“Let’s go catching, not fishing.”


Capt. Charles Wilson is owner and operator of Capt. Charles Charters.

He was born in Apalachicola Florida, the fourth generation of his family who came here around 1860 from Columbia and Maury Tennessee. He started charter fishing in 1969 after he came home from Vietnam. He’s been fishing the river and bay waters off the shore of St. George Island and Port St. Joe all his life. In his time, he’s worked as a oyster man, a crabber, shrimper, and fishing guide. He has 4 grandchildren and loves watching their faces light up when they catch a fish.

Capt. Charles Wilson takes great pride in his charter business. He loves his clients, some who still charter with him every year for nearly 30 years. If you want to go fishing in this area, Capt. Charles is one of the most experienced guides around. He fishes on a 22’ Mako, and is licensed and insured with all the required safety equipment. He has more than 40 years of experience and holds a 100 Ton U.S. Coast Guard Masters license.

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Capt. Charles placed 2nd in the “Master Division” in the OAR Big Bend Saltwater Classic Tournament in 2005, and again in 2007.

He was featured in Field and Stream Magazine in 2003, and several other sport magazines in following years.

While on the set of the documentary “Water Wars,” Capt. Charles told Rhett Turner, son of Ted Turner, how he felt about the river: “It’s the life blood of the Bay.”


We are located in Northwest Florida, between Tallahassee and Panama City, about 7 miles across the bay from St. George Island.

Go shelling on Little St. George Island or St. Vincent Island. Enjoy a good boat ride on the wide open Apalachicola Bay or along the river.

We’re excited to take you and your family or friends fishing. We furnish all the equipment you will need for your charter. We fish for trout, redfish, tripletail, flounder, drum, sheepshead, tarpon, red snapper, grouper, cobia, and several other species.

If you like to fish, you can take your catch home with you, or have it cooked in one of our local restaurants. We’re happy to provide recommendations.