Fred Gowdy Fishing Charters

Capt. Fred Gowdy Bonita Springs, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured

With 15 years of experience fishing Estero Bay, Fred Gowdy Fishing Charters is the best in the area! Whether you want to fish in the back bay or nearshore, your group will enjoy catching fish and making memories here in Bonita Springs, FL. Nature/shelling and sunset cruises available as well.

Your group of four are invited to fish with Fred Gowdy Fishing Charters. Captain Fred has been guiding customers for over 15 years and loves sharing his passion with new and old customers alike. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the sport, come fishing with Captain Fred!

Getting to the fishing spots in Captain Fred’s 20’ Carolina Skiff, your group will have ample of room and time for a great day of fishing. Trips include half day nearshore or backwater (both four hours long), and full day nearshore or backwater (both eight hours long). If you’re looking to fish for Peacock Bass, Captain Fred has a special trip just for this species. We’ll meet at a local lake and fish for this freshwater species.

Bonita Springs is a beautiful city on the West coast of Florida, right off I-75. Estero Bay has great inshore and nearshore opportunities for your group to catch your next trophy. The wildlife near the barrier islands is something spectacular to experience. Captain Fred also provides a Nature/Shelling/Sunset trip for four passengers to experience the beauty of SW Florida. Come see dolphins, manatees, turtles, and a variety of wild birds in the natural habitat!

For those looking for a great day of fishing: the nearshore/backwater trips will have us targeting Snook, Redfish, Tripletail, Cobia, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, or the Silver King: Tarpon! Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about what we’ll be catching (depends on the season) or how (depends on what you, the customer, are comfortable with). Fred Gowdy Fishing Charters specializes in light tackle fishing, we can go spinning, jigging, trolling, or bottom fishing. Captain Fred is happy to teach or instruct any of these techniques.

Fred Gowdy Fishing Charters is available for your private fishing charter 12 months of the year. Book today to schedule your next Bonita Springs fishing adventure!

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  Launch Location

27551 South Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs

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Trips start at $250

6 Trips

1-4 guests

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2015 20' Flats Boat/Skiff

90 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch

Availability

TRIP DATE
NUMBER OF GUESTS

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private

NATURE/SHELLING/SUNSET

Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 8:00am to 11:00am (3 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

The Start time for this trip is very flexible. We'll be in contact as soon as you book the trip, and you can let me know which start time works best for you! Starting in the imperial river we will see manatees, dolphins and our various species of birds. If shelling is what you want to do we will make our way to the beautiful beaches so you and your party can search for shells.

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private

HALF DAY BACKWATER

Includes 3 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 4 guests

Includes 3 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 4 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 12:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Starting in the Imperial river we will fish our way into the back bays in Estero and back upriver using livebait and artificials.  Rods, reels, tackle and fishing license are included.  You keep your catch.  We will clean and fillet it for you when we return to shore.

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private

PEACOCK BASS

Includes 3 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 4 guests

Includes 3 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 4 guests)

Trip time: 9:00am to 1:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Fishing canals for peacock bass.

ice/water
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private

FULL DAY BACKWATER

Includes 3 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 4 guests

Includes 3 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 4 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 4:00pm (8 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

For this trip we will start in the Imperial river and fish our way out into the bay. During tripletail season, if conditions allow, we will try for a triple tail running the traps nearshore before fishing our way back upriver.  Rods, reels, tackle, lures, fresh or live bait, and fishing license are included.  You keep your catch and we will clean and fillet it for you when we return to shore.

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private

HALF DAY NEARSHORE

Includes 3 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 4 guests

Includes 3 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 4 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 12:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

For this trip conditions must be appropriate meaning seas around 2 feet or less. We will start at lovers key state park boat ramp and fish the close in reefs and wrecks out to about 5 miles, as well as run the crab pots during tripletail season.  Rods, reels, tackle, lures, fresh or live bait, and fishing license are included.  You keep your catch and we will clean and fillet it for you when we return to shore.

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private

FULL DAY NEARSHORE

Includes 3 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 4 guests

Includes 3 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 4 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 4:00pm (8 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

For this 8 hour trip, conditions must be appropriate meaning seas around 2 feet or less. We will start at lovers key state park boat ramp and fish the close in reefs and wrecks out to about 5 miles, as well as run the crab pots during tripletail season.  Rods, reels, tackle, lures, bait (fresh or live) and fishing license are included.  You keep your catch and we will clean and fillet it for you when we return to shore.  

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Latest Fishing Report

    Fish Species

    Black Drum
    Cobia
    Flounder
    Jack Crevalle
    Largemouth Bass
    Peacock Bass
    Redfish
    Sheepshead
    Snook
    Spotted Seatrout
    Tarpon
    Tripletail

    Additional Details

    Safety Features

    • Life Jackets
    • First-Aid Equipment
    • CPR-Trained Crew
    • Flares

    Navigation

    • GPS
    • Fishfinder

    Boat Gear

    • Livewell

    Fishing Techniques

    • Bottom Fishing
    • Jigging
    • Light Tackle
    • Spinning
    • Trolling

    Fishing Policies

    • Children Welcome
    • Clients Keep Catch

    Price Includes

    • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
    • Fresh or Live Bait
    • Lures
    • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

    Minimum Age

    • 7

    Fishing Location

    • Backcountry
    • Nearshore

    About the Vessel

    Captain

    Capt. Fred Gowdy

    Boat Type

    Flats Boat/Skiff

    Boat Length

    20

    Year Built

    2015

    Engine Manufacturer

    Yamaha

    Number of Engines

    1

    Engine Horsepower

    90 HP