Captain
John Pipitone

Member since May 2016

Marco Island, United States

Background
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
Techniques
I fish the backwaters and nearshore wrecks around Marco island with spinning outfits with livebait or jigs

Hey, I'm Captain John Pipitone

Marco Island, United States
Background
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
Techniques
I fish the backwaters and nearshore wrecks around Marco island with spinning outfits with livebait or jigs

My Charter Listings

Marco Island
trips from
US$ 350

Fishing Reports

Little bit of everything

July 12, 2017

Took Ira and his grandchildren out today and they had a blast. We started the day by catching some trout and ladyfish. Danny also caught a 3 foot shark on a jig which was awesome for him. We dismissed… Read Full Report →


Trout and Snook

July 09, 2017

Took Brian and his son Brandon out fishing today and all I have have to say it was a blast. We started off catching trout and jacks with lady fish mixed in. Brandon also caught a bonnet head shark… Read Full Report →


Snook of a lifetime

June 30, 2017

Took mason and his dad out for a 6 hour trip today. Started the morning with a monster 39 inch snook and more little ones. We also caught sheepshead mixed in. To end the day we caugh some snapper… Read Full Report →


Great day

June 16, 2017

Great day with Ken and his two kids. It was a hot day out there but that Didn't stop the boys from catching fish. It was pretty slow at first but we finally got some trout and some nice… Read Full Report →


Windy day on the Flats

May 02, 2017

Despite the windy conditions we have been having the last couple weeks I picked up Catherine and her husband and we set off to catch some fish. They caught Trout and Pompano for dinner in the morning. Then this… Read Full Report →


Chuck and Hank

April 23, 2017

Fishing was awesome today despite the rain and wind. We were supposed to do a early morning trip but the rain wouldn't stop til this afternoon so I picked up Chuck and Hank and we set off for some… Read Full Report →


These kids had a Blast today.

April 19, 2017

Had a blast fishing with Katie and her brother and their Grandparents. We caught a lot of trout and ladyfish to start. We also threw out the shark rod and ended up catching 3 sharks. They brought home Trout,… Read Full Report →


Henry and his shark.

April 17, 2017

Picked up Chris and his son Henry and uncle Todd today and we set out for some awesome fishing. The weatherman was wrong when it call for 10 mph winds and it ended up being 30 mph but that… Read Full Report →


Kids Day

April 13, 2017

Had a Fantasic day fishing with Jason and his kids. We had the rods bending on trout and ladyfish and sandtrout about every cast. We must have caught over a 100 fish with all the kids counting. We also… Read Full Report →


Trout and Redfish

April 11, 2017

Glad the weather finally calmed down and I took Rick and his kids out for an amazing day on the water. We caught ladyfish and monster Trout with a few nice jacks mixed in. We ended the day catching… Read Full Report →


Boys Day

March 29, 2017

These guys had a blast today catching a little bit of everything from nice size trout to drag screaming Pompano. We fished for a couple hours and decided to throw a big rod out for a shark and within… Read Full Report →


Flats Slam Day

March 28, 2017

Had the rods bent all day with Jennifer and her husband today. The weather today was beautiful and the tides were just right. They caught 9 species and more than enough for dinner. Saw sharks, manatees and sea turtles… Read Full Report →


Cold and windy trout fishing

March 18, 2017

Took some people out from Ohio today. They had a blast especially the twins. It was windy and cold this morning but we managed to keep the rods bending all day and we missed a nice shark. Read Full Report →


Pompano and Trout today

March 09, 2017

Had and awesome day inshore with a family from North Carolina. Caught a bunch of species including trout, pompano, and jacks. While fishing the manatees came and said hi. Book your trip today Read Full Report →


Good day inshore

January 21, 2017

I had an awesome day last week with Sal and his friends from New Jersey. We caught a lot of trout in the morning and black drum in the afternoon despite having some rough winds out of the North.… Read Full Report →


Trout bite is on Fire

May 22, 2016

Brought some gentleman out for an inshore 3/4 day trip and slammed the trout and some snook. The guy really wanted to catch some fish on his fly rod and we did just that. He caught trout, lady fish,… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.97 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 9, 2017

In fishing, there is no guarantee of catching your targeted fish. Captain John put my son and I on hot spot after hot spot. We caught easily 50-60 fish including a trophy sized Snook. He knew what we wanted to catch and he put us in the right spots and shared his knowledge of the tides and best location to cast in order to land the fish. He was spot on. I have been fishing with guides for 20 years and Captain John was, hands down, the best. Looking forward to our next trip with Captain John.

Fished July 2017

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Replied to this review on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thank you Brian and Brandon for fishing with me today. I had a blast. It was deffinetly one for the books. Hope to see you in the near future until then Tight Lines.

Went fishing on Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great day back water and near shore fishing! John really knows the waters around Marco Island. Top rate boat and gear. Highly recommended

Fished April 2017

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thanks Chuck I’m glad we had a weather window to get there. Hope to be able to fish you guys next year

Went fishing on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

great trip for kids. Captain very attentive to everyones needs.  will put you on the fish.

Fished April 2017

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Replied to this review on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thanks Frank had a blast out there fishing with you guys. How to fish with you guys again soon until then Tight lines

Went fishing on Monday, April 17, 2017

We had a great day on the water.  The weather was not ideal but John was able to put us on fish.  We took my ten year old son out and he is now hooked on fishing.  John was patient with the endless question and occasion fouled lined.  My son’s goal was to catch a shark and John was able to find a handful of shark as well as many other fish.  The overall experience was excellent.  I recommend John for anyone looking for local knowledge, a well maintained boat and a great day on the water.  My son is already asking if we can book John again next year!  I suspect today is not the last time we fish with John.

Fished April 2017

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Replied to this review on Monday, April 17, 2017

Thanks a lot Chris I hope Henry enjoyed today. Hope to see you in the future and I’m glad he’s hooked.

Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Capt John took us and our kids. We caught over 100 fish it was non stop action. He was great with the kids and really showed them how to fish and the catch was unbelievable.

Fished April 2017

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Replied to this review on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Had a blast with you guys today. Glad the kids had fun today. Hope to see you in the near future until then Tight Lines.

Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My three early 20’s kids and I fished with Captain John on Southbound charters and it was fantastic!  We caught 7 different kinds of fish and we’re catching fish at all spots. The captain was top notch in every way and we can’t wait to go on another charter with him..can’t recommend him enough..can’t miss good trip!

Fished April 2017

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thanks guys I had a blast fishing with you guys and hope to see you soon.

Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Awesome trip. Will book every time!!

Fished March 2017

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Glad you guys had a good time hope to be able to fish with you in the future until then Tight Lines

Went fishing on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Let’s cut to the chase. Excellent communication on meeting place and time.  John was early, already had caught bait and was ready to go.  He knew the tide table and within an hour we were on fish.  We boated nine different species.  He has good tackle, cold drinking water and is one hell of a nice guy.  I’d recommend him if you have kids because he understands fun fishing.  There is no ego or attitude with this guide, he is there to catch whatever swims and have fun.

Fished March 2017

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Thank you very much for the review. I had an awesome time with you two. How to fish with you in the near future. Tight lines

Went fishing on Friday, March 17, 2017

Fishing with Captain John was great!!!  The rods were continuously bent.  Our party included 3 generations of our family and he accommodated us all.  We even had a shark bite at one point. (high on 8 1/2 year olds list) it was not landed, but can’t blame that on the captain he put us on the fish.  We caught speckled trout, ladyfish, jacks and catfish. We highly recommend Southbound Fishing Charters.

Fished March 2017

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Replied to this review on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Had a blast fishing with you guys. I’m glad everyone had a good time and hope to see you guys again. Thanks again and Tight Lines.

Went fishing on Thursday, October 13, 2016

Captain John Was Very Good To Answer All My Questions, Knows What Spots To Fish And The Tides, I Caught Several Fish But The Most Exciting Was Catching My Very First Red Fish Man What A Fight I Had On My Hands, I Caught My Dream Fish With Captain Johns Help, Then You Always Have The One That Gets Away I Hooked Into A Fish We Never Got To See, It But John Turned The Boat Around To Go After It And It Was Dragging His Boat And Its Not A Small Boat Either, The Fish Turned To Big Water And Shook Out The Hook. But That’s Why Its Called Fishing Not Catching I Had A Blast Hope To Go Again Next Year.

Fished October 2016

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Replied to this review on Monday, October 24, 2016

Thanks again Rick for fishing with me I had had a blast. Hopefully we will be able to get the big one that got away. See you next time John Pipitone.


Went fishing on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great experience!  Asked John to target big fish and he delivered .  We were unable to land two big jewfish, however I’ll never forget this experience. Great fun targeting snapper to.  Can’t wait to go out and get another shot at those big ones. Many thanks to John.

Fished July 2016

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