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 up to 4 guests max 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 The vessel was restored in 2018, so you absolutely don’t have to worry about possible outdated amenities.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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 2 - Oct 31
    $450
    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
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
32 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
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
4 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 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 32 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (22)
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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April S.
Etna, OH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full day trip with Captain Charles

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on June 21, 2022
First time chartering and had a great experience! Captain Charles not only knows where to put you to catch the fish, he offers...
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Leighann M.
Eastpoint, Florida
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Morning 7-11 Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2022
We took a trip for my 21st birthday and Captain Charles made it super special! The conditions weren’t great for fishing,...
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Chris M.
Lawrenceville, GA
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day in the Bay with Captain Charles

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 13, 2021
The next time I travel to Florida’s Forgotten Coast the first call I make will be to Captain Charles! We fished in...
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Laura H.
Rock Spring, GA
Excellent
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Experience:
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Excellent
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Half day fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 17, 2022
My husband and son had a great time with Captain Charles!
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Randy S.
Red Bank, TN
Excellent
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Excellent
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Fishing with Charles

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 23, 2022
Great time with Captain Charles! Years of experience in the local waters pays off. Nothing fancy, just a regular guy who works...
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FAQs about Capt Charles Charters

Capt Charles Charters offers the following trip to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 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