked. Blacktips range in size from about 5 lbs to over a 100lbs. We also have hammerheads, lemons, sand, reef, and bonnet head sharks in our area.

Cobia fishing near Punta Gorda in Charlotte Harbor

Cobia are a unique species that frequents our inshore waters from March-August. They are a highly prized fish because of their flavor and fight.  Most of our fish range from 20-30 pounds and are caught while we are tarpon fishing.

sight fishing for tripletail

Tripletail are a fairly uncommon species that moves nearshore around March, April,  October and November each year.  We catch them by sightcasting to them with live shrimp, jigs and flies. If your lucky enough to get one they will  fight extremely hard and make fantastic jumps. They are also very tasty.

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We have Pick-up locations near Ft Myers, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Boca Grande. I can also pick-up on Sanibel, Captiva, and Upper Captiva Islands at certain times of the year also.