Head out to a thrilling fishing trip with Divergent Fishing Charters and explore the abundance of the waters around SW-Florida! Captain Doug Goodman makes it his business to put you on fish and what’s more, he enjoys doing it.

Come aboard a 25’ Pathfinder that will be your reliable ride for the day, rigged with a 300 HP Yamaha engine and the capacity to take out up to 4 anglers. The vessel is a thing of beauty and brand new, well-suited for inshore and nearshore fishing. It has quality Hummingbird navigational equipment to find the best bite, as well as the reliable fishing gear to reel in your next trophy. Live bait and an assortment of lures are also available.

On his boat, Capt. Doug can accommodate both die-hard fishermen and novices who are still finding their sea legs. Depending on the time of the year, your guide will know exactly where to take you around Englewood, FL to have a bountiful trip. Whether you’re going after Tarpon or chasing Snook, you’re going to have a blast. Red Snapper is the most welcome sight when it’s in season, and Cobia, Redfish, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel are also on your catch list.

Your first mate will have your catch cleaned, filleted, and ready to be cooked according to your favorite recipe. For all his help, tips are encouraged and appreciated. The crew makes it their priority to help you with everything, from baiting your hook to reeling the fish in.

Divergent Fishing Charters specializes in organizing fun-filled fishing adventures for children. As long as your little ones are 5 and older, you’re welcome to bring them along for the day. Capt. Doug loves teaching kids how to catch their first fish and seeing their excitement and smiles. Hop aboard and let the memorable family fishing escapades begin!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour – Family Fun Fish, Ages 5-12
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $495
    This 3-hour afternoon charter will get your family to the fishing grounds quickly and back just in time for dinner or to watch the sunset over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. You’ll be fishing the inshore flats of Lemon Bay and Gasparilla Sound targeting Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Snapper, among others. Your fishing gear, live bait, license, ice, and water are included, so just bring along some snacks for the little guys and your favorite beverage. This trip is designed for the little one. See you on dock.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    Spend your morning going after all the inshore favorites on the abundant Englewood waters! When you book this trip, you get 4 hours of fishing with Capt. Doug to lead the way to Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, and Snook, just to name a few. Pack some snacks and drinks, everything else is provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (AM) (3 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 31
    $700
    Spend your morning fishing for Tarpon. These prehistoric beasts will put up the toughest of fights and provide you with a memory of a lifetime. This is a trip for a maximum of 3 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (PM) (3 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 31
    $700
    You might not like to get up early but it doesn't mean you can't go fishing. Head out in the afternoon and face the Silver King in an angling showdown. This is a trip for a maximum of 3 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $750
    This 6-hour expedition is available all year because around Englewood, fish never sleep! Meet up with Capt. Doug and let him show you around some of the productive fishing grounds in the area, where anything from Cobia and King Mackerel to Snook and Redfish can be on your to-catch list. Red Snapper fishing is also very good when it's in season. Come aboard with your favorite drinks and food and head out.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing 3 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 31
    $800
    The Silver King awaits! If you're in the mood for some first-class battles, then Tarpon fishing is the way to go. These acrobatic fighters are in season from April until the end of July, and you can hook some real monsters. Capt. Doug has decades of experience of going after Tarpon, and on this trip, you'll chase this prestigious fish for 6 hours. Don't forget some food and refreshments. This trip is for 3 anglers max.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tarpon 3 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 31
    $1,000
    Come aboard for a day of excitement and excellent Tarpon fishing with Capt. Doug! With 6 hours to explore inshore and nearshore Englewood waters, you're in for a memorable adventure. This seasonal trip is available from April–July, when is the best time to go after your next personal Tarpon trophy. Bear in mind that these beautiful and feisty fish are always released. Remember to pack plenty of food and drinks, you're going to need them to keep your strength up. This trip is for 3 anglers max.
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About the Captain

Doug Goodman
Englewood, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
18 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
64 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since September 2018
Captain Doug Goodman has been exploring his love of fishing for over 35 years and he's got the knowledge to prove it. He's been a USCG captain since 2015, but he started fishing much earlier and his passion only grew over time. Not only does Capt. Doug know how to put you on the fish, but he's also very pleasant and every trip with him is a joy you'll want to repeat.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook

Boat specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Min. age 5, life vests provided
You Keep Catch

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Checks

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Recent Fishing Reports

Redfish bite.... is on fire !
Redfish bite.... is on fire !
August 1, 2022
The last few weeks have been overwhelming. The Redfish bite had been totally awesomeness. The cobia bite is now pickings back up. Give us a call. Get booked and hooked.

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 56 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Ronald F.
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Divergent - Outstanding Chartered Fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 25, 2022
I’ve did some great charter fishing in Mexico, Costa Rica & various places in the US. Captain Doug Goodman is without a doubt...
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Tetiana F.
Cushing, ME
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Great fiishing trip experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on February 18, 2022
We went on half day fishing trip with our kids in February, and had such a fun time didn’t want it to end. Boat was so comfortable...
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Bailey, CO
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Captain Doug can do it!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 7, 2022
Great experience, I highly recommend Captain Doug. He is very courteous and respectful- he got us on the fish and was very...
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Donald A.
Kissimmee, FL
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Day trip with Captain Doug

VERIFIED   Special 4 hours trip for Donald Aichner on June 5, 2022
My son and I had a great time. Captain Doug was a true professional. He went above and beyond to take us to many spots where...
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Jaclyn G.
Tampa, Florida
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Half day morning trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 15, 2022
We had an AWESOME experience with Captain Doug. Obviously no one can predict the weather when you book months in advance. We...
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FAQs about Divergent Fishing Charters (FL)

Divergent Fishing Charters (FL) offers the following trips to customers:
  • $495 per group - 3 Hour – Family Fun Fish, Ages 5-12 (3 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Tarpon (AM) (3 MAX) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Tarpon (PM) (3 MAX) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing 3 MAX (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Full Day Trip – Tarpon 3 MAX (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Divergent Fishing Charters (FL), you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Radar
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Divergent Fishing Charters (FL) include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Divergent Fishing Charters (FL) offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Divergent Fishing Charters (FL) offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Divergent Fishing Charters (FL) include:
  • Cobia
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon