MEET THE CAPTAINS

Capt. Bill Hammond

USCG Master, Owner, Endless Summer Charters

sanibel fishing chartersIf Bill wasn’t born here in SW Florida he would have eventually made it here. He and his wife, Angela who coordinates the charters for Endless Summer Charters love the life of the islands of Fort Myers and Sanibel and love sharing that knowledge with their customers.

Bill’s father, the namesake for Hammond Stadium, the spring training baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins, moved the family here from Sarasota when Bill was a small boy.

As the lead captain at Port Sanibel Marina he manages the fishing guides there and consults with Coastal Outfitters on product they carry.

In 2015 Bill won the E Award for Excellence in Hospitality from the Lee Co. Visitors and Convention Bureau, aka, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel for Best Attraction in Lee County!

Capt. Bill likes telling a tale or two from stories that have been passed down through generations of family members going back to the 1800’s. Bill loves giving the experience of S.W. Florida to those that have never been here and a new perspective to those who have.

Being a full time career Sanibel fishing guide who is on the water 300+ days a year you are guaranteed the best fishing experience available. He continually furthers his education as a captain and guide and has gained his USCG 100 ton Master’s license and holds fishing seminars in the Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach & Sanibel Island areas.

Capt. Matt Johnson

USCG Master, Captain, Endless Summer Charters

sanibel fishing chartersMatt was born and raised in S.W. Florida as a 4th generation fisherman. His great grandfather resided on Honey Moon island up around Tampa Bay fishing on a daily basis, so much that they named a local fishing pier after him, The Col. Frank B. Johnson fishing pier. That lifestyle was carried down through my father who was raised on the water fishing and surfing the east coast of Florida in Fort Lauderdale.

Eventually moving over to the west coast of Florida, for a more relaxing lifestyle he was one of the few blessed people to be born right here in what most call paradise. He spent his summers on a small remote island off of Pine Island (between Sanibel and Fort Myers) at his grandfather’s. He fished the sound and explored our waterways by canoe or kayak making him very knowledgeable of the shorelines and fishing conditions here in Pine Island Sound.

His passion for our area grew and resulted in him pursuing a career on the water. He worked for a local family business running large group fishing charters and ecological tours for nearly 10 years. That experience gave him the opportunity to obtain his USCG Masters captain license. He is also currently into photography and especially landscape and wildlife photography. Combining the two makes it perfect for his love for the water.

Capt. Ethan Hansen

Captain, Endless Summer Charters

Although the newest member of our crew, Ethan comes with the experience of generations of Lee County native fishermen.  Ethan not only knows the best spots for fishing but knows SW Florida waters like the back of his hand. He’ll be sure to entertain you with some of the history of the area along with a great day of fishing.

Incoming, outgoing, or no tide at all, Capt. Ethan loves fishing. Ever since he was a young boy, he and his four brothers shared cast nets and stories – the Caloosahatchee was their classroom and they were their own teacher.

Capt. Ethan’s great-great-great-grandfather, Capt. Manuel Gonzalez, knew the river well. In 1866, after the “war between the states,” he and his young family sailed their skiff from Key West to the abandoned fort – near downtown today – soon after becoming the first settlers of Fort Myers.

After several years of school in Gainesville, Florida, Capt. Ethan chose to return home and become a USCG captain. Recently, he traveled to Houston, Texas, with “Captains for Clean Water” to provide assistance to others in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In the Fall of 2017, he and two others, after twelve nights in the Atlantic’s shipping lanes, delivered a 92-foot Lazara to a marina located at the southern tip of Manhattan.

When he’s not on the water, Capt. Ethan may be seen playing golf or with his friends watching a Southeastern Conference football game. Regardless, fishing is his first love and there is nothing he would rather do than spend time on the water with you and your friends or family.

We have gone out with Endless Summer Charters three times now and all three times were OUTSTANDING! Both Captain Bill and Captain Matt are fantastic people that bend over backwards to try to make your experience a good one.

joev464 - Little Rock, AKCould not have been better!

My brother and I will never forget our day on the water with Capt. Bill. We had an amazing time. I had high expectations and they were blown away. It was the perfect day!!

David Anderson Sr - Atlanta, GAMemory of a Lifetime

Our day on the water was flawless. The boat was clean and our Captain was very professional, congenial, and knowledgeable.

Karen J. - Wildwood, FloridaBest time ever with Endless Summer Charters

Capt. Matt with his passion and knowledge of the area filled our day with amazement. Fishing for Tarpon and the fight of a lifetime, the manatees with their gentle nature, walking the beach shelling, and ending the day in a wonderful display of a dolphin pod surrounding the boat. We could not have asked for more and hopefully we'll make this trip again.

Robin D. - Madison, WisconsinOur best day!

We went out twice because we had so much fun the first time! Both Captain Bill and Captain Matt are so knowledgeable and did their very best for us. We caught 8 fish in 45min in water conditions that were not very favorable..... Not bad, right? We can't wait to go out again!

Sanishell - Sanibel, FLSo wonderfu

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