Waterboy Charters

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There is no better time to go on an inshore fishing trip with Waterboy Charters in the Everglades National Park/Ten Thousand Islands. Capt. Bobby has been fishing his whole life, born and raised in the Everglades, and knows where to take you to get the most out of your trip.

You’ll spend the day on a 22’ Pathfinder. This beautiful boat can fit you and 3 fishing friends. This vessel also has a 225 HP Yamaha V-Max engine. Pair this with the full navigational equipment, including fishfinder, and you’ll be on top of the fish before you know it. The wireless trolling motor on board will also give you that extra edge in chasing down your prey.

Species you’ll be targeting include Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Red Grouper, and Spotted Seatrout. Tarpon is a great species for testing your fishing skills – the Silver King puts up a fight once hooked, and in over 60% of cases will break free. Reel this in to get complete bragging rights!

You’ll be using a variety of fishing techniques, from trolling to jigging and popping. Whatever your skill level, there is a fish out there with your name on it. Kids are more than welcome on board and life vests are provided. For their comfort, the captain recommends bringing your own though.

Included in the price are top quality Penn rods and reels, and all bait and tackle. Live bait is usually caught before the trip, but if you’d like to take part in it, let the captain know before the trip. After your trip, the captain will fillet whatever catch you decide to keep. Capt. Bobby will also let you know the best restaurants to take your catch to be cooked.

You are welcome to bring food and drink along, which can go in the captain’s cooler on board.

Book now and start making some amazing memories with Waterboy Charters – you’re sure to come back time and time again.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    1/2 Day Trip AM
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    This 4 hour trip will have you fishing for Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, and Red Grouper. The rods and reels are included in this trip, as well as all bait and tackle you'll need. You can bring along food and drink, which can be stored in the captain's cooler on board. Up to 4 guests maximum are welcome aboard this trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    This 6 hour trip will see you catching Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, and Red Grouper. The rods and reels are included in this trip, as well as all bait and tackle you'll need. You can bring along food and drink, which can be stored in the captain's cooler on board. Up to 4 guests maximum are welcome aboard this trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    Enjoy the day on this 8-hour trip, where you will be targeting Tarpon, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, and Red Grouper. All the equipment is provided, including all bait and tackle. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks - you can store it in the captain's cooler on board. This trip is for a maximum of 4 guests.
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About the Captain

Robert Johnson
Everglades City, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
16 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2018
I was born and raised in the Everglades area, learning how to fish and hunt from my father and grandfather. My earliest memories are of spending time in the Ten Thousand Islands with my family, visiting the old hermit who lived on the islands, while fishing and blue crabbing. I eventually started operating an airboat in the waters around Everglades City and then married into a local family whose ancestors are pioneers of these islands. Being around the water as a child, and as an adult, has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of fishing which led to my current career as a Licensed Charter Captain. There is nothing better than spending time on the water fishing and sightseeing in one of the worlds most beautiful national parks. Join me on a guided charter excursion in the Everglades National Park and Ten Thousands Islands.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2003. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha V-Max engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
For catch and storage
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
For catch and storage

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn
Live Bait
Sometimes prepared before the trip
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water Provided
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 Everglades City to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Have life vests, but for comfort bring your own
You Keep Catch
If legally allowed to keep
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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George A.
Holiday, Florida
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Inshore fishing with Captain Bobby

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on May 14, 2022
We had a great time with Captain Bobby. He is personable, encouraging and a good teacher. He made everything very easy and...
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Robert S.
Kissimmee, Florida
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Half Day Trip with Captain Bobby/Waterboy Charters

VERIFIED   1/2 Day Trip AM on December 28, 2021
Great morning of fishing. We caught four sea trout, black drum, catfish, ladyfish, puffer, and lots of mangrove snappers. Capt...
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Thomas B.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Excellent
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Perfect day in Chokoloskee

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on October 5, 2021
Had a great day with Captain Bobby on 10/5/21. I’ve fished with at least a score of guides across the country, Canada and...
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James D.
West Linn, OR
Excellent
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Excellent Time with Capt. Bobby!

VERIFIED   1/2 Day Trip PM on November 14, 2021
Capt. Bobby’s communication from booking through the end of the trip was just excellent.  Highly knowledgeable of the Glades...
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Michael P.
Dabneys, VA
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Everglades tip with Capt. Bobby

VERIFIED   1/2 Day Trip AM on February 11, 2022
My buddy and I had a great half-day trip with Capt. Bobby.  He put us on fish and we enjoyed the experience.  It wasn’t...
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FAQs about Waterboy Charters

Waterboy Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 1/2 Day Trip AM (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Waterboy Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box (For catch and storage)

Trips booked with Waterboy Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn)
  • Live Bait (Sometimes prepared before the trip )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water Provided)
  • Fishing License

Waterboy Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Waterboy Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Waterboy Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon