Come fish the beautiful waters in Sanibel and target a variety of hard fighting fish with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters! The wide range of fishing terrains found here means you get to customize a trip that’s perfect just for you!

Taking you out for the day will be Captain Charlie Cooper. He grew up on Sanibel Island and there’s nothing he loves more than sharing his native waters with his guests.

You’ll be exploring the inshore and nearshore waters abroad a 20’ Aquasport center console. She’s equipped with a wireless trolling motor for silent navigation through the backcountry and the latest in marine electronics to help you out in deeper waters. Keep your bait fresh in the live well and store your catch and drinks in the onboard icebox.

Stay closer to shore and you’ll explore the backcountry to go after famous Floridian species such as Redfish and Snook. Come Tarpon season you’ll have your chance to battle it out with the hard fighting “Silver King”! To target the bigger guys, including Cobia and Kingfish, you’ll head up to 9 miles out.

Everything you need gear-wise to troll, jig, spin, and pop will be waiting for you on board. Capt. Charlie will also provide bottled water, but feel free to bring any other snacks and drinks you’d like to enjoy. At the end of the trip, he’s happy to clean and fillet any catch you choose to keep.

Get ready for a productive day on the water with a local pro aboard Capt Charlies Fishing Chaters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    A full day of fishing in Southwestern Florida! This trip gives you ample time to explore all the best fishing on offer. Explore the backcountry for the likes of Snook and Redfish, or head up to 9 miles out to hook Cobia and Kingfish. No need to worry about gear – that's all taken care of. Just pack snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    This 6-hour trip gives you ample time to explore Southwestern Florida's diverse fishing terrain! Stay closer to shore and go after Redfish and Snook, or head a little further out to try your luck with Cobia and Kingfish. All your gear is provided, just bring snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day.
  • Private trip
    6hr eco tour shelling fishing combo
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    Spend most of the day fishing and sightseeing the beautiful islands of swfl
  • Private trip
    Eco tour sightseeing half day
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Short trip to see the beautiful wildlife and beaches of swfl
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Combo
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    This is a great way for anglers of all skill levels and families with children to get out for a fun day on the water! You'll be doing a combination of fishing, shelling, and sightseeing in the beautiful natural surroundings around Sanibel Island. Fishing and snorkeling gear are provided, just pack any snacks and drinks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Head out for an action-packed morning in the shallows! You'll be going after the likes of Redfish and Snook on this classic Florida inshore trip. Your fishing gear and bottled bottle are provided, just pack sunscreen and any other snacks and drinks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    Hit the shallow waters for an afternoon of fishing. Typically, you'll chase after Redfish and Snook, along with any other inshore species that may bite. Your fishing gear and bottled bottle are provided, just pack sunscreen and any other snacks and drinks you'd like to enjoy.
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About the Captain

Charles Cooper
Sanibel, Florida, United States
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Member since March 2018
Becoming a guide was an easy decision for Captain Charlie Cooper. He has spent his whole life fishing, and has caught too many fish not to guide. Captain Charlie loves being out in the nature of Southwest Florida. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than sharing his native waters with guests, and his love and respect for the area is clear to anyone who steps aboard his boat.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Aquasport (Bay boat) originally built in 1998. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha 4 stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
5 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
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 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 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Patrick S.
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Half day pm with Captain Charlie

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on October 20, 2021
Great trip!  Within 2 hours landed numerous Snook, snapper, trout, mackerel, and catfish. Highly recommend.
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Half day morning trip.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 22, 2021
We got to the dock a little early and Captain Charlie was ready to go. He put us on the fish pretty quick.  We caught trout,...
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Williamson, GA
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on May 18, 2021
We had a great time fishing with Capt Charlie. He worked hard to put us on some fish. Everyone had a wonderful time. Will definitely...
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Matt H.
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Half day morning snook and redfish.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 26, 2021
Great morning. Charlie is a hard working and friendly guide.  Will definitely use him again.
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Captain Charlie is great!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 23, 2021
We had a great outing with Captain Charlie.  Caught tons of fish!  Charlie was welcoming, knowledgeable, and patient with...
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FAQs about Capt Charlies Fishing Charters

Capt Charlies Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Eco tour sightseeing half day (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Combo (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 6hr eco tour shelling fishing combo (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled water )
  • Fishing License

Capt Charlies Fishing 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

Capt Charlies Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own equipment )
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail