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What are the best fishing charters in Marco Island?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 21 trips in Marco Island, and the most popular trips in the area are Back Bay Trip – 27’ Carolina guided by Richard, Nearshore Trip with Captain Phil guided by Phil, and Naples Backcountry Trip guided by Phil.

Our guides in Marco Island are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 5129 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Naples, Goodland and Chokoloskee.

What types of fishing charters are common in Marco Island?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Marco Island as well as deep sea fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Marco Island are: 1. yellowtail snapper, 2. red grouper, 3. amberjack, and 4. mangrove snapper.

The most common fishing techniques in Marco Island are live bait fishing, artificial lure fishing, and light tackle fishing but heavy tackle fishing and drift fishing are popular as well.

How much do Marco Island fishing charters cost?

in Marco Island prices can range anywhere from $420 to $2,500, but the average price for a half day in Marco Island is $597. The average price for a full day in Marco Island is $1,123.

When is the best month to go fishing in Marco Island?

The most popular season for fishing in Marco Island is spring, and most anglers book their trips 7 days in advance.

Do I need a Marco Island fishing license and what are the bag limits in Marco Island?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Marco Island don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Marco Island.

Marco Island Fishing Overview

Marco Island is a gorgeous destination surrounded by beaches, beautiful blue water, mangroves, and shallow flats that make it an inshore angler’s dream. In offshore waters, there’s endless wrecks and reefs to deep drop or troll. The variety of habitat from inshore to offshore waters is home to some of the most sought after target species which includes a couple of bucket list fish. With so many incredible fishing spots, the action is hot no matter what kind of angling you’re after.

Marco Island Inshore Fishing

Marco Island is surrounded by mangroves, flats, sandbars, jetties, and piers that harbor an abundance of inshore fish species. These are the perfect spots to target speckled trout, redfish, drum, ladyfish, pompano, snook, tarpon, and sheepshead. Many of these fish have a cult following or are on angler’s bucket lists. If either is true for you then Marco Island is the perfect place for your next trip.

Head to the backwaters and experience some of the best snook, redfish, and seatrout fishing in the state. Although pompano is less of a glamorous fish than tarpon and snook, they provide some of the most exciting fishing you can have on light tackle. This hard-charging fish is a member of the jack family and is exceptionally good to eat. If you love to throw flies, Marco Island is a great place to test your skills and target inshore fish that will give you a run for your money.

In the summer, there is nothing better on the paradise coast of Florida than tarpon fishing. This is what everyone is after and Marco Island is one of the best places to catch one. You'll have a good chance to catch a tarpon over 100 pounds but if the tarpon won’t bite, the snook will. Snook are a fantastic south Florida fish and this area has a ton of them in the mangroves. Both of these powerful fish can grow to giant proportions and are sought-after trophy fish.

Marco Island Nearshore Fishing

Further from shore, various species of grouper and snapper congregate near deep structures, and you can try your luck by dropping baited lines down to their feeding grounds. If you want something more fast-paced, head out and troll near reefs for Spanish mackerel, kingfish, and cobia. These fish explode on lures, fight hard, and grow into giants, all things that make the nearshore fishing in Marco Island second to none.

Other Things to Do in Marco Island

There’s no end to the number of ways you can enjoy yourself down in Southwest Florida. You can relax or play on miles of powder sand beaches. Feast on everything from haute cuisine to down-home cooking. Sample the lively nightlife in trendy dance clubs or simply go for a midnight stroll. Shop for custom-designed jewelry or top designer fashion. Browse through art galleries and antique stores. Explore over 10,000 years of local history and archeology.

Experience the infinite wonders of The Everglades, home to alligators, herons, bald eagles, white-tailed deer and the endangered Florida panther. And for the sports enthusiast— charter fishing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, racquet sports and some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses make classic Florida a dream come true.

With miles of pristine beaches and plenty of activities to do off the water, Marco Island is a prime vacation destination. There is something for everyone in Marco Island and with so much to offer, a visit is sure to make lasting memories.

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