Fred Gowdy Charters

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If you want to fish all year round for a variety of species in a variety of places, then Fred Gowdy Charters is for you. Captain Fred Gowdy has over 15 years of experience, and runs trips both nearshore and inshore.

You will spend your day on a 2015 20’ Carolina Skiff JVX. These beauties are known for their quality and style, and can comfortably fit 4 anglers. So grab your friends, partner, or even kids over 7 years old.

The 90 HP engine will have you on the fish in no time. Coupled with the fishfinder and Capt. Fred’s extensive knowledge of the area, you’ll have your lines in the water and hooking your target fish before you know it.

Each trip heads out to different fisheries, so your target species will vary. Capt. Fred knows where to go to fish for Cobia, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Bass, Great Barracuda, Blacktip Shark, and many more. Just choose your species and the trip to match.

Even Tarpon can be caught year round here. These “Silver Kings” break the line in over 60% of cases. This is a great opportunity to test your skills and see who will end up on top – you or the Tarpon!

Capt. Fred is happy to catch live bait before the trip, or to wait for customers to catch it together. Whether you want the extra time fishing, or the added experience of catching your own live bait, just let Capt. Fred know before the trip. For some species that only need shrimp as their bait, it will be unnecessary to catch any more during the day.

For those with more experience, you are welcome to bring your own fly fishing equipment. For everyone else, the standard light tackle is all included. You don’t need to worry about your rods, reels, lures, or live bait – Capt. Fred will have everything prepared for you for your fishing adventure.

He can’t wait to welcome you on board and looks forward to showing you a great time on the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    You will head out for about 30 minutes. You will use live bait so target Snook, Grouper, Cobia, Snapper, and Spanish Mackerel. Depending on the season, you will also fish for Tripletail. Fishing license is included, but please remember to bring snacks and water with you.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip takes around 30 minutes to head out to where the fish are biting. You will use live bait to hook Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Grouper, and Snook. When in season, you will also have the opportunity to target Tripletail. Please bring plenty of water and any snacks you fancy along too. Fishing license is included.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Backwater
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip is great for targeting Snook, Redfish, and even Tarpon. Test your skills against the Silver King! You will use both live bait and artificial lures. Don't forget to bring plenty of water and food along too.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Peacock Bass & Snook
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this shorter trip you will target Snook, and Butterfly Peacock Bass. You will use artificial plugs.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will have you using both live bait and artificial bait to target Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish. All live bait and gear are provided for. You need only remember to bring your snacks and water.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Backwater (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $300
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    You will be using live bait and artificial lures for Snook, Tarpon, and Redfish.
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About the Captain

Fred Gowdy
Bonita Springs, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
30 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
32 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2018
Captain Fred Gowdy has been fishing for over 15 years. He recently decided to change this love of fishing into his occupation. He can't wait to show you the waters and hope you will have a great time out there with him. He knows where the fish are and have your lines in the water in no time!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Bass (Peacock)
Cobia
Grouper (Gag)

Jack Crevalle
Redfish
Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook
Tarpon
Tripletail

Boat Specs

Carolina skiff JVX (Skiff) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha engine.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Bonita Springs to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.82
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Bradley A.
Peoria, IL
 5.00
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Excellent Trip with Captain Fred Gowdy

VERIFIED   November 1, 2019
Fred took us from the dock to our first fish in five minutes. By the second hour of our trip we’d lost count of the fish...
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Mike C.
United States
 5.00
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Four hour backwater

VERIFIED   March 27, 2019
Had a great time with Captain Fred Gowdy.  He is a great Captain with a lot of local knowledge about the fishery. ...
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Kevin S.
Sylvania, OH
 5.00
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Great half day fishing

VERIFIED   October 22, 2019
Fred Gowdy charters is an excellent choice! Captain Fred knows his profession and will put you on to a lot of fish! Thanks...
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Jim E.
Naples, Florida
 5.00
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Great trip!

VERIFIED   July 21, 2019
Fred gave us a great day of fishing ? My daughters never fished before and Fred was extremely helpful! Thanks for a great...
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David A.
Wheelersburg, OH
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Peacock bass fishing trip

VERIFIED   June 5, 2019
We had a great time with Mr. Gowdy.  We caught several peacock bass plus a few largemouth bass, 27” snook, firemouth,...
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