Nauti Knots Charters in Captiva, Florida

Guided by Ken Mercer

Inshore Nearshore

About Your Guide

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Captain Ken is a Southwest Florida native, born and raised. The son of a commercial fisherman, Ken has been on the water fishing the gulf and inshore waters all his life. A winning tournament angler, he has also guided several charity fishing events in the area. As a testament to his skill, he landed a Tarpon over 7 feet long and a mere 20lbs from the record last year! When it comes down to hiring a charter captain, you want more than a local expert with the ability to put you in a position to catch your target species. You also want someone who ensures you and your family have a fun and safe experience. These are top priorities for Captain Ken. You'll catch fish, have some laughs and enjoy everything that makes this area the best fishing destination in Florida. Spend a day on the water with a guide that loves to put his anglers on the fish of a lifetime!

Nauti Knots Charters Trips

Climb aboard with Captain Ken for an awesome adventure inshore on the waters near Boca Grande! This family friendly trip targets Snook, Redfish, and Trout, with the opportunity for many more species on the line. For either a half day or a full day, up to 6 guests can board the 25’ Tidewater and set out for a voyage unlike any other. Beyond Snook, Redfish, and Trout, this trip offers the opportunity to catch Permit, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel. Perhaps you will even hook a Bull Shark or a massive Goliath Grouper! The waters of the Gulf are filled with tasty treats but beware, some of them might put up a fight on the line before they find your dinner table. To catch these delicious fish you will be bottom fishing using a variety of tackles, all of which are provided by Captain Ken. He brings any equipment you will need as well as licenses, bottled water, suntan lotion, and an ice-cooler. All you need before you hop aboard is snacks and drinks for the long day in the sun. The 25’ Tidewater includes an ice box, fighting chair, and wireless trolling motor. It is a beautiful vessel equipped with a 300HP Yamaha engine, designed to give you comfort and speed on your voyage. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Captiva

Inshore Adventure 6-8 Hours

100% (4)
25 ft 1 - 6 People From $175 / person

Looking for a thrilling battle with a giant sea monster that twists, turns, flips, and whirls on your line? Look no further and join Captain Ken for a half day tracking Tarpon in the waters off Boca Grande pass, known as the Tarpon Capital of the World! These bucket list fish make a glorious fight with spectacular runs. Captain Ken will chase the Silver Kings while you battle from the fighting chair on the bow! Catching Tarpon is akin the Super Bowl of fishing, since these monsters put up an incredible fight. They are known to jump up to 6 feet in the air near the end of your battle! This trip promises to be nothing short of electrifying. Your vessel is a 25’ Tidewater powered by a 300hp Yamaha engine. The fighting chair in the bow is well secured, like a throne for battle. While in the inshore pass you will be bottom fishing for these monsters of the deep, but be prepared, once you have them at the surface the Silver Kings will fight even harder! Captain Ken will provide everything you need on this all-inclusive adventure including live bait, tackle, licenses, bottled water, suntan lotion, and a cooler with ice. Bring your own snacks and drinks, and get excited for this frantic frenzy! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Captiva

Boca Grande Pass Tarpon

100% (4)
25 ft 1 - 6 People From $233 / person

Recent Reviews of Nauti Knots Charters

Oceanform O.


Being local, I normally I fish shoreline and by kayak, but one day i thought I’d treat myself to a charter. Called up Captain Ken, booked a charter and he put me on fish immediately. SUPER clean boat, fresh bait, new tackle. Not only did I catch my personal best snook, but also my personal best tripletail! Don’t hesitate to book with Captain Ken, well worth it! I will be booking again 100%. AAA all around experience.

Sarah M.


A true memory making experience. My little man loved catching the fish and playing with the bait as well! Captain Ken on our way back spotted a dolphin and slowed down to get the dolphin to play! My son loved the fact there was a dolphin jumping along side the boat! Can’t wait to be able to go again!

James F.


Some guides help you catch a lot of fish. Some guides are fun to fish with and be out on the water with all day. Some have really nice boats, tackle and equipment. It can be hard to find one that has it all though. Ken is one of those guys. Really had a great time catching snook, redfish, trout and tarpon! Highly recommend for a great day of catching.

Travis K.


What an amazing day out on the water with Captain Ken. He knows where the bait is to put you in good position to get a early start on catching the big ones. He has all the tricks to get the snook, redfish, and trout bite. He also can put you on some other amazing species! Very fun Captain good with kids. The boat was amazing grade equipment setup for all types of fishing very comfortable ride and safe. I’m already planning my second trip with Ken! ps. the picture is of my personal best redfish 31 in.


Bull Shark, Goliath Grouper, Kingfish, Permit, Redfish, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Tarpon


Bottom Fishing, Drift Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Jigging, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing

Types of Fishing

Inshore, Nearshore

Start Location

15183 Captiva Drive, Captiva, FL 33924, United States | Bodies of water fished: Boca Grande Pass, Fort Myers Beach, Boca Grande

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