Are you ready for some rod-bending action on the waters of Southwest Florida? If you’re gearing up to fish Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande all the way to Lemon Bay, swing by one of the many locally-owned tackle shops or marinas for everything from live bait to insider fishing reports.
Downtown Bait & Tackle Shop (Punta Gorda)
Conveniently located ramp-side at the Laishley Marina boat ramp, Downtown Bait & Tackle has everything you need for a day on the water. Check out their selection of rods, reels, gear, tackle, and live bait, plus snacks, drinks and ice. Ask for recommendations on one of the knowledgeable fishing guides in the area.
Fishin Frank’s Bait & Tackle (Port Charlotte)
Open 365 days a year, Fishin Frank’s is a serious, no frills, “fishin’ store” (even their tagline boasts “This ain’t no boutique”). Live bait and wall to wall gear and tackle for saltwater, freshwater, inshore, offshore and shore fishing. Find out what’s biting with Frank’s fishing reports and podcasts and check out their events, roadshows and fishing club.
West Wall Outfitters (Port Charlotte)
Your local experts for all things fly, West Wall Outfitters is the resident fly fishing and kayak shop. Get outfitted with fly fishing rods and reels, custom flies, lifestyle apparel and fly tying materials. Take an on-water kayak demo onsite, book a fly fishing charter and check out upcoming events such as fly tying and casting classes.
Captain Ted’s Tackle (Port Charlotte)
Captain Ted’s Tackle is conveniently located on southbound US 41 and El Jobean Road in Port Charlotte. Stop in for fishing reports and advice, rods, reels and an extensive selection of gear and tackle, including the newest products on the market.
TNT Bait & Tackle (El Jobean)
TNT Bait & Tackle is a third-generation tackle shop located within walking distance to the El Jobean fishing pier. Load up on local knowledge, saltwater fishing gear and a wide selection of live bait in one stop. Call ahead to purchase fresh shrimp and stone crabs from their seasonal seafood market, straight from the local waters to your table.
Gasparilla Marina (Placida)
The area’s largest deep-water marina, Gasparilla Marina offers direct access to Charlotte Harbor, the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Grande Pass. Amenities include a full-service marina, waterside dining, boat rentals, sales and service, dry storage, fuel, bait, ship store, boat club and fishing charters.
Eldred’s Marina (Placida)
Located on the Boca Grande Causeway (before the toll), Eldred’s Marina is a ‘mom and pop shop’ that serves as a popular boat ramp and bait shop for anglers heading out to Boca Grande and the surrounding islands. There is plenty of parking and a daily selection of live bait. Eldred’s is a cash-only establishment and an ATM is available onsite.
Stump Pass Marina (Englewood)
The Stump Pass Marina in Englewood is a full service marina located on the Intracoastal Waterway with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, dry storage, boat service, waterside dining, fuel, bait, wet slips, overnight docking and boat rentals. Boaters can easily access the nearby beaches of Stump Pass Beach State Park and Don Pedro Island.
Englewood Bait House (Englewood)
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, the Englewood Bait House has stood at the Tom Adams Bridge for 40 years and is conveniently located near the Anger Fishing Pier Park. This shop includes live bait, tackle, boat rentals, boat tours, customized trips, party boat, water sports, moped rentals and private fishing charters.