Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing

Based out of Naples, Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing is happy to travel to any boat ramp in this prime fishing corner of Florida to get you on the water. From the backcountry and flats to the reefs offshore, there’s something for everyone, so come aboard and test your skills.

Captain Tim Rushing is a 4th-generation Florida native and knows the area like the back of his hand. He is only too happy to show you the waters from the Everglades to the Pine Island Sound. With such experience behind him, he knows all the tricks of the trade and will do everything he can to help you fill the boat.

Step aboard the 18’ Maverick Master Angler flats boat and see for yourself. Up to 4 guests are welcome and you can all fish at the same time. The deck is covered with custom Seadek foam, so you can take your shoes off and relax as you fish. Capt. Tim will even provide water and Gatorade, and feel free to bring to your own food too.

Using the latest Loomis, St, Croix, Shimano, and Quantum gear, you’ll have everything you need for a productive day on the water. Try bottom fishing or fly fishing from the flats to the reefs, and get ready for a thrilling day out.

These waters are full of the most sought-after inshore fish in the country, and you’ll go after them all. Test your skills to attract the bite of beauties such as Snook, Permit, Tarpon, and more. But the hard work is just getting started. Along with Sharks, Grouper, Snapper, and Redfish, they’ll all put up a fight to get off your line.

Try catching and releasing most of the protected species, but Capt. Tim will be only happy to clean and fillet whatever you’d like to take home. All he asks is that you bring your own cooler to take the fish home with you.

And that’s it, there’s nothing left for you to do. With year-round fishing from the legendary backcountry to the open waters offshore, there’s never any need to miss out. Come aboard Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing for a thrilling day out!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $850
    There's nothing quite like the thrill of hunting the water by night. Come aboard this trip and spend 8 hours under the cover of darkness going up against some of southwestern Florida's biggest and brightest fish. get in touch with your captain before going to determine the departure time, as fishing at night is dependent on the tides. No matter when you go, though, you're in for an exciting experience as you battle it out with tough-fighting Snook, Tarpon, and Sharks, and some more tasty creatures too.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    Make the most of your time in southwest Florida and spend 8 hours on the water. A full day at sea gives you the best chance to discover what fishing here is really all about, as you explore a range of fishing grounds from the river to the open seas. Test your skills and strength as you try bottom fishing, or even fly fishing to land beauties such as Pompano, Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon, and Sharks. These prized creatures will all make you work hard for your catch, so get ready for an intense workout.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    Spending 6 hours on the water will give you plenty of time to explore a range of productive fishing grounds out of Naples. From the backcountry and flats to the nearshore reefs, there's no end to what you can catch. Test your bottom fishing skills and put your strength through its paces, as you target a range of monster fish that call these waters home. Go after Snook, Redfish, Pompano, Sharks, Snapper, Trout, and even Tarpon as you combine thrills with tasty rewards.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    Get out on the water first thing in the morning and catch that arly bite, as you flex your muscles and go after some prized fish in incredibly productive waters. From the backwater and flats to the nearshore reefs, you'll test your bottom fishing skills against beauties like Snook, Redfish, Snapper, Grouper, Sharks, and even Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (Evening)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $550
    The fish don't care for the time of day, so why should you? It'se never too late to get on the water, so come aboard after work and target some of southwest Florida's prized creatures in the dark. From 6 P.M. to 10 P.M., you'll test your skills against such beasts as Snook, Tarpon, Permit, Redfish, Sharks, and many more, on what promises to be an intriguing, thrilling, and productive night out.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $550
    Fishing is good all day out of Naples, FL, so there's never any need to miss out. Come aboard in the afternoon and try to land yourself something delicious to take home for dinner. You'll relish the chance of a hearty, well-earned meal after an intense workout against monsters such as Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Sharks, so come prepared for a workout and a productive day out.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Apr 1
    $500
    Let's go out and test your skills tossing ultra light lures at the snook lights in Naples Bay or Marco Island and hammer snook, redfish, tarpon and trout. These fun trips go by rapidly as you sight cast to fish that are swirling and feeding under dock lights. We can use live bait, but its really fun to stay relatively clean and dry as we cast and finesse the fish. Thus us a fun speciality tide senitive style if fishing so nake sure to reach out and let's talk!
  • Private trip
    Afternoon Sunset Express
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $400
    Sometimes you just want to get out and catch fish for a few hours and watch the sunset. This trip is for you. I will show up with the bait ready to go fish. We will fish close spots that will keep the rods bent the entire time, without any long boat rides to kill the time.
  • Private trip
    Morning 3 Hour Express
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $400
    I will have bait ready and we will begin fishing right away. No time wasted on the ride and efforts to catch bait.
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About the Captain

