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Gulf Coast Marine Excursions

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Address: 9044 Cypress Dr S, Fort Myers, FL 33967-3229
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+1 239-240-1128
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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Gulf Coast Marine Excursions is a marine charter service. Our mission is to...

Gulf Coast Marine Excursions is a marine charter service. Our mission is to expose the natural beauty of Southwest Florida to visitors and locals alike. Offering Fishing Charters, Wildlife Tours, Shelling Trips and Island Beach Excursions. Florida has more to offer than theme parks. Book your excursion today and Discover The Real Florida.

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A truly great adventure, dolphins running with the boat, jumping, so much fun. Captain Derrick is very knowledgeable and we combined the dolphin tour with a shelling expedition... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

A truly great adventure, dolphins running with the boat, jumping, so much fun. Captain Derrick is very knowledgeable and we combined the dolphin tour with a shelling expedition. He brought us to a remote and beautiful coast line that we had to ourselves, a true castaway adventure on what felt like our own deserted island.

Thank FrankLaz
Cary, North Carolina
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Our half-day trip with Captain Derrick Whitaker was outstanding! We varied locations, baits, and fishing techniques to catch five species (mangrove snapper, puffer (!), jack crevalle, gag grouper, and sheepshead). It would have been six but I lost lost a big snook- which still pains me greatly! We also saw lots of birds, and dolphins swimming and feeding around the... More 

Thank Joe H
State College, Pennsylvania
1 review
Reviewed 14 January 2017

My boyfriend and I booked a half-day inland fishing trip with Captain Derrick back in December and it was an absolutely amazing day! Captain Derrick is extremely knowledgeable and will do everything in his power to make sure you catch a ton of fish. We could not have asked for a better captain! He took us to at least 5... More 

Thank Kelseyyy93
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I booked a half-day fishing charter on GCME for my wife, father-in-law, and me after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. There is a reason Capt. Derrick does not have any negative reviews. He's really a good guy who is extremely knowledgeable about fishing in the area. He is a third generation fisherman from the Ft. Myers area, and was very... More 

Thank SailChicago2217
Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Spending time with Captain Derrick Whitaker is a must-do for any family heading to Fort Myers/Sanibel area! We had four hours, including the boat ride to Captiva Island State Park and time 'shelling'. On the boat ride, Captain Derrick shared his knowledge of the waters, showed us the wildlife, had dolphins jumping in the boat wake, and took us to... More 

Thank MariaPZ229
Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 July 2016

My family and I had a great day out with Captain Derek. From the very beginning you could tell Derek knows his stuff and South Florida and cares about the ecosystem and the waters there. His Grandfather ran a fishing camp there for many years and Captain Derek tells stories and shares sayings from his grandfather that are awesome to... More 

Thank pinstripepat
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

When fishing with Captn Derrick, this is what is constantly being shouted. Be worked his butt off for us. Everyone caught many fish. Matter of fact, we just finished our black tip shark my daughter caught this morning. He said it would be delicious, right again Captn. We are sure to include Gulf Coast Marine Excursions on our holiday when... More 

Thank Bret F
Newtown, PA
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104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Having used many fishing guides on Sanibel and Captiva over the years, Derrick really excels at giving you the best fishing experience possible. Extremely adept at finding the best spots along the coast or near docks, there is never a dull moment. We hooked some great snook yesterday. Derrick is extremely friendly and patient with amateur anglers. When ever we... More 

2 Thank palmster
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Having had previous charter fishing experiences that were less than satisfactory, I wanted to make sure this time things were done the right way. All the positive reviews Captain Derrick has have been well earned and deserved. He put us on fish, but even more important, he was a delight to get to know and spend a morning with. His... More 

Thank esjay99
1 review
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Captain Derrick was very good and knew exactly where the fish were. We had a wonderful time. He was also excellent with the young kids. We will definitely look him up again next year.

Thank Amanda Z

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