Nelson’s Nautical Charters

Fort Myers Place is one of the best spots in the whole of the US for inshore and nearshore fishing. Step aboard Nelson’s Nautical Charters and explore the flats, backcountry, reefs, and wrecks, as you go after tough-fighting and delicious fish. There’s something for everyone aboard as experienced anglers will relish the chance to battle it out with some prized fish, and beginners can get hooked!

Captain Steven Nelson is the man to get you on the fish and to give you a helping hand. Hailing from the Florida Keys, his whole life has revolved around the water. He loves getting out fishing every day, and invites you to join him on the weekends. He hopes to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience, filling the boat and putting a smile on your face.

His 23’ Carolina Skiff is the perfect vessel for these shallow waters. Light and nimble, she’ll take you to spots that few others can manage. Up to 4 guests are welcome to make yourselves at home. Bring your own drinks and snacks aboard and plug into the multimedia system and blast your tunes throughout the day.

Using the latest rods and reels, along with live bait, you’ll get to troll, bottom fish, drift fish, and even make use of popping corks to lure your target. Tough-fighting Sharks and Snook will give even the most experienced angler a run for their money. It won’t be easy to fill the boat either. Snappers, Groupers, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and Mackerel promise a tough fight to take their meat home with you.

At the end of the trip, Capt. Steven will clean and fillet your catch, so you’re good to cook up your fish right away. Savor the taste of a successful day out long into the night, and beyond! Everything you need for a productive day is waiting on board. Let Nelson’s Nautical Charters take you away to the fishing trip of your dreams!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Get the most out of the productive fishery of southwestern Florida and step aboard for 8 hours, exploring the diverse waters and battling it out with some of the most impressive fish around. Bring the whole family out and get the kids hooked, or spend a day on your own testing your skills and strength against these prized species. Fill the boat with delicious fish like Snapper, Grouper, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, or Mackerel, while a fight with a Shark or Snook will stay with you forever.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Spending 5 hours on the water will give you the chance to explore a range of different fishing grounds and get you reeling in plenty of fish. From the inshore shallows to the nearshore reefs and wrecks, you'll get to go after some of Florida's most prized shallow water fish. Troll or bottom fish many different spots to fill the boat with Snapper, Grouper, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and Mackerel, or test your skills against Snook and Sharks. Everyone is welcome to discover these thrilling fish.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    It's never too late to go fishing, so have a lie-in and come aboard refreshed before discovering the riches of southwest Florida's fishery. From the shallows inshore to the reefs and wrecks, there's no end to what you can catch. Troll or bottom fish, or even try out a popping cork to attract the bite of Snappers, Groupers, Redfish, Trout, Snook, Sheepshead, Mackerel, Sharks, and more. These prized fish will all give you a run for your money so get ready for an intense day fighting it out.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    This 4-hour trip is a great way to keep the whole family entertained in the morning. Take the kids out to sea and get them hooked on fishing. All the while learning about the beauty of the marine life in southwestern Florida. Bottom fish or troll for exciting and delicious Snapper, Grouper, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and Mackerel to fill the boat. Experienced anglers will relish the chance to do battle against tough-fighting Snook and Sharks too, so there's something for everyone.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    You won't believe it, but 4 hours on these waters is plenty to fill the boat with a range of delicious fish. Come and get your fishing fix or teach the family all about the joys of this world-famous sport. Experienced anglers and newbies will relish the chance to battle it out with Snook, Snappers, Sheepshead, Groupers, Sharks, Mackerel, Trout, and many more prized fish, as you test your skills and strength and head home with something delicious for dinner.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Try Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $275
    price breakdown
    $275
    If you’re not too experienced with fishing and have always wanted to give it a try, then this trip is for you! I will teach you, your group or your family how to fish whether it being your first time or first time fishing in brackish or saltwater.
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About the Captain

Steven Nelson
Fort Myers Beach, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
18 Customer Reviews
Response time 13 hours
Member since April 2019
Born and raised in the Florida Keys, Captain Steven has always been on the water. He claims that he hails from "a lot of drinking people with fishing problems!" Having fished his whole life, he still loves getting out on the water every day, and hopes to show you a once-in-a-lifetime experience in southwest Florida's rich waters.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Grunt Grunt
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Lane) Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff (Catamaran) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 115HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Fort Myers Beach to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.94
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
Boat
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Experience
Sea Chaser at it's Best
Half day trio
Half day trio
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Angler Rating
17
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Carolyn K.
Miami, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  September 11, 2020
We had an excellent fishing trip with Nelson’s. Our captain was on time and very friendly, genuinely caring if we had a good...
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Ellen D.
Bonita Springs, Florida
 5.00
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Sea Chaser at it's Best

VERIFIED   NEW  September 2, 2020
What an awesome day out on Captain Steve’s Sea Chaser!  He took us to some hot spots and can’t believe the...
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Larry B.
Fort Myers, Florida
 5.00
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5 Hour Inshore Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   June 25, 2020
My son and I did the 5 hour inshore fishing trip on June 25, 2020 and had a great time.  It was our first time fishing...
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Renee S.
Minnetrista, MN
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Captain Steven is the best - just ask any of my kiddos :) He took us and our little pup on an awesome half day of fishing and...
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John I.
Riverview, Florida
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 22, 2020
Captain Steve medicine the doc 15 minutes early. Had us all loaded in the boat and on our way within minutes. We started catching...
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