Fred Gowdy Charters

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
    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)
    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.

About the Captain

Fred Gowdy
Bonita Springs, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
43 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
54 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!

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Targeted Species

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

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail 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

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4.80
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
84%
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John T.
Glenview, IL
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Half Day Trip with Captaincies Fred

VERIFIED   NEW  March 8, 2020
We had a perfectly enjoyable afternoon of boating and fishing with Captain Fred Gowdy.  He picked us up right on time...
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Greg S.
Dublin, OH
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Half Day Back Water Trip

VERIFIED   January 11, 2020
We had an awesome time with Captain Fred. We had good luck and tons of bites. Fred was laid back, knowledgable. and had a lot...
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Darcy N.
Bonita Springs, FL
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Full Day is the only way to go!!

VERIFIED   NEW  March 12, 2020
Had an absolutely awesome experience on my Full Day trip. He is very knowledgeable, and truly great guide.  I will be...
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Bradley A.
Peoria, IL
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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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Peter M.
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Halfday on Imperial river with Fred Gowdy

VERIFIED   February 22, 2020
Under less then ideal conditions Fred managed to provide us with a fun fishing experience . Tons of mangrove snapper, schoolie...
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Fishing Reports

Seeing Red

March 26, 2020

Big redfish in the back bays. On topwater artificials. Read Full Report →