Above the Salt Charters offers the best options for a day of fun-filled fishing. Captain Chuck’s passion and focus ensures each person in your group will have an experience they’ll never forget. He’s thankful for every day on the water, teaching next generations the art of angling as well as sharing techniques with both the new and the seasoned.

Captain Chuck’s 26’ 2020 Crevalle is powered by a 400 HP Mercury engine, which means you get there faster, so you can fish longer. He limits groups to 5 or less so that each fisherman has ample room to receive his undivided attention and assistance. The vessel holds three live wells, which are more than adequate storage for live bait; and the coffin box keeps fish fresh in a saltwater brine until you arrive at the dock where Captain Chuck cleans and bags your catch.

Explore the Gulf of Mexico by targeting a variety of species that are available here. You can go after Kingfish, Red Snapper, Cobia, Tuna, Amberjack, all kinds of Grouper, and many more.

Enjoy hours of fishing! From beginners and experts to parents who want to put the kiddo on their first saltwater fish and friends just out for the day making memories - sit back and relax! Captain Chuck has you covered.

All fishing equipment, licenses, as well as bottled water are included in the price. You only need to pack some snacks and bring some sun protection.

Above the Salt Charters is here to create an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones. You only need to choose the date and be there on time!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,300
    Fish the Gulf of Mexico targeting Red Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, White Snapper, Trigger Fish, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Porgy, and other species. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    A 6 hour trip will give you the opportunity to head further and do some more serious fishing! You'll hit the Gulf of Mexico and fish for Red Snapper, Triggerfish, Cobia, Vermillion Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, and more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $720
    Fish the Gulf of Mexico targeting Red Snapper, Cobia, Triggerfish, Vermillion Snapper, White Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and many more. Your fishing licenses and equipment are covered by the captain.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $720
    Fish the Gulf of Mexico targeting Red Snapper, Cobia, Triggerfish, Vermillion Snapper, White Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and many more. Your fishing licenses and equipment are covered by the captain.
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About the Captain

Chuck Madden
Shalimar, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
24 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2021
I've been fishing my whole life - almost 45 years. I retired from the Air Force in 2014, after which I made fishing my career - it's what I'm most passionate about. I considered pursuing other interests such as flying since I'm an instrument-rated pilot, but my heart belongs to the water. I've had a couple of fantastic mentors who have helped me get started and here I am, taking the opportunity to show others the time of their life!

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)

Jack (Almaco) Jack (Almaco)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Crevalle (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 400HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
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 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Scott B.
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4 hour afternoon trip with Captain Chuck Madden

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 12, 2021
Chuck is definitely worth booking a charter without any doubt! First off, we were catching fish within a minute of getting...
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Vic R.
United States
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Niceville Half day trip with Captain Chuck

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on April 6, 2021
Had a great day fishing with Captain Chuck ! Party of 3 with two 16 year old girls. He did a fantastic job of teaching us...
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Raymond B.
Winder, Georgia
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Full Day Trip with CPT Chuck

8 Hour Trip on January 16, 2021
I have been out with CPT Chuck on multiple trips for a one of a kind fishing experience. I always have a great adventure every...
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8 Hour Trip on October 15, 2020
I spent four full days in Mid October aboard Above the Salt Charters guided by Captain Madden. Upon arrival the first morning...
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6hr trip with captain Chuck

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on September 25, 2021
The trip was everything I could have asked for and better. Chuck is a great captain and knows his stuff. We caught almost everything...
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FAQs about Above The Salt Charters

Above The Salt Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $720 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $720 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 6 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Above The Salt Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (EMERGENCY USE PLEASE)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Above The Salt Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (When Available)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water available at no charge)
  • Fishing License

Above The Salt Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (WITHIN 9 MILES UNLESS PELAGIC SPECIES)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Above The Salt Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Above The Salt Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Jack (Almaco)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)