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Top Fishing Charters in Naples

Fishing in Naples

You’re spoiled for choice with charters in Naples. From inshore fun to deep sea adventure, there’s a boat for everything with an experienced captain to match. In fact, the toughest thing about Naples fishing charters is choosing which one to take. With that in mind, here’s a summary of the most popular trips and how to prepare for them.

Top Fishing Trips in Naples

Backcountry Fishing Charters

Backcountry charters are real family favorites. You’ll be fishing close to the town, so even half day trips give you a good amount of fishing time. The waters are also sheltered – perfect for people who aren’t great with boats. The only downside is that smaller vessels don’t have proper toilets.
These trips run year-round exploring the nearby flats and mangroves. You’ll be targeting Snook, Redfish, and Seatrout, with plenty of smaller fish for kids to reel in. You can also find Tarpon if you time your trip right.

Offshore Fishing Charters

Offshore charters are all about catching big, tasty fish. Even beginners can fill their coolers. The farther you go, the bigger the fish get, so it’s really worth investing in a full day charter. However, if you get seasick you might want to stay inshore. The seas can get wavy offshore.
So what can you catch? Closer spots will hold small Snappers and Groupers, with a chance of Cobia and King Mackerel. Head out 25 miles or more, and you start seeing Amberjack, Permit, large Grouper, and even big game fish like Mahi Mahi. Be aware that you can only go more than 9 miles offshore if your captain has a federal fishing permit.

Speciality Charters

Speciality Tarpon charters are very popular in Naples. They run from April through July, when the biggest fish are in town. These are full day, all-action trips for experienced anglers. They’re especially popular with fly fishers.
It’s not all about Tarpon, though. Many captains run extended deep sea fishing charters. These can last 12 hours or more and take you 100 miles offshore to fish for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and deep-water bottom fish.

What to Expect From Your Trip

Naples Fishing Charter Rates

Prices are pretty standardized in Naples. Backcountry trips cost around $100 per hour, with an extra charge for five or six people. Tarpon charters are usually $900 for a full day.
Offshore charters cost more because of the fuel burn. If you’re fishing a few miles out, it will be roughly $150 per hour. Real deep sea adventures cost more. Bear in mind that trips don’t include gratuity, which is usually 15–20% of the price.

How to Prepare

Most Naples fishing charters include tackle, bait, licenses, and soft drinks. You should pack sunscreen, a hat, and a long-sleeve shirt. Also bring a towel, comfortable shoes, and an extra layer in case it’s cold on the water. Bug repellant is essential inshore. Other than that, just pack food and beer if you want it, and a cooler to put your fish in after the trip.
Naples charter captains make things almost too easy. They’ve spent their lives crafting the most fun and productive trips. They have everything you need ready and waiting on board. All you have to do is hop on and enjoy.
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Naples Fishing Seasons

With colder waters, inshore fish are gathering in deeper holes and channels in the back bays: a lot of species are available in a small area. Spotted Sea Trout, Pompano, Redfish, and Large Black Drum are just a few on offer.

The weather can be changeable. This makes flexibility key, with a lot on offer for those in the know. As well as Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Trout, warm water species like Snook and Redfish appear. 

The days start to get longer and strong east winds keep the water clean and clear. Tarpon starts to come into the coves, flats, and backcountry and Snook start to migrate to the passes. Trout is consistently good on the grass flats.

Warmer weather starts to settle in, with water temperatures in the mid 70s. This is a transition month, so the weather can be unpredictable. Get it right, and you'll have great fishing for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and Shark.

May sees large numbers of Snook getting ready to spawn around the shoreline and passes. Tarpon fishing is excellent in the early morning and late evening. The weather is warm and reliable this time of year. 

This is the peak time to sight fish for Snook, catching and releasing as per regulations. Tarpon fishing is good off the beaches and Sharks are caught in the shallow bays and nearshore. Daytime temperatures are high.

Early morning and late evening fishing remains the best option, with large numbers of Snook still congregating in the passes to spawn. You can also find exciting Shark fishing in the bays. 

Temperatures are very high in the daytime, so most fishing is limited to early morning and evenings. Offshore, seas are calm. This can be a good opportunity to put meat in the freezer: Kingfish, Snappers, and Groupers are biting well.

Hurricanes can potentially disrupt fishing as the weather starts to transition towards the fall. Nearshore, you will find King and Spanish Mackerel biting well, with large Bull Redfish also on the cards.

Water temperatures cool considerably, making the all-day bite better than it was in previous months. Fish start to move into the back bays and passes. The Redfish bite is on fire in October.

Speckled Trout migrate into the back bays and are caught in good numbers over shallow patchy grass areas. You can find Bluefish and Pompano in the same spots. King and Spanish Mackerel are around nearshore.

This is Southwest Florida's busiest time of year, with comfortable temperatures throughout the day and good fishing for Snook, Trout, Redfish, Pompano, and Jacks inshore. Offshore, there are Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper.

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What People Are Saying About Naples

"Full day trip on Reel Fund fishing charter"

FishingBooker Member fished with Reel Funds Fishing Charters on October 6, 2019

Yes this is a great family vacation highlight! My kids have not stopped talking about how much fun they had! The clean and bagged the fish we caught and recommended a great restaurant close by that would cook our catch!!!

"Full day trip with captain Joe"

Melissa K. fished with Reel Funds Fishing Charters on October 4, 2019

Yes, they are very helpful. They will help bait the hook and take the fish off.

"Pulling in Goliaths was awesome"

Joseph V. fished with Salty Dog Charters on July 29, 2019

Pack lots of sunscreen, take a hat, and be prepared for a workout. Pick a fast boat if you want bigger fish, it takes time to get out there.

"Awesone Captain & Crew"

Leslie M. fished with Smokin’ Hooks on July 13, 2019

Use resources to investigate others reviews of their experiences. This was key for me to pick the Captain & Boat that we used.

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Top Fishing Techniques in Naples

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Naples

Snapper (Mangrove)

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Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Goliath)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

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