Punta Gorda Fly Fishing Charters

Captain Michael Manis

I've lived in Florida most of my life and there is nowhere I feel more comfortable than around the mangroves and grassflats that comprise my office. I'm a skiff guide and would rather throw fly than anything else. I've been teaching the sport of fly and light tackle since 2002. I'm old fashioned and still believe fishing should be fun. Teaching is my passion and beginning salt water fly fishers are welcome. Learning to cast is a lot of fun and I can help you build your confidence as well as fish


Fly fishing is one of the fastest growing segments of our sport. In fact, the bow of a skiff is a great spot to work a line. With plenty of room for a backcast combined with the bow and casting platform's elevated positioning, the teamwork that can be established between the angler on the poling platform and the bow makes for an enjoyable experience. In addition, all our gamefish naturally eat small baits and there's no better presentation than the soft landing that a small fly can make in a strike zone. All our saltwater species are worth targeting and there's too many to mention. However, here are a few of my favorites.

Tarpon - Snook - Red Fish - Trout

fly fishing poles on dock

Never Been Fly Fishing?

That's ok,  your never to old to learn.   I enjoy teaching fishermen the art of fly fishing.   Most people are amazed at how quickly they can pick up the basics and within no time your casting on your own and catching fish.   

Our Focus



Safety is always first on Captain Mikes boat. We have all the Coast Guard & First Aid equipment required. We are also First Aid certified



We only fish 1-2 Anglers at a time. This gives us the ability to give you the attention you deserve to make your trip enjoyable.



We are stewards of the mangroves and grass flats that make up our estuary. Understanding a healthy habitat is vital, we work to protect and enhance our fishery through multiple conservation programs.


& Release

Realizing our game fish are too valuable to catch only once. We practice catch and release. In addition, we also believe in “keeping them wet”. Keeping them out of the water as short as possible for a quick photo.


1 or 2 Anglers

4 Hours

6 Hours

8 Hours


Fishing Reports

Punta Gorda Fishing Charters February 2018

January 30, 2018
Typically, February is an extension of the previous two months in that cooler north winds and low tides provide some decent backcountry…
January 2018 Fishing Report

January 2018 Fishing Report

January 1, 2018
January 2018 Fishing Report,Working with the fronts In many ways, this is a period of contrasts where it can be difficult to find…

December 2017 Fishing Report

December 3, 2017
In the backcountry, where I spend most of my time, this month marks a true turning point where everything generally changes. The…
Aug 8

November 2017 Fishing Report

November 3, 2017
For the most part, this month marks the beginning of a winter pattern. The combination of cyclical low tides combined with strong…

October 2017 Fishing Report

October 21, 2017
This month continues the transition that began last month as we push slowly towards cooler weather. Although it’s still extremely…

September 2017 Fishing Report

October 21, 2017
It’s the beginning of a transitional period around the harbor with some of our favorite inshore species on the move providing…

Punta Gorda Fishing Report August 2017

August 22, 2017
Being the height of summer, this month is a good time to get out before the sun gets up. Redfish and snook fish best during the…
July punda fishing report

Punta Gorda Florida July 2017 Fishing Report

July 26, 2017
Understandably, this month begins a period where I prefer fishing early. The cooler morning water temperatures present the best…

May 2017 Charlotte Harbor Fishing Report

June 5, 2017
After months of working low tides around creeks and adjacent shorelines, it’s time to go tarpon fishing.  Now, that doesn’t…

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