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Family Friendly Fishing in the 10,000 Islands

We specialize in quality "Family Friendly" near shore and shallow water fishing charters in the calm waters of the 10,000 Islands from Everglades City, Chokoloskee, & The Everglades National Park in Southwest Florida.

Redstrout1What does the perfect day of fishing look like to you?

Is it you and your spouse, kids, or grandchildren... You and the guys from the office or buddy from the golf club... A large corporate event requiring multiple boats.. or just you by yourself?

 We've got you covered!

Fish the beautiful Ten Thousand Islands and the Everglades National Park with our fleet of professional guides, using high quality boats and gear.

Discover your own hidden oasis in the calm back country and near-shore shallow water places that few people will ever see for themselves. On many trips you will see some pretty amazing wildlife up close including porpoise, alligators, manatees, roseate spoonbills, and osprey. In addition to some of the best fishing, many of our guests have said that viewing wildlife up close was equally memorable as the fishing.


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Everyone is welcome... from guys to ladies & children to seniors. Make memories with your family that last a lifetime! There is no thrill like seeing your child or grandchild hook and catch their own fish... and what a relaxing way to spend the day with someone you love.

Whether you're an experienced angler or you've never casted a fishing rod before, our team will always make you feel like a pro. Our top rated captains are polite, easy-going, enjoy teaching, and are great with children.  We all use the highest quality professional boats and gear. Our boats are very clean and rigged with the latest and greatest tackle and creature comforts. Check out our Fleet page and our Trip Advisor ratings and you will see the quality that sets us apart. 

Our captains goal is to make Kevin Daly and family everglades city chokoloskee fishing charters marco island goodlandsure that you and your guests have a great time on the water. We guarantee that. That's why our team is always in demand - please check out our Trip Advisor reviews and ratings.

Fish for Redfish, Snook, Sheepshead, Speckled Sea Trout, Tripletail, Permit, Pompano,
Shark, Cobia, Snapper, Mackerel, and more.

With our strategic locations in the heart of the 10,000 Islands and also the Everglades National Park, we have access to a network of campsites, so restrooms are typically within a few short minutes from just about anywhere we fish. We will gladly customize your outing to fit your individual wants and needs.

TJ Jeff Rowell black drum chokoloskee everglades goodland fishing charterslynch9 fishing charters guide everglades city chokoloskee naples goodland marco islandOur charters launch from Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island, which are all just a short drive from Marco Island, Naples, Ft Myers, Bonita Springs, Goodland, & Estero. We are just 90 minutes from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

But there's a catch (and I don't mean the ones on your hook):

Even with our group of available captains, our charter schedules fills up fast! If you don't book your ideal date now, it may be gone when you come back, so don't wait.

Our charters begin from several convenient locations in the heart of the 10,000 Islands

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1) Everglades City Bait and Tackle Shop: 101 Buckner Ave S, Everglades City, FL


2) Chokoloskee Island Park & Marina: 1150 Hamilton Lane, Chokoloskee, FL



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Booking Calendar and Menu for Everglades City, Chokoloskee, & Goodland Charters

Instructions: First select a date, then scroll through the services offered to check availability and make your booking.

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Fishing the 10,000 Islands from Chokoloskee, Everglades City, Goodland, Marco Island, and Naples, Florida.

4 hour charter $500*
6 hour charter $600*
8 hour charter $700*

* Rates are cash prices for up to 3 passengers. If you have a 4th passenger add $50



Depending on the season and weather, we do offer offshore fishing charters. Because of the extra fuel, bait, and tackle uses for offshore trips, please add $100 to the above rates.

NOTE FOR 4 PASSENGERS GROUPS: Although most of our boats can hold up to 4 passengers, and we take that many people out often, it does limit what we fish for and where we can fish. There is a lot of casting involved with the type of shallow water fishing that we do. 4 passenger crews will be fishing the flats and open areas where everyone can fish at the same time, away from the mangrove shorelines.


Tipping your captain for excellent service is customary in the fishing charter business, and is most certainly appreciated. Typically it's about the same as gratuity for great service in a restaurant, generally 15%-20%.


- Bait
- Tackle
- Saltwater fishing licenses
- Fuel
- A clean cooler with ice for any refreshments you wish to bring

- Cash is preferred to settle your balance and for captain's gratuities. (Only deposits can be made with credit cards. Your balance due the day of the charter is preferred in cash. Our rates reflect a 4% cash discount. If a credit card is used to pay charter balance, we cannot apply the 4% discount.)
- Hat, sun protective clothing, & sunglasses.
- Sun screen lotion (Aerosol sunscreen is frowned upon because it can cause the deck to be slippery and also contaminate bait in live wells)
- Food & Drinks - (Your captain will provide a clean cooler with ice to transfer your items into)
- Rain gear if necessary

* Please keep your personal items to a minimum as stowage space is very limited.


Cancellation Policy:
A $100 deposit is required to book your charter. If the booking is made within 7 days of the charter, the deposit is non-refundable once made. Customers needing to cancel with more than 7 day’s notice can apply 100% of their deposit towards another charter to take place within 30 days of original booked charter, or can choose to receive a 75% refund of their deposit. A customer who is a "no show" (more than 20 minutes late) or does not give us at least a 7 day notice, will forfeit their entire deposit. Winds predicted above 25mph or rain chances above 80% on published within 2 hours of your charter are reasons for delay, re-scheduling, or cancellation.



We provide on each charter:

• Bait
• Cooler and ice
• Top of the line spin gear and tackle
• All necessary fishing licenses, insurance, & fuel.

Plan in advance: It is best not to wait untill the last minute to book your charter. It is common for us to have bookings and reservations for several weeks or months in advance.  If your schedule allows, let us look at the moon phase, tide charts, weather predictions, and a few other factors to give you the best scenario to fulfill your dream. For your convenience we have an online charter availability and booking calendar. It is fast and easy to select your date and charter times using the online booking calendar. 

Items you should bring on your fishing charter :

Cash is preferred to settle charter balance and for any captain's gratuities. Although cash is preferred, Checks can be accepted too. Our rates reflect a 4% cash discount... if a credit card is used to pay charter balance, we cannot apply the 4% discount.
• Hat, sun protective clothing, & sunglasses (preferably polarized)
• Camera
• Sun Screen
• Food & Drinks (Please do not bring a cooler... we will provide a clean cooler with ice for you)
• Rain gear if necessary
• Non-Skid boat shoes  (It is preferred that you do not wear marking soles please)
Please keep your items to a minimum. Stowage space is very limited.

Most of our customers stay at the below places when fishing with us on our Everglades City and Chokoloskee Charters in the 10000 islands. Click on their names to be directed to their web pages.


THE IVEY HOUSE HOTEL: If you are wanting to stay in a nice and clean hotel room, with breakfast served, swimming pool, and ammenities, then I recommend THE IVEY HOUSE HOTEL in Everglades City. It is just a few minutes from the docks. Please be sure to tell them you are there to fish with Captain Rapps Charters both when booking and when checking in. They will take good care of you!

Chokoloskee Island Park: If you are wanting a rental efficiency or a tent or RV lot rental, Please be sure to check out our friends at Chokoloskee Island Park. CLICK HERE for a link to their rental site.