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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $800
    Make the most of the incredible waters out of West Palm Beach, as you spend a full day exploring the rich offshore seas of the Atlantic. Take advantage of the nearby Gulf Stream, that brings with it some sought-after creatures, such as Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Bluefish, King Mackerel, and many more, as you utilize a range of techniques to entice their bite and fill the boat. Just be aware that departure times may vary depending on the season, so check with your captain before coming aboard.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $650
    This popular trip allows enough time to fish offshore, while still allowing you a few hours in the days to do other things. Come aboard full of energy in the morning, ready to land some delicious creatures to take back to shore for dinner, as you target anything from Mutton Snapper to Mahi Mahi, Mackerel to Tuna, and many more. Note that departure times vary with the season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $500
    If you want to see for yourself just how good fishing is in West Palm Beach, you've come to the right place. On this 4-hour trip, you'll have plenty of opportunities to land Spanish and King Mackerel, Mutton Snapper, and much more, so come aboard and get your quick fix of fishing in these productive waters.
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About the Charter Operator

Willie Howard
Riviera Beach, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
12 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
95 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
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.

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Targeted Species

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

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)

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
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
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

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Wish we had made it a full day trip!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 14, 2021
What an awesome day! My son and I chose the half day trip but sure wish we had done a full day! From the moment you book the...
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Half Day Trip With Captain Willie

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on May 2, 2021
We met at the marina at 7:15 am for a 6 hour trip. Captain Willie was extremely nice and i love how careful he is at maintaining...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 5, 2021
Willie and Max made our trip fantastic. Everything was fantastic. Willie is a very knowledgeable man who catered to our every...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 19, 2021
We booked a half day trip with Capt. Willie and we can’t say enough about the trip! We have a 7 and a 9 year old and were...
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Fruitland Park, Florida
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on September 20, 2021
Great time. Great Captain. Very knowledgeable and experienced. Highly recommend Captain Willie if y’all want to catch fish.
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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)
  • $650 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

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

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 available for additional charge)
  • 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)