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

Southbound Fishing Charters

25 Reviews  
Marco Island
trips from US$ 400

Fishing Reports

Great family day

April 18, 2018

Took Kirk and his family out today. I got to say it was pretty good day despite the windy week we have had. They caught a handful of trout and some jack crevalles. Missed a shark as well. Read Full Report →


Jay and his family

April 12, 2018

Took Jay and his kids out to look for tarpon. We seen a bunch out there but not bites. The highlight of the day was jay and his son tag teaming this monster lemon shark in the shallows. Great… Read Full Report →


Prettyman Family

April 06, 2018

I was able to get the Prettyman family out in the afternoon for some great fishing. They caught a handful of trout and a nice size flounder with Spanish mackeral mixed in. His daughter missed a monster Pompano boatside.… Read Full Report →


John and his family

April 06, 2018

Picked up John and his family in search of a great day of fishing. We started the day tarpon fishing and lost two nice sharks. Ended the day catching some nice trout, mangrove snapper and Spanish mackeral. They also… Read Full Report →


Family trip

April 05, 2018

Took William and his family out this afternoon and man were the fish biting. They caught a ton of trout and whiting with a pompano and big blue fish mixed in. These guys were a blast to fish with.… Read Full Report →


Limits

April 05, 2018

Chip and his daughter had an awesome day fishing with me. We started out the day tarpon fishing and it was slow with only one bite. We switched it up and went out to the grass flats and finished… Read Full Report →


3/4 day awesome trout bite

April 05, 2018

Tom and his wife had an awesome day with me. They caught all sorts of fish including some nice trout. Hope to see them again. Until then tight lines Read Full Report →


Sam and Nico

March 26, 2018

Took Sam and his son out on a 3/4 day fishing today. We slammed the trout and ladyfish on jigs. They had there poles bend over all day. Hope to see them again in the near future. Read Full Report →


Windy but fun day Fishing

December 30, 2017

I took Catherine and her family out on a great day of fishing. Despite the wind and the dirty water we caught some nice fish. They caught some nice trout with some jacks and ladyfish Mixed in. Hope to… Read Full Report →


Double Redfish

December 28, 2017

Took Kyle and his family out for a great day of fishing. We started out by catching some small trout and pompano in the morning. We then moved to a mangrove Shoreline and immediately started catching some nice redfish.… Read Full Report →


Caught the Three T’s today

November 25, 2017

Awesome day with Paul and his family. We started the day on a grass flat ripping the Specled trout on artificial lures. We also caught a little mutton snapper and a small searobbin which is rare for down here.… Read Full Report →


Rat Reds and trout

October 14, 2017

Had a beautiful day to go fishing with John his wife and his two kids. The morning started out slow with some snapper and ladyfish but when the tide started flowing we caught some nice fish. We caught some… Read Full Report →


Awesome backwater day

August 18, 2017

I took Brian and Isabella out for a great day of fishing. The weather was perfect and we caught many fish including snapper, lady fish and a very nice size Flounder. Unfortunately we lost the big redfish to the… Read Full Report →


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

4.99 out of 5 stars from 25 reviews

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Grosse Pointe, mi
Went fishing on Thursday, May 24, 2018

Captain John was quiet but very good. He told us what to do and put us on fish right away. Caught 7or 8 different species and enough trout for dinner. We got cut short by the rain, but it was a fun trip.

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 15, 2018

Great trip guys to bad the rain cut the trip short. Hope to see you next year

Villa Park, il
Went fishing on Friday, May 25, 2018

Fun trip! Caught a number of different fish including Snook,  Trout, Jack’s and a Jewfish. Highly recommend and will definitely use Captain John again.

Fished May 2018

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 15, 2018

Great trip guys. I had a blast taking you out. Hope to see you next year.

Chicago, Illinois
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fished April 2018

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Burlington, North Carolina
Went fishing on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Capt John provided my group with an excellent day on the water. He is extremely knowledgeable of the area and the patterns the fish are hitting. Everyone on the boat caught over 30 fish of varying species. The action literally never stopped. A few of our memebers were inexperienced fishermen and John was able to help them to hook and land their own fish. At the end of the day he cleaned and filleted our catch and recommended a restaurant where they would cook up our catch. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a first class charter out of Marco Island.

Fished April 2018

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Had a great day out there with you guys. Hope to see you in the future until then tight lines.

Cape Coral, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

We had a great trip with Captain John! We caught a ton of fish and had a blast doing it. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!

Fished April 2018

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Marco Island, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The highlight of our vacation..  The four of us caught at least 30 fish and a 38” Cobia that was such a thrill to reel in.  John was always there to bait a hook or untangle a line..  He cleaned our fish so we could have it cooked by a local restaurant!  Fun ..  fun.. fun!

Fished March 2018

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Had a great time fishing with you guys. That Cobia was a bonus for sure. Hope to see you in the future.


Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, February 19, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Marco Island, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fished February 2018

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Had a great time today. Hope to see you guys in the near future.


Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Went fishing on Thursday, February 8, 2018

I was able to book a last min trip ( booked the night before) without any problems. Had a beautiful morning to the back bay islands where we were rewarded with numerous sea trout, and a variety of other fish which kept us active all morning. Good time, good trip, good capt. Will book again my next trip to Marco.

Fished February 2018

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, February 12, 2018

Thanks Edward it deffinetly was a beautiful day out there. Hope to see you next time your down this way.


Marco Island, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thanks for Captain John, we had an ax Ellen family outing!

Fished December 2017

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thank you Catherine. Hope to see you guys next time you visit Marco Island

Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, December 28, 2017

My brother and I booked a half day inshore fishing trip with Captain John for my dad as a Christmas gift. We didn’t go out fishing, we went out “catching” because Captain John really put us on the fish! We ended up catching some slot reds and trout. Nothing better than having a monster red fish on the end of the line!

The boat was clean, the rods were brand new, and Captain John had the boat in the water and was waiting for us for a prompt departure.

We all had a great overall experience!

Fished December 2017

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thanks Kyle. I had a blast bringing you guys out. Hope to see you next year if you guys come and visit.


St Louis, Missouri
Went fishing on Friday, November 24, 2017

Plenty of action with dozens of speckled trout and two large triple tails. The 20+ pound tarpon was a nice surprise, especially in November.

Fished November 2017

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thank you for coming out today I had a blast taking you guys fishing. Hope to see you next year.


Naples, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, August 18, 2017

The weather was perfect , Captain John was on time and well prepared to make our experience awesome. Myself and my daughter where catching fish and will always remember this day . I’m sure we will do it again when we are back at Marco . Don’t miss this ! Thanks Captain John / Brian & Isabella

Fished August 2017

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, August 18, 2017

Thank you guys so much glad you had a great day. Would have loved to get that big redfish in the boat but that’s why they call it fishing. Looking forward to seeing you in the future.


Naples, Florida
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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.

Longwood, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Brandon, Florida
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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

Naples, Florida
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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

Marco Island, Florida
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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.

Orlando, Florida
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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.

Orlando, Florida
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.

Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Awesome trip. Will book every time!!

Fished March 2017

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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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

Brandon, Florida
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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

Marco Island, Florida
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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.

Guthrie, Oklahoma
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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John Pipitone (The Captain)
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.


Miami, Florida
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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