Ready to cast a line in Punta Gorda? Then Chum Em Up Charters has a trip with your name on it! Your guide for the day is Captain Michael, giving you access to years of sportfishing experience.

These waters are known for Snook, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, Sheepshead, Blacktip Shark, Jack Crevalle, Gag Grouper, Cobia, Black Drum, Redfish, and more – with any luck, they’ll make your reel scream.

On the day of your trip you’re likely to bottom fish using light tackle.

You’ll be dropping lines from a 20’ Center console with capacity for 3 passengers. It comes with all the essentials no fishing machine can run without.

Rods, reels, and tackle are covered by the charter, along with lures. Live bait is included, but it’s good to ask about this so you know if you’ll be catching it yourself.

The charter boat covers your fishing license, so you can drive right over and come aboard without any hassle! Some fish have special regulations, including when you can keep them. Simply ask and your captain can tell you more.

It’s always wise to bring sunscreen (non-spray), bottled water, and sunglasses. If you’d like to bring other drinks, just ask. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, so long as you avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles.

Go ahead and treat yourself to a day on the water with Chum Em Up Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half day tarpon trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $400
    This trip is for tarpon great fight drag screaming and getting a few jumps from them out of the water is a thrill great experience.
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $400
    If you're only looking for a few hours fishing on the water then the Half Day Trip is for you. Nothing better than being on the water with tons of wildlife possibly seeing dolphins or manatees. Charlotte Harbor has some of the best backbay fishing, an experience you will never forget.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    Night Snook Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    US $400
    We'll be fishing bridges, with the help of underwater lights you will actually be able to see the Snook and possibly watch them eat your bait. Typically we will be using live bait.
  • Private trip
    Full day tarpon fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $600
    Tarpon fishing drag screaming watching them jump out the water is just an experience all together
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $600
    This Full Day Trip is an experience you won’t forget. It gives you that extra time to enjoy the sights around you and possibly catch the fish of a lifetime.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
  • Private trip
    Full day shark fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $700
    Full day shark fishing never know how big one will be or the type of shark we can catch
    Targeted fish
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Shark (Nurse)
    Nurse Shark
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Shark (Bull)
    Bull Shark
    Shark (Lemon)
    Lemon Shark

Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (6)
Sharks!!!!
Sharks!!!!
Sharks!!!!
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Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
83%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
82%
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Thomas N. N.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Sharks!!!!

VERIFIED   Full day shark fishing on March 13, 2024
Wanted to catch a shark Mike put us on them after short boat ride 20 minutes later we had some on the line!! Couple minutes...
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Daniel H.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Michael

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on February 14, 2024
The captain was awesome. We had some shaky weather, but are captain found the fish and we went through so much bait. Caught...
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ROD S.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Night fish with Captian Mike

VERIFIED   Night Snook Fishing on March 1, 2024
Had a great time on the water for the night fish! Mike had us reeling fish the whole time! Price rate in line with other companies...
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Mike Q.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Michael

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on February 23, 2024
Tough day with the wind but Mike worked very hard and we caught some pompano and trout and had a great time
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Matt D.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   Night Snook Fishing on March 10, 2024
Night fishing snook trip was great, saw lots of fish, caught lots fish, definitely would recommend!
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FAQs about Chum Em Up Charters

Chum Em Up Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $400 per group - Half day tarpon trip (4 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Night Snook Fishing (4 hours)
  • US $600 per group - Full day tarpon fishing (8 hours)
  • US $600 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • US $700 per group - Full day shark fishing (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Chum Em Up Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Chum Em Up Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (I will have live bait before the trip starts so we won’t cut into any of your time fishing.)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Cleaning of fish is included in the fee we will fillet fish once we return to the dock )
  • Fishing License (Yes included my license will cover everyone on the boat )

Chum Em Up Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Chum Em Up Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Chum Em Up Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Michael Castaldi
Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
12 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2024
It’s always been my passion to be on the water fishing or just on the water in general so I decided to turn my passion into a business. My favorite catch would probably be watching a redfish swimming in a foot of water casting my line to him and watching him eat my bait

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Boat specs

Century (Center console) originally built in 1998, and restored in 2023. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping

Amenities

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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
I will have live bait before the trip starts so we won’t cut into any of your time fishing.
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Cleaning of fish is included in the fee we will fillet fish once we return to the dock
Fishing License
Yes included my license will cover everyone on the boat

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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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