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
    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
    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: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $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: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $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
    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
    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
236 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
127 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 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) Blacktip Shark

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
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, 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

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Chris F.
The Villages, Florida
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1/2 Day Morning Trip with Capt. Jihn

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Inshore on July 4, 2021
Good communications between Capt. and myself as to time and pick-up spot.  He was at the dock for the 7 am start.  Very professional...
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Evening Trip w Capt John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Snook on March 30, 2021
We booked a last minute evening trip w Capt. John. First off, he was willing to squeeze us in during a very busy time for him....
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Great Four Hour Trip with Captain John.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Inshore on March 6, 2021
My wife and I had a blast with Captain John at the helm of his new center console. He was punctual and had everything ready...
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Inshore on November 12, 2021
We had an incredible time. Caught 5 sharks, Hooked into a huge tarpon,  saw sea turtles,  and an Army of migrating sting...
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Inshore on July 15, 2021
We were a little discouraged when we went out because all the other excursions we had booked had Ben canceled due to rain. ...
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FAQs about Southbound Fishing Charters

Southbound Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Snook (4 hours)
  • $425 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) – Shark/Tarpon (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) – Inshore (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Inshore (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day Trip – Extreme Inshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Southbound Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Simrad )
  • Fishfinder (Simrad)
  • Live Bait Well (3 Livewells)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (i-Pilot)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Southbound Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Shrimp, Pilchards, Mullet)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License (Licensed up to 6 people)

Southbound Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Southbound Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Southbound Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail