Captain Arthur Schmidt


Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Charters in Sanibel, Captiva, Matlacha, & Pine Island.

Specializing in Light Tackle & Fly Fishing for Tarpon, Snook and Redfish

Sanibel Tarpon

"A nice Tarpon caught off Sanibel Island Fly Fishing"


Capt. Art Schmidt, a US Coast Guard Licensed 100 Ton Master Captain has been guiding clients in the waters of Southern Florida and the Florida Keys for over 19 years.  I specialize in Light Tackle & Fly Fishing for Tarpon, Redfish & Snook in the areas of Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Matlacha and Pine Island Florida.

 If you've ever dreamed of catching that Giant Tarpon, Snook or Redfish in Florida then call Capt. Art to book a trip.

Capt. Art provides Sage and Loomis Rods with Abel, Tibor, Shimano and Cabo Reels.

2602 Pine Street, Matlacha, Florida 33993

 Call (239) 464-9610 to book your fly fishing trip to Florida today! or send EMAIL


I grew up in a large family in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, as a young boy and teenager I spent most of my spare time camping and fishing with my dad and uncles all over South Florida, I became hooked on sport fishing when I caught my first large Snook at 8 years of age.

After living in Georgia for 20 years and spending a lot of time fishing the mountain streams for trout,

the lure of Saltwater, Palm Trees, Beaches and big Saltwater Fish got me.

 I moved back to Florida and began guiding full time. I was very fortunate to have honed my skills in the beginning learning from my good friends, Capt. Earle Waters, Billy Pate, Capt Cecil Keith, Capt. Billy Knowles, Gary Merriman and Mac Miller. I have spent the last 19 years guiding in all kinds of places, The Keys, Homosassa, The 10,000 Islands and where I live in Sanibel and Captiva Islands. I love to fish and explore remote areas, Nature and Wildlife Photography have been a lifelong passion. No matter what your interest, I will always do my best to make sure at the end of the day, you've caught fish, seen some beautiful places and had a fabulous time doing it.



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Tribute to Daddy Mac Miller




 "A Large Daisy Chain of Tarpon off Captiva Island"


Capt Art Schmidt Charters is a proud supporter of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and a volunteer in the Tarpon Genetics study program


                                                                                    "Captiva Beach Tarpon"



                                                                           "A Nice Tarpon caught in Matlacha" 


                                                      "Dr. James and his first big Tarpon on Fly off Cayo Costa Island" 


                                                                 "Daddy Mac Miller Stripping on a Bonefish in Belize" 



                                                          "Nice big Tarpon caught by Jack Hanzek near Pine Island" 


                                                                                       "Fly Fish for Tarpon" 



 Capt. Art offers private trips to the isolated Barrier Islands of Cayo Costa and Upper Captiva Shelling, Exploring & Nature and Wildlife Photography. As a Native Floridian, Capt Art has extensive local knowledge of the complexity of our beautiful natural area. Capt Art has had a lifelong passion for fishing, shelling, photography and studying the beautiful details of our  Island Paradise. He has long been a serious Naturalist, Photographer and Historian.

Rates for Beach, Shelling and Nature Excursions - 400.00 per half day (4 Hrs)


Call (239) 464-9610 to book your Nature Excursion trip in Florida today! or send EMAIL



Capt Art Schmidt Charters is a member of Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism




                                                                          "Cayo Costa Island" has the best Shelling !!! 


                                                                                           "Cayo Costa Island"



Check out my story about Fly Fishing for Giant Tarpon.

Read superb article by Pete McDonald on Florida Keys pioneer of Fly Fishing, Captain George Hommell

My Fly Fishing rates are the best in Southern Florida.

Check out my prime time fly fishing calendar for details.

Looking for accommodations for your fly fishing trip to Florida? Check out my recommendations for places to stay.

Visit my Fly Fishing picture gallery for lots of action pictures.

You can also drop by my links page for more information on my fly fishing suppliers.

 I offer fly fishing in the following areas in Southern  Florida: Sanibel, Captiva, Matlacha & Pine Island.

Look for my upcoming book on long time time fly fishing friend, "From Baby Ray to Daddy Mac" A Life in Fly Fishing. The life and times of a giant among saltwater fly fishing's pioneers.






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