Tim Rushing
Naples, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
113 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
49 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2019
I have fished every single nook and cranny of Florida since I was old enough to walk, and I have spent my entire life wanting to become a charter captain and help people experience the excitement and admiration for backwater fishing and the coastal waters of Southwest Florida. Unforturnately college and a construction career, that culminated in running my own company as a certified general contractor, kept me busy. But it also allowed me lots of freedom to fish tournaments, and develop a network of prominent guides and fishing partners and develop my skills as a boater and fisherman. Family life only made it better, as I got to watch my three daughters blossom into super fishermen, and and the past 22 years of taking boat loads of kids and family in the boat has created a patient, consciensious captain. Let me take you on a trophy hunt, family day of fishing, or both in my 18 Maverick Master angler with state of the art features, and high end fishing equipment

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Permit Permit
Pompano Pompano

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Maverick Master Angler (Flats boat) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4-Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

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 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Fun Sized Tarpon Fishing is outstanding
Fun Sized Tarpon Fishing is outstanding
September 1, 2021
The fun size tarpon bite has been red hot the past few weeks with up to several hooked and landed every trip. And the cool trend has been that we have been catching them mostly between Naples and Marco, making an easy half day trip an option to catch your first tarpon. They are also in the "funsize' category, which means 10-40 pound fish, that blow up light tackle, explode in the air with acrobatics, and generally can be landed in 5-15 minutes, compared to the endless 1-2 hour battles we can get drawn into with the bigger fish, that can swallow of a fishing trip for all but the lucky angler that hooks up. So line up a trip, if you've ever wanted to catch one of Florida's most prized gamefish! This bite should last through September, and into October, and gives any angler who catches one, a legitimate shot at a coveted Backwater Grand Slam (Tarpon-Redfish-Seatrout-Snook)!
Naples Girl catches coveted Grand Slam!
Naples Girl catches coveted Grand Slam!
August 27, 2021
When that sweet Friday evening on the water turns into Naples nectar...Samantha from Naples and I dropped the boat in the water an hour before sunset with those fun sized tarpon on the brain...one toss of the net in the calm glassy surf, and we were loaded with fat pilchards, and backcountry bound...as we cruised down the backside of Keewaydin Island on our way to Rookery Bay, the outgoing tide was so perfect, we had to stop and sling a few baits into a time honored redfish spot, that has always been extra special on weekday evenings...bang, screaming drag, doubled down rod, and Sam was tied into a fat 8 pound 27 inch redfish, and good gracious here we go! Onward to the backcountry as the sun was starting to set. The water was kinda high back there, and the currents were stout. As we rolled up to the mangrove lined shoreline, we turned down the Merle and we baited up. On the 2nd cast, pop, Sam has something a little different wallowing around, and here comes Mr Seatrout to the boat...suddenly this thing could get special. Thump, I'm locked on a fat 26 inch red in the dark, and right after the pic, Sam got thumped, and after a screech of the drag, a silver rocket shot 4 feet in the air, into the mangroves, before she prevailed and its Tarpon time! Then I get mine! BOOM! 3/4's of the Grand Slam for Sam was on the board, and it is time to slip back out of the pitch black backcountry, and head back up to Naples to the Parrot for a drink and some food...and a snook for her grand slam. One stop at a familiar ol light, Sam made the perfect cast, and was instantly hooked into the clincher snook. Next cast I locked my snook down and we were done. Grand Slam for Sam and Slam for the Captain(of course I got everything but a trout lol)! 7 fish total, 2 tarpon, 2 snook, 2 reds, and a trout. As we skimmed across the glassy bay, glimmering with the sweet reflections of the Naples lights, and idled up to the Parrot, I just couldn't help but smile at how bad ass and fishy this place, Naples, that we sometimes take for granted, between the 10,000 Islands, Glades, Keys, and Pine Island Sound, really is!
Tarpon bite is red hot!
Tarpon bite is red hot!
August 25, 2021
Three days in a row, funsized tarpon each trip...all in the Naples Marco backcountry!

Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Bentley family trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 5, 2021
Captain Rushing really put us on the fish. He took us back into the Ten Thousand Islands. Just the ride into this area was...
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Great day for my son and I!

VERIFIED   Afternoon Sunset Express on December 18, 2020
My son (10 years old) and I are pretty basic fisherman from IL, and wanted to see what fishing was like somewhere else. We...
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Awesome Half Day fishing with Captain Tim

VERIFIED   Morning 3 Hour Express on August 11, 2021
We had a Great half day of fishing with Southern gentleman fishing!  Captain Tim was super friendly and very patient with...
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Half Day wish it was whole

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 23, 2021
My daughter wanted a backcountry fishing trip for her 9th birthday! Capt. Tim made sure it was a trip to remember. He put her...
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Naples, Florida
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Incredible Day on the Water

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 18, 2021
Captain Tim was amazing. He went above and beyond to ensure that we had an incredible say on the water. His expert fishing...
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FAQs about Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing

Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Morning 3 Hour Express (3 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Afternoon Sunset Express (3 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Night Trip (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (Evening) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Night Trip (8 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Southern Gentlemen Backcountry Fishing include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon