Douglas Padgett

Member since December 2014

Cape Coral, United States

Hey, I'm Captain Douglas Padgett

Cape Coral, United States

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Fishing Reports

Big snook and reds are on fire

April 04, 2017

Snook and redfishing has definitely turned on with the warm weather. We caught over 5 60 snook and some reds both slot and over.. it was a great day Read Full Report →

Trout fishing very consistent

February 27, 2017

Had a great time catching trout, snook and redfish with my trip today. They had a nice limit of trout to 20" in the first 2 setups. Read Full Report →

Catching big snook and reds shallow

February 01, 2017

Big fish are up shallow with our mild weather .. they are attacking baits both live and artificial Read Full Report →

Permit surprise..

January 13, 2017

Had a great surprise as we boated 2 nice Permit today with shrimp on a knocker rig in 42' off of Lee County Coast.. had a nice box of tasty Mangs as well Read Full Report →

What a day.. We caught fish everywhere.

September 09, 2016

Everything bit today .. The ladyfish and jacks were troublesome as every bait that hit the water was demolished.. Thankfully we were able to get past them to catch several nice reds and snook as well as a bullshark… Read Full Report →

Sharking has been consistent inside

August 07, 2016

The mouth of the Caloosahatchee River is buzzing with 40-60 pound Juvenile Bull sharks . They are up on the bars and will eat a variety of baits including plug. Read Full Report →

Big Trout and Permit are Eating ....

April 27, 2016

The mouth of the Caloosahatchee River is improving daily with the clearing water... Jacks , snook, huge trout, reds, permit, and snapper are all over the oyster bars in my area.. Read Full Report →

Inshore fishing outstanding...

March 28, 2016

Once again the fish were up on the bars anywhere from Sanibel causeway to Matlacha Bridge.. Big oversized trout were the highlight of the day with nice reds, snook, and cobia in the mix. Read Full Report →

Fishing Caloosahatchee Bars

March 25, 2016

Caught great bait today with some hard work but the morning yielded few bites.. Switched to shrimp as the moon went under and whacked every specie up on the deeper bars in San Carlos Bay.. Unbelievable bite on the… Read Full Report →

Trout fishing Pine Island Sound

March 24, 2016

Little trout were a nemicis today as we averaged 1 keeper for every 10 fish.. 60 or so fish including snappers came over the rail.. Managed to grind out a nice fish dinner of trout and snapper.. Had great… Read Full Report →

Big Trout are chewing..

March 23, 2016

Big trout remain up on the bars despite the dirty water... If you know how to target these big fish, you get rewarded! Read Full Report →

Nearshore fishing picking up

March 18, 2016

The rising gulf temps have brought some nice fish back in to 40 feet deep.. We caught lots of small grouper but got 1 nice keeper .. Also had a decent mixed bag of snapper and grunts Read Full Report →

Inshore fishing in Lee County, FL

March 17, 2016

Despite the slow moving tides.. The wind was driving the water around some key points on bars and shorelines.. We caught several nice reds and trout Read Full Report →

Stormy day Reds

February 24, 2016

Managed to get a half day trip in today before a strong cold front came through.. Had three anglers today and all caught multiple Redfish,trout, and ladyfish.. Real strong bite with a 25 mph South wind Read Full Report →

Nearshore reefs loaded with fish

February 21, 2016

Nearshore reefs are loaded with spawning sheepshead . Live bottom in slightly deeper water is covered up with red grouper, gags, and both lane and Mangrove snapper Read Full Report →

Big Trout biting in Pine Island Sound

February 16, 2016

Great day of fishing as big trout have moved up on the flats. Contrary to popular belief the fish are still biting good in SW Florida.. Read Full Report →

Big snook are eating good

November 06, 2015

White bait have moved back on the flats after the huge rain drove them out last week..had two guys from Alva Fl snook fishing on Friday.. Both caught great slot fish and oversized plus many 25 inchers.. It was… Read Full Report →

Big slob reds on the prowl

September 25, 2015

Bait is still tough unless you're looking for pinfish. We limited on nice slot fish and caught several over sized including this 18 pounder landed by Duane Robison of Kentucky. Read Full Report →

Nearshore grouper..

September 24, 2015

The red grouper bite today was pretty good in 45 ft.. We caught several undersized gags and reds with a few decent keepers.. Had a few small jewfish as well.. Mackerel were all over and easily caught be trolling… Read Full Report →

Big Reds in Pine Island Sound

September 18, 2015

Had some nice reds eating on the full tide today.. Fish are starting to school up.. here's a nice 15 pounder Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.89 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews

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Went fishing on Monday, February 27, 2017

Right from the start we knew we were in for a great day with Captain Doug and were not disappointed.  We caught our limit of Spotted Seatrout within the first two hours.  Captain Doug knew where to go and when we got there he told us exactly where to cast our lines and most often it led to a strike and a caught fish.  You could tell that his only objective was to provide the absolute best customer experience he could and he delivered in spades.  Will definitely do it again and again.

Fished February 2017

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Replied to this review on Monday, March 6, 2017

I enjoyed their enthusiasm and appreciation for the nature and scenery of our area as well as fishing really hard.

Went fishing on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Captain Doug was very helpful and friendly. He was very knowledgable about the area and fish and was very willing to give the experience you want. When I’m in the area I will definitely go within captain Doug and I would recommend that anyone in the area go with him!

Fished September 2016

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Douglas Padgett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, September 8, 2016

Very fun day. An enjoyable time with good people. Thanks again

Went fishing on Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Fished April 2016

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Replied to this review on Monday, April 18, 2016

Sharon and Skip were very fun to be with.. We had a nice weather day even though the fish didn’t cooperate as planned.. We did boat a few nice fish and had a nice time ..

Went fishing on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My wife and I came down to visit relatives. My wife and uncle planned this as an anniversary present for us to go out for an afternoon of fishing. Things were a bit slow to start but Doug did everything he could to put us on the fish and did. The fact he was concerned we were having a slow day was all I needed to know about the man. Things turned around later in the afternoon and I didn’t want it to end. We had a blast and us pasty white Canadians got a bit of a burn. LOL
I would recommend his services to anyone. Doug personally made a good day, a great one.

Chris & Amy

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, January 16, 2016

Doug was a great guide
We caught fish at every stop
Only guide I’ll use there

Fished January 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, January 22, 2016

Randy and I had a great time .. Got a nice window between fronts and caught some really nice fish.. Nice fishing with a guy that really appreciates the outdoors…

Went fishing on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Capt Doug was extremely knowledgable about fishing tactics, current patterns, and boatmanship.  He also exhibited a spirit of conservation and general respect for the fish, sea animals, and the environment.  He offered instruction and guidance allowing me to fish, not just reel in the alloted catch and head to the dock.  A pleasure to be with and a great sportsman.  I would highly recommend him.

Fished September 2015

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Douglas Padgett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, October 5, 2015

Thanks for the kind words Tom.. He is a very accomplished angler and has landed several trophy fish with me over the years