Capt Charlies Fishing Charters

Capt. Charlies Fishing Charters offers a great range of trips, targeting hard-fighting fish in any depth of water. Fish the backcountry for Trout, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon and other inshore legends. Otherwise, head up to nine miles out in search of Grouper, Cobia, Kingfish, and more.

Capt. Charlie Cooper has spent his life honing his skills, and knows all the best places to hit in the Fort Myers area. And with mile after mile of perfect flats, hidden bayous, and open sounds, there is a lot to choose from.

In order to get the most out of the area, you will be fishing aboard a 20’ AquaSport center console. This sturdy boat is as at home on the flats as she is on the reefs, and her clean-burning 2016 Yamaha outboard means you can travel at speed without choking on smelly diesel fumes.

The vessel has a trolling motor for combing the backcountry and a range of marine electronics for sounding out deeper water. Wherever you fish, nothing brings big hits faster than a livewell full of fresh bait. Combine it with quality tackle in a variety of weight ranges, and you’re ready to take on anything the ocean throws at you.

Of course, Capt. Charlie knows that every angler fishes differently. During your trip, you can troll, jig, spin, pop, and drift your way to great catches. You can even bring your fly fishing gear along if you want.

All bait, licenses, and local knowledge come as standard, so all you have to do is show up! Bring your food and drinks and plenty of sunscreen, and get ready for a great day on the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    For ones who just want a little time on the water
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Shelling/Eco Tour
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Shell and explore the islands of swfl
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fish/Sightsee
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Half sightseeing half fishing or whatever you like.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Spend the morning targeting inshore species like Redfish, Tarpon, Snook, Sheepshead, Jacks, and more. This is a great trip for those looking to explore the legendary Fort Myers shallows without spending the whole day on the water.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    $500
    Head out for an afternoon of shallow-water action, battling Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon, and much more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Fish/Sightsee
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    Half sightseeing half fishing or whatever you like.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 11 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    Spend a couple more hours on the water, and you can get deep into the most remote spots in search of monster Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, and Trout.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    $750
    The boat is yours for the entire afternoon, so head out and land yourself a monster. Fish the shallows for Redfish, Trout, and other inshore favorites, or head further out in search of Sheepshead, Cobia, Kingfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    Spend the entire day on the water, battling the biggest and meanest fish that Southwest Florida has to offer. You can stay inshore, battling Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Trout, or head out to the reefs to target Grouper, Cobia, Kingfish, and more.
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About the Captain

Charles Cooper
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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268 Customer reviews
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Member since March 2018
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
Becoming a guide was an easy decision for Captain Charlie Cooper. He has spent his whole life fishing, and has caught too many fish not to guide. Captain Charlie loves being out in the nature of Southwest Florida. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than sharing his native waters with guests, and his love and respect for the area is clear to anyone who steps aboard his boat.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Boat specs

AquaSport (Center console) originally built in 1998. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha Four Stroke 2016 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 37 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Up to 9 mile
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Bring your own equipment
Drift Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Fort Myers to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No minimum age, life jackets supplied
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 236 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Fishing with Charles
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Great Experience!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Chris S.
Charlotte, NC
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Boat
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5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Amazing 6 Hour Fishing Experience w Captain Charlie!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on December 21, 2022
We had amazing 6 hour fishing trip with Captain Charlie! Captain Charlie is a great captain! Our fishing experience was awesome!...
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Paxton H.
Springfield, MO
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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AMAZING Half Day trip with Captain Charlie!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 21, 2022
My husband and I booked this venture as part of our honeymoon trip to FL. Hands down, one of the best fishing experiences my...
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Katie R.
Covington, KY
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Second But Not Our Last Trip with Charlie

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on July 20, 2022
This was our second trip out on the water with Charlie (and I am sure won’t be our last).  Our two trips were completely...
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Charles S.
Clearwater, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Didn't go out, but service above and beyond.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 18, 2022
We had a trip booked with CPT Charlie.  He called a few days before and said that his boat was laid up, waiting for parts,...
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Matthew C.
Bonita Springs, Florida
Excellent
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Fishing with Charles

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip on January 26, 2023
What a great time and the Captain was awesome. Super friendly and helpful. Was a great day out highly recommend to all. Great...
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FAQs about Capt Charlies Fishing Charters

Capt Charlies Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Trip (3 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Shelling/Eco Tour (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Fish/Sightsee (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Fish/Sightsee (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Capt Charlies Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (Up to 9 mile)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Capt Charlies Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own equipment)
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail