Lostmen Expeditions offers unforgettable guided sight fishing trips in and around Southwest Florida. Explore the flats, bays, sounds, and backcountry of the Ten Thousand Islands and the Everglades as you go after some of the most sought-after inshore fish in the world.

Your enthusiastic Captain Nick Ruiz invites you aboard to lose yourself in the stunning nature and incredible fishing in this corner of paradise. Having moved to the area when he was just 10 months old, Capt. Nick knows these waters like the back of his hand. He’s been running charters for over 4 years and looks forward to sharing his native waters with you.

Step aboard the 16’ Hell’s Bay flats boat and let the magic begin. Light and agile, she can navigate even the shallowest of waters, getting you to the spots where nobody else ventures. Up to 2 guests are welcome aboard, where you’ll find all the latest light tackle and fly fishing gear to get you reeling in these prized fish.

You’ll spend your time aboard sight casting these rich waters with a range of bait and lures. Capt. Nick knows exactly what attracts the bite, so get ready for a productive and educational day. From Sheepshead to Snook, Snapper to Tarpon, Redfish to Shark, and many more, these waters are overflowing with some prized fish. Get ready for an intense battle throughout the day as you test your skills and strength to land these beasts.

Everything you need for a productive day on the water will be waiting on board, including plenty of water to stay refreshed. Bring your own drinks and snacks in a cooler and settle in for a thrilling day out. Other than that, there’s nothing left for you to do but contact your captain to confirm departure times. Come aboard Lostmen Expeditions and get lost in a world of exhilarating fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Fly Fishing Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $450
    10,000 Islands or Everglades National Park fly fishing trip for Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Low-tide Fly Fishing Charter
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $500
    Fly fishing low tide intervals for Snook, Redfish, or Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Fishing for migrating Tarpon among SWFL on flats with artificials or fly gear.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Fly Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $750
    8 hour fly fishing trip in the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park. You'll be sight fishing the flats and backcountry for Snook, Redfish or Tarpon based on the season.

About the Captain

Nick Ruiz
Marco Island, Florida, United States
5 Customer reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since July 2016
I was born in Scranton, PA. When I was about 10 months old my family decided Scranton was not the place for them and moved as far south as they could. Since late 1996, we have lived here on Marco Island, FL. I consider this as my birth place. Marco is such a beautiful area with plenty of opportunities for fishermen. With the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades to explore I found a love and a passion for sight fishing. Come and book a charter and let me show you what I call home.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat specs

East Cape Skiffs (Skiff) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 60HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Sight Fishing
Fly Fishing
Sight Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Water
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Must be at least 12 years old
You Keep Catch
Daily Catch Limits Apply
Catch and Release Mandatory
Snook & Tarpon

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
60%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
33%
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David F.
Colleyville, TX
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   Fly Fishing Half Day on February 24, 2021
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Alicia G.
Pine Mountain, GA
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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Half Day with Captain Nick

VERIFIED   Fly Fishing Half Day on December 29, 2020
Cpt. Nick is a wonderful teacher! We didn’t have experience with fly fishing before we went and he explained things simply...
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Rick L.
Haymarket, VA
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 7, 2019
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Anthony F.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   February 10, 2022
The charter operator canceled 40 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting.
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FAQs about Lostmen Expeditions

Lostmen Expeditions offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Fly Fishing Half Day (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Low-tide Fly Fishing Charter (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Tarpon Trip (8 hours)
  • $750 per group - Full Day Fly Fishing Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Lostmen Expeditions, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Lostmen Expeditions include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Lostmen Expeditions offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Lostmen Expeditions offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning (Sight Fishing )
  • Fly Fishing (Sight Fishing)

Top targeted fish species with Lostmen Expeditions include:
  • Black Drum
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Tarpon