Whether you’re looking for some relaxing inshore fishing, itching for a fight of a lifetime with Sharks, or trying to tick off the Silver King from your bucket list, Reel Rich Fishing has you covered. Located in one of the hottest fishing spots in the United States, they’ll put you on the best bite around, no matter your skill level!

You will fish from their 24’ bay boat, manufactured by Nautic Star. She can fit 6 anglers on board, so get your fishing crew ready for some action. Powered by a 250 HP Suzuki outboard engine, she can develop a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots. Sneak up on the spookiest inshore fish with ease – she’s got a wireless trolling motor on board. 

Captain Rich Damianos will be your guide and assistant on this journey. He’s an avid fisherman, competing in multiple tournaments organized by Fishing League Worldwide and Bassmaster. He’s a certified Florida Friendly Fishing Guide, meaning he’s been recognized for his sustainable environmental fishing practices.

You can target a wide range of fish, as well as try out a variety of techniques. Trolling for Spanish and King Mackerel, fly fishing for Tarpon, bottom fishing for Mangrove Snappers, or spinning and drift fishing for Redfish and Snook. Reel Rich Fishing has a varied offer able to cater to anglers of all tastes. The fishing gets hot at the famous Boca Grande Pass and the Pine Island Sound – spots where Capt. Rich will take you.

You will be provided with all the equipment and bait you may need, as well as iced water for refreshment. The captain will also clean and fillet your catch as part of the service provided, so don’t forget to bring a cooler for your catch.

If you’re looking for a charter that can get you up close and personal with the most prestigious fighters of the coast of Florida, book Reel Rich Fishing and get ready to wrestle the big boys!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jun 10
    $800
    This trip can take you anywhere in the area, inshore waters, nearshore waters, or the flats. You can target a wide range of fish such as the: Pompano, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, various Sharks, Snappers, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and anything else you run into. The charter will supply you with all necessary equipment.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Shark
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 15
    $750
    Charlotte Harbor is home to some of the most amazing shark fishing anywhere. Bulls, Blacktip, Lemons, Tiger, and the great Hammerhead all call this place home. We target sharks with taditional chunk bait and chumming methods.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 15
    $750
    Charlotte Harbor is known as the Tarpon capital of the world for a good reason, there is simply no place on the planet with as many Tarpon as there are here. You'll target the Silver King with a variety of tactics from drifting live baits to trolling the depths. Tarpon fishing is an unforgettable experience and you're sure to make memories to last a lifetime. This is a trip for a maximum of 4 guests.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jun 10
    $600
    You can choose where to go on this trip. The flats, inshore, and nearshore waters of the area are all bountiful. The gorgeous fish that you can catch on this trip are Snooks, Redfish, Black Drums, Pompanos, Spotted Seatrouts, Snappers, Groupers, Flounders, Cobia, Sharks, and others you may run into. The captain will supply you with all the necessary gear.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jun 10
    $400
    This trip can take you fishing inshore, nearshore, or on the flats. You will target a variety of species like Snook, Redfish, Trout, Black Drum, Cobia, Pompano, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, and more. This trip includes all equipment required and fishing licenses for customers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Jun 10
    $400
    On this trip you can choose to hit the flats, inshore, or nearshore waters. You will target a variety of species such as Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, Trouts, Black Drum, Cobia, Pompano, and others you may run into. The captain will provide you with all required equipment, as well as clean and fillet your fish free of charge.
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About the Captain

Rich Damianos
Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
25 Fishing Reports
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39 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2018
I'm Captain Rich Damianos and I have been fishing the keys and cuts of Charlotte Harbor for more than 6 years. Born in Newport, Rhode Island and raised in the Finger Lakes of Central New York, I cut my teeth fishing both salt and fresh water. As a tournament angler with FLW and Bassmasters, I have learned to refine my fish finding skills. These skills are what I teach on every guided trip. When you fish Charlotte Harbor with me, you will catch fish, learn some techniques, and have a great time. I am a USCG Licensed Master, Florida Licensed Charter Captain, NYS Licensed Public Vessel Operator and Guide, and certified in First Aid and CPR. I am a father of 2 and considered by others to be an excellent guide, educator, and a pleasure to fish with. I work well with kids, beginners, and seasoned anglers alike. Most of all, I work for you.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Nautic Star (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
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
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Matt J.
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 25, 2021
Captain Rich did his best to keep us on fish all day.  With some novice anglers in our group Rich did a great job teaching...
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Huntingtown, MD
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on January 21, 2021
Our family had an amazing day out on the water with Rich!. Multiple times my boys were catching fish at the same time.  Can’t...
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Highly recommended trip with kids

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 5, 2021
We had an excellent time and caught plenty of fish. I had my wife and 3 boys ages 3,6 and 9. My boys said that we can’t go...
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Port Huron, MI
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 1, 2021
We had a great half day trip with Captain Rich. My three teen boys and my dad and I caught tons of fish and had a great time....
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Howell, MI
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 17, 2021
Myself, elderly father, and nephew had an awesome trip! Rich is a true professional. I can’t say enough good things about...
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FAQs about Reel Rich Fishing

Reel Rich Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Shark (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon (4 MAX) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $25 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Reel Rich Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Reel Rich Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Ice water )
  • Fishing License

Reel Rich Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Inside of barrier Islands)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Gulf of Mexico insight of land.)
  • Reef Fishing (Avalible inshore & nearshore)
  • Wreck Fishing (Avalible inshore & nearshore)
  • Flats Fishing (shorelines inside barrier islands)
  • Backcountry Fishing (inside mangrove islands)

Reel Rich Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing (Equipment not Included)
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Reel Rich Fishing include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon