If you want to experience some of the finest fishing adventures that the abundant Apalachicola can offer, then Capt Charles Charters is the thing for you. Captain Charles Wilson is a 4th generation fisherman, born and raised in Apalachicola. With over 30 years of loyal customers and 40 years of experience, the captain will put you on top of the hottest bite.

His 22’ Mako boat can accommodate you and five other anglers in full comfort. The vessel was restored in 2018, so you absolutely don’t have to worry about possible outdated amenities.  It’s powered by a 150 HP Yamaha Four Stroke engine able to develop a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

When it comes to fishing, the captain’s motto is ‘Let’s go catching not fishing.’ He’ll take you fishing in the state waters of Apalachicola Bay and Apalachicola River, but also in the waters of St. George Island, and Port St. Joe areas. You’ll be targeting various species, such as Speckled Trout, Redfish, Sheepshead, Tarpon, Black Drum, Tripletail, Flounder, and many others. Expect to do some trolling, spinning, drift, and bottom fishing. In case you’d prefer to go on a flounder gigging adventure, that could be easily arranged with the captain.

Kids are more than welcome on board, and they should be at least 5 years old. The captain will provide lifejackets for them, as well as all the fishing equipment you’ll need. From Shimano spinning reels to Penn 330 GTI, you’ll be using top-quality fishing gear. Catch cleaning and filleting is available for an additional fee and the captain can also recommend you the best local restaurants to cook your catch.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - May 1
    $550
    If you can't get enough of Apalachicola fishing, this 8-hour trip will give you everything you need. You'll be using top-notch Shimano and Penn fishing gear, and the captain will show you the most productive spots teeming with Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Mackerel, and many others. You can also combine catching them with some inshore fishing for Redfish and Trout, maybe even Tarpon in season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    If you want to take your little ones fishing, this 4-hour early bird trip will be perfect for them. Just bring drinks, snacks, a sunscreen, and a camera because the captain will provide you with everything else you need for a successful day on the water. You'll be targeting Tripletail, Sheepshead, Drum, Trout, Tarpon, Redfish and much more, depending on the season.
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About the Captain

Charles Wilson
Apalachicola, Florida, United States
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15 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since March 2018
I am a fourth generation fisherman with over 40 years of experience. My family came to the area in the 1860s, and I've continued the family tradition - I worked as an oysterman, crabber, shrimper and a charter captain after coming from Vietnam. In the 1970s, I founded Capt. Charles Charters, one of the oldest charters in the Apalachicola area. I have been featured in Field & Stream and numerous other publications. I love guiding and have loyal customers who have been fishing with me for more than 30 years.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail
Whiting Whiting

Boat Specs

MAKO Boats (Bay boat) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha Four Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

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Customer Reviews

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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on April 16, 2021
Capt. Charles Wilson is a gentleman of the sea.  It is a real pleasure spending time on the water with him.  We got more...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 22, 2020
What an absolute blast it was to fish with captain Charles!  He knows his stuff and is very patient with anglers that don’t...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 13, 2021
Fishing was good. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and nice. I would definitely recommend him.
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Fruitland Park, Florida
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Excellent charter with a Capt that had patience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 17, 2020
Excellent charter that had a Captain with patience for 3 young boys. Captain Charles is a veteran that provided an excellent...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 8, 2021
Cap’n Charles took good care of 6 teenage boys this morning — all returned grinning, having caught 50 fish. We got them...
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FAQs about Capt Charles Charters

Capt Charles Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt Charles Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Capt Charles Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano spinning reels, Penn 330 GTI)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Fishing License

Capt Charles Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Capt Charles Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Flounder Gigging

Top targeted fish species with Capt Charles Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail
  • Whiting