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!

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.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $925
    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 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $725
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $525
    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: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $525
    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 Charter Operator

Native Guided Fishing Charters
Goodland, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
78 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. Captain Nick owns Native Guided Fishing Charters and also has an amazing crew of other captains that also run the trips.

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Targeted Species

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

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

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
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
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

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 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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Half Day trip out of Marco Island

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 22, 2021
The past few days were windy which made fishing conditions difficult.  It seemed that the entire Gulf was murky.  Captain...
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Half Day with Captain Tyler

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 19, 2021
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2021
What a great experience!!!  We had a fantastic day. Lots of fun and even more fish. Our Captain made the trip a blast!!! He...
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Afternoon with Captain Tyler

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 23, 2021
We had an awesome time fishing catching snapper, yellow tail and a catfish or two! Captain Tyler was personable, funny and...
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Marco Island, Florida
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Amazing Fishing Trip with Captain Nick!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on January 5, 2021
Our day with Captain Nick was one of the best days we got in our vacations!! Nick was great, help us to catch lots of fish,...
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FAQs about Native Guided Fishing Charters

Native Guided Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $725 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $925 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 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