Choose Pine Island Sound as your next fishing destination and book an adventure with Nauti Knots Charters! Captain Ken Mercer is an expert in Southwest Florida fishing, a tournament angler, and proud philanthropist. On his trips, you’ll combine light tackle, shallow water, and nearshore fishing for explosive strikes and drag-pulling fun!

Capt. Ken is eager to show you what it’s all about! He invites you on his brand new 25’ Tidewater bay boat, powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine, reaching some of the best fishing spots that Pine Island and Charlote Harbor have to offer. The boat comes with a Minn Kota trolling motor, allowing you to approach unsuspecting inshore species quietly and discreetly.

Top-of-the-range gear is supplied on board as well, including a Dual Power-Pole anchoring system, Simrad electronics, and 13 Fishing rods and reels. There is also plenty of dry storage for all your personal items and you’ll have a cooler for your snacks and drinks. The boat accommodates up to 6 guests, everyone can fish at the same time, and kids of all ages are welcome!

Capt. Ken will take you fishing after some of the most sought-after inshore species of western Florida. This includes Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to target various Shark species, Goliath Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Tripletail, and Jack Crevalle.

Capt. Ken specializes in fly fishing as well. If you’d like to give it a go, bring or rent your own gear and he’ll take you to some of the most productive backcountry flats along the coast.

You’ll use live bait and artificial lures to attract all these target species and more, depending on the conditions and your preferences. Top-quality rods and reels, as well as your fishing license, are included in the price, so just come straight to the dock ready for action. Book your trip today and let Nauti Knots Charters show you the time of your life!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
    What's better than a full day on the water? Eight hours gives you more time to catch fish, relax, and create memories with the family. You'll target Bull Shark, Cobia, Snook, Tarpon, Tripletail, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, and many more! Your rods, reels, bait, and tackle are included in the price and the captain's boat covers your fishing license. Just bring some food, drinks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses and get ready for an awesome adventure!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    On this 6-hour trip, you'll have the opportunity to catch Redfish, Cobia, Snook, Goliath Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and various species of Shark. Your gear and bait are included in the trip, as well as your fishing license. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks, and don't forget the sunscreen! Everything else will be taken care of so you can come ready to fish and enjoy the ride.
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About the Captain

Ken Mercer
Bokeelia, Florida, United States
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6 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2019
Captain Ken Mercer has been fishing since a very young age and it’s always been his #1 passion. He specializes in handlining, spinning, bottom fishing, drifting, and fly fishing and takes his customers above reefs and wrecks, as well as flats fishing in shallow waters. Besides being a jack-of-all-trades on the boat, Capt. Ken is a tournament fisherman and philanthropist as well. He participates in charitable competitions, such as the Pediatric Cancer Tournament in Tampa and Cast for Kids in Port Charlotte. When he’s not giving back to the community, Ken is most likely with clients, showing them the time of their lives! Get ready for an adventure, book your trip today, and get ready to catch some amazing fish in Bokeelia, FL!

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish Ladyfish

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Tidewater (Bay boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha 4.2L engine.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Handline

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Travis K.
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Full day with Captain Ken Mercer!

Full Day Trip on February 23, 2019
What an amazing day out on the water with Captain Ken Mercer. He knows where the bait is to put you in good position to get...
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Half Day Trip (AM) on April 28, 2019
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...
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United States
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Inshore fishing for snook!

Full Day Trip on April 19, 2019
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April 21, 2019
A true memory making experience. My little man loved catching the fish and playing with the bait as well! Captain Ken on our...
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FAQs about Nauti Knots Charters

Nauti Knots Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $750 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Nauti Knots Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS (Simrad )
  • Fishfinder (Simrad )
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Minn Kota )
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Nauti Knots Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Nauti Knots Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Nauti Knots Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing (Please bring your own fly gear )
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Nauti Knots Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail