Southbound Fishing Charters

Southbound Fishing Charters is located out of Marco Island, Florida, providing inshore and nearshore fishing trips in the Ten Thousand Islands.

You will fish aboard a brand new 2016 24’ Pathfinder that is powered by a 300HP Yamaha outboard motor. This beautiful vessel has a wide and spacious deck that can comfortably accommodate up to four guests, while its large bow offers a stable platform to fish from. Other features include Simrad GPS & fishfinder, Icom VHF radio, i-Pilot wireless trolling motor and anchoring system, 3 livewells, and an icebox to keep refreshments chilled throughout the day.

Southbound Fishing Charters use quality Shimano fishing equipment on their trips. They run 4 or 6 hour charters targeting Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Pompano, Snapper, Black Drum, Shark and more. Trips include all the gear you will need for a productive day of fishing, as well as live bait (Shrimp, Pilchards, Mullet), fishing licenses, bottled water, and catch cleaning and filleting at the end of the day. Children are very welcome on board, as are anglers of all skill levels.

Book your trip with Captain John Pipitone and climb aboard his 2016 Pathfinder to enjoy some of the best fishing Florida has to offer!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Extreme Inshore
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    8 hour extreme trip fishing. This is all day fishing so bring lunch and drinks. We will target all types of inshore fish from Snook to Redfish and Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Inshore
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    We will be fishing the backcountry of the 10,000 islands targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon on the flats and the mangrove islands.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore AM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    We will be fishing the backcountry of the 10,000 islands targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon on the flats and the mangrove islands.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore PM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    We will be fishing the backcountry of the 10,000 islands targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon on the flats and the mangrove islands.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Shark/Tarpon PM
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $425
    up to 4 persons
    We will be fishing for Sharks and Tarpon nearshore with heavy tackle.
  • Private trip
    Snook light Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 1 Jun
    $425
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    We will be leaving at Dusk or depending on when the tides are best. We will be fishing with artificial lures and soft plastics. This trip is not for the beginner as we will mostly be sightfishing the Snook lights on the docks and around bridges.
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About the Captain

John Pipitone
Marco Island, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
70 Reports
44 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2016
Grew up on the small island of Marco. I began fishing as a kid and got my own boat when I was 15. I started going fishing after school and on the weekend with my buddies. I fell in love with the backcountry and the abundance of fish that you can catch. After many years of fishing, I decided to start my own charter business to show people what I have learned over the years. Book a trip today and see what fishing around Marco is all about

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Performance fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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Customer Reviews

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4.95
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Best Fishing Trip Ever!!!  Capt. John Rules
Best Fishing Trip Ever!!!  Capt. John Rules
Best Fishing Trip Ever!!!  Capt. John Rules
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98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Casey M.
Winder, GA
 5.00
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Great Day on the Water

VERIFIED   NEW  July 9, 2019
Captain John was great. We had some bad weather during our week in Marco and John was very proactive in getting us scheduled...
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Kristine C.
Brandon, FL
 5.00
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Best day of our trip!

VERIFIED   July 19, 2018
I am a Marco native and was visiting with my sons and wanted take them fishing like I did when growing up on Marco. Captain...
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Andy J.
Tampa, Florida
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Kept the Rods Bent!

VERIFIED   June 2, 2019
Great day with lots of action.  Capt. John still came thru and made it happen after a later start (glad to accommodate...
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David N.
Schaumburg, IL
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Best fishing day in 10 years

VERIFIED   May 10, 2019
Great day with Capt John.  He put us on fish all day.  We caught 11 different species including a monster 12lb Jack. ...
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Half Day trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   April 25, 2019
Captain John was a great host for our trip in Marco Island.  He took us to all the hotspots to catch several snook, pompano,...
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Fishing Reports

Snook and Snook

July 15, 2019

Took James and his wife our this morning for some great fishing. We started the day catching some bait it took some time but we found em. It was a little ruff out but nothing for my new Pathfinder… Read Full Report →


Big blow snapper bite!!

July 11, 2019

It was honking this morning blowing 25 out of the south. I almost cancelled the trip but I knew we could catch some fish. I took Casey and his kids out who one of them never caught a fish.… Read Full Report →


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