Our group of five (four adults and one 5 year old) recently returned from a bay fishing charter with a handful of sea trout.
We booked Paradise Charters about a month in advance. On the day of the tour, we paid in cash. From the moment we met Captain Shawn, he was professional, polite and friendly. His concerns are safety AND enjoyment. Our son was fitted into a type 1 life jacket, for example. Some in our group grew up fishing, but others did not. So, Captain Shawn baited (using artificial bait) and cast when necessary. He offered tips, too. Everyone could fish at the same time. He took us to various fishing hot spots around Ft. Myers and Sanibel. A shark and a dolphin inspected our boat during one stop. It was amazing to see a wild dolphin so close! The bull shark we saw was approximately 6 feet long.
He has so thoughtful, patient, and kind with our 5 year old (who was a bit cranky at the beginning of the tour). He let my son throw back the trout that didn’t make the cut and nicknamed my son ‘1st mate.’ We found the boat new and comfortable and Captain Shawn’s expertise top-notch. At the end of the day, we kept 3 sea trout which Captain Shawn quickly filleted and put in Ziploc bags. He even gave us ice. He offered us suggestions for cooking it (ingredients located at the Public next door to the marina). We used those suggestions and had an amazing meal the next night! He’s a foodie and even gave us suggestions for local restaurants. Overall, it was one of the highlights of our week in Ft. Myers! Next time we go back to Ft. Myers, we will be fishing with Paradise again.
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