Capt Charles Charters

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 The vessel was restored in 2018, so you absolutely don’t have to worry about possible outdated amenities.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.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Amberjack
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Oct 31
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Let the captain take you on this exciting 8-hour adventure in pursuit of Amberjack, Grouper, and many others. Even though this trip is technically a nearshore trip, thanks to the incredible position of Apalachicola, you'll be actually doing deep sea fishing only minutes away from the shore.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Snapper
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 11 - Jul 11
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Let the captain take you on this exciting 8-hour adventure in pursuit of Snapper, Grouper, and many others. Even though this trip is technically a nearshore trip, thanks to the incredible position of Apalachicola, you'll be actually doing deep sea fishing only minutes away from the shore.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jun 1
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This 4-hour trip is perfect for families with young kids, especially if they’re not early risers. Depending on the season, you'll be fishing for Tripletail, Sheepshead, Drum, Trout, Tarpon, Redfish, and many others. You'll be provided with everything you need to land your dream fish, just make sure to bring snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and a camera!
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About the Captain

Charles Wilson
Apalachicola, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
9 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

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
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 9 reviews
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Half day bay fishing trip
Half day bay fishing trip
45 lbs on 15 lbs line
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Anthony L.
St Louis, Missouri
 5.00
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Half day bay fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 30, 2019
This was a fantastic first in bay fishing trip we have ever gone on. Caption Charles is an awesome guy and knows the bay like...
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Don E.
Valley, Alabama
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VERIFIED   July 17, 2019
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Randy Y.
Griffin, GA
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VERIFIED   June 4, 2018
We went out on capt charles charter on June 4 2018 . The trip was awesome , we caught fish after fish . We caught so many fish...
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Karl W.
Nashville, TN
 5.00
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Wonderful Trip

VERIFIED   May 17, 2018
Captain Charles knows the area like the back of his hand.  He worked hard to ensure we had a good day on the water. ...
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Matt C.
Whitney, TX
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Fishing with Charles

VERIFIED   July 3, 2018
Very professional friendly and informative, made our trip very enjoyable, would definitely recommend to anyone.
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