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.


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.

Our Latest Adventures

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.



Recent Fishing Reports

Naples, FL Tarpon Fishing April 2024

Tarpon have shown off the beaches as well some backcountry bays and some in the passes. The annual tarpon spring migration has started with tarpon starting to move up the beaches from the south. Where do the tarpon come from is still somewhat of a mystery but some come from the Florida Keys and points

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Fishing Report Late March 2024

TARPON FISHING & MORE! Tarpon and sharks have shown up in the backcountry and I’m also seeing tarpon off the beaches. As is the norm for this time of year tarpon and sharks have shown in the backcountry in 3-5’ of water. They seem to come to the same spots in the same bays every

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Naples Florida Fishing Report by Capt. Mark Ward

The weather finally warmed up and the water temperature is now in the mid 70’s and climbing! Consequently I’m starting to use live bait, live minnows (pilchards) again which sometimes catches bigger, better quality fish than shrimp or jigs. Snook are becoming more active and I’m starting to catch them in the passes and adjacent

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Naples Fishing Report

Good action with a variety of species is still my goal as of late although during our warmer spells black tips sharks are being caught off the beaches.  Pompano, trout, snapper, sheepshead, snapper and some odd species are being caught such as puffer fish, batfish and the occasional whiting and squirrel fish. Live shrimp has been

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Peak Tarpon Season in Naples, FL

Peak tarpon season is fast approaching and I typically get booked up. Below are the best tides during the peak tarpon run of May & June. Give me a call to book or talk fishing. Capt. Mark Ward Ph: 239-450-9230 MAY TIDES JUNE TIDES

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Naples Mid January Fishing Report

The fishing of late has been tricky with the cold fronts we’ve been having but still managing to catch fish and have had some stellar speckled sea trout days. As usual this time of year my goal is to catch a variety of species and have good action. Lately we’ve been catching trout, sheepshead, snapper,

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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.



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.

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