Tide Walker Charters
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6:00 AM - 5:59 AM
Monday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 5:59 AM
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Tide Walker Charters is a Professional Florida Fishing Guide Service serving Bokeelia, Pine Island, Cape Coral FL & Captiva Islands. We operate a clean and roomy 24’, Center Console, Bay Boat with Bimini Top with two live wells & 150 HP Yamaha. Species caught are Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Pompano, Grouper, Mackerel , Sharks of all kinds, Speckled Sea Trout. Families a Specialty. Call Today.
Bokeelia, Florida
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Ryan M
Eustace, TX8 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Wow! Awesome trip and lots of fishing action. Captain Russ was the best. Me, my wife, and two teenage boys spent the morning fishing with him then finished off the trip with some great site- seeing and lunch on Cabbage Key. The captain definitely knows the area, history and the locals. He even pulled off getting us seated first for lunch! He put us on over 75 fish in just a few hours. This was my first chartered fishing trip and I would absolutely use him again. By the way, he will also take lots of pics for the memories. Highly recommend!
Written July 28, 2022
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Thank You So Much. I enjoyed it too. It was a great day on the water, and I hope so to see you all again soon. Great Family. Good Luck to each of you and too Ryan and Ranger playing baseball. Captain Russ
Written July 29, 2022
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Jennifer K
Tampa, FL5 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This was my 1st experience with Captain Russ, and he was absolutely wonderful. My 9 year old daughter and I had a wonderful time. He was patient with my daughter and helped her the entire trip from casting to getting the fish on the hook (when needed) and letting her reel it in to claim the catch. He also helped me with my casting technique. He moved to a new spot when the fish stopped biting. We caught LOTS of fish! What I loved the most is how respectful Russ is regarding wildlife and handling of the fish. He educated us on several different things and patiently answers my daughters many questions. I read a previous negative review and I am very confused because our experience was the complete opposite. He WANTS you to catch as many fish as you can do he goes where they are. So many good reviews, along with mine…you can count on having a great experience with Captain Russ.
Written July 28, 2022
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Thank You So Much Jenn. I enjoyed it too. Jules was great and she caught tons of fish. You get the Best Female fishing Caster Award in 10 years goes out to you. I hope so to see you again soon next year and bring Dad next time. Great Day together on the water. Captain Russ
Written July 29, 2022
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Kyle C
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Normally, when I have a bad experience, I'll just refrain from using a person. However, I feel this is a time to warn other families. First, everything seemed to be fine. The captain explained what we were going to do and my family was excited. The excitement quickly turned to disappointment though. Captain Russ does not have a pleasant tone when speaking to children. My daughter was upset for the whole day after his berating. We drove around for quite a while, which we expected but after only stopping to fish for a few minutes, we felt this was his plan all along.

When on vacation, or in general, I do not care about one's political views. I also do not want to hear the boat captain liken our president to what happened to Kennedy. Captain directly asked me if I knew who Lee Harvey Oswald was and then replied "enough said" afterward. As we continued, the conversation escalated into him stating he was against the LGBT community. Like dude, it's 2022. Grow up! We continued to ride around rather aimlessly stopping to fish very briefly. We were barely though the first hour and a half and he was already talking about us not having enough bait. I've been on charters before and had a blast, they were also well prepared too.

The icing on the cake was when he told my wife she could pee in the corner of the boat. No privacy or anything. Just told her to squat in the corner and pee. He said it was okay because he was old.

