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 3 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 – Backwater
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    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
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Hit the close reefs and run crab traps for Tripletail.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    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
    $350
    You will be using live bait and artificial lures for Snook, Tarpon, and Redfish.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Peacock Bass & Snook
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $350
    On this shorter trip you will target Snook, and Butterfly Peacock Bass. You will use artificial plugs.
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About the Captain

Fred Gowdy
Bonita Springs, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
56 Fishing Reports
160 Customer Reviews
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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
3 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
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
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
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Great Trip! We stayed busy and on fish the whole trip.

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on September 6, 2021
I took my daughter’s boyfriend, who was fairly inexperienced on a spontaneous trip hoping to catch several different types...
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on July 14, 2021
We took a half day morning trip with three people. Fred was great! He put us on action all morning, hitting multiple spots....
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Half day inshore with Captain Fred Gowdy

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on March 9, 2021
Captain Fred provided us with a perfect intro to fishing the beautiful Hickory Bay Area and Imperial River. We are novice fishermen...
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Half Day Trip with Captain Fred and first mate Andy

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on January 17, 2021
Spent the day on the water with Captain Fred and his mate Andy. Despite battling some of the worst red tide in SW Florida history...
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Backwater fishing fun!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on February 22, 2021
I hired Fred to take my physically and mentally disabled client, Sharon, and me fishing on some calm water last week.  Fred...
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FAQs about Fred Gowdy Charters

Fred Gowdy Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Backwater (PM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Peacock Bass & Snook (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Backwater (8 hours)

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

Trips booked with Fred Gowdy Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Fred Gowdy Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Fred Gowdy Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fred Gowdy Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bass (Peacock)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail