CAPT. MARK WARD'S EVERGLADES GUIDE SERVICE
Experience the backcountry saltwater mangrove estuaries of Naples, Marco Island, the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park. Light tackle sport fishing for snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, pompano, bonita, sharks and other saltwater species.
NAPLES, 10,000 ISLANDS & EVERGLADES
Backcountry Fishing Charters
The coastal and backcountry waters of Southwest Florida are defined by endless miles of mangrove estuaries forming unlimited creeks and bays. Our guided fishing trips offer you the ability to see the Everglades, 10,000 Islands and Rookery Bay from a unique perspective and at the same time fish for some of Florida’s premiere game fish and see a wide range of sea life, birds and animals including dolphins, manatees, egrets, herons, bald eagles, osprey and more.
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Naples Fishing Charters
2022 Tarpon Season
There are a few dates still available for the upcoming tarpon season here in the Naples, 10,000 Islands and Everglades area. We offer fly and spin fishing opportunities.
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Recent Fishing Reports
It’s peak tarpon season right now and most of my trips are tarpon trips and I love it. There are great days, so so days and slow days but it’s a great challenge trying to figure tarpon out. There are many factors, such as what depth they’re going to be in, what bait they want
Fishing the Naples and Marco Island area the past couple of weeks has been a blast. I’ve been concentrating on fishing the gulf and nearshore waters. Spanish mackerel have been active and prevalent, sharks seem to be everywhere, tarpon are cruising up the beaches and snook are cruising the surf line tight along the beach.
Fishing in the Naples Marco Island area has continued to improve with sharks continuing to be very active as well as snook, redfish, jacks, mackerel, snapper and tarpon are showing. Sharks were the highlight last week with numerous caught including two hammerheads, black tips and spinners. I hadn’t caught a hammerhead for many years. Jack
The water in the backcountry has warmed into the mid 70’s and consequently, sharks and tarpon have shown up and other species are getting more active. 73-75 degrees seems to be the temperature that inspires sharks and tarpon to frequent the backcountry. They show up in the same parts of the same bays every year
Tarpon (megalops atlanticus) are one of the great sport fish of the world. In the spring they frequent the shallow saltwater estuaries and coastal beaches and flats. Cruising over white sand flats in clear blue green water they look like torpedoes and can be sight fished. Challenging but fun as hell. Tarpon can be elusive
Yesterday I saw my first sign of spring, viewing an osprey nest I pass daily I saw a wee chick that had just hatched wobbly peering at me over the edge of the nest. Welcome to the world and hurrah! Spring is fast approaching with spring like conditions in place and good fishing. Purple martins,
FLY & SPIN FISHING
Fish we may Catch
During your Naples and Everglades fishing charter we can target a variety of species depending on the season your trip is booked.
Common fish in our area include: snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, pompano, sharks, bonita (little tunny), flounder, tripletail, mangrove snapper, permit, spanish mackerel, sheepshead, bluefish, jack crevalle.
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The coastal and backcountry estuaries of Southwest Florida are one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems in the world. Let me take you on an adventure to explore this unique and diverse environment. From the pristine barrier islands of Keewaydin to the deep mangrove jungles of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve, we will use my specialized backcountry skiff to access this remote backcountry.