Blackwater Guide Co

Come aboard Blackwater Guide Co and experience world-class fishing down in Southwest Florida. Captain Mark Cherny is USGC licensed and insured native captain who specializes in light tackle and fly fishing in SWFL and Everglades National Park.

The captain operates an 18’ Hell’s Bay Boatworks skiff. This lightweight craft is perfect for navigating the shallow waters and comes powered by a 60 HP Honda engine that’ll get you to the fishing spots in no time.

The water in this region of the world is plentiful with a great range of fish, which along with its nature makes it a world-class fishing ground. Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, Tripletail, and Tarpon all inhabit these productive waters. Whether you’re fishing on light tackle or fly fishing, Capt. Mark will always be on hand to help you and teach you new techniques if needed.

He’s got a great range of fishing tackle but you’re always welcome to take your own fly fishing gear along with you. Catch cleaning is also included in the price and your fishing license is also covered. Water and Gatorade are provided but feel free to bring your own drinks as well as food with you. The sun shines powerfully in this neck of the woods so take sunscreen and sunglasses along with you too.

For top of the range fly fishing in a beautiful corner of the world, there’s no need to look further than Captain Mark’s guided tours.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    There's no greater motivator to wake up early in the morning than to go for a spot of fishing. Captain Mark will take you out on these subtropical waters in search of the likes of Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, Tripletail, and Tarpon. He has a great range of conventional and fly fishing gear for you to use to tempt them to take the bite.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $550
    Depart later in the day and spend an afternoon prowling the bountiful SWFL waters. This trip is recommended for first-timers to fly fishing and children as half day trips will give you enough time to catch a few while not being too overwhelming. You can expect to hook onto some Tripletail, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, and Snook on this brief yet engaging adventure.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    An extra couple of hours casting out is always worth it so Captain Mark offers an in-between adventure. Top of the line fishing gear and an experienced pair of hands to help you are provided as you embark on the Floridian waters in search of some fish. There's a great range of game fish to be caught such as Snook and Redfish, which will be cleaned for you for no extra cost.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    For those who love to fish and especially fly fish, get this popular trip booked soon! Captain Mark will take you out to his favorite waters in Southwest Florida or even to the Everglades as you go fly fishing together. There's a superb range of fish for you to tempt to a fight but the best one of all is the mighty Tarpon who lurk in these waters.
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About the Captain

Mark Cherney
Everglades City, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
15 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since March 2020
I was raised fishing the waters of SWFL and my hobby became a passion. In my mind there. is no better feeling than helping someone catch a fish of a lifetime love to fish with light tackle by throwing artificial lures. Fly fishing is also something I love to get up to and to teach people the delicate techniques involved.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Hell’s Bay Boatworks (Skiff) originally built in 2002. Powered by a 60HP Mercury Racing 60R engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 33 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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.
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Unforgettable trip!!
Unforgettable trip!!
Unforgettable trip!!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
87%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
60%
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James W.
Eufaula, Alabama
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Two full day trips with Captain Mark

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on May 2, 2022
Awesome guide. I had done quite a bit of fly fishing with 4wt and below rods. Captain Mark had me casting an 8wt and 11wt in...
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Joel G.
Kamloops, BC
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Full day trip with Captain Mark

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on November 28, 2021
Excellent day on the water, good coaching, conversation, and great knowledge of the fishery.  I’ll be back
Joel G. recommends Blackwater Guide Co
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Sergey C.
Nantucket, MA
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Unforgettable trip!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 29, 2021
Great guide, new boat and engine. Highly recommended
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Domenic D.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   January 8, 2022
The charter operator canceled 1 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting.
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Ashley R.
Hamburg, PA
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Fishing with Mark

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on January 22, 2022
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FAQs about Blackwater Guide Co

Blackwater Guide Co offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $750 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Blackwater Guide Co, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Blackwater Guide Co include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Blackwater Guide Co offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Blackwater Guide Co offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blackwater Guide Co include:
  • Black Drum
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail