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Santiva Saltwater Fishing

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Address: 15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva Island, FL 33924-6014
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+1 239-472-1779
07:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Sat 07:00 - 19:00

Santiva Saltwater Fishing is owned and operated Captain Jim Burnsed and his...

Santiva Saltwater Fishing is owned and operated Captain Jim Burnsed and his family. Capt. Jim Burnsed is a 3rd generation Floridian who began fishing the Sanibel-Captiva waters as a professional guide over 30 years ago. Along with his sons, Capt. Jimmy Burnsed & Capt. Rob McKay, Capt. Jim offers guided fishing, shelling, snorkeling, and wildlife/eco - tours for every age and level of experience.

Santiva Saltwater Fishing is located at the Tween Waters Marina on Captiva.

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Great trip with Captain Jim!

Had a great trip fishing with Captain Jim this week! Our kids, 7 and 10, like to fish and were excited to try to catch our lunch. Captain Jim was patient and helpful and took us... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great trip fishing with Captain Jim this week! Our kids, 7 and 10, like to fish and were excited to try to catch our lunch. Captain Jim was patient and helpful and took us to a great spot. In the first hour, we caught more than enough sea trout to fill our bellies. We also caught skipjack, mackerel,... More 

Thank Margo M
Holland, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even though the wind didn't cooperate we had a great afternoon with Captain Jim. We were a large group of 10, so we split in half with Captain Jim and Captain Jimmy. We caught a few fish, and we saw wild manatees and dolphins up close for the first time. Highly recommend! We will head out again with them when... More 

Thank lindsaylur
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group (4 adults and two kids ages 9 and 10) went out with Captain Jim on March 30 and had the time of our lives. The Captain really knew where to go to find the fish. Over the course of three hours, the two kids (who had never fished before) caught at least 16 fish. In addition, we were... More 

Thank Katharine W
Kingston PA
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Full day with captain Jim. Morning with the Grand kids for shelling and exploring. That didn't go well as the 1 year old had a melt down. Not Jim's fault. In the afternoon the big kids (30 somethings) and grand pa went out. Skip the hype for a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at Cabbage key.....it's a tourist trap now with very... More 

Thank Mrchubs
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Great day fishing with Captain Rob leaving from Tween Waters Marina. Our group had 5 women and Captain Rob made us feel welcome and we had a blast! The trip started with Captain Rob asking us what we wanted to to accomplish, and we all quickly told him we wanted to have fish for dinner and a great time. He... More 

1 Thank Tears47
Sykesville, Maryland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Captain Jim and CJ were great guides and gave us history of the various islands. We caught plenty of snapper and trout to keep and take to the Lazy Flamingo to prepare. Couldn't keep up with the black tip sharks as we caught over 40 of them. Thanks for a great trip!

1 Thank Mama4Q
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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We have used Santiva saltwater fishing for many years. They have always been great. They are very knowledgeable. They will always put you on the fish. This time we caught lots of Lady fish. Yes, bait fish for bigger fish. We also caught lots of black tips shark, lemon shark, nurse shark, and even a sting ray. I would recommend... More 

Thank Cindy P
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Every July my wife, brother-in-law, and I travel down to Captive for the fourth-of-July weekend. Every year, we consistently used Santiva Fishing for a 3 or 4 hour fishing charter. The past two experiences have taught us that this year, it is time to move on to a different company. The problem is not with the boats or equipment used,... More 

4 Thank John M
Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Great charter with Jimmy Jr even though tarpon were quiet. Kept us on the hunt, well equipped, personable and safe outing in heat of Florida summer. Shark battle for my wife with a 60lb black-tip was our highlight but a great day all around. Dal was dynamite in answering questions and helping us get set over 6 months ago. We... More 

Thank nae1
Menlo Park, California
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Wish I could give them zero stars. I booked a fishing trip 6 weeks ago before flying to Captiva Island for a family vacation. We had our gear & lunches packed and walking to the car when the guide calls me 20 minutes before the trip to tell me he's flaking out because of an eye infection. Uh dude, you... More 

3 Thank Michael L
Amy M, Owner at Santiva Saltwater Fishing, responded to this review

I am sorry that your trip was canceled on short notice. First, let me clarify that you were scheduled with Capt. Shawn Kelly who is not a member of the Santiva Saltwater Fishing Team. We set the trip up as a referral only because our guides were booked. Capt. Shawn has his own listing on Trip Advisor, Tarpon Snook Redfish,... More 

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