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
Beautiful is the word that comes to mind when thinking about the weather, water and fishing of late. The daytime temperatures have started to cool and the weather has been very consistent with a light breeze out of the east which keeps our gulf water calm and clear. Consequently, the fishing is very good. Snook
Been mixing it up quite a bit, snook and redfish bite got slow the other morning so we threw jigs for trout and pompano, ended up catching the above as well as lady fish, lizard fish and other non-target species but gave us some action as well as our shark bait. Snapper are still prevalent
The fishing isn’t quite as hot as it was a couple of weeks ago but still good action with a variety of species. Nearshore wrecks, the beaches, passes, adjacent bays, as well as some backcountry bays, are fishing well. Let’s start with the nearshore and beaches. I had a client recently, Josh and his son
Fishing has been great the past couple of weeks in the Naples and Marco Island area. Especially last week we caught really good numbers of fish. Snook have been really prevalent but not as much as the mangrove snappers. “Mangs” are everywhere and most of them are keepers which is over 10”. I fish around
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
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.