Day 5 Charters

Are you a seasoned angler who wants to fish from sunrise to sunset? Or maybe you’re looking to bring your family on an adventure that offers a little bit of everything, from fishing, to shelling, to island-exploring, and more? Day 5 Charters in Fort Myers Beach, FL has it all!

Captain John Gauntt has been fishing the backcountry and nearshore waters of Southwest Florida for over 20 years. With his expert knowledge spanning everywhere from the 10,000 Islands to Boca Grande, you’re sure to catch some impressive fish – and the memories of a lifetime, too!

Capt. John prides himself on offering any trip you could dream of, from full-on fishing adventures packed with angling action, to family–friendly shelling excursions, to nightly jaunts that target some seriously impressive marine life. Your trip can be completely customized to suit your wants and needs, so let him know what you want to do – you can combine all of the above, if you want!

When it comes to the fishing on offer, you’ll have the choice of cruising the seriously shallow flats and backcountry for Permit, Tarpon, Snook, and more, or heading up to 9 miles out to nearshore waters to hook huge Redfish, Cobia, and other world-famous species. Want to come face-to-gills with some fish that will give you serious bragging rights? Join Capt. John on a night adventure to hook a variety of fierce Shark species!

No matter what you choose to do, your adventure will take place on board your captain’s 23’ Robalo bay boat, built to comfortably transport up to 6 guests to the hotspots. On board, you’ll find top-of-the-line navigational gear, life jackets for all ages, and a full toilet. There’s even a wireless trolling motor, so you won’t spook the fish when cruising shallow waters!

Each trip includes top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license. Shelling gear will also be provided when needed. Come aboard Day 5 Charters, where you’ll experience an incredible Floridian fishing adventure like no other!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Night Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    $1,000
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Night fishing is an absolute must for all you thrill–seekers out there! On this 8-hour trip, you'll have the chance to experience the night bite of world-famous Floridian hard-fighters such as Snook and Tarpon, as well as a variety of notorious Shark species. Your captain will make sure you're decked out with top-notch rods and reels, as well as bait, tackle, and a valid fishing license. You'll be more than ready to do battle with these impressive species!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Shark or Tarpon
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    10 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct
    $950
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip specifically targets Shark or Tarpon. May break for lunch at boat access restaurant.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This 8-hour trip is fully flexible to suit you. Want to fish for some world-famous species (such as Redfish) from sunrise to sunset? Or let the family play, picnic, explore, and find shells on a boat-access-only island? Maybe you want to go for lunch at an amazing water-accessible restaurant? No matter what, your captain will make it "your" trip! Just let him know what you want to get out of your day on the water. Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and everything you need for a fun day will be included.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Island Adventure
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $800
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Adventure, fish, shell, and enjoy the boat-access-only islands of this area to your heart's content! See dolphins, manatees, and incredible sunsets, as well as finding giant conch shells and beautiful murexes for your collection. This trip is fully customizable, so when it comes to the angling action you want to experience, just let your captain know. You'll have the chance to hook some Floridian favorites, including Snook, Permit, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, and more. Rods and reels are included.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Night Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $600
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Want to experience the thrill of hunting night-feeding Snook and Tarpon, or wrestling some monster Shark species? Then this night fishing trip is an absolute must! Your captain will take you out to the hottest spots around Fort Myers Beach to hook a variety of species. You'll be provided with top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Shark or Tarpon
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    5 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct
    $600
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    For trips specifically targeting shark or tarpon
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fishing (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This 4-hour trip is perfectly suited to budding anglers, families with little ones, or more experienced fishermen who want to spend a morning on the water. You'll be exploring a variety of world-famous Floridian waters, including the flats, backcountry, and inshore and nearshore fishing grounds. Let your captain know where you want to go! You'll target anything from Permit, to Snook, to Redfish, and plenty more. Rods, reels, bait, tackle and your fishing license are included.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fishing (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This afternoon adventure will see you exploring a variety of Florida's famous fishing grounds – you can cruise the seriously shallow backcountry and flats for Permit, and Snook, or head to nearshore waters to come face-to-gills with huge Redfish or Cobia. Let your captain know what you want to do! This trip is suitable for anglers of all ages and skill levels. Top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and your fishing license are all included.
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About the Captain

John Gauntt
Fort Myers Beach, Florida, United States
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36 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2018
"As soon as I was old enough to hold a rod, I was fishing. I moved to Fort Myers Beach in 2001 and haven’t stopped fishing the Gulf since then! In 2015 my friends and family said I should quit my day job and become a charter captain…so I did!" Capt. John's best part of his job is simple: doing his favorite thing in the world! He's a lifelong fisherman who loves nothing more than being on the water, spending time with guests of all ages and angling abilities, and reeling in plenty of world-famous species. As well as plenty of first-hand experience under his belt, he's also a certified regional forecast guide for Saltstrong, where he works on fishing reports – so he knows exactly where the fish are, and when they'll be there!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Pompano
Redfish
Shark (Bull)

Shark (Hammerhead)
Shark (Tiger)
Sheepshead
Snook

Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon
Tripletail

Boat Specs

Robalo (Bay boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 39 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 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
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
Bank Transfer
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.95
out of 5 stars from 36 reviews
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4.5' bull shark!
Mangrove snapper... excellent for dinner!
Half day trip with John
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Kim K.
Benton, WI
 5.00
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5hr Shark Fishing with Captain John

VERIFIED   NEW  July 12, 2019
This was a great trip. Captain John took us to his secret shark spots where we caught a 4.5’ bull shark, even though...
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Nicholas E.
Miami, Florida
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4 fun night hours with Day 5 Charters. Thanks John.

VERIFIED   March 1, 2019
Amazing charter trip! Capt. John had us hooked up on an 8 ft Bull shark within minutes after we reached the grounds. My daughters...
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Dr. J. G.
Naples, FL
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4 Hours of Fishing Fun WIth Captain John!

VERIFIED   May 23, 2019
This is the first time we met a captain who listened to our description of the fishing experience we wanted and delivered it,...
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Island Lake, IL
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Half day trip with John

VERIFIED   NEW  July 2, 2019
John was absolutely fantastic. He was patient with my wife and I as we frequently lost our bait. He explained everything well...
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Blake B.
Fort Myers, Florida
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Full day trip with Captain John.

December 8, 2018
Wow.  We’ve never had a better family experience. Captain John exceeded our expectations and helped us have a perfect...
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