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BOOK NOW for the 2017 Tarpon Season!  Fish the area known as;



Capt. Derrick Jacobsen

"Tarpon & Light Tackle Specialist"


NO FISH NO PAY's that simple!

Capt. Derrick Jacobsen; was born and raised in SW Florida in the commercial fishing industry.  Capt. Derrick has made fishing not only his passion, but also his meal ticket for over 30 years.

", handed down by three generations of his family in the Florida commercial fishing industry now flow thru his veins, and his days on the water number in the thousands.  One of many skills that he has learned to be most important while making his living on the water is to; "Know the type of fish your looking at"!  Capt. Derrick is a Master of sight fishing, he will amaze you with his ability to determine the exact specie of fish by the way it swims or feeds in the water, even at distances of 300+ yds!  He's also one of the area's most highly sought after Professional Tarpon Guides, he "consistently" finishes in the Top 5 of the Internationally Televised, (PTTS) Professional Tarpon Tournament Series!  He works very hard to ensure his clients receive more than just another expensive boat ride........instead; Capt. Derrick's main goal is to provide every client with a, "Total Fishing Adventure"!


He has combined his commercial fishing knowledge w/guide fishing into an art he calls,  "REDNECK FISHIN SCIENCE", and photo's don't lie, seeing is believing, just check out the  photo gallery  for yourself! From the awesome power of a 7ft Silver-King (Tarpon) sky-rocketing out of the water, to the drag screaming run of a Snook or Redfish, his charters provide anglers w/plenty of heart pounding excitement.


Capt. Derrick is a family oriented charter Captain, who possess the skill & patience to teach anglers of all ages & skill levels; from the seasoned pro to a 5yr old yearning to catch his/her very first fish.         


Coverage Area:  Southwest and West Central Florida                                                                      


Capt. Derrick can accommodate "On the water" pick-ups in his areas which include; Boca Grande, Gasparilla Marina, Bokeelia, Pine Island, Burnt Store, Gasparilla, Cayo Costa, Sanibel, Captiva and many of the out islands.   Capt. Derrick charges $50 to pickup on Captiva, North Captiva, Useppa, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, and Palm Island.


Species Targeted:    Capt. Derrick can  consistently target any species of game fish that inhabit the West Central and Southwest Coast of Florida.  His favorites include; Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Cobia, Makeral, Shark, & Jack Crevalle.


Please click HERE for a description and pictures of some of the game fish you may catch aboard a Florida Light Tackle Fishing Charter.


Methods:  Spin & Plug Tackle.  Artificial Lures & Live Bait.

Sight Seeing & Nature Tours:  Available for personalized sightseeing & nature tours. 

Maximum Anglers:  3 for backcountry/ 4 for Tarpon charters.


Boat #1:  Capt. Derrick runs a 2010 18' Famous Craft Flats Boat powered by an Evinrude Etec 200hp High Output.


Boat #2:  Capt. Derrick also runs a 2010 21' Famous Craft Flats Boat powered by an Evinrude Etec 225hp High Output.


 Capt. Derrick's Famous Craft's are equipped with electric trolling motors, GPS, Fish Finder's, VHF, Cell Phone and Power Pole's & comfortable seating.  They'll both go a fast as you dare to put you on the best fishing spots before anyone else!


Charter includes:  Rod, reels, live, dead & artificial bait, tackle, fishing licenses, sodas & water, ice, fish cleaning & bagging and no fish no pay guarantee.  Our professional and friendly attitude is free of charge.


Capt. Derrick is a tournament proven guide with a remarkable track record of finding fish when no one else can.  He has been featured on  several TV. Shows like; (PTTS) Professional Tarpon Tournaments, Larry White Outdoors, SNN Network & too many publications to list.  He is a current member of the C.C.A., I.G.F.A., I.F.A. & Redfish Nation. The Professional Redfish Tour, ESPN Redfish Cup and The Flats Masters Series. If you have always wondered what it would be like to fish with one of the T.V. Pro's, than come on & get aboard w/Capt. Derrick!


Reserve Captain Derrick today for the Absolute Best in SW Florida Flats and Backcountry Light Tackle &/or Fly-Fishing!


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This Month's Featured Fishing Guides:


Light Tackle Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande & Charlotte Harbor with

Capt.  Derrick Jacobsen


Light Tackle fishing in Islamorada & The Florida Keys with

Capt. Eric Herstedt


Deep Sea Fishing with Capt. Ray McCauley in  Jacksonville &

St. Augustinne


"Light Tackle" fishing for Tarpon, Snook & Redfish around the Tampa Bay/Tarpon Springs area with

Capt. Mike Witfoth


Sight Cast to schools of Giant Redfish in Mosquito Lagoon with

Capt. Jim Ross


Deep Sea & Tarpon Fishing Key West with

Capt. Mike Weinhofer


Fly-fishing in Chokoloskee & 10,000 Islands with

Capt. Ray Culver


Nightime Trophy Snook Fishing with

Capt. Dave Pomerleau


Light Tackle fishing from Jacksonville to St. Augustine with

Capt. Ron Schurr


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