When we got back to our vehicle, our children said "we were robbed." I certainly feel taken advantage of and I would not recommend Tide Walker Charters to anyone.
Written June 30, 2022
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The bite has been off for your trip requiring more stops than usual to locate the fish. I have always strived to be the best guide possible. Sometimes the fish just don't co-operate, and we had to check several different locations to find them. If saltwater fish are present, they usually bite immediately. If I wait patiently, I am wasting your charter time. Never intentional as it burns precious fuel. I'd rather be fishing than riding. If you recall, I showed you all the spots on the GPS map where fish congregate on structure. During the day, he mentioned a serious work injury that he had suffered due to a dangerous situation. While not happy with current lawless state of affairs either, I never said I was against the LGBT Community whatsoever and don't recall saying anything about Oswald. The Matriarch of the group on board refused to drink water which is dangerous in that kind of heat. She was afraid she may have to use the restroom. Usually, water is absorbed into a person's system but... I did tell her that in emergencies she could use the corner scupper of the boat. if need be. So, sorry Kyle and family, I apologize. Safety is my main concern as a man hooked his wife in the face on a recent trip. I had to push the hook thru her cheek and remove it from her jaw. Sometimes I react too quickly when hooks go flying about with lots of folks on board and... out of fear for my client's safety, it comes out sharply. Sorry that I offended you. Please forgive me. Finally, the person making this post said not one word to me during the day about being upset. Further, he failed to mention that before the 4.5-hour trip was over, thru my continued efforts, the group of 5 people on board caught and released nearly 40 fish of 4 species with one 19' keeper Speckled Sea trout which I cleaned for him. Sincerely, Captain Russ Walker
Written July 7, 2022
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Marcella T
5 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
My husband was celebrating his 80th birthday and wanted to catch and release while I took photos. Capt Russ loaded his lines with shrimp and then efficiently removed the fish without harming it. Russ even had me reel in a Spanish Mackerel which unfortunately never made it completely out of water before a dolphin came up to the boat and grabbed it.

After catching 66 fish of 5 species and still having 90 min on the clock for our 4 hour excursion, the Captain took us on a narrated tour of the islands where we learned about the Calusa Indians who were enslaved by Indian tribes from SC and GS and sold to the English as slaves.

