Boca Grande Fishing Charter 


  Boca Grande flats fishing
Boca Grande flats fishing charters are offered year round and offer some of the best fishing opportunities in the state of Florida. From the World famous Boca Grande Tarpon fishing, to the back country of Boca Grande chasing Redfish, Snook, Trout, Sharks and more. Don’t forget that Boca Grande has some very close artificial reefs which you can experience fish such as Mangrove Snapper, Sheep head, Mackerel, Permit and Grouper.
 
Boca Grande Fishing Rates
4 Hours- $350
6 Hours- $450
8 Hours- $600
Full Day- $800






History of Boca Grande Florida
Boca Grande is on Gasparilla Island. Gasparilla was the nickname of Jose Gaspar, the “last of the buccaneers”, a famous pirate.
Jose may have been fictitious. Nobody knows for sure. Google him and have some fun. There are many versions of who he was and what he did.   Real or not, he is the inspiration for Tampa's annual Gasparilla Festival.
The first residents in the area were Calusa Indians, who lived on nearby Useppa Island as long ago as 5,000 B.C. and on Gasparilla Island by 800 or 900 A.D.  Charlotte Harbor was the center of the Calusa Empire, a hunting and fishing tribe which numbered thousands of people and hundreds of fishing villages.
In 1885 phosphate rock was discovered on the banks of the Peace River just north of Punta Gorda on the east side of Charlotte Harbor.  Phosphate was a valuable mineral for fertilizers and many other products, and was in great demand worldwide.
This discovery transformed the south end of Gasparilla Island into a major deep water port because Boca Grande Pass is one of the deepest natural inlets in Florida. Barges loaded with phosphate came down the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor to Port Boca Grande. There the rock was loaded onto ocean going freighters.
Wealthy sportsmen also discovered the Charlotte Harbor area for its fantastic fishing and hunting. It became famous as a great place to catch tarpon, a fighting game fish.
In 1969 Port Boca Grande was the fourth busiest port in Florida.
The railroad connected Boca Grande Florida to the world.  The Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad not only brought phosphate and supplies to Gasparilla Island; it also brought wealthy people from the north.
In the 1970s phosphate companies increasingly switched their interest to ports in Tampa and Manatee County.   As more money was put into developing these ports, traffic into Port Boca Grande began to dwindle.
The railroad continued to run work trains to the south end until the phosphate port closed in 1979. The depot was restored and a number of shops, offices and a restaurant now occupy the old building.
Boca Grande is now a desired vacation town with many shops and restaurants, great sunset and amazing beaches.