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 is located 100 miles south of Tampa and 30 miles north of Fort Myers and includes the areas of Boca Grande, Pine Island, Gasparilla Island, Placida, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda. This area is “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. This 25-mile long, 5-mile wide harbor 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 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 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


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 9 reviews


9 of 9 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Look no further... - 3/25/2015
    By: from Pine Island/Matlacha, FL

    Capt. Dave is a joy to fish with. He uses top shelf gear, is a wealth of local knowledge, and doesn't rely on two or three "honey holes" to provide action. He will work to keep your day on his boat action-packed. West coast Florida is filled with amazing, scenic back-country fishing and Capt. Dave is a the guy to take you there.

  • 5/5

    Great guide! - 5/28/2014
    By: from Charlotte Harbor, FL

    I have been fortunate to travel a great deal for work and taken advantage of it by fishing in many places. Of all my travels and experiences with various guides there are only a handful I truly would recommend and Dave is one of those. The fishing was tough - weather and wind was not cooperating but Dave made every effort to find fish and make the day enjoyable despite conditions. Highly recommend Capt. Pecci.

  • 5/5

    Great experience - 5/21/2014
    By: from Medford, NJ

    Capt Dave is an excellent guide. His experience with the fishing shows right off as he is ready to answer questions and give advice. The tarpon possibility is great and if you get to sight fish for snook that is great too. Fishing with Dave both in Maine and Florida has been fantastic.

  • 5/5

    Had a Blast!!! - 5/20/2014
    By: from Burlington, NJ

    I fished with Dave a few years ago in Maine for Striper. I had such a good time, I had to book a trip with him in Florida. Wow!!! What a great time. Dave is such a professional. He is well versed in fishing Charlotte Harbor. He took me to some awesome back country fishing areas. It was so tranquil. Dave's boats are loaded with top notch equipment including fantastic Orvis fly gear. Dave has a great personality. Always keeps things interesting. You absolutely can't go wrong fishing with Dave either in Maine or Florida. I can't wait till my next trip.

  • 5/5

    A real pro - 5/20/2014
    By: from Port Charlotte, Florida

    I have fished with guides in many places...from the Bahamas to Florida, to Puget Sound, to northern Maine. I am usually fishing with my wife who is not quite as "keen" as I but loves spending a day on the water. We have two totally different approaches to guided experiences. I try to milk the experience for new skills, and love the chase. Mary is quite happy to cast now and then, read, or watch birds. She does, though, expect to be comfortable and not taken as a silent passenger. We have fished with Capt. Dave in Florida on several occasions...we winter there but do not have a boat...and each trip has been terrific. Dave works so diligently to find fish and to insure a successful day. Mary never hesitates in wanting to return for another experience. I learn from a true master. Very good equipment, great company, and this man knows how to find fish!

  • 5/5

    Great fishing with Orvis fly rods - 5/20/2014

    Capt. Dave has a great assortment of Orvis fly rods for the changing conditions we experienced fishing in Charlotte Harbor this spring. As a long time user of Orvis fresh water fly rods I felt right at home in my first experience of salt water fly casting. I also enjoyed wearing a new Orvis long sleeve shirt that protects one from the strong Florida sun. It really works!

  • 5/5

    Excellent Guide! - 5/20/2014
    By: from Rockport, ME

    Spent two days on the waters of Port Charlotte Bay with Dave in early April. Dave knows the Bay like the back of his hand and put me on a variety of promising locations. The fishing was tough, coming off a strong passing storm front the day before, but we had our shots. I especially liked casting to cruising snook in the shallow coves. Dave's tips were very helpful and we had a great time taking in the Florida near-coastal environment. Hope to come back to try for tarpon with Dave in future years.

  • 5/5

    From stripers, to sharks to tarpon - 5/20/2014
    By: from Portland, Maine

    I have fished with Dave for stripers on the Kennebec, for tarpon in Boca and 25 miles off the coast of Maine for giant sharks (we even caught a state record on the fly, but let it go) and have always been really pleased with the experience. Not only is a he a fun, good-natured and genuine guy, but he's very fishy (and has great eyes!) and always worked hard to get me on some good fish. I highly recommend him as a light-tackle guide. I've fished with a lot of good guides and Dave is one of the best.

  • 5/5

    Flats Fishin' at its best! - 5/20/2014

    My wife and I have fished with Captain Dave several times over the last few years. He got us into several species of fish throughout the Charlotte Harbor area, including Boca Pass and several shallow flats areas. We used a variety of fly rods (Orvis of course!) and landed spotted sea trout, snook, and redfish. I was able to have a nibble from a tarpon, but no landings. What a rush though! If you're planning a fly fishing trip in Florida, put Obsession Sport Fishing on your agenda. You'll be glad you did!

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

Charlotte Harbor, FL

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