Southbound Fishing Charters

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Visit Marco Island and enjoy some great fishing with Southbound Fishing Charters in Florida! Captain John Pipitone grew up on this beautiful island, and spent his life exploring the fishing it has to offer. He’ll take you to his favorite spots, and show you a great time on the water!

You will fish aboard a brand new 24’ Pathfinder performance fishing boat powered by a 300 HP Yamaha outboard motor. This beautiful vessel has a wide and spacious deck that can comfortably accommodate up to 4 guests. Its large bow offers a stable platform to fish from. There are 3 livewells and an icebox to keep refreshments chilled throughout the day.

Capt. John will have quality Shimano fishing equipment ready for you. The boat has Simrad GPS and fishfinder, a VHF radio. There’s a wireless trolling motor and an anchoring system on board so you can get close to those fearful specimens. The captain will make sure to clean and fillet your catch so you can take it straight to the table.

You have the chance to explore the Ten Thousand Islands targeting Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Pompano, Snapper, Black Drum, and Shark. Trips include all the gear you’ll need for a productive day of fishing, as well as live bait (Shrimp, Pilchards, Mullet), fishing licenses, and bottled water. Children are very welcome on board, as are anglers of all skill levels.

Book your trip with Southbound Fishing Charters and enjoy some of the best fishing Florida has to offer!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Extreme Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    This is an 8-hour trip that will have you extreme fishing the inshore waters of the Ten Thousand Islands. This is all day fishing so bring lunch and some drinks. We will target all types of inshore fish from Snook to Redfish and Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Spend a few more hours on the prolific waters of the Ten Thousand Islands, and experience the great fishing they have to offer. We will be fishing the backcountry targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon on the flats and the mangrove islands.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    We will be fishing the backcountry of the 10,000 islands targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon on the flats and the mangrove islands. This is a great 4-hour trip to go on as an introductive to the productive waters of the islands.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    If you want to sleep in, book this trip and explore these productive grounds in the afternoon hours. We will be fishing the backcountry of the 10,000 islands on the flats and mangroves targeting Snook, Trout, Redfish, Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Snook
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 1
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    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 for Snook on the docks and around bridges.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Shark/Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $425
    price breakdown
    $425
    This trip will have you exploring the beautiful waters out of Marco Island for 4 hours. You'll be fishing for Sharks and Tarpon nearshore with heavy tackle for a fishing adventure you won't forget.
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About the Captain

John Pipitone
Marco Island, Florida, United States
141 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
74 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

About this listing

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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

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

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 74 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
35 inch Snook
25 inch Red Fish
32 inch Snook
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Angler Rating
72
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Harrison S.
Charlotte, NC
 5.00
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AM Half day trip with John

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Been on numerous charters before but this is probably one that has stood out the most for me. Captain John was awesome with...
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Stanley S.
Seneca, SC
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Four hour Trip with Southbound Fishing Charters

VERIFIED   NEW  September 21, 2020
I fished the 10,000 island 9/24/2020 with a Captain John in Marco Island, Fla. It was probable the best guided trip I have...
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Lance S.
Wauconda, IL
 5.00
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Wow wow wow

VERIFIED   May 28, 2020
If you don’t book with Captain John you’re just missing an unbelievable day of fishing my son caught a 40 inch snook I...
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Caitlin S.
Lehigh Acres, FL
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   July 9, 2020
We had such a blast with Captain John, he made it an awesome day on the water putting us on a variety of fish and he was super...
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Billy D.
San Juan
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Day Trip With Captain John

VERIFIED   June 2, 2020
We had a great Captain in John. He was on time, had a great boat and put us on fish right away. His equipment was ready, boat...
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Fishing Reports

Slammed out again!!

September 24, 2020

Took Stanley out for an insane snook and redfish bite. We went 2-3 on big snook and multiple redfish biggest going 28. Awesome day with Stan. See him next year. Read Full Report →


Snook are biting

September 22, 2020

Great trip with Ashlee and her boyfriend. Got on a great snook bite with redfish and snapper mixed in. The fish have been biting in the live bait. Read Full Report →