Meet our Team

IT TAKES A TEAM! From the moment of first contact, whether it be on the phone with Lisa or via the website or email with Capt Pete, we want you to know that we work together as a team to make sure your team has the best experience possible.

Our awesome team of available captains and vessels are ready to get you on the hot spots and catch a lot of fish! Captain Rapps has been extremely selective with the captains on the team, and guarantees you will have a fantastic experience with any of these happy and helpfull guides. We all use similar equipment, fish similar spots, have similar easy going demeanour's, and most importantly, all love what we do!

Captain Rapps Fishing Charters' team fishes in Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and Goodland, FL., and also in the Florida Keys for our Spring time Bahia Honda Tarpon charters and year round flats and offshore trips.

  • Lisa Graham
  • Captain John
  • Capt Kurt
  • Captain Jeff
  • Captain Brandon
  • Captain Austin
  • Captain James
  • Captain Kevin
  • Captain Shelby
  • Captain Pete Rapps
Lisa Graham - Telephone Booking Manager

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Lisa Graham has been the pleasant voice at the other end of the line for the past several years when you call us here at Captain Rapps' Fishing Charters. Lisa is an awesome fisher-woman and absolutely loves boating and fishing when she is not stuck on land in the office. Lisa is the perfect match for the task at hand because of her extensive knowledge of the types of fish we are targeting and she has the same easy going demeanor as the rest of our crew here at Capt Rapps Fishing Charters. We are excited to have Lisa as part of our team, and hope you to feel the same while speaking with her on the phone.




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Captain John
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Capt John from Captain Rapps Charters with a nice slot size Redfish1
Captain John Dant is part of our available Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and Estero Bay Fishing team. He fishes from a beautiful fully equipped 22ft Pathfinder combination Bay and Flats boat with a T-top and all the extra goodies.
Captain John has the patience, skill, & local knowledge that it takes to make your day out on the water one that you will remember and talk about for years to come. He is a lot of fun, has a great sense of humor, a keen willingness to teach, and incredible knowledge of the Everglades National Park and the Estero Bay areas. Fishing with Capt John makes for an awesome day on the water for anglers of all ages. He works real hard to put his crew on as many fish as possible and brings that extra touch of conversation and energy on each and every trip.

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Capt Kurt 

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Captain Kurt is part of our Everglades fishing team. He fishes from a top of the line 24' Pathfinder flats and bay boat. Captain kurt's boat has all the latest & greatest equipment from the state of the art electronics console, twin power pole anchors, Shaded T-top, comfortable seating, and especially the 4 stroke Yamaha SHO outboard engine.
With his patience, expertise, sense of humor, and top of the line fishing equipment, he will provide a day on the water to be remembered.  From beginners to advanced anglers, children to adults, Capt Kurt will make it a fun and memorable trip for all!
Captain Jeff
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Captain Jeff Zellers is a member of our Chokoloskee Island fishing team and also our Bahia Honda Tarpon Charters team. He has fished the waters of Chokoloskee and the Everglades National Park for years as mate with Captain Pete Rapps before becoming an Everglades National Park licensed guide himself. Capt Jeff has set his boat up perfectly with a T-top for shade, power-pole, trolling motor, and all the extra bells and whistles to make fishing with him on this beautiful Bay Scout boat a pleasure. Capt Jeff is very patient and excellent with all levels of anglers including all men, women, and children, beginner to advanced. He will make it a fun and memorable day for all.

Capt Jeff departs from Chokoloskee Island Park and Marina, 1150 Hamilton Lane, Chokoloskee, FL. In the Spring months he captains for our Bahia Honda Tarpon Charters in Big Pine Key, FL


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Captain Brandon Acosta
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Captain Brandon Acosta is part of both our Everglades Fishing team, and our Florida Keys Bahia Honda Tarpon fishing team. He fishes his charters in either a bay boat or flats boat. He runs a 26ft Bay Boat made by Sea Chaser, and a 19' flats boat made by Ranger.
The bay boat is extremely well equipped with all the options that will make your adventure one to captain brandon acosta fishing charters everglades city chokoloskee remember. The boat is rigged with a t-top and tower with full controls. There is plenty of room for sitting or standing depending on what the individual angler’s preferences are.
The flats boat is great for getting in the shallow / skinny water fishing the back country and flats for Snook, Redfish, Trout, and more.
Capt Brandon is a very knowledgeable long time local guide, very polite, extremely patient, and is fantastic with all levels of anglers, experienced or not, including men, women, children, & families.

 Capt Brandons Ranger flats boat

Captain Austin
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Captain Austin Acosta is part of our Everglades Fishing Team. He is the son and protege of Captain Brandon. Growing up fishing the waters of the 10,000 Islands & Everglades National Park from Everglades City, Goodland, and Marco Island. Capt Austin is the youngest guide on the fleet, and has had yCaptain Austin Acosta everglades city chokoloskee everlades national park florida fishing captain guideears of experience fishing with the best mentors in the business here in the 10,000 Islands. We get many repeat customers insisting that they fish with Capt Austin every time they go. Having a easy going demeanor, upbeat personality, and talent to get the fish to bite even in not so perfect conditions, Captain Austin will make sure that you and your family and friends have a great experience and memorable day on the water.
He fishes his charters from a 23ft Ranger Bay Boat. The open floor plan of the boat allows for easy casting and fishing for up to 4 anglers. It is a shallow running boat perfect for fishing the bays, flats, and back country waters in our area.


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Capt. James

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Captain James is part of our 10,000 Islands fishing team. He fishes from a 22' Pathfinder boat. Capt James' speciatly areas are the 10,000 Islands from Marco Island south through Goodland and Port of the Islands. He is extremely patient and is a pro at teaching and making sure his crew has a fantastic experience.

Capt James' boat fishes up to 4 anglers.

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Captain Kevin Grubb
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Captain Kevin Grubb is part of our available Florida Keys Bahia Honda Tarpon fishing team. He fishes from a 26' Downeaster boat. Capt Kevin can fish up to 4 passengers. His boat is equipped with a T-Top providing shade when needed, a bow mounted fighting chair, and he uses all first class gear. In addition to fishing our Bahia Honda Tarpon Charters from March until June, Captain Kevin also charters offshore for Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper, and more. Capt Kevin is a real "southern gentleman" and is as polite and easy going as they come. His mate "Casey" the Border Collie is not only a good luck charm, but she is the Tarpon whispering fleet mascot.
Captain Shelby
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Capt. Shelby Bentley is one of the awesome available guides on our Bahia Honda Tarpon team. He is a full time guide here in the Florida Keys. Dialed into these Tarpon, Capt Shelby has the knowledge and gear to get the job done! He fishes from a 31' Contender with twin 300HP Yamaha outboards.  Very personable and always happy, Capt Shelby is a lot of fun and truly loves what he does... and it shows! Outside of fishing these Tarpon charters at the Bahia Honda, Capt Shelby also specializes in offshore trips in the 31' Contender for Mahi-mahi, Sailfish, Shark, Snapper, Cobia, Permit, Grouper, and lots more. He also does charters from a 16' flats boat specializing in fly and spin fishing for Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, and more.

Captain Pete Rapps

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Captain Pete Rapps, is a managing member of Captain Rapps, LLC. Capt Pete is in charge of online reservations, customer scheduling, and business marketing. He is a local author and outdoor writer for 8 straight years now for the local editions of Coastal Angler Magazine & Coastal Breeze News, and conducts fishing seminars and teaches classes at venue's such as West Marine and many local fishing clubs. He has been fishing from Chokoloskee for over 23 years.


A native to the Florida Keys and Iraq war veteran, Captain Nate Wheeler is a very friendly and energetic guide with an extreme passion for all types of fishing.