Captain Mark Chard Inc.

The gorgeous backwater country of Florida is well-known for its excellent inshore fishing. The Tarpon, Snook, massive Redfish, and other prestigious catch lurk the murky waters of the Sunshine State. Captain Mark Chard Inc. knows the hottest spots around and will take you right to the best fighting fish around!

The vessel you’ll be fishing from is a 24’ Pathfinder boat, with the capacity for 5 anglers and a captain. She is powered by a sturdy 250 HP Yamaha engine, allowing you to navigate the flats quickly and easily. The boat is equipped with a full suite of modern electronics so you can find the fish efficiently and get your fishing on as soon as possible.

Florida has a fantastic offering of inshore fish to go after. Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, Groupers, and others. The champion here is the prized Tarpon, who is also on the target list for Captain Mark Chard. The techniques used on this trip are tried and tested, light and heavy tackle, along with exciting bowfishing. All the required equipment is provided by the charter operators. The equipment is high-quality Shimano gear, ensuring you can focus on fishing 100%.

Children are more than welcome on this charter, as Captain Mark is excellent at teaching the basics to little anglers. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed on this charter. Customers are allowed to keep their catch, though it depends on the seasonality and the fish caught.  Live bait is provided free of charge for use. Clients are also advised to bring sunscreen and polarized sunglasses, as the sun can get quite hot above the emerald waters of Florida.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    A full day spent in the gorgeous nature of Florida, fishing for prestigious beasts like Tarpon, truly one of the better things in life. On this full-day trip you will go after many local inshore species, such as Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, Snappers, and Groupers. All the required equipment is included on this trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    If you can't get enough of the rush that is catching that big Tarpon or hooking your third Snook, this trip is for you. You'll go after a variety of fish, including Redfish, Sheepshead, Groupers, Snappers, and others on this 6-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    Backwaters offer a special challenge to the dedicated angler, with its specialty species and tricky situations, it's a real treat when you catch something. Redfish, Groupers, Snappers, Sheepshead, and others are all on the catch menu on this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    The brush and waters of the backcountry of Florida is a fantastic place for any angler to get his fishing done. In this beautiful landscape you'll go after Sheepshead, Redfish, Snook, Snappers, and other species. All the required equipment is provided.
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About the Captain

Mark Chard
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
41 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2018
Born and raised in Florida, he has spent his life fishing his own backyard. Captain Mark Chard has spent over two decades stalking the waters of Florida, both inshore and offshore. He's a great fan of Tarpon fishing and loves taking customers out to battle the silvery beast. Backcountry fishing is his favorite though, and leading people through the hidden bays and estuaries of the Sunshine State gets Captain Mark up from the bed in the morning.

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Targeted Species

Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 26 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bowfishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
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
American Express
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Jennifer H.
St. Cloud, FL
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Half Day with Captain Mark

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on July 18, 2021
Hands down recommend this charter to anyone and everyone! Captain Mark was excellent with my kids, as well allowing me to do...
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Chris W.
Lexington, KY
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Half Day Trip with Captain Mark Chard

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on July 17, 2021
wonderful experience, nothing but good things to say about Mark and the day! will definitely go back again. the kids had a...
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Stephen H.
Lakeville, MN
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Fantastic Boat and equipment!! Capt’n Mark is first class.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 10, 2021
Slow day of Fishing but able to find a few snook… wasn’t for lack of the Captain trying.  Wind made it tough to fish but...
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Jerry H.
Chelsea, WI
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 21, 2021
Captain Mark did an awesome job for us.  We were so very pleased.  He’s a true professional and made our experience one...
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Wonderful day on the Water

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 20, 2021
If you get the chance to take a trip with Captain Mark. Take advantage of it. Top notch boat. All equipment is top of the line...
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FAQs about Captain Mark Chard Inc.

Captain Mark Chard Inc. offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Mark Chard Inc., you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Mark Chard Inc. include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water and Ice)
  • Fishing License

Captain Mark Chard Inc. offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Mark Chard Inc. offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bowfishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Mark Chard Inc. include:
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon