Capt. Dave Pecci, Charlotte Harbor, FL

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Capt. Dave Pecci, Charlotte Harbor, FL


We offer personalized guided fishing trips for tarpon, redfish, snook, sea trout, and several other species in the Charlotte Harbor - Pine Island Sound - Boca Grande region of southwest Florida. We also offer casting instruction. All levels of experience are welcomed. Credit cards accepted. Fully licensed and insured. Pick up and drop off at area accommodations available. No fishing license required.

Date Range

Late October through early June.

What is Provided to Customer

All rods, reels, flies, and leaders are provided; however, customers are welcome to bring their own if they wish to. Coffee, pastries, snacks, and soft drinks are provided on morning and afternoon trips. Lunch is provided on all-day trips. Special dietary concerns will gladly be met with prior notification.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Charlotte Harbor - Florida's 2nd largest tidal estuary is located 100 miles south of Tampa and 30 miles north of Fort Myers and includes; Boca Grande, Pine Island, Gasparilla Island, Placida, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda. A tranquil getaway on Florida's southwest Gulf Coast and a premier eco-tourism destination. Habitat includes: mangroves, grass flats, canals, beachfronts, passes, and artificial reefs. The fishing and exploring possibilities are endless. 84% of this 270 square mile estuary is preserved land. It lends itself perfectly to light tackle and fly fishing for many species. Sight fishing is exciting along the flats and mangroves of the East Side, Bull Bay, and Placida and Gulf Beaches. Blind casting the grass flats of the West Wall, Cape Haze, and Turtle Bay is very productive. On windy days the Pease River, Myakka River, and endless mangrove creeks and canals provide shelter and consistent action. There are over 10 area boat ramps that make for short runs to productive fishing.

Typical Weather by Season

Fall 50-60 early warming to 70 and 80s by mid day.
Winter 40-50 early warming to 70s by mid day. Can be windy.
Spring 50-60 early warming to 70 and 80s by mid day.
Early summer: 60-70 early warming to 80-90 by mid day. Numerous afternoon showers and thunder storms.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Our typical guided trips start by meeting at one of the Charlotte Harbor-area boat launches. Trips last 4, 6, 8, or 11 hours and are flexible and tailored to meet your needs. Pick-up and drop-off at any of the Charlotte Harbor hotels or condos is available.


Species You Fish for by Season

Charlotte Harbor's fall winter and spring redfish, snook, and sea trout fishing is among the very best in southwest Florida. Spring tarpon fishing along the beachfronts and in Boca Grande Pass is known as the best in the world. Other sport fish species available: sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bluefish, cobia, bonito, snapper, grouper, and flounder.


What Should Customers Bring?

Camera, Sunscreen, Sneakers / Sandals, light jacket/ rain coat other than late spring and early summer, hat, polarized sunglasses. The boat will be fully equipped with fly and spinning gear but feel free to bring your own. Food and beverages are provided. Please inform us of any dietary needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does it cost for a fishing charter?
Inshore - 4 hour - $350
Inshore - 6 hour - $450
Inshore - 8 hour - $550
Morning Tarpon - 4 hour - $400
Tarpon - 6 hour - $550
These rates are per trip not per person. All charters are by reservation. 3 person maximum.

Q: What skill level is required?
All levels of skill and all ages are welcomed. We will provide a fun filled fishing experience for you no matter your experience or abilities.

Q: Do you offer casting instruction?

Q. What is your deposit and cancellation policy?
A. A deposit of $150 is required to reserve your trip. If you need to cancel your trip(s) and do so at least four weeks before your reserved date(s), your deposit will be refunded in full. Should you cancel your trip within the four-week period prior to your date(s), your deposit will be refunded only if I am able to rebook your date(s). Should we have to cancel due to weather or rough seas I will refund your entire deposit if we cannot reschedule your trip for another day.

Q. Is it customary to give a gratuity?
A. Obsession Charters considers tipping optional and at your sole discretion. If you had an enjoyable time while on your charter, a tip will be graciously accepted but certainly not expected.

Q. How to Find Obsession Charters in SW Florida?
A. Due to changing weather and fishing conditions, we use one of several Charlotte Harbor-area boat launches. Please call or e-mail Capt. Dave a day or two prior to your trip to finalize where to meet.

Q. Where should I stay if I am going on a trip with you?
A. Places to Stay in the Charlotte Harbor Area:
Wyvern Hotel
Four Points by Sheridan
Best Western Waterfront
Day's Inn
Microtel Inn and Suites

Q. What are the other activities to do in the area?
A. Activities and Attractions:
Boating, sailing
Paddling the Blueways Trails
Five National Wildlife Refuges

For more area info go to:
Charlotte Harbor Visitor's Guide
Charlotte Harbor Visitor Bureau
Charlotte County Chamber
Punta Gorda Chamber

Q. Where are the closest airports?
A. Airports within a short drive of Charlotte Harbor:
Fort Myers - Southwest Florida Intl—45 minutes
Sarasota Bradenton Intl. Airport—1 hour
Tampa international Airport—1 1/2 hours
Orlando International Airport—2 1/2 hours


Capt. Dave Pecci, Charlotte Harbor Florida
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Capt. Dave Pecci

Charlotte Harbor, FL

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