Naples Backwater Fishing Charters specializes in light tackle inshore fishing adventures in Naples and Marco Island. Join Captain Ben Geroy and enjoy some of the finest backwater fishing that Southwest Florida has to offer.

Check the bite on a half-day adventure in the backwaters or get the waters all to yourselves on a full-day trip. Fish with light tackle, go for spinning, test yourself in jigging, or try fly fishing. Before you make your first cast, Capt. Ben will guide you through the basics. Just tell him which fishing methods you’d like to try!

Capt. Ben will work hard to put you on top of the hot bite. On your day out, you will be able to take a lot of fish species off your personal Southwest Florida bucket list. Go after the ’Silver King’ Tarpon when the season allows or target toothy Sheepshead. Get a healthy dose of Redfish, Snook, and Black Drum. Chase Jack Crevalle and Mangrove Snapper, or catch Goliath Grouper.

Or try something different and target Lemon, Bull, and Blacktip Shark. Kids love Shark trips!

Just hop onboard a 20’ Willy Roberts custom-built skiff, designed by the captain’s father for guided fishing in the local waters. Its single 115 HP Mercury 4-stroke engine will power up to 2 anglers to the hottest grounds in the area in comfort and style. The boat is very light for its size, which allows it to run and float in very shallow water.

The boat is outfitted with modern electronics and professional tools to save your time while searching for fish. You will be able to relax in padded, swiveling seats. All aboard!

All trips come with a license, bait, tackle, gear, and a cooler with ice. You will only need to bring your own drinks, food, and appropriate clothing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    A half day charter will be 4 hours of fishing in the backwaters of Naples and Marco Island. You will be fishing for Redfish, Trout, Snook, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $450
    Join Captain Ben aboard a custom-built fishing machine and check the bite in the backwaters. Target Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Trout, and many more depending on the season.
There are 5 people looking at this charter.

About the Captain

Ben Geroy
Naples, Florida, United States
41 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
63 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2015
I was born and raised in Naples, FL, and have been exploring and fishing the backwaters since I could hold a fishing rod. My father has also been a full-time fishing guide in Naples for almost 40 years. In a way, you can say I was "born into the business".

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Shark (Lemon) Lemon Shark
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Willy Roberts Custom (Skiff) originally built in 2001. Powered by a 115HP Mercury 4-stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
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 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

Naples Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos & videos by reviewers (54)
5.0
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
out of 5 stars from 63 reviews
Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Experience
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Half day trip with Captain Ben
Half day trip with Captain Ben
Half day trip with Captain Ben
+51
Angler Rating
61
0
1
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 63 reviews
Ernest V.
Naples, Florida
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

3/4 to full day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on May 14, 2021
Capt. Ben Geroy was the best Guide i have ever had. put us on the fish for sure and even reached out to me on my half day afternoon...
Ernest V. recommends Naples Backwater Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
1 person finds this review helpful
You and 1 other person found this helpful
  Ben Geroy Captain replied

Bradley H.
Boston, MA
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Half Day (AM) Trip with Captain Ben

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 13, 2021
We did a half day (AM) trip with Captain Ben and couldn’t have asked for a better day! He took us to several different spots...
Bradley H. recommends Naples Backwater Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Ben Geroy Captain replied

Richard J.
Peabody, MA
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Half day with captain Ben

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 11, 2021
The trip was great we started early to gather the morning tarpon bite we had them all over us but could not get one to bite...
Richard J. recommends Naples Backwater Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Ben Geroy Captain replied

Tom T.
Towson, Maryland
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

1/2 day trip with Captain Ben

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 4, 2021
Captain Ben knows where to fish and what to use. Our trip was in early February 2 weeks after a bad red tide. Every spot we...
Tom T. recommends Naples Backwater Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Ben Geroy Captain replied

Ted F.
Naples, FL
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Half Day trip with Captain Ben Geroy

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 31, 2021
My son Jacob and I had a great time fishing with Captain Ben.  He was patient with us, but most of all he got us...
Ted F. recommends Naples Backwater Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Ben Geroy Captain replied

FAQs about Naples Backwater Fishing Charters

Naples Backwater Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Naples Backwater Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Naples Backwater Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Naples Backwater Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Naples Backwater Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Naples Backwater Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon