• Pine Islands Premiere Guide Service

• Specializing in light tackle fishing

• Fishing the World famous waters of southwest Florida including Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande

• Native guide with over forty years fishing the waters surrounding Pine Island and southwest Florida



Our Goal

  To do our best to ensure our customers experience a world class day on the water and return home with memories to last a lifetime. 

Bill & Laurie

Get on the Boat and
 "Catch the Action"

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Welcome aboard and Thank You for taking the time to visit our site.

Hello and thanks for stopping by, with my wife Laurie, we own and operate Gulf Coast Guide Service of Southwest Florida. Our goal is to offer an enjoyable World Class day on the waters of my backyard. Please enjoy our site and stop by often to see whats new in the Photo Gallery and Fishing Reports. Hope to see you soon on the water.   Captain Bill Russell

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   As a native of Pine Island Bill has spent his entire life fishing and learning the waters surrounding Pine Island and southwest Florida, and as a professional fishing guide for the past 23 years. Today, Bill enjoys sharing a lifetime of local knowledge and history with it's diverse fishery unique to Southwest Florida. The waters surrounding Pine Island and Matlacha including Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa and Boca Grande are a true fishing mecca that offer a wide choice of angling thrills.

   Bill grew up in Matlacha fishing "The World's Most Fishingest Bridge". Matlacha is a quaint fishing village that separates the mainland from the rich fishing waters surrounding Pine Island. As soon as Bill was old enough to operate his own boat he was nowhere to be found on dry land. Now, over forty years later and still residing in Matlacha, Bill has the knowledge and experience to ensure a safe and memorable day on the water.

   Bill specializes in light tackle fishing for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Sea Trout, Sharks and a variety of other species. Not only do our waters provide World Class fishing opportunities, our Islands and waters are abundant with a wide variety of wildlife and beautiful scenery, so bring a camera! We customize each trip to ensure everyone on board has a great time and will return again. From the small child to the novice to the most experienced angler we will make your trip a memorable one. If its your first fish or the fish of a lifetime we will work hard to make it happen while having fun too!

   We also offer sightseeing, shelling, nature and photography trips or we can combine any or all within a fishing trip. Our beaches are world famous for shelling and we offer some of the best wildlife and scenic beauty to be found anywhere. Corporate, multiple boat and multiple day charters are also available.

Captain Bill Russell 
(239) 283-7960


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