Mangroveman Charters

What could be better than experiencing the beautiful, bountiful waters of Naples, FL with a true local who loves introducing new and experienced anglers to this fabulous fishery? Come aboard Mangroveman Charters and let Captain Paul Craft show you exactly what this side of the Gulf has to offer!

Capt. Paul was born and raised in Pensacola, FL. As a Florida native and lifelong fisherman, he knows exactly where the hottest bite is. His wealth of knowledge when it comes to the ecosystem and wildlife of this area is truly top-class. You’ll leave your trip not only with an impressive catch, but a great angling education, too!

You’ll set out on your adventure in a 22’ Proline center console vessel. She’s fully decked out with quality fishing and navigation electronics. Combined with your captain’s knowledge of this area, you’ll be cruising to the fishing hotspots in no time. She can comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests, with 4 fishing at the same time. Want to bring the kids along? She’s equipped with all the necessary safety gear, including lifejackets in child sizes. 

Depending on the species you want to target, Capt. Paul will take you to an amazing array of locations. You can cruise the wild and wonderful backcountry of the 10,000 Islands for Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, and more. Or how about heading to Naples Bay for Floridian favorites such as Spotted Seatrout and Snook? There’s also the option to travel up to 9 miles out into the Gulf, famous for being home to Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Sheepshead, and many more.

Whether you’re an experienced fisherman looking to explore these waters known for their excellent angling opportunities, or want to take your family on an unforgettable Floridian adventure, Capt. Paul really does have something for everyone. You’ll be provided with Penn reels and Shakespeare Ugly Stick rods, as well as live bait. All that’s left is to come aboard and let Mangroveman Charters show you how the locals do it! Family dog is also welcome.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5h45m Trip MAX 5 people
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $650
    up to 6 persons
    The perfect trip for anglers who are looking for more time on these plentiful waters - 5h45m to be precise! You'll be targeting the famous Floridian backcountry, Naples Bay, and heading up to 9 miles out into the Gulf. As for the species you'll be targeting? Anything from Tarpon, to Redfish, to Mangrove Snapper, to Snook, and even more. Capt. Paul will help you bait you rod to tempt your dream catch. Novice anglers, families, and hardcore fishermen are all welcome! Fishing license included.
  • Private trip
    3h45m Trip (AM) MAX 5 people
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $430
    up to 6 persons
    Start off your day by joining Capt. Paul for a 3h45m morning of top-notch fishing! You'll be targeting a variety of areas, including up to 9 miles out into the Gulf, Naples Bay, 10,000 Islands, and the beautiful backcountry. Expect to reel in an impressive species - Red and Black Grouper, Mangrove and Lane Snapper, Snook, Redfish,Tripletail.. This trip is perfect for novice anglers and families looking for a kid-friendly adventure. Rods, reels, and your fishing license are all provided.
  • Private trip
    3h45m Trip (PM) MAX 5 people
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $415
    up to 6 persons
    Spend your 3h45m in the afternoon cruising for an awesome variety of species, as well as taking in some incredible Floridian scenery! On this trip, Capt. Paul will take you to the fishing hotspots of Naples, including the wild and wonderful backcountry, Naples Bay, and, of course, up to 9 miles out into the Gulf. Expect to reel in Redfish, the hard-fighting Snook, a variety of Grouper, and Mangrove Snapper. Your captain will be on hand to help you get your rod ready for reeling in your dream catch.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Summer Special (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 30 Sep
    $350
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you want to spend less time on the water but still explore some seriously bountiful areas, then come aboard. You'll be heading up to 9 miles out into the Gulf, as well as targeting Naples Bay and the northern parts of the 10,000 Islands. You'll be reeling in Red and Black Grouper, Mangrove and Lane Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead and Black Drum. Your captain will provide you with rods, reels, and a variety of bait to keep the fish biting! Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts!
  • Private trip
    2.5 Hr – Sunset Fishing/Sightseeing
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    2 hours trip, starts at 5:40 PM
    $300
    up to 4 persons
    + $30
    each additional person
    Actual trip length is 2.5 hours. South Florida's sunsets are some of the most stunning and vibrant sunsets in the country! Join Capt. Paul and experience an awe-inspiring beautiful sunset on the water, while also enjoying fishing the Bay and nearshore waters. You'll be targeting various fish species including Mangrove and Lane Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Black Drum. Your captain will be on hand to help you bait your rods and reel in your dream catch. Perfect for families and laidback anglers.
  • Private trip
    2.5 Hour Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    2 hours trip, starts at 1:15 PM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $280
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Trip length is 2.5 hours. This is a shorter daytime fishing trip. Perfect for a family with smaller children or anglers who have a busy schedule. Fishing includes fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Redfish, and Pompano. Fishing licenses, bait, and all gear are included. Complimentary bottled water, sodas and snacks are also available.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – March Weekend Special
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 22 Mar - 31 Mar (Sat, Sun)
    $280
    up to 3 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Spend 3 hours in the afternoon cruising for an awesome variety of species, as well as taking in some incredible Floridian scenery! On this trip, Capt. Paul will take you to the fishing hotspots of Naples, including the wild and wonderful backcountry, Naples Bay, and, of course, up to 9 miles out into the Gulf. Expect to reel in Redfish, the hard-fighting Snook, a variety of Grouper, and Mangrove Snapper. Your captain will be on hand to help you get your rod ready for reeling in your dream catch.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Sept. Special (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 2 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 23 Sep - 25 Sep
    $150
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Come fish with Capt. Paul in a variety of Naples hotspots! You'll be traveling up to 9 miles out into the Gulf, as well as heading to productive Naples Bay, the 10,000 Islands, or the backcountry for various fish species including Red and Black Grouper, Snapper, Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish. Your captain will help you to bait your rods with live or fresh bait, or lures. Children and novice anglers are more than welcome, as well as advanced fishermen. Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Grouper (Red)
Jack Crevalle
Pompano

