King Fisher Fleet is a family-friendly and family-run business that’s been in operation for almost 40 years at the same location: Fishermen’s Village Marina and Shopping Mall in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Punta Gorda’s small town charm, Florida’s famously mild weather, a location on beautiful Charlotte Harbor at the mouth of the Peace River, and the exposure provided by the thousands of people who frequent the 30 shops and 5 restaurants at Fishermen’s Village all combine to create the ideal base of operations.
Originally founded as a one-boat fishing guide service by Capt. Bob Allen and his wife Helen, King Fisher Fleet has since grown to include multiple fishing boats and excursion boats and now employs 30 staff including boat captains, fishing guides, tour boat mates and booking agents.
Capt. Bob has retired, but Helen continues to work the business which has been managed by Bob and Helen’s son, Capt. Ralph Allen, for the last 35 years. Capt. Ralph’s daughters both grew up here and his daughter Elissa is now the General Manager, which means that if you take a trip with King Fisher Fleet you might encounter three generations of the Allen family!
Capt. Ralph is a member of the Charlotte County Marine Advisory Committee, is a member of the Charlotte Harbor Reef Association board of directors, is a member of the Florida Sea Grant Charlotte Harbor Advisory Committee, is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer and is a past president of the Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association. He has served on the Charlotte County Tourism Development Council, the Charlotte County Marine Advisory Committee, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Reef Fish Advisory Panel, is a Past President of the Fishermen’s Village Merchant’s Association, is a Director Emeritus of the Charlotte County chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and has written outdoor columns for the Charlotte Sun Newspapers for more than 30 years.
Over the years, King Fisher Fleet has supported many local charities and service organizations with donations for their fundraising events.
King Fisher Fleet has received numerous accolades including recognition by our local Chambers of Commerce and has been voted “Best Charter Boats in Charlotte County” in the Charlotte Sun-Herald Reader’s Choice poll every year since the poll’s inception in 1996
- Voted Best Charter Boats in Charlotte County by the Charlotte Sun Herald “Readers Choice” poll: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017!
- Pinnacle Business of the Year 2009, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
- Small Business of the Year 2010, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce