Capt. Ray Culver's Guide Service

Florida’s Everglades are famous around the world for being home to a diverse range of fishing grounds, but nothing quite comes close to the incredible inshore opportunities that this part of the state has to offer. Whether you want to cruise the wild and wonderful backcountry for Snook, or sight fish the flats for Tarpon, join Capt. Ray Culver’s Guide Service to experience inshore Floridian fishing at its finest!

Captain Ray Culver is a 3rd generation charter captain who was born and raised in Chokoloskee, FL. He specializes in inshore flats fishing, and loves helping guests reel in their dream trophy catch – especially Tarpon, Snook, or Redfish! During certain times of the year, he takes his guests further out into productive fishing grounds for the chance to reel in Gag Grouper, Cobia, Barracuda, Permit, and more. Every charter is a unique experience!

Capt. Ray will take you out on your adventure in a 22’ Pathfinder center console. She can accommodate up to 3 guests, and her size makes her perfect for sight fishing the flats and mangroves. She can also comfortably navigate offshore waters. Onboard, you’ll find all the necessary safety and navigational gear, including fishfinder, GPS, and life jackets for all ages. 

As for the species you’ll be targeting, Capt. Ray specializes in helping his guests reel in Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook on light tackle spinning and fly fishing gear. This makes for some of the most exciting flats fishing possible! Want to go after other world-famous Floridian species? Capt. Ray has been fishing his entire life, and will use his wealth of knowledge and experience to get you onto your dream catch.

Your trip includes top-quality rods, reels, and tackle for both spinning and fly fishing, as well as live bait to tempt your catch. You’ll also be provided with a valid fishing license. If you want to experience some truly first-class Floridian flats fishing, then come and join Capt. Ray Culver’s Guide Service and learn from the best!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Get ready to traverse miles upon miles of mangrove shorelines, countless coves and bays, quiet coastal rivers, and the backcountry lakes of the Ten Thousand Island region in pursuit of Tarpon, Redfish, Giant Snook, Trout, various Shark, and Permit. This full day trip really allows you to go after an impressive variety of species! You'll be equipped with top-quality rods and reels, including fly fishing equipment, as well as tackle and bait. Your fishing license is also included in your trip price.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend more time on the water and get ready to sight fish for anything from Redfish, to Snook, to Tarpon, and plenty more. Capt. Ray will take you to the famous Florida flats, as well as the mangroves and back country, to reel in your dream catch. You'll be provided with top-quality fishing gear for both spinning and fly fishing, as well as live bait to tempt your catch. Your fishing license is also included.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Join Capt. Ray for a morning of top-quality Floridian fishing. On this trip, you'll be sight fishing from the foredeck of his vessel, while gliding in inches of water in pursuit of visible fish such as Tarpon, Redfish and Snook. You'll be provided with rods, reels, fly fishing equipment, and live bait – everything you need for a productive day out on the water. Your fishing license is also included.
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About the Captain

Raymond Culver
Chokoloskee, Florida, United States
2 reports
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since December 2014
I'm a third generation charter captain out of Chokoloskee, FL. I have over forty years of experience on the water. I charter out of a 22' tournament edition Pathfinder and provide top-of-the-line gear for my customers. The species that we target range from fishing the backcountry mangroves for Snook, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and Tarpon, to going offshore and targeting Tripletail, Permit, and Cobia. I've been featured on shows such as The Sportsman Adventure with Rick Murphy and have also fished on The Professional Redfish Circuit on both the FLW and IFA.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum
Cobia
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Red)
Permit
Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon
Tripletail

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Center console) originally built in 2009. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4 stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 54 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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 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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.78
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
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The pic says it all Top Water Explosion!
Deborah with a Red Fish she caught.
Capt. Ray caught all the bait we could use very quickly.
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Stacy S.
Wetumpka, Alabama
 5.00
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The pic says it all Top Water Explosion!

VERIFIED   July 19, 2016
Hey guys and gals, this was a top knotch trip. I usely don’t rate guides that I haven’t been out with, but Capt....
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Doug C.
United States
 5.00
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Half day fishing trip with Capt. Ray

VERIFIED   January 17, 2017
My wife and I fished with Capt. Ray on 01/17/2017. We caught 15 seatrout. It was a good experience. Capt. Ray is a very good...
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Gil F.
Fort Myers, Florida
 5.00
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Fishing with Raymond

VERIFIED   February 1, 2018
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Mike D.
Palm Coast, Florida
 5.00
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Fish on!

April 20, 2016
Captain Ray’s fishing experience was by far the best trip I have ever had. Once we were out on the water it was fish...
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Martin S.
Tampa, Florida
 4.67
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Great Trip!

April 26, 2016
We caught amazing fish and Captain Ray really knew his stuf! A real professional Captain
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