SW Florida Fishing Charter


Morning Sunrise Over Charlotte Harbor.


Action Flats Backcountry Guide Service offers incredible fishing in some of the most under-fished waters in all of Florida.  The areas we fish have huge numbers of Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout and the sizes of the fish are impressive.  Tarpon fishing in our area is world famous at Boca Grande Pass but few realize that many of the Tarpon that swim through “the pass” in May and June actually end up feeding in Charlotte Harbor right into September.  In fact, fishing is so good we offer the “No Fish – No Pay” guarantee.  A typical day usually involves catching as many as 12 different species of fish including Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Shark, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, Tripletail, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Sailcat, Sheepshead, Pompano, Barracuda and many others.


There are so many species to pursue in a day if you know where to find them…..and Captain Chuck Eichner knows their habits and daily movements that only living on the water and fishing nearly 365 days a year can provide. 


Captain Chuck operates from his waterfront home centrally located in Punta Gorda.  This allows easy access to Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island, Peace and Myakka Rivers, and a short boat ride to Boca Grande and Gulf beaches.


Action Flats Backcountry Charters uses light tackle and fly fishing to fish the vast mangrove jungles and flats of this area.  Many times the fish can be spotted and a nicely placed cast will be rewarded with an explosive strike!  Using the ultimate fishing machine- a Maverick Flats boat, Capt. Chuck can take you into remote areas and put you on fish.


All Licenses, Tackle, Rods & Reels, Lures, Flies and Bait are provided.  The on-board ice chest will be filled and all you need to bring is your lunch.  Photographs of your trip will be taken if you like and you might likely end up on our website showing off your trophy catch!  Polaroid sunglasses will be on board, along with suntan lotion and everything to make your trip hassle free.


Pick-up at your hotel or at a very convenient location will be made so that you can simply walk up, come aboard and go fishing.  We’ll talk about the arrangements and work with you to make it easy.


Booking your trip couldn’t be easier.  Contact Us to reserve your trip date.  Visa, MasterCard and Discover are all accepted.  Of course, conventional mail correspondence is always welcome.  


Typical Fish Sizes on an Action Flats Backcountry Charter Trip


Snook -  Average 22-34 inches.  Hook-ups with 40 inch class fish are common but often the Snook wins the Battle!

Redfish -  Average 18-30 inches.  Bigger bull reds are frequently caught.
Speckled Trout -  Average  14-22 inches.  Trout in the upper 20’s are occasionally caught.
Tarpon -  Average 60-120 pounds.  Tarpon exceeding 150# are caught every year.  Small Tarpon in the 10- 30 pound class show up in Charlotte Harbor during the summer.
Jack Crevalle -  Average 5-20 pounds.  Any larger and you’ll be going to the chiropractor!
Shark -  Average 20-200 pounds.  Any larger and we'll need a bigger boat!


For more fish information see our Species Page.


By the way, you may want to check out the recent fishing report, fishing articles and pictures.  Come fish with the best guide in Southwest Florida- Capt. Chuck Eichner and we’ll have a great time!


Captains Bio

Capt. Chuck is a licensed professional charter captain with over 18 years experience.  Chuck’s addiction for fishing has taken him from remote lakes in Saskatchewan Canada for huge Northern Pike to isolated flats in the Caribbean .  Early in his career he chartered for Largemouth Bass, fished the tournament trail and developed that 7th sense needed to understand and consistently catch this great gamefish.  The cross-over to saltwater flats fish was easy because of his understanding of how fish relate to aquatic vegetation, structure and current flow.  Twelve years of fishing in the Florida Keys led him to establish his charter business in southwest Florida because of the large fish populations and relatively light pressure.  Capt. Chuck lives on the water with his wife and 3 dogs and has a laid back “Jimmy Buffet” view of the world and has many a story to tell.

Capt. Chuck writes fishing articles, generates fishing reports and is a contributing editor to local newspapers and internet websites.  Capt. Chuck contributes his free time and works with the Southwest Florida CCA and participates in kid’s tournaments.  Chuck enjoys sharing his passion for fishing and believes that knowledge is only valuable if you share it with others.


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