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 and his other captains know all the best fishing spots and promise 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 and his team 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. Your captain will even provide ice and coolers, so all you need to do is bring some drinks and 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!

Come aboard and let this premium guide service show you the best of Florida.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Sep-Oct (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $575
    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 (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $575
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 17 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $575
    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!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $825
    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
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,100
    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.
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About the Captain

Nick Thorstenson
Goodland, Florida, United States
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161 Customer reviews
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Member since September 2019
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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. Captain Nick owns Native Guided Fishing Charters and also has an amazing crew of other captains that also run the trips.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2006. 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
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Bring your own equipment

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Prepared before the trip
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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

Payment

Pay online in full

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No additional fees.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 156 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Fishing with Nick
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Shawn L.
Binghamton, NY
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Half day trip with captin Nick

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 15, 2022
I decided to take my two boys ages 15 and 17 out for a 1/2 day fishing trip while vacationing on Marco Island. We met Captain...
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JEREMY H.
Dallas, TX
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Half Day w/Captian Jason

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 17, 2022
Excellent day on the water; knowledgable regarding best place to catch fish, lots of options based on what you are looking...
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Kenneth S.
Pennsauken Township, NJ
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Excellent trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 7, 2022
Initial trip had to be postponed due to bad weather. We rescheduled for a few days later, with absolutely no hassle at all....
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Scott L.
Clermont, FL
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 6, 2022
Capt. Nick was a excellent guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made sure we had a great time and kept us on the...
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Half day with Capt. Steve!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 24, 2022
Great day on the water! We caught lots of fish and Steve was amazing! This was our 5th trip with NATIVE GUIDES!
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FAQs about Native Guided Fishing Charters

Native Guided Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $575 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Sep-Oct (AM) (4 hours)
  • $575 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $575 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $825 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Native Guided Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Native Guided Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Native Guided Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Native Guided Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own equipment)

Top targeted fish species with Native Guided Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon