Located in Cape Canaveral, Lil’ Wagon Fishing Charters offers anglers visiting the area a wide range of experiences, fit for every preference and skill level. Captain Michael Hartnett is an experienced captain and has been fishing these waters since he was a child. He loves spending time on the water and will do his best to ensure that your time aboard is fun, enjoyable, and productive.

The captain’s 28’ Bluewater center console fishing boat is equipped with all the things you could need on your trip. Restored as recently as 2019 and powered by dual 300 HP Suzuki outboards she will get you to the desired fishing grounds quickly and comfortably every time. In addition to all the equipment, electronics, and safety gear, the boat also features separate cold storage for drinks and the catch.

You’ll be provided with top-notch Shimano, Penn, and Daiwa rods and reels, live and dead bait, and terminal tackle. Live bait may be caught before or at the beginning of the trip but it’s always included in the price. All trips accommodate up to 4 anglers fishing together, including kids of all ages. Life jackets of appropriate sizes will be provided to all guests.

Your fishing license and catch cleaning are also taken care of by the captain so the only things you need to take care of are the items you’re bringing aboard. This short checklist includes drinks, snacks, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Once you have these checked, you’ll be ready to hit the waves!

So if you already have a couple of dates in mind, check the captain’s calendar for openings and book your next fishing adventure right away!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Deep Dropping/Bottom fishing 500' +
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,400
    This is a unique trip designed to run farther offshore to depths of 500'+, normally 550' to 1000' to specifically target Golden Tilefish, Yellowedge Grouper, and Snowy Grouper. 3 of the best eating white meat fish in the Atlantic!!!! We will utilize high powered electric power assist reels but if you think you are willing, you can try hand cranking them in! Better eat your wheaties! Hopefully we'll have time for some other types of fishing as well: bottom fishing or trolling to finish the day.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    Typically this trip would be split between reef and/or wreck fishing followed by offshore trolling, and visiting deeper reefs and/or wrecks for various species. This trip allows you to have more time to fish different locations and target any species available at the time of your trip. Consult with the captain to discuss your preferences, the most probable catch, fishing areas, and techniques you’ll use to catch your target.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    Fish the richest inshore spots and visit some of the area's many reefs and/or wrecks within 20 miles of the port entrance. Using either live bait or dead bait, you'll be targeting Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Shark, and Spanish Mackerel.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    Visit the most productive inshore spots the area has to offer. Discover the local reefs and/or wrecks up to 20 miles from the port entrance. Once there, you'll be able to target a wide array of species such as Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish.
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About the Captain

Michael Hartnett
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States
24 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
13 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2019
I have lived in Florida all my life and have been chasing all Atlantic Ocean fish since I was a small child with my family and friends. I love to fish in many different ways but sight fishing for Mahi Mahi, Cobia, and Tripletail are my favorite. I love spending time on the water, chasing and catching fish, teaching others to enjoy fishing and improve their skills.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Grouper (Snowy) Snowy Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Tilefish Tilefish
Tripletail Tripletail
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna

Boat Specs

Bluewater (Center console) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 300HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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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Customer Reviews

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Nicholas C.
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Amazing Response Time + Amazing Fishing = Trip to Remember!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 22, 2021
What can I say, fishing in Florida in January can have its surprises for sure.  When booking this trip initially through Fishingbooker...
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Merritt Island, Florida
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Full day with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 6, 2021
A beautiful day to be on the water. Hit the edge of the gulf stream finding some Mahi, barracuda, small shark while trolling...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 28, 2021
I’ve been on several fishing charters and this was by far the most enjoyable one. Captain Michael takes catering to you too...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 29, 2020
We went out & were warned that due to weather fishing could be questionable. We had a great time. Michael did everything to...
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Half Day Trip with captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 9, 2021
Awesome trip, Captain Mike was very good. Nice boat!! You can tell he has grown up around here. We limited out on Kings and...
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FAQs about Lil' Wagon Fishing Charters

Lil' Wagon Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,400 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Deep Dropping/Bottom fishing 500' + (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Lil' Wagon Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Latest and gretest Garmin units)
  • Fishfinder (Latest and greatest Garmin units)
  • Live Bait Well (2 huge wells on board for added bait capacity)
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box (Large for fish and separate for food and drinks)

Trips booked with Lil' Wagon Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn, Daiwa quality gear)
  • Live Bait (Depends on the time of year and availability)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Tips are appreciated, normally 15-20%)
  • Fishing License (Charter fees include the license required to fish)

Lil' Wagon Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Generally sight fishing cobia and tripletail)
  • Offshore Fishing (Requires a full day charter to do. )
  • Reef Fishing (Half day or part of a full day)
  • Wreck Fishing (Generally longer than a half day charter to do. )

Lil' Wagon Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Let me know if you have certain goals)
  • Heavy Tackle (Required for most bottom fishing trips)
  • Bottom Fishing (Best time of the year is generally Fall - Spring)
  • Trolling (Best time of the year is generally Spring and Fall)
  • Spinning (I alwys have spinning gear along for the unexpected)
  • Jigging (Generally longer than a half day to reach the deep)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Lil' Wagon Fishing Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Snowy)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tilefish
  • Tripletail
  • Tuna (Blackfin)