Frequently Asked Questions

Information About Guided Fishing Charters

Answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about Capt. Debbie’s freshwater fishing charters can be found below.

However, prior to the day of your charter, Capt. Debbie will contact you directly with details about the exact starting time and meeting location for your southwest Florida fishing trip. If you have questions at any time, please call 239.233.4930.

Depending on the length of your charter, Captain Debbie offers morning and afternoon start times. Her morning charters leave between 7:00am and 9:00am, depending on the location and conditions. Generally, afternoon charters leave between 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

She asks that you arrive 5 to 10 minutes prior to your charter’s start time.

We understand that things happen!

In the event that you need to cancel your fishing charter, Captain Debbie asks that you provide at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. When 48 hours notice is given, she will provide a full refund on your trip deposit. 

Captain Debbie wants everyone to be safe. In the event that she chooses to call off your charter due to poor weather or other conditions that could make your trip unsafe, she will reschedule your charter.

If for travel or other reasons you are unable to reschedule with us, we’ll provide a 100% refund for any amounts previously paid.

Meeting location depends on the time of year and the desired fishing experience. Captain Debbie will provide specific directions to your meeting location in advance of your charter.

Depending on time of year and desired experience, Captain Debbie targets the following species:

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Black Crappie
  • Peacock Bass
  • Mayan Cichlid
  • Oscar

If you have specific angling goals, be sure to let Captain Debbie know prior to your trip.

No, Captain Debbie exclusively practices catch and release to help maintain our healthy freshwater fisheries.

Yes, the general rule of thumb 15 to 20% of the price you paid for your charter if you had a good experience.

No, Captain Debbie has a Charter Boat License through the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission that covers you while you are on her boat.

If you want to bring an alcoholic beverage to celebrate at the end of your trip, you are welcome to bring a drink to keep in my cooler until the end of the trip.

Safety is the number one priority both while on board and for your drive back home. 

Capt. Debbie’s guided trips in Estero, Florida take place aboard her 15-foot Tracker Topper.

All tackle, equipment, flies, artificial lures, drinks and snacks is provided for your charter.

Maximum number of guests is 1-2 (plus captain).

Of course!

If you’re on a charter and would like to extend your trip…Capt. Debbie will be happy to accommodate as long as her booking calendar allows.