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 – Backwater
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Hit the close reefs and run crab traps for Tripletail.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Peacock Bass & Snook
    Just booked! Last booked: 34 minutes ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    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: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    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
    price breakdown
    $300
    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
53 Fishing Reports
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102 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!

About this listing

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

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 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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Recent Fishing Reports

From the last few trips
From the last few trips
February 19, 2021
Peacock trip and Estero bay.
Heads n reds
Heads n reds
February 11, 2021
Live shrimp is the go to bait. Pics from the last few trips.

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
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Backwater fishing fun!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on February 22, 2021
I hired Fred to take my physically and mentally disabled client, Sharon, and me to take us fishing on some calm water last...
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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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VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on February 25, 2021
The wife and I had a great time with Fred. The morning started out cold so definitely a slow bite but no matter what he made...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on September 19, 2020
Captain Jeff was hands down awesome! He knowledge of bait, fish, locations and his patience with novice fishers like myself...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Backwater (AM) on November 24, 2020
Amazing! First Captain Fred called us to align the optimal fishing time based on tide times. He was so responsive with all...
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