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Meet the Captains of Endless Summer Charters

Capt. Bill Hammond

USCG Master, Owner, Endless Summer Charters

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If Bill wasn’t already 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. Their daughter, Summer, works as First Mate on family charters and loves getting the kids involved in education of this area’s wildlife.

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

As the lead captain at Port Sanibel Marina he has managed the fishing guides there since 2005 and works as a consultant for them.

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 also consults with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on our fisheries and works with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust for Permit and Tarpon conservation.

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. C.J. LaFauci

USCG Captain, Endless Summer Charters

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Captain C.J. has been fishing both coasts of Florida his entire life. Being brought up in a family of fishermen he naturally took the reigns as a young boy and hasn’t stopped.

Capt. C.J. is absolutely eaten up with passion and the progression of sport fishing. He says that the love he has for sportfishing will never fade. “You’ll never know everything but you sure can try.” is C.J.’s motto.

C.J. has compiled a well-rounded resume working both commercial and charter boats. Just about every day he has to himself he hones his craft recreational fishing. Having such a diverse knowledge of fishing has enhanced his time on the water. This has helped him to become a very knowledgeable fisherman that knows what it takes to get the rods bent and earn his client’s respect and put smiles on everyone’s faces.

Growing up here in S.W. Florida has afforded C.J. to have natural knowledge that many don’t have the opportunity to have.

There’s nothing more rewarding to C.J. than showing people a good time in his backyard of S.W. Florida. He is definitely one of the hardest working captains out there and it shows. See our Facebook page with the latest catches HERE!

Capt. Hunter Tinsley

Captain, Endless Summer Charters

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Being born and raised in SWFL has its benefits. The world class fishery located here is one that Captain Hunter has always fully taken advantage of. From the time he was born Hunter has been immersed in the world of fishing as a whole, whether it was weekend fishing trips with his family in Pine Island or riding his bike to any lake he could reach. After his collegiate baseball career came to an end, his love for fishing drove him towards a career on the water as a charter captain.

From the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea, and the rivers of the Midwest, Capt. Hunter has been able to explore his passion of fishing to the fullest degree. That same passion never allows him to become satisfied with his skills and spends every moment he can continuing to work on his craft. Whether it is spinning and conventional gear with live bait and artificial to fly fishing. Hunter has worked to become a well-rounded angler on the water.

Capt. Hunter truly loves the hunt involved in fishing, especially when it comes to sight fishing. Nothing is more satisfying to him than getting to share that love for the sport with others. Helping others experience the same feelings he has grown up feeling has become his mission on the water.