Punta Gorda Fishing with Captain Joe (Shellback) Gaither

Bait & Tackle

Smart Phone Smarts

FWC Fishing License? What?!

Live Bait & Tackle in Punta Gorda

Florida has more than 7,700 named lakes and ponds and over 10,000 miles of streams and rivers, all brimming with "bream." "Bream" is a local term throughout the southeast that includes a variety of deep-bodied panfish belonging to the sunfish family.

100 % Organic - Pesticide Free - Fare Trade Tea

Come visit Captain Joe at the Farmers Market.

Saturdays-Punta Gorda downtown Market 8:00am - 12:00 pm​​

Fishing Reports

Chill Out Shrimp !

Take a zip lock bag of ice and place in your bait bucket. Baaam! Oh sure they chill alright, right up to the point that you hook and toss em out to ol Davey Jones for supper.

Weekly Scoop

Adopt a Zombie.

Zombies need loving too.

Take a zombie fishing today!

Zombie Brigade

Live Cameras

Our Location

It just got easy to put your fishing & hunting license on your smart phone.


  1. Smart Phone search for MYFWC.
  2. Get the App
  3. Link up with Customer #
  4. Bammm! It's done.
  5. ​View License & Endorsements

Conveniently located at the Punta Gorda RV Resort shopping plaza 

Open Every Day

6:30am - 7:00pm 

Visit our store for fishing updates and get great deals on combos, best bait prices with dash of humor

Friendly Service 

Welcome to Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary of Punta Gorda where circus animals retire to the good life. All of our guests at Octagon were rescued from unlicensed owners, closing zoos or seized from USDA or FWC. We do not sell, breed or reintroduce these creatures to the wild. All animals are retired in luxury and cared for by volunteers and helpful donations by YOU! Click the image below and find out how you can visit these well kept creatures.

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We keep it simple

No tackle box fillers,

ONLY what you need.

All donations go directly to Octagon through PayPal  with the link at left. Please consider all the volunteers and what we do to keep things running, while your donations help feed the animals. Thank you in advance for your support. Capt Joe Gaither

Dakota & Larissa

We're gonna miss our outta town buddies who are going back home. They came here to visit and got to see Punta Gorda like a Gator Bite. Look forward to your visit later in the year. 

Your Outdoor Life