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.



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  • Private trip
    5h 45m Trip MAX 5 people
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $600
    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
    3h 45m Trip (AM) MAX 5 people
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    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
    3h 45m Trip (PM) MAX 5 people
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:45 PM
    $400
    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
    2h45m Trip Sunset Fish MAX 5 people
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 PM
    $325
    up to 6 persons
    Trip length is 2h45min. 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
    3h Trip (PM) MAX 5 people
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:15 PM
    $310
    up to 6 persons
    Trip length is 3 hours long. Perfect for a family with smaller children or anglers who want a shorter trip than half-day. 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.
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About the Captain

Paul Craft
Naples, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
52 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2018
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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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Pompano Pompano

Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Lane) Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Proline (Center console) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 49 reviews
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Great day in the water captain Paul
3 hour trip with Captain Paul
Half day of inlet fishing.
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Marianne B.
Naples, Florida
 5.00
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Half day inshore fishing was great

VERIFIED   February 23, 2020
3 of us spent Sunday morning with Paul. Had a fantastic time. Caught dozens of fish. Had 3 keepers that we enjoyed for dinner...
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Adrian O.
San Juan
 5.00
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Super nice trip!!

VERIFIED   NEW  July 6, 2020
This was a very enjoyable trip.  Captain Paul had everything ready and prepped for us to enjoy.  The trip was very...
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Megan S.
Jackson Township, NJ
 5.00
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Half Day with Captain Paul

VERIFIED   February 15, 2020
3 hrs with Capt Pal was the perfect back country fishing trip!  Captain knew where to go, we caught a bunch fish a couple...
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Hans R.
Hollywood, Florida
 5.00
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6 hour trip up to 9 miles out

VERIFIED   May 31, 2020
Good trip caught lots of smaller fish one 5 foot shark. Paul handles his boat well. But save 20% by avoiding fishing booker...
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Patrick M.
Bonita Springs, FL
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Great day fishing the Mangroves

VERIFIED   NEW  June 23, 2020
Paul did a great job.  Nothing big was caught, but we had lots of activity from those little fish.  Great day with...
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