Both the fisherman and the photographer enjoyed this trip, and I look forward to reading his book on my drive home.
Written March 13, 2022
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Thank You Both and Happy Birthday. It was a FUN filled day on the water and I look forward to another trip with you soon. Very interesting and engaging people and a delight to share the day with. What a pleasure it was to have been your host for the day. Thank You Captain Russ
Written March 18, 2022
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Lori S
2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
What a blast! Two friends and I had the experience of fishing with captain Russ for half a day. We were busy! Pretty continuous strikes while Russ instructed us on improving our chances. I was impressed by his respectful manner and his ability to communicate instruction clearly. We definitely improved our casting and catching. Best of all, we caught enough for dinner!
Written March 9, 2022
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Cedarburg1 contribution
Dec 2021
Spent a half day on the water with my son who recently graduated from college. Had a wonderful experience. Capt Russ was charming and informative and willing to share his fishing knowledge. Great equipment and most importantly, HE KNOWS WHERE THE FISH ARE! We visited approx 5 different spots during our half day and each spot produced. We couldn't ask for more (or expect more) in four hours of fishing!
Written January 1, 2022
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Awesome day spent with Awesome people. Thank You. It was my pleasure. Captain Russ Walker
Written March 9, 2022
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clearnbreezy
Virginia38 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
From first contact with Capt. Russ we knew our day with him out on the water would be magnificent. And it was. Communicating with him was seamless. Punctual and ready to roll at our designated spot, the start of the charter was just the beginning of perfection. He taught us how to fish in the beautiful waters of SW Florida. Yank and crank was our mantra. We caught sooooooo many fish and just enough keepers for dinners the rest of the week. Captain Russ took the lead to take us to lunch at Cabbage Key.....so many in line waiting to get in the restaurant. Captain Russ made sure we were treated like royalty....it was magic. All in all, do not hesitate to book. When deciding which Captain would be best Captain Russ should be your first choice. He made a day on the water for our family one of true joy. Thank you Captain Russ!
Written December 31, 2021
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It was Simply a Special Day Mari, Jeff and Carmen. It was a Wonderful time together. Thank You and for your generosity too. Very Special People. Bless You. Captain Russ
Written January 3, 2022
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Sightseer610282
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Excellent day on the water with Captain Russ! You wont’t find a more knowledgeable Captain who has 43 years of experience fishing these waters. He kept us entertained with stories and we caught a wide
variety of fish. Pompano, Sea Trout, Black Tip Sharks, Squirrel Fish, Blue Fish, and Spanish Mackerel. We even witnessed a dolphin breach the water and catch a fish in the air… spectacular!!!
Captain Russ was excellent with our teenage son. This was an awesome experience overall and great way to experience these awesome waters.
Written December 28, 2021
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Thank You So Much Terry. You and the G Man were a delight to spend the day on the water with and Great Fishermen too, I might add. It's people like you that make this all worthwhile. It was an awesome day. I'm glad you had a good trip. Safe Travels home, Be safe. May all the Lord's Blessings be upon you daily. Happy New Year. Captain Russ Walker
Written December 29, 2021
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Jeffrey R
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
There are great Charter Captains and there are Bad Charter Captains and then there is Captain Russ Walker! After going on over 75 charters in the last 24 months I can safely say he is the one of the worse if not the worse captains in Florida! His boat is old, dirty and looks like a rolling billboard on water! His fishing gear is outdated and his attitude is that of a man who once had his lunch money stolen in school and now that he’s a Captain he can tell everyone what to do, where to sit and when to talk! Maybe if you have never fished before and you like being told exactly how to do everything per his rules then you would enjoy yourself but if you have fished before and if your have been on other charters you will be disappointed in Captain Bligh! We lasted 20 minutes until we told him we had enough! I would of given him a negative rating if I could of. There are plenty of great Captains that fish the same area he does. Do yourself a favor and use one of them.
Written December 7, 2021
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The trip of this lasted less than 20 minutes on my boat that morning While touting his unquestionable ability and refusing to honor vessel safety procedures for casting a treble hook lure, potentially jeopardizing his young son, or me as well. Subsequently, I ended the trip within minutes of departure, just after the safety meeting. Safety meetings and demonstrations are imperative and are given for a reason. Clients must observe my rules for the benefit of all on board. My Marine and Guide insurance will allow nothing less. As far as the boat and equipment, they are top notch. It remains Clean and Roomy. We keep it that way. We use it daily. See the website at www.tidewalkercharters.com The rods and reels on board are always top notch. All New PENN reels and Shakespeare 7’ super sensitive rods too, I might ad. This review posted here is not about grading a fishing experience for better or worse. The review contains a completely inaccurate account of what transpired that morning. As I made my departure from the dock where he stood, while holding his arm up shouting angrily at me; Quote: “I will destroy you on social media.” End quote. All over not wanting to follow safety regs or being asked to do so. I am an experienced, knowledgeable guide that cares about client safety while providing a pleasurable fishing experience. I have 54 Top 5 reviews on this very TripAdvisor site over 8.5 years that speak to the contrary of this review. Captain Russ Walker Tide Walker Charters
Written December 14, 2021
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J C
29 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Back in the summer of 2021 my best friend and I decided we were going to head to the West Coast of Florida around the Cape Coral area to do some relaxing. It was going to be a couples trip. We decided to look up a fishing charter that would have the experience for that area of the state. My friend and I both grew up in South Florida and we have been used to fishing in Lake Okeechobee as well as the Atlantic. But we both realize that fishing in the gulf, especially in land on the West Coast is a bit uncharted territory for us both.

While looking at things to do word of mouth kicked in and we heard about Tide Walker Charters. The word on the street was that if you’re going with Capt Russ he’s going to put you on the fish. That is exactly what we were looking for. And the end result was exactly that.

We had a half day charter booked and in that half day we caught over seven species and certainly 30 to 40 fish. Now I’m not gonna tell a long fishtail, some of the fish we’re not keepers. But my forearms were sore for a couple days after.

Capt Russ knew his environment so well that when he felt the fish were not biting anymore, we moved. And then the next spot we were on the fish again. There is no doubt he possesses an inventory of locations that can light up at the drop of a hat.

Sometimes I just sat back and enjoyed the ride and took in the atmosphere and the beautiful, picturesque environment. And as we journeyed between fishing spots I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him. He is an incredibly intelligent man and I wouldn’t mind calling him my friend.

If you have never fished before or you are a seasoned veteran you will not be disappointed. Captain Russ will help anyone while on board.

Even though I fished in October 2021 I am currently working on finding a way to get back over there as soon as possible. I need more of that!

Respectfully
CaptJack
Written November 1, 2021
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Thank You Jack. It was my pleasure to spend the day with you. You are an excellent fisherman and a joy to be with. Please come again soon. Captain Russ
Written December 14, 2021
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