Redfish
Sheepshead
Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Proline (Center console) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 200HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 2 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
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:
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About the Captain

Paul Craft
Naples, Florida, United States
Member since August 2018
21
I was born in the panhandle of Florida where fishing and playing in the ocean was a big part of my life. I moved to the Florida Keys when I was 15 and learned all aspects of commercial fishing for about 15 years from long-lining for Shark and Swordfish to Shrimp boats, net boats, Lobster and Crab boats and hook and line fishing for Snapper and Grouper. I have spent most of my life on the water. I have been in the Naples area about 15 years now. I spent 10 years in the Everglades National park as a captain and a naturalist guide, so I have extensive knowledge of the SW Florida Ecosystem. I have been captaining fishing for 6 years in and around Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, but in total, I have been fishing the waters of SW Florida for the last 30 years. Through the many years of travel on the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, I had many adventures. One of them was rescuing Cuban refugees in the Florida Straits. I want to share my love and experience of fishing and boating with you.
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Customer Reviews

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4.89
out of 5 stars from 21 reviews
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04-18-2019
1\/2 day morning charter
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Matthew C.
Colchester, Vermont
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Paul.

VERIFIED   March 2, 2019
We had a great time with Captain Paul! He was funny, knowledgeable and motivated to get us fish. You don’t always get...
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John B.
Naples, FL
 5.00
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Great Trip with Captain Paul

VERIFIED   January 5, 2019
Capt. Paul took us out through the Florida waters on a fun, fish-filled boating expedition. He not only helped us with every...
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James K.
Buffalo Grove, IL
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Paul

VERIFIED   February 26, 2019
Had a wonderful day on the water. Four inexperienced fishermen kept Captain Paul busy baiting hooks and removing fish all afternoon...
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Lawrence U.
Lehigh Acres, FL
 5.00
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2.5hr trip with captain Paul

VERIFIED   April 18, 2019
Just spent an awesome couple of hours with 4 young kids under age 14 fishing the back waters. Captain Paul was not only knowledgeable...
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Jonathan K.
Miami, Florida
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Fishing and dolphin watching

VERIFIED   April 3, 2019
Our family had an amazing time with Captain Paul.  My boys 10 & 13 had the time of their lives catching ladyfish,...
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