Immerse yourself in the wilderness of Everglades National Park with Legacy Charters! Captain Paul Manoogian has been fishing the area since 1997 and has been professionally guiding since 2018. He has all the licenses necessary to operate in the national park. Whether you’re a novice or pro, you’ll revel in the incredible rod-bending action of the Everglades.

Your vessel for the day is a 17’ Seastrike skiff, perfect for two anglers but capable of accommodating a third for an extra charge. During certain times of year and conditions, Captain Paul also brings along his canoe. In the event you would like to sight fish on fly, the captain has access to a Hell’s Bay skiff. Just make sure to clarify which one you would prefer to fish out of when booking.

Inshore fishing in the Everglades is a unique experience. You’ll explore rivers, islands, flats, mangroves, and beaches for a variety of fun-to-catch fish. Go after the likes of Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon! Rods and tackle are provided. If you’d like to bring your own rod, talk to Captain Paul about what would be best.

Capt. Paul is a catch and release guide. He does not keep redfish, snook, or tarpon, but will keep snapper, trout, triple tail. Make sure to talk with him about that before your trip.

The captain works hard to make sure you have a good time and if you enjoy the trip, a 20% tip is customary. All you need to do is bring along enough drinks and snacks to keep you going. You’ll also want to pack sunscreen to stave off the Florida sun.

Capt. Paul also offers a multi-day trip where you’ll spend anywhere from 1 to 6 nights camping in the Everglades and fishing in multiple remote spots during the day! He brings all the gear and provisions necessary and cooks your food and will send you a list of what to bring to ensure you’re experience is one of a kind and top-notch.

Whether you’re spending a day in the Everglades or opting for a multi-night trip, Legacy Charters makes your fishing trip a memorable one



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $300
    Not sure if you like fishing? This is a great trip to get your feet wet. The captain will bring along a few rods, teach you some fishing basics, and see if anything is biting close by. Just remember you will have to purchase a $30 park pass as a visitor entering the national park. Two-hour trips can be hit or miss. If you want a fuller experience with more fish, Capt. Paul recommends a longer trip. If you would like to fish during different hours of the day make sure to send a message before booking.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $550
    These trips last from sunrise to around 11:00 a.m. They offer a small taste of what the Everglades has to offer. One benefit of booking this trip is that you still have daylight time available to explore other areas of the park. On the flipside, 5-hour trips can feel more rushed and most of the time result in fewer fish caught. It's not uncommon to have a slow morning bite and then have a great afternoon bite. the captain normally encourages his clients to book 8-hour trips for the best experience.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour – Sight Fishing Fly Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $700
    This trip is all about sight fishing Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon. Capt. Paul has two boats for the job. One is a 16' Hells Bay Waterman the other is a Ram-x Coleman Scanoe. If you've never fished saltwater species on fly before, make sure to let Capt. Paul know so he can give you some pointers before your trip. He provides all the flies, leaders, and rods necessary but if you'd like to bring your own let him know. Sight fishing can be difficult so a good pair of polarized glasses is highly recommended.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $700
    The trip begins at sunrise and ends around 4:00 p.m. Full days allow you to run far, fish less-pressured waters, acclimate to the surroundings, and get in tune with what the fish is doing that day. Just remember to speak with Capt. Paul about what your ideals are, what would make for a perfect day, if there are any specific species you'd like to target, about your experience as an angler, if you're interested in sight fishing, or something else. All these are helpful in putting together a successful trip.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – No Motor Zone
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $750
    These trips are the captain's favorite to run whether with fishing spinning or fly tackle. However, if you are interested in fly fishing for Snook, Tarpon, or Redfish, this is generally the best trip to guarantee success. The no-motor zones require that you fish out of a canoe. The captain's canoe is stable, 17' long, can hold two people plus myself, and is quiet, enabling you to sneak up on the fish. He highly recommends this trip for the purest Everglades experience.
  • Private trip
    3 Day Trip – Camping/Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Day Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,600
    The Everglades is one of the most unique places in the world to camp and fish. On this trip, you will be camping on a beach or on a Chickee platform. Your tent, food, camping gear, and fishing equipment are all supplied. The only thing you need to bring along are sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and a change of clothes.
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About the Captain

Paul Manoogian
Homestead, Florida, United States
28 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
17 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since February 2020
My grandfather moved to Florida from Washington D.C. in the 1960s and fished the Keys and the Everglades for decades. When I was younger he would take me out of school to go fishing with him. I cherished every moment I got to spend with him. In 2014 he passed away and I was determined to keep the fishing legacy in the family. I worked hard to get my captain's license and spent as much time on the water as I could. Every time I travel to the Everglades I remember my grandfather and the memories we shared together. To me, fishing is more than just recreation or sport, it's a chance to reconnect with my dad and grandpa, revisiting memories of wonderful times spent together outdoors. My goal for everyone I fish with is that they would come away from the experience with more than just a big fish or nice story and cool pictures. My desire is that they make life-lasting memories with their families in one of the greatest places on earth; the Everglades.

