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
2021 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
Tarpon have thinned out along the beaches, snook and snapper are very prevalent along with mackerel, a few reds and some jacks. Tropical storm Elsa was just a rain event as it was many miles off the coast. The Southwest wind did dirty the water for a couple days but the water is clear again.
It’s been a good couple weeks catching tarpon, some nice snook, a few reds, keeper snapper, mackerel and sharks. There’s been bait fish everywhere and consequently bigger fish follow and congregate. The mackerel along the beaches are as thick as I’ve seen them busting the small baitfish that are everywhere. Mackerel make great cut bait
I love how the marine environment comes alive this time of year. Schools of bait fish are all over the beaches, passes and the Gulf of Mexico. Spanish mackerel, jacks, bonita, ladyfish, tarpon, sharks and more are all around and active, waiting in line in the food chain. Tarpon fishing has been great until the
Tarpon season is in full tilt boogey in the Naples fishing and Marco Island fishing area. We had a great week with some new and some returning clients hooking tarpon almost every day and landing a good percentage. We’ve been leaving the dock at 5:30am and head out the pass running along the beach to
I love Southwest Florida’s marine environment, especially this time of year. The gulf, beaches, passes and adjacent bays are alive with life. The video below is only the third sawfish I’ve ever seen and I will probably never see another like it again. We were sight fishing snook along the beach and I looked ahead and
An unusually late season cool front in the Naples area cooled our weather for a few hours and the north wind turned the tarpon fishing off this morning but we’re back to hot and humid. Wind is going to shift back to the east which is what we like. We’ve been catching some nice snook, reds and
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.