Take a day off and spend it with Fred Gowdy Charters! Captain Fred will take you exploring local reefs, wrecks, and hard bottom, while catching the tastiest fish this area has to offer.

Fishing is a sport, but you don’t need to be a sportsman to enjoy it. If you’re new to this, just let the captain know and he’ll show you the basics. It’s not about being in shape, it’s just about getting a sense of touch.

You’ll be fishing on a 24’ Everglades center console that accommodates up to 6 guests. She’s powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine, which reaches a maximum speed of 40 knots. To help you navigate easily, the boat features GPS and fishfinder. You’ll also find a cooler, a live bait tank, and a private toilet on board.

A variety of fishing techniques you can use allows you to target all kinds of fish. Some of the catches you can go after are different kinds of Snapper and Grouper, Snook, Permit, Cobia, Barracuda, Tarpon, and Amberjack. Some of them provide great action and some of them make for the most delicious meal. Either way, there’s always something rewarding, whatever’s biting.

Capt. Fred fully covers your fishing license and equipment. He’ll also clean your catch after the trip, so bring a cooler for it, or find a nearby restaurant and go straight for a feast! Bring some snacks, drinks, and sun protection for the day on the boat.

Fred Gowdy Charters welcomes you aboard!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    Spend a full day fishing reefs, wrecks, and hard bottom, up to 9 miles off the coast. You'll go after Barracuda, Amberjack, all kinds of Grouper and Snapper, and many more. Don't forget your snacks and drinks!
  • Private trip
    Half Day offshore am
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $550
    Fishing reefs wrecks and hard bottom up to 9 miles off coast. Targeting grouper, snapper and other reef fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 17 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $550
    This afternoon adventure will take you to nearshore spots, wrecks, and reefs, where you can target a variety of Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Snook, Permit, and many more. Your fishing equipment and licenses are covered by the captain.
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About the Captain

Fred Gowdy
Fort Myers Beach, Florida, United States
58 Fishing Reports
169 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2018
Captain Fred Gowdy has been fishing for over 15 years. He recently decided to change this love of fishing into his occupation. He can't wait to show you the waters and hope you will have a great time out there with him. He knows where the fish are and have your lines in the water in no time!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Everglades (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
Checks

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Recent Fishing Reports

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December 1, 2021
Fishing has been good in the bay and offshore in Everglades 24 lately.

Customer Reviews

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Henry B.
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Great day on the gulf!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 28, 2021
Captain Fred and mate Matt provided a great day on the gulf for us. Spotting, stopping, and catching bait fish as we targeted...
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Big Canoe, GA
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Full day trip out on the Gulf

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on November 18, 2021
Caught 2 really nice size and fun Cobias, a large Grouper And both guys were great, helpful and knew their stuff!
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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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Full day charter with captain Fred.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 19, 2021
Nice boat, beautiful day.  Fishing was awesome.
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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Fishing with Fred

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 22, 2021
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FAQs about Fred Gowdy Charters

Fred Gowdy Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day offshore am (4 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fred Gowdy Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Available upon request.)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fred Gowdy Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Fred Gowdy Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Fred Gowdy Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fred Gowdy Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail