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Meet our Team

IT TAKES A TEAM! From the moment of your first contact, whether it be on the phone or via the website or email, 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 Fishing Charters 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, FL., and also in the Florida Keys for our Spring time Bahia Honda Tarpon charters and year round flats and offshore trips.

  • Captain Brandon
  • Captain Austin
  • Captain Tyler
  • Capt Kurt
  • Captain John
  • Captain Kevin
  • Captain Shelby
  • Captain Pete Rapps
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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Captain Tyler is part of our Everglades City fishing fleet. He is a very personable and polite guide and knows how to put his crew on fish. He runs a couple of boats including our 20' Ranger flats boat and our 23' Ranger bay boat. He can acommodate up to 3 people on the flats boat and up to 4 on the bay boat ($50 extra for the 4th person)

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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 John
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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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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 local author and outdoor writer 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.