Airborne Outdoors Charters - Punta Gorda

If you’re looking for a charter that can get you on Sharks, Goliath Groupers, Tarpon, and more, Airborne Outdoors is the charter for you. Offering everything from rod-and-reel action to fly fishing, bowfishing, and even spearfishing, Captain Chris Fanelli prides himself on giving his customers an incredible range of exciting fishing trips. Join him and see for yourself!

You’ll fish from their excellent flats boat, manufactured by the Pathfinder company in 2018. She’s powered by a 150 HP Yamaha SHO engine, allowing you to cross the waters at a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots. A wireless trolling motor is on board to enable you to sneak up on the spookiest fish and keep your cast steady once you find it. A livewell is there to keep your live bait fresh and spry, so you can just focus on the fishing.

Captain Chris is an avid angler with over two decades of fishing in the local area – he knows where the hottest spots around are and is keen to put you on the best bite. With him, you’ll target a variety of species such as Tarpon, Redfish, Snooks, Goliath Groupers, Cobia, various Sharks, Spotted Seatrouts, and others you run across. He will provide you with all equipment except for spearfishing – you’ll have to bring your own for that.

For the inshore fans, this charter has a special treat, you can go fishing with none other than the “Sharkman” himself, Manny Puig!

Airborne Outdoors offers several pickup locations, for your convenience – contact them prior to arriving to work out the details. Parents bringing children under the age of 6 must provide a USCG-approved life vest. Customers should bring sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, adequate clothing, and a burning desire to catch some fish!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip - Tarpon (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    If you just can't get enough of the Tarpon, this trip might scratch that itch. Spend 12 hours targeting the prestigious Silver King. You will be fishing in the Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island, and/or the world famous Boca Grande. This trip is meant for up to 4 anglers. All required equipment is supplied by the captain.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Nearshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    A full day of fishing in the beautiful gulf of mexico targeting natural hard bottom, ledges and reefs. Grouper, snapper, mackerel and barracuda are a few of the species commonly caught while fishing.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Shark/Goliath Grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip offers your choice of two prestigious targets that inhabit this area – take your pick of Goliath Groupers or various Sharks. Both are exciting fights to be had! Shark species include, but are not limited to, Lemon, Hammerhead, Bull, and Blacktip. Departure times are flexible, contact the captain to arrange details.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Tarpon (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Dec 1
    $1,000
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip is available a maximum of 4 anglers. Departure times are flexible. If you're a fan of the Tarpon, this trip is for you. Spend the entire day fishing in the Charlotte Harbor, around Pine Island, or in world famous Boca Grande for this prestigious monster! All required equipment is provided.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Nearshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Fishing in the gulf of mexico targeting natural hard bottom, ledges and reefs. On this trip you can expect to catch a variety of species like grouper, snapper, cobia and barracuda. This trip can accommodate up to 6 people.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Shark/Goliath Grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    On this trip you'll have your choice of Shark fishing or targeting the infamous Goliath Grouper. Common Shark species include (but are not limited to) hard-fighting specimens such as Lemon, Hammerhead, Bull, and Blacktip Sharks. Should you choose to fish for Goliath Grouper instead, you're in for just as much excitement!
  • Private trip
    6 hour trip - Tarpon (Max 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Dec 1
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip is all about targeting the Silver King in the bountiful waters surrounding Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island, and the world famous Boca Grande. The charter will provide you with all required equipment.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Inshore (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Departure times for this trip are flexible. This trip is a mixed bag trip, targeting a variety of species such as Redfish, Snooks, Spotted Seatrouts, Sheepsheads, Mangrove Snappers, and many others.
  • Private trip
    Day time cruise (max 6)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    Take a relaxing cruise in and around the Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, Myakka River. Take in what Florida has to offer with a front row seat to the wildlife. American Alligators, Dolphins, Countless species of birds and more! Max of 6 people.
  • Private trip
    4 hour trip - Shark/Goliath Grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip is all about reeling in some of the most prestigious targets that inhabit this area. You will have your choice of either Goliath Grouper or various Sharks, such as Lemon, Hammerhead, Bull, and Blacktip Sharks. No matter how you decide to spend your time on board, there are exciting fights to be had! Departure times are flexible, contact the captain to arrange details.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Tarpon (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip is all about targeting the Silver King in the bountiful waters around Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island, and the world famous Boca Grande. The charter will provide you with all required equipment.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Inshore (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip will take you fishing in the inshore waters of Punta Gorda. The species targeted are mixed bag and you can expect Redfish, Snooks, Spotted Seatrouts, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snappers, and others you run into.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore (AM) MAX 4
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip will take you fishing for exciting species or a mixed bag fished in the gorgeous inshore waters of Punta Gorda. All required equipment is provided by the captain.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore (PM) MAX 4
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    If you're itching for some excitement this trip is for you. You can choose to go after a mixed bag of fantastic inshore species. The captain will provide you with all necessary equipment.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Night Snook (MAX 4)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    After the sun goes down, the Snook action heats up for these nocturnal feeders! This trip is for up to 4 anglers. The charter will supply all necessary equipment for anglers. Departure times are flexible.
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About the Captain

Chris Fanelli
Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
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Captain Chris Fanelli was born in NY and grew up fishing the lakes and rivers of upstate NY. This love for fishing and the outdoors brought him to Punta Gorda, FL at a young age. Capt. Chris is a military veteran. Knowing that he wanted to become a charter captain, he acquired his USCG Captains license in his free time while in NC. After the Army, Capt. Chris returned to Florida to start his career as a fishing guide. He has more than 20 years experience fishing in the Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters. His passion for fishing eventually developed into a career and turned him into a full time guide.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Shark (Lemon) Shark (Lemon)
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Lake and Bay (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Handline
Spearfishing
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
out of 5 stars from 9 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Ken B.
Fort Myers, Florida
 5.00
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VERIFIED   August 12, 2019
Great trip. Exactly as outlined. The best captain I have had in a long time. I will be using this service multiple times per...
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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May 21, 2018
Captain Chris Fanelli has an irreplaceable knowledge of vessels and the area. From beginning to end, he took care of it all. ...
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Orlando, Florida
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VERIFIED   November 11, 2018
awesome day out on the water. Chris is a pro with real knowledge and experience, we had a blast! you might see some charters...
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Stacey F.
North Port, FL
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VERIFIED   May 19, 2018
Had a fantastic time with Captain Chris Fanelli, we caught Red Fish, Snook, Mangrove Snapper and Blacktip Shark. We will definitely...
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Bob B.
Punta Gorda, Florida
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July 31, 2018
Criss is a lot of fun and knows what is going on.  We had a great fishing trip.  You will enjoy yourself and catch...
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