Nelson Guide Company offers a variety of fishing adventures on a budget. With Captain Si by your side, you’ll have a true local experience. He specializes in inshore bay fishing, as well as nearshore spots in the Gulf. All trips are family-friendly and there’s even a special package created specifically for the youngest of anglers.

You’ll be fishing on a 24’ custom-built Carolina Skiff that accommodates up to 6 anglers. She’s powered by a powerful and quiet 150 Mercury engine that reaches the speed of 35 knots. The boat has an upper helm station and a huge casting platform for sight fishing, as well as a very roomy lower deck. With this boat, you can reach extremely shallow spots, as well as deeper nearshore ones.

The captain knows how to adjust the trip to your preferences and skill level, so everyone can enjoy their time on the water.

Explore the inshore and nearshore spots and go after a variety of fish species, such as Red Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and many more. Each trip is a unique experience and you never know what’s going to bite. Capt. Si encourages releasing the fish but you can keep a few specimens for dinner. He’ll clean and fillet it after the trip is over.

All your fishing equipment and licenses are included in the price. You only need to pack your snacks, drinks, and sun protection.

Nelson Guide Company does its best to deliver a day you and your family will cherish for a long time. You just need to pick a date and show up on time.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour – Spring Break Kids Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $350
    Nothin' better than taking a kid fishing! The captain will try to catch something cool right off the bat, and if that doesn't work, he'll slide over to one of his honey holes where the kids can catch something cast after cast. These trips are all about the kid's feeling something pull. Adults are welcomed to fish too, but the kids are the priority.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Kids' Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $450
    Nothin' better than taking a kid fishing! The captain will try to catch something cool right off the bat, and if that doesn't work, he'll slide over to one of his honey holes where the kids can catch something cast after cast. These trips are all about the kid's feeling something pull. Adults are welcome to fish too, but the kids are the priority. Two hours is the minimum but 3-hour trips are available upon request.
  • Private trip
    SPRING BREAK SPECIAL - 4 Hour AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $560
    Every trip is different and you never know what's going to bite. You can go after Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper, and many more. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
  • Private trip
    SPRING BREAK SPECIAL - 4 Hour PM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $560
    Your captain will take you to the best fishing spots he knows and try to keep you on the fish as much as possible. Catch and release is strongly encouraged, but you can keep a few for dinner. When the trip is over, Capt. Si will clean and fillet your catch.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Captain's Choice (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $660
    Your captain will take you to the best fishing spots he knows and try to keep you on the fish as much as possible. Catch and release is strongly encouraged, but you can keep a few for dinner. When the trip is over, Capt. Si will clean and fillet your catch. The minimum is 4 hours, but additional time can be added when available – just ask!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Captain's Choice (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $660
    Your captain will take you to the best fishing spots he knows and try to keep you on the fish as much as possible. Catch and release is strongly encouraged, but you can keep a few for dinner. When the trip is over, Capt. Si will clean and fillet your catch. The minimum is 4 hours, but additional time can be added when available – just ask! The start time is flexible, so you can start the trip at 4:00 instead if that suits you better.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Dec 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $990
    Enjoy your trip even more by spending 6 hours on the water.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,000
    Do you have what it takes to catch Shark? Only one way to find out! Come on out to get in close quarters with these titans of the deep and test your strength and ability against the monsters that lurk just off the beach.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,000
    Do you have what it takes to catch Shark? Only one way to find out! Come on out to get in close quarters with these titans of the deep and test your strength and ability against the monsters that lurk just off the beach.
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About the Captain

Si Nelson
Destin, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
59 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2021
Captain Si Nelson is in his 21st year as a professional guide and loves it more and more every day. He is a dual threat, able to run bay charters as well as nearshore Gulf charters. He was born and raised right here on the Emerald Coast so he has a lifetime of experience of fishing the Emerald Coast waters. Over the years he has worked from Matagorda, Texas to Block Island Sound, New York, and everywhere in between giving him an extensive seaborne experience making him uniquely qualified to deliver the perfect experience for just about any crowd. Captain Si is just as at home stalking the flats in the backcountry as he is sounding the depths for offshore monsters, and knows how to keep things light and fun! A perpetual student of the University of West Florida’s history program, Captain Si not only puts you on the fish but keeps things interesting with constant anecdotes about local history.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Carolina Skiff (Flats boat) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

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

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
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 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days 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

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 59 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (75)
Fishing with Si
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
96%
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David F.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  September 22, 2022
The charter operator canceled on trip date. This is an automated posting.
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WALTER T.
Navarre, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with Capt Si

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Captain's Choice (PM) on May 18, 2022
Had a wonderful time with Capt. Mustache.  Everywhere we went we caught fish, including our limit in red snapper and jack...
WALTER T. recommends Nelson Guide Company
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William H.
Saint AUG BEACH, FL
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day with Captain Si

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Captain's Choice (PM) on June 29, 2022
Despite some “sporty” conditions on the day of my trip, Captain Si safely and quickly put us on some jaunty mangrove snappers...
William H. recommends Nelson Guide Company
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Robert S.
Atlanta, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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4 Hour trip well worth it

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Captain's Choice (AM) on September 2, 2022
Had a great time with Captain Si and his mate Dakota. He was on time and gave us some extra time to add to our total catch....
Robert S. recommends Nelson Guide Company
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Brad R.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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6 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 14, 2022
Captain Si was a pleasure to fish with. He was courteous, professional, and attentive to our needs. He goes the extra mile...
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FAQs about Nelson Guide Company

Nelson Guide Company offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 2 Hour – Spring Break Kids Special (2 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Kids' Trip (2 hours)
  • $560 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - SPRING BREAK SPECIAL - 4 Hour AM (4 hours)
  • $560 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - SPRING BREAK SPECIAL - 4 Hour PM (4 hours)
  • $660 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Captain's Choice (AM) (4 hours)
  • $660 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Captain's Choice (PM) (4 hours)
  • $990 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Nelson Guide Company, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Nelson Guide Company include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Nelson Guide Company offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Nelson Guide Company offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Nelson Guide Company include:
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout