Nelson Guide Company

Captain Si Nelson & Nelson Guide Company welcomes you to the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village Destin, Florida!

Come aboard “Jack ‘Em Up” - a 24’ Carolina Skiff that can comfortably accommodate 6 people with a cruising speed of 25 knots, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the wind on your face. She is a rugged fishing machine, but exceptionally child-friendly.

Captain Si offers a wide range of angling trips. Conventional fishing trips will give you an opportunity to see what backcountry fishing has to offer you. If you feel ready for more action, then nearshore reef fishing will blow your mind! Anything from Red Snapper to Kingfish, Bull Shark to Sheepshead is in the cards and it’s all on light tackle!

If you’re an avid fly angler, Nelson Guide Company has specialized trips for you. Capt. Si is an experienced guide and he knows how to set you up for the perfect presentation. Bring your own gear for these trips. Capt. Si is very generous, and never hesitates to share one of his own hand tied patterns to “match the hatch.”

When you’re craving something more fast-paced and exciting, bow fishing is the way to go. It sounds impossible, but it’s actually incredibly fun, especially when you’re doing it with friends!

New to fishing or looking to up your game? For a limited time only, Capt. Si will be offering his “Fishing Clinic” experience. He’ll walk you through all the fishing basics and help you catch your bucket list trophy!

Most trips include everything you’ll need, so don’t worry about bringing anything more than sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and your favorite snack/beverage. Capt. Nelson will gladly answer all your questions and help you with your catch, so showing your gratitude in tips is encouraged (15% customary, 20% complimentary).

Nelson Guide Company has one of Destin’s most ruggedly handsome boats, an experienced Captain, and loves chasing trophy fish and making trophy memories. So, what are you waiting for - Book now and let the fun begin!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 11 Jun - 20 Jul
    $1,000
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    It's snapper season! Try your luck on a deep sea snapper trip for 4 hours, 6 hours, or 8 hours. The longer you go the better chance you have of catching that trophy red snapper!
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Fly Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $810
    up to 6 persons
    Enjoy the classic experience of sight casting for Redfish with Captain Si as your personal guide. All you need to do is bring the gear, and he makes it his duty to find the fish. He will also clue you in on what makes fly fishing in Fort Walton Beach area such a unique experience!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Night Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $750
    up to 1 person
    + $25
    each additional person
    Join us for some Bay And backcountry night fishing. Cooler evenings and a strong bite. The Red Fish, flounder, trout and more are quick to provide tight lines in the evening.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $750
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Whether your backcountry or off shore fishing your in for an adventure. We will be looking at hooking some reef fish, shark fishing, red fish, Mackerel and more. We will give you a trip to remember.
  • Private trip
    6 Hr Trip – Conventional Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $750
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Deep backcountry or offshore bottom fishing are both in the cards for this trip! You will be targeting Kingfish, Red Snappers, Spanish Mackerel, and let's not forget about Speckled Seatrout and Sharks! The chances that you will catch something awesome increase with the number of hours you spend out, so off to new fishing victories!
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip – Bow fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $625
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Spend the morning slinging arrows with your pals. Make it a competition or just have fun! Bowfishing is, hands down, one of the best ways to make memories and crack smiles, not to mention learning something new. With so many different fishing techniques, bow fishing is by far one of the most interesting ones to try your hand in.
  • Private trip
    "How To" Fishing Clinic
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $20
    each additional person
    Learn how to fish like a pro with 1-on-1 instruction from Captain Si, owner and operator of The Nelson Guide Company. Whether you're a rookie, or an experienced angler looking to tighten up your game, Captain Si will help you take it to the next level.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Night Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Join us for some Bay And backcountry night fishing. Cooler evenings and a strong bite. The Red Fish, flounder, trout and more are quick to provide tight lines in the evening.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr – Conventional Fishing (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Four hours might not seem like a lot, but captain Si makes sure that every moment you spend on the water is worthwhile. You will get a feel of nearshore and inshore fishing during this half day trip and you can bet that it will be enough to have you getting back for more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr – Conventional Fishing (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    Make the most out of your afternoon by going on a fast-paced inshore and nearshore light tackle fishing trip with an experienced captain and guide. Whether it's with your family or a close group of friends, conventional fishing is everything but ordinary and you can be sure that there will be plenty to learn and catch in those 4 hours.
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About the Captain

Si Nelson
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2018
Captain Si is a lifelong native of Florida’s Emerald Coast. He’s been an outdoorsman nearly his entire life and derives no greater pleasure than sharing his passion with others. Captain Si can hardly find any greater joy than taking a kid fishing and is more at home on the Gulf Coast waterways than at his own kitchen table. In past years he has worked as a columnist and contributor to GAFF Magazine and has taught workshops for Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman in Destin, Florida. Captain Si is a United States Coast Guard endorsed 100-ton captain and has worked in every body of water from Matagorda, TX to Long Island Sound. He is a member in good standing at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso, FL, a husband to Caitie Beth and a father to Jack, Charlotte, Davy, and Henry.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Tiger) Shark (Tiger)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff (Skiff) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Flounder Gigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Bank Transfer
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (7)
4.06
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half day fishing with Captain Si
July fishing trip
2 hour cruise with Capt Si
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
80%
Friendly captain
83%
Recommend this charter
83%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
83%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Bruce D.
Stillwater, OK
 5.00
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Half day fishing with Captain Si

VERIFIED   July 17, 2018
I booked the day before and he confirmed within a few hours.There were 3 kids (ages 5,6,7) and 3 adults in our group. ...
Bruce D. recommends Nelson Guide Company
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Amber G.
United States
 5.00
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2 hour cruise with Capt Si

VERIFIED   May 29, 2018
Had a great time! 2 hours was perfect for first time fishing with little ones. Capt Si made sure everyone had a good time,...
Amber G. recommends Nelson Guide Company
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Tim M.
Ballwin, MO
 4.67
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Captain Si is a pro

VERIFIED   July 26, 2018
We loved the trip with Si. He worked hard to put us and keep us on fish. We had kids and he made sure they had opportunity...
Tim M. recommends Nelson Guide Company
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James A.
Crestview, Florida
 5.00
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 12, 2018
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Kevin E.
Baker, Florida
 1.00
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Poor communication

VERIFIED   July 22, 2019
I sent an email several days before the trip and did not receive a response.  I texted the company the night before...
Kevin E. does not recommend Nelson Guide Company
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