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Targeted Species

Bonefish Bonefish
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Lemon) Lemon Shark
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Seastrike (Skiff) originally built in 1995. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Live Bait Well
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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

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Recent Fishing Reports

Fishing in Marathon
Fishing in Marathon
May 11, 2022
Had the day off got to fish with my guide buddy Adam Skaggs down in Marathon and pole him around. We got 22 tarpon to eat and landed 3. Biggest one we hooked was probably a 40lber. Very fun morning.
Herman Lucerne Tarpon Cup & Backcountry
Herman Lucerne Tarpon Cup & Backcountry
May 4, 2022
Awesome three weeks fishing and exploring out in Florida Bay, and The Keys. Got to fish the Herman Lucerne Tarpon Cup out of Islamorada with a good friend of mine and had a lot of fun. Day 1 we found two laid up Tarpon asleep next to some shallows. My angler Chris casted once and put the fly right in front of her face. The fish woke up and moved off not biting the fly. about 2 minutes later the two fish circled back and Chris made another great presentation and the fish garbaged it! As Chris was clearing the line a giant knot ripped through all the guides and after a few jumps Chris handlined his fish for about 2 minutes while I worked on the knot. It was so bad the knot stripped the coating off the flyline core. We eventually got a face grab on the fish and all was right with the world. As far as the other species in the park; The snook are staging now and starting to spawn so the big ones are definitely around in certain places. catching a snook over 30" is definitely a trophy sized fish. one over 35" and your pushing the limits to how big they can get in the Everglades. I've seen 40 inches and larger but have not been able to catch them. The redfish have been difficult to find but hopefully with more rain we'll start seeing some bigger schools and tailers out in the really skinny water. The trout fishing has been fairly good and we've been catching a few nice ones every day. The big tarpon seem to be not as abundant as last year. The only ones I've caught were in the tournament itself. On a recent trip we caught and landed the biggest bull shark ever caught off of my boat. It was about 7 1/2ft long and weighed probably 250lbs. The snapper bite recently has been really good we found some good size ones in a few areas and that's been a lot of fun. Besides fishing there's a lot of other cool wildlife present in the park. I saw some water moccasins crossing the road on the way out one day. The crocodiles are also around on the low tides. The dolphins have been working the mullet out in the bay. The Everglades is a special place. This time of year is really good fishing. If you'd like to book a trip let me know.
First 2 weeks of April
First 2 weeks of April
April 19, 2022
Lots of fish around in the park right now. Highly recommend booking a no-motor-zone trip as this is the most productive time of year for those areas. On the last charter which was a full-day we almost got the slam with some nice snook, a trout, a few redfish, and 4 bites from small tarpon. The snook bite has been really good with the full moon. Saw some water moccasins on the road heading home and also ran into quite a few big crocs as well. The fishing's been great!

Customer Reviews

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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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100%
Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Betsy B.
Immokalee, FL
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2 hour trip with Capt. Paul

VERIFIED   Trip for Betsy on April 2, 2022
We really enjoyed our trip with Capt. Paul. He was very personable, knowledgeable and helpful. He took us out into Florida...
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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I have fished with Capt. Paul for over a decade now. He has always been a phenomenal fisherman but has dialed in his game since...
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Louis W.
Columbia, SC
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VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip on March 25, 2022
One of the best trips we’ve taken in a while. Captain Paul was knowledgeable, helpful and extremely fun to fish with. He...
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Thomas S.
Lehigh Acres, Florida
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Full day

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on September 18, 2021
What a great day, couldn’t have been better.  I highly recommend a full day, it only cost a little more but you get so much...
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Fernando C.
United States
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Half day in Everglades flats and margroves

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip on December 11, 2021
Excellent day fishing redfishes in a light flat boat. Perfect. There were plenty of redfishes, some snooks and a lot of other...
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FAQs about Legacy Charters

Legacy Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group - 2 Hour Trip (2 hours)
  • $550 per group - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $700 per group - 8 Hour – Sight Fishing Fly Fishing (8 hours)
  • $700 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $750 per group - 8 Hour Trip – No Motor Zone (8 hours)
  • $800 per day per person - 3 Day Trip – Camping/Fishing (3 days)

When you book a trip with Legacy Charters, you can expect the following amenity onboard:
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Legacy Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Star rods, Penn, Florida Fishing Products, Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Shrimp, Pinfish, Mullet)
  • Lures (Artificial )
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Legacy Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Trolling up or down rivers)
  • Inshore Fishing (Pitching baits into mangroves )
  • Nearshore Fishing (Casting around logs and structure)
  • Flats Fishing (Shallow water hunting)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Wilderness Remote fishing)

Legacy Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Legacy Charters include:
  • Bonefish
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail