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 – Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,000
    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
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,000
    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 Shark Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $800
    Want to experience the thrill of 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. You'll be provided with top-notch rods and reels, bait, tackle, and a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fishing (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $500
    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)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $500
    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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75 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 Cobia
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark

Shark (Hammerhead) Hammerhead Shark
Shark (Tiger) Tiger Shark
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail 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

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

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

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid any additional costs or unnecessary hassle with carrying cash.

No additional fees.
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
Visa
Mastercard
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Capt. John is excellent, but curreent FL fishing rules are not. April 22, 2021 a.m. trip.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Fishing (AM) on April 22, 2021
Very well equipped recently purchased boat. John was very well prepared and cheerful. We got, probably, over 20 snooks or various...
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Excellent trip, Captain, Boat! Highly recommend!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Fishing (AM) on February 13, 2021
Captain Josh was great!  Weather was not as expected and he modified the plan to ensure we could catch fish.  We caught quite...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Fishing (AM) on February 22, 2021
My wife and I had an amazing trip out with Captain John. We caught 9 different species of fish. So amazing to see God’s handiwork...
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Mount Healthy, OH
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Fishing (AM) on December 18, 2020
Josh, our captain was well prepared & very professional. My brother & I were impressed with his knowledge of the fishery &...
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FAQs about Day 5 Charters

Day 5 Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Night Shark Fishing (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Fishing (8 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Island Adventure (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Day 5 Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Spearfishing Equipment (Must bring own spearfishing equipment and have exp)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Day 5 Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water and ice provided)
  • First Mate ( Depending on trip at discretion of Capt. )
  • Fishing License
  • Lunch (Can stop for lunch at boat access restaurants . )

Day 5 Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (Up to 9 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Day 5 Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing

Top targeted fish species with Day 5 Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Shark (Tiger)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail