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Captain Willie’s Charters is owned and operated by Captain Willie Howard who is one of the most fun and caring people you will ever meet. He loves taking his guests on trips off of West Palm Beach and into the dazzling blue offshore waters of the Atlantic, showing you the riches of these fishing grounds.

Along with his team of professional fishermen, he’ll be able to guide and teach you anything you need to know about catching a targeted fish, and will make sure you have fun while learning. The crew is very child-friendly, but let them know in advance so they can customize the trip to make it age-appropriate.

You’ll fish aboard a stunning 31’ Contender center console, that can fit up to 4 guests. A light yet agile vessel, she’ll speed off to the productive fishing grounds, and is perfectly adept in the choppy offshore waters too. She boasts a GPS, VHF radio, and a fishfinder, so rest assured you’ll reach the sweet spots with ease.

Capt. Willie will provide all the rods and reels, along with live bait, to make sure you have the edge over all the fish. He’ll take you into the beautiful crystal blue waters of the Atlantic and, depending on the season, you’ll be able to target various species at the same time.

In the spring and fall, you’ll look to get your fill of delicious Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Mutton Snapper, and King Mackerel. While in the winter months, you can fish for Bluefish, Blacktip Shark, Spanish Mackerel, and the attractive Sailfish. Whenever you come aboard, you’re in for a treat, so settle in for a thrilling fishing adventure with plenty of rewards to take back to shore.

Everything you need for a productive trip awaits you on board, and Capt. Willie will even provide plenty of soft drinks, water, and snacks. Bring your own lunch aboard on full-day trips, but make sure not to fill up, as the crew will clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day.

Come aboard Captain Willie’s Charters and discover the riches of the Atlantic like a pro!



About the Charter Operator

Willie Howard
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
124 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2016
Captain Willie has been fishing the ocean off Palm Beach County since the late 1980s and absolutely loves the thrill of it. He was a journalist before that, and still writes for publications such as The Coastal Star and Florida Sportsman magazine. He spent 12 years as a full-time outdoors writer for The Palm Beach Post.

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper

Boat specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up to 15 miles
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
For Wahoo trolling
Bottom Fishing
We bottom fish while drifting
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
For Mahi Mahi
Fly Fishing
For Mahi Mahi in summer
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
When conditions allow
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Garmin 7612
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
(Upon request)
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
New stereo with satellite radio

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn and Shimano
Live Bait
Some
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
(mate used on some trips)
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 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
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
All Billfish are released

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 124 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (152)
August fishing trip
Awesome Morning Trip!!
Awesome Morning Trip!!
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Angler Rating
117
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Emily S.
Hempstead, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Awesome Morning Trip!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 18, 2022
We had an amazing experience with Captain Willie and crew member Max! Instantly when we hit the deep water we were getting...
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Tommy H.
Cedar Creek, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great trip in June 2022!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 13, 2022
We had a great trip with Captain Willie. It took a lot of hunting to find the fish, but Willie and Max were steadfast in trying...
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Tony R.
Allentown, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half Day Fishing with Capt. Willie

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 8, 2022
Captain Willie had a great boat, equipment was top notch, and he and his crew did everything they could to put us on the fish....
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Sam L.
Wellington, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip With Captain Willie

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 9, 2022
My family and I went out with Captain Willie on 7/9/22. It was a bit rough but the Captain did everything possible to get us...
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Matt L.
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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2 Days with Capt Willie

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on February 4, 2022
We had a tough couple of days fishing, with rough seas Friday and poor fishing conditions Saturday. Despite that, we came home...
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FAQs about Captain Willie’s Charters

Captain Willie’s Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Willie’s Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS Garmin 7612
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Upon request)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System New stereo with satellite radio
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar Garmin dome radar

Trips booked with Captain Willie’s Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Some)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate ((mate used on some trips))
  • Fishing License

Captain Willie’s Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 15 miles)
  • Reef Fishing

Captain Willie’s Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle (For Wahoo trolling)
  • Bottom Fishing (We bottom fish while drifting)
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping (For Mahi Mahi)
  • Fly Fishing (For Mahi Mahi in summer)
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing (When conditions allow)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Willie’s Charters include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)