St. James City has a fish with your name on it, so let Better Days Charter Service help you catch it! Having logged many hours on these tides, Captain Bill can tell you all about the local fishery.

Depending on the season, you might hook into Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Amberjack, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, and who knows what else! On these trips, you can expect to bottom fish.

Families who love fishing together will be glad to know that kids are welcome aboard! If you don’t have a child-sized life vest of your own, be sure to ask if there’s one on board. And, you can’t go wrong with snacks so that nobody gets cranky on an empty stomach!

You’ll find yourself aboard a 28’ Grady-White offshore sport fishing boat that can carry up to 4 passengers. It has outriggers and all the essentials. There’s a toilet on board for your convenience. Your captain will provide top of the line Star rods and Shimano conventional reels and Penn Spinning reels. Live bait is available, but be sure to ask about it so you know if you’ll be catching it yourself.

The charter boat covers your fishing license, so all you have to do is look forward to your trip! Be mindful that some species may have special rules or limited seasons. If you don’t know what to expect, ask the captain. You can’t go wrong when you bring sunglasses, and sunscreen (non-spray). There will be some drinks on offer, but let the captain know if you wish to bring your own. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, just be sure to avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles.

Now’s the time to experience fishing in St. James City for yourself, with Better Days Charter Service!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $500
    This is a nearshore trip.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $750
    Run 20-30 miles offshore for Grouper and Snapper.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $1,200
    Run 30-50 miles offshore to catch the big ones!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    American Red Snapper trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jun 30
    US $1,350
    June 1, 2024 is opening day of Red Snapper Season. All trips booked in the month of June will be 10 hour trips running 45-70 miles into the Gulf of Mexico.
    Types of fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
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Personal Approach and Lots of Fish

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on June 25, 2024
What is more memorable? Catching a lot of fish? Or having a captain who makes it enjoyable to be on his boat? Fortunately,...
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Sean S.
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Awesome Trip with Capt. Bill!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on April 18, 2024
Captain Bill‘s charter was awesome! Bill is a great guy and very personable. He was extremely helpful for the duration of...
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Overall great trip!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on March 21, 2024
Bill was a great captain. He shared some great info about the area and told some great stories. Boat and equipment were top...
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Gary S.
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Great time !

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on May 21, 2024
Great guy ! And we caught fish . Had a blast . Will use him next time .
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Paul P.
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Highly Recommend

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on December 5, 2023
Great trip!  Captain, boat, equipment are 1st rate.  Capt Bill knows where to fish.  We started hooking within seconds of...
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FAQs about Better Days Charter Service

Better Days Charter Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • US $1,350 per group - American Red Snapper trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Better Days Charter Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Radar

Trips booked with Better Days Charter Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water and Gatorade provided at no charge)
  • Fishing License

Better Days Charter Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Better Days Charter Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Better Days Charter Service include:
  • Amberjack
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)

Meet the Captain

Bill Schwalm
St. James City, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
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5 Customer reviews
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Member since February 2018
Capt. Bill runs trips out of St. James City aboard a 28’ Grady-White. These waters are known for Snappers and Groupers and he will show you how to catch them. With 13 years of experience, he has a trick or two up his sleeve, and the only way to learn is to join him out on the water!

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
Grouper (Scamp) Scamp Grouper

Boat specs

Grady-White (Sportfishing) originally built in 2005, and restored in 2023. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water and Gatorade provided at no charge
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days 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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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