Wild Thing Charters

Wild Thing Charters invites all anglers, first-time fishers, and eager souls to come aboard! You’ll be going on fishing trips around the waters that surround Marco Island, Florida. These waters boast some of the finest fishing year-round.

Captain Randy has 25 years of experience fishing around the area. He fell in love with the island during his first stay, and decided to come back. Since then, he’s been taking scores of anglers and novice fishers on trips. He knows how to get around wrecks, natural and numerous man-made reefs. Such scenery makes fishing even more alluring, as the fish like to hide and swim here.

Trips with Wild Thing Charters start on board a 30’ Island Hopper, a boat made for offshore sports fishing, but still able to land fish in nearshore waters. It can take up to 6 anglers and provide them with enough space to try out various techniques. The boat is equipped with reliable GPS and a fishfinder to make more of your time.

Light or heavy tackle, bottom fishing, spinning, jigging, or drift fishing – all at your disposal. All the gear is supplied on board, and there’s live bait and lures as well. If you stay close to the coast, you’ll target Tarpon and Shark. A little further off, Cobia, Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper galore!

The fishing licence is part of the deal, so you can just come along and give your best shot. Life jackets and other safety equipment is also provided, so feel free to bring minors. You can release or keep the fish you catch. The captain will gladly clean and fillet it for you, so you can take it home and have a tasty meal.

A variety of trips to choose from is made to meet most schedules. Be it morning or afternoon, you’ll surely find a time slot that works best for you. Before the trip, put on adequate clothes, sunscreen, shades, and other stuff you might need – and then head straight for that fish!

Join Wild Thing Charters and have some serious fun fishing the prolific waters of Florida!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,400
    up to 6 persons
    Eight hours of pure angling. Capt. Randy knows the sports around Marco Island waters, and will take you there. When it comes to fish, these waters are home to Tarpon, Permit, Cobia, a variety of Snapper and Grouper, and Kingfish. Rods, reels, and tackle are provided on board, live bait, and lures as well. No need to bring a fishing license yourself, it's included in the trip rates. Bring snacks and light clothing, and take a camera!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to fish for just a bit longer, Capt. Randy will take you there. You'll join him on this morning outing, fishing around Marco Island in search of nice fish. There will be various types of Snapper and Grouper, and further off Cobia, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel. The equipment is provided on board. You can grab some snacks, take a camera, and come along for some fun time with a pro!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $1,000
    up to 6 persons
    If you are looking to spend the afternoon hours fishing for Cobia, Kingfish, Tarpon, Permit, Snapper or Grouper with a seasoned captain by your side, come along! Captain Randy will take you after the hot spots, and help you land some nice fish. Take a camera, bring snacks, and enjoy your time on board. You'll be provided with the equipment and the license is already taken care of.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to spend your morning hours targeting a variety of Snapper and Grouper around the waters of the beautiful Marco Island, come along! You'll have plenty of fish to try your skills on. Capt. Randy has rich experience fishing the area and will put you on the fish you want. All the gear is supplied on board, along with the license, you should just put on cozy clothes, sunscreen and grab some snacks.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $650
    up to 6 persons
    If you're more of an afternoon angler, this trip is the right for you. You'll go fishing in the waters that surround Marco Island. There, you'll target Snapper and Grouper, the varieties of which school nearby. Rods, reels, and tackle are waiting for you on board, the license is taken care of. You can bring some snacks, light clothes and grab a camera.
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About the Captain

Randy Hamilton
Marco Island, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
24 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since June 2017
I first came to Marco Island in 1984 on vacation and like so many others fell instantly in love with the area. I moved to Marco in 1987 became a Scuba Diving instructor and opened a full service retail Dive Shop called Aqua Adventures. I have logged over 1000 dives offshore of Marco Island, which gives me unique perspective of all the wrecks artificial reefs and natural reefs in the area. I have always been a avid fisherman so it was a easy decision to start running some fishing charters to keep the boat busy over time the fishing charters took over and here I am 30 years later.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Island Hopper (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1990. Powered by a 370HP Yanmar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.75
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
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Perfect day on the water!
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Anglers Claimed
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96%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Gayle I.
Canonsburg, PA
 5.00
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Fishing with Randy

VERIFIED   February 4, 2020
Had a wonderful time.  First time that I had fished and the instructions that I got from Randy was great.  Caught...
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Andrea N.
San Juan
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VERIFIED   October 15, 2019
Mason’s goal - catch the biggest fish of a lifetime.  Randy and Jed made that dream come true in the first hour! ...
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Perfect day on the water!

VERIFIED   December 26, 2019
Captain Randy was a great host and made sure everyone got a fish despite the choppy water and recent storms. Great time overall....
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John B.
Los Angeles, CA
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Half day trip with Captain Randy

VERIFIED   August 18, 2019
Outstanding experience! Caught lots of fish. Captain Randy knew where to put us on top of the fish! Will absolutely book the...
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Crystal Lake, IL
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