Native Guided Fishing Charters

Come and explore the rich waters of southwest Florida and the 10,000 Islands National Preserve with a true local guide. Captain Nick Thorstenson was raised on Marco Island and has spent his whole life fishing. He knows all the best fishing spots and promises to take you to the best hunting grounds in search of the exciting and delicious fish that call these waters home.

Hop aboard a spacious 25’ Parker center console and enjoy a day on these rich waters. Fitted with a large t-top cover, you’ll have plenty of shade to hide from the sun, while the open deck will provide ample opportunity for sun junkies to get their tan on. There’s room for up to 6 on board, but with two vessels at his disposal, Capt. Nick can happily take up to 12 on a day out. Just get in touch and arrange a trip to suit your needs!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, there’s space for you on board. Bring the whole family along to enjoy in a fun-filled day of fishing, with everything you need for a productive day provided. Capt. Nick will even provide bottled water for you to stay hydrated, so all you need to do is bring some snacks aboard and settle in for a thrilling day out.

The stunning scenery will be enough to leave you gobsmacked, with Bottlenose Dolphins swimming around the thousands of islands that give this spot its name. When it comes to the fishing, you’re in for a serious treat going up against some of the country’s most prized inshore species. Put your angling skills to the test and head home with a boatload of fish, as you target Groupers, Snappers, Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, and many more!

You can even head to a secluded beach and fish from there or hop in the water to make the most of your southwest Florida adventure. Everything is possible with Native Guided Fishing Charters! Come aboard and let this premium guide service show you the best of Florida.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $875
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend the whole day on the water fishing the rich waters of the 10,000 Islands leading into the Gulf of Mexico, getting the most out of the inshore fishing opportunities on offer. Go after a range of exciting and delicious fish, as you try bottom fishing, jigging, and even popping to land beauties like Sheepshead, Snook, Snapper, Redfish, Tarpon, Pompano, Black Drum, Speckled Seatrout, Sheepshead, Grouper, Redfish, different Sharks, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $675
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Want to spend more time on the water? Extend your trip to a 6-hour charter fishing the Gulf or Mexico and the 10,000 Islands National Preserve. Spend your time light tackle fishing the productive shallows, going after a range of prized fish that call these waters home. From Sheepshead to Sharks, Black and Red Drum to Tarpon, Pompano, and many more, there's no end to what you can catch, and this trip will increase your chance of filling the boat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This popular trip allows you to spend 4 hours in the morning exploring the rich shallow waters and vast maze of mangroves known as the 10,000 islands. On light tackle spinning rods, you can expect to catch a variety of fish including Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Speckled Seatrout, Pompano, Black Drum, Snapper, Sheepshead, Groupers, Shark species, and many more!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $475
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On vacation and want to sleep in? No problem! The fishing is good all day long because of the tides here, providing ample opportunities for catching fish morning or afternoon. Fish the Gulf of Mexico and the 10,000 Islands National Preserve and go after a variety of fish including Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Pompano, Drum, Snapper, Sheepshead, Grouper, Sharks, and more!
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About the Captain

Nick Thorstenson
Goodland, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
13 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2019
Captain Nick is a native of Marco Island, Fl, meaning that he practically grew up on the waters around the 10,000 Islands. He got hooked on fishing in his youth while cruising the backwaters, discovering the riches in the creeks and rivers. He spent as much as possible on the water, increasing his knowledge bit by bit, and even worked through college as a charter captain, and likes nothing more than sharing his fishing experience with others. He promotes conservation in the area, and always respects local regulations, in the hope that fishing may long continue in this corner of Florida.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. 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

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
Checks
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.90
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
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Half Day Trip
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Angler Rating
12
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Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Lynn D.
Hudson, OH
 5.00
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   March 26, 2020
Awesome day!  Captain Matt is amazing. He has a bright future ahead! We all had a blast! So patient and kind. He really...
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Greg H.
San Juan
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Matt

VERIFIED   March 19, 2020
Captain Nick’s colleague, Captain Matt, took us out on a beautiful morning and put us right on the Spanish mackerel and some...
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Steven H.
Washington, MO
 5.00
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Half day with Capt. Nick

VERIFIED   March 15, 2020
Excellent day with my family and Nick.  My two girls had a ball and caught several fish.  Nick was polite, experienced...
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Helen K.
Bridgewater Township, NJ
 5.00
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Great half day fishing trip with captain Nick

VERIFIED   March 13, 2020
Captain Nick took us out for a great morning of fishing. We caught lots of different fish and got plenty of good eating ones...
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Diana S.
Naples, FL
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Half day trip with Captain Nick

VERIFIED   January 28, 2020
We had a half day trip with Captain Nick and it was just a great time. We caught all the fish we wanted and then he suggested...
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