Captain Brandon and his son Captain Austin are excited to welcome you aboard! Whether you are seeking a quiet trip with a friend, a family fun adventure with older or younger children, or even a romantic tour, when searching for top notch Marco Island fishing charters, you’ve found the best! Clients can expect a great day on the water guided by their courteous and knowledgeable Captain.
In addition, we offer tours in Naples, Everglades City, and the Ten Thousand Islands.
We offer three types of tours for Marco Island fishing:
Backwater Fishing Charters
MARCO ISLAND FISHING GUIDES
How to Choose Between Fishing Charters in Marco Island?
So what separates us from the rest? No doubt there are a handful of quality Marco Island fishing guides available to take you out for a rod bending experience, but what we do here at Hook n Line Charters is provide a very personalized and intimate experience. Captain Brandon has been fishing these waters since he was just old enough to hold a rod. He knows the area and knows the great spots the fish like to hide and forage, which is ever changing depending on the season, currents, and tides of the moment. He can read the water and fish activity as if he were deciphering a secret code and strives to get you excited as you feel the power of a trophy fish on the other end of the line!
What fish species can you expect to catch on your trip? This is a great question because the diversity of fish life here is like nowhere else on earth. What will be biting will depend on factors such as weather and tides and even what time of year it is.
Some of the major fish species include:
Decreasing temperatures might also reveal the following species:
Jack Crevalle, Snapper, and Spanish Mackerel are some other species we may come across. The most exciting thing about this variety is that with each cast you really never know what you might pull up! It’s a surprise in the making! The lush mangrove estuaries and fresh water influx create a wide range of conditions that draw in a vast variety of thrilling species.
What type of boat will we be aboard?
We will be cruising in a 23ft Ranger Bay boat that’s perfect for coasting along the edges of mangrove islets and slicing through the narrow water paths between them. We will be able to navigate in shallower waters and hug sand bars as we discover those deeper pockets that fish sometimes take refuge in. Keep a lookout for bait fish activity because that’s often a sign of a potentially active fishing spot where your trophy might be waiting just under the surface for you to cast your line! Bait fish often make a scene as they travel in schools and you’ll see them splish splashing on the surface of the water.
An inshore Marco Island charter will take you through sheltered inlets and bays always within a mile of the coast. There is a lot to see and admire on one of these trips as you’re likely to come in contact with a variety of other wildlife. Without a long travel time to your fishing destination, you can begin casting your rod very shortly after boarding the boat. The waters are shallower making fish finding a bit more tricky because the fish are likely to see you pretty quickly. An experienced inshore fishing guide is a must because there are many subtle signs and circumstances that may be key to bagging that trophy fish. You’ll need a guide who can read the water and the conditions fluently. Captain Brandon and Captain Austin are those guides! It sure is rewarding to see the ear to ear grin of a happy client who enjoyed the challenge and had a successful catch! Targeted fish species in inshore areas typically include Snook, Speckled Seatrout, and Redfish among others.
A nearshore charter will take you several miles from land, but always within sight of it. Depending on the time of year and the specific conditions, this type of trip is sometimes a bit of a mix between offshore and inshore fishing. This is an extremely diverse zone where you can often find fish species typically from both further out at sea and close to land. The quality of water here is ever-changing due to tides, currents, season, and weather and no two days are alike. Because of these transformations in temperature, depth, and salinity levels, the types of fish found in this narrow sector is also continuously altered as fish come and go from the deeper ocean and from the shallower waters following their preferred conditions.
If you are looking for a secluded, far-out, and private trip, this is the one for you. Our backcountry fishing charter trips will take you deep into the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades National Park where you’ll notice the amount of boats and people begin to decrease. Enjoy the natural beauty around you as we hunt for those elusive fish species. Your Captain has been immersed in these waters since childhood and is very knowledgeable on fishing technique as well as how to read the day’s conditions to determine where the best backwater spots might be.
What additional things should I know before embarking on this adventure?
Gear: We’ll use lightweight spinning gear with a mix of live and artificial baits.
Age Requirements: All ages are welcome. Never too young to catch your first fish.
Rates: Check out our rates page for pricing on our Full Day, ¾ Day and Half Day trips.
Departure: Your Marco Island fishing charter will depart from various boat ramps through out the island depending on time of year, weather, tides and bite patterns to give you the best possible fishing experience.
What to Bring: You should bring drinks as it is important to stay hydrated while out in the sun and in contact with salt in the water and air. A cooler with ice will be provided. Polarized sunglasses should be work to help diminish the glare from the water surface and help your vision be at its optimum performance. Sun protection in the form of a hat, sunscreen (higher SPF is better). Any Food that you may want. Consider packing a lunch if you will be doing a ¾ or all day tour.
Will you fillet our fish? Of course! If your fish is within legal size limits we will absolutely fillet and bag it for you.
Cancellation Policy: Go here to view our cancellation policy
MARCO ISLAND SHELLING & SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Southwest Florida is a beautiful, unique, and satisfyingly diverse area to explore. Hook n Line Charters can offer more than fishing charters in Marco Island Florida. Why not hop aboard one of our vessels for a fabulous ecotour and some spectacular shelling? We know this place well and can take you to some hidden and remote beaches where you'll be able to find mesmerizing shells of all varieties including conchs and whelks. See marine life such as manatees and dolphins and even have the opportunity to check of some elusive bird species such as the Rosetta Spoonbill or perhaps even the Mangrove Cuckoo! Rates for these tours will vary so give us a call or fill out the form to request a quote! 239-207-8883