Local Knowledge of SWFL

Incredible inshore fishing awaits you in southwest Florida’s network of bays. Local Knowledge of SWFL does exactly what it says in the name. Let Captain Mike Hatcher show you his backyard. A Naples native, he grew up with a rod in one hand and has been running charters for over 15 years. He learned from the best in the region and hopes to impart on you the skills and knowledge he’s gained from a lifetime on the water.

His 21’ Release flats boat is the perfect vessel for navigating these shallow waters. A light boat, she’ll keep you comfortably afloat in the shallow waters, and will whizz across the open bays at speed thanks to the 150 HP Yamaha engine. The wireless trolling motor will kick in on the skinny waters, giving you the chance to creep up quietly on your spooky prey.

Depending on the season, you may find a livewell full of bait, or you’ll catch some as you head out to the fishing grounds. Either way, you’ll have plenty of shrimp to entice the bite of your target fish. You’ll have full use of brand new Shimano rods and Daiwa reels, giving you the edge over whatever you want to catch.

You’ll have your pulses racing as you target such prized species as Tarpon, Snook, and Jack Crevalle. Come and see for yourself why anglers all over the world flock to western Florida to battle it out with these monsters. You’re in for some rod-bending action throughout!

Using light tackle, you’ll also try to fill the boat with some delicious fish. Go after some classic inshore favorites such as Sheepshead, Redfish, Snapper, Trout, and many more, to head home with a tasty treat.

At the end of the trip, your captain will clean and prepare your catch so you’re ready to cook it up right away. You’ll find everything you need, and more, on board with Local Knowledge of SWFL. Just bring some food and drink to fill the onboard cooler, and dress appropriately. Come and make the most of Naples Bay and its surrounding area!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Get the most out of your western Florida fishing adventure and spend a full 8 hours on the water. You'll get to test your skills and strength as you work your way along these waters, moving from island to mangrove to bay in search of some exciting fish. Depending on your target species, you'll get to choose between light or heavy tackle, battling it out against some highly-prized species. From Tarpon, Snook, and Jack Crevalle to Snappers, Redfish, and Sheepshead, you're in for a thrilling, productive day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    Spending 6 hours on the water will allow you to mix up your fishing techniques and explore some of the top fishing spots in Naples Bay. Test your strength against monster Tarpon, tough-fighting Snook, and strong Jack Crevalle, before focusing your attention on filling the boat. Work your way along the shallow waters and, on light tackle, go after Snappers, Pompano, Trout, and many more. Bring a long-sleeved shirt, some shades, and sunscreen to protect against the elements, and get your fish on.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    Get out first thing in the morning and discover some of western Florida's best inshore fishing. Explore Naples Bay and its numerous islands and estuaries as you target a range of beautiful, exciting, and delicious fish. Depending on the season, you'll get to use a range of light and heavy tackle, testing out your jigging skills before fighting it out with monsters like Tarpon, Snook, and Jack Crevalle, as well as trying to fill the boat with Redfish, Pompano, Trout, and Snappers.
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About the Captain

Michael Hatcher
Naples, Florida, United States
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30 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2019
A local to the Naples area, Capt. Michael has been fishing since he can remember. He's been able to make a profession out of his passion since 2003, and specializes in taking customers inshore fishing, despite his experience in offshore fishing too. He loves showing guests the incredible nature of western Florida and hopes to share his knowledge with everyone, as his mentors did to him.

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Targeted Species

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Release (Flats boat) originally built in 1991, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 20, 2020
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 25, 2020
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Had a great time even on a chilly day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on January 21, 2020
I had not been fishing in the Naples area in over a decade though I used to go when visiting with my dad dating back to the...
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Fun Half Day with Captain Mike!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 29, 2019
My wife, daughter (age 17), and son (age 15) enjoyed a half day of fishing with Captain Mike. Mike truly has ‘local knowledge’,...
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FAQs about Local Knowledge of SWFL

Local Knowledge of SWFL offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Local Knowledge of SWFL, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Local Knowledge of SWFL include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Daiwa and Shimano)
  • Live Bait (May be caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Local Knowledge of SWFL offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Local Knowledge of SWFL offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Maximum 2 guests)
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Local Knowledge of SWFL include:
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon