Marco Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Marco Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Marco Island

Marco Island: 31 fishing charters available

Capt Joey D Charters – 32'

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(42 reviews)
Naples
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Hemingway Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(196 reviews)
Naples
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Smokin’ Hooks

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(328 reviews)
Naples
 Instant Confirmation

Shallow Water Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Fort Myers Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Captain Barry Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(63 reviews)
Naples
trips from $300

Local Knowledge of SWFL Deep Sea

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Naples
trips from $1,350

Naples Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(14 reviews)
Naples
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,000

All In Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(126 reviews)
Naples
trips from $1,000

Deep Sea Fishing in Marco Island

Marco Island deep sea fishing will have you spoiled for choice, casting lines anywhere from 20-100 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you are in the market for some self-caught seafood or a chance to test your skills against the hardest fighting fish, the deep water offers big fish and big rewards.

What to Catch and When to Target it

Marco Island’s deep sea fishery will keep you busy year round. Just head offshore and make a beeline for one of the Gulf’s many artificial reefs and you will find no shortage of prizes.

In warmer months, you can target some of the fastest fish in the Gulf. Swimming 25 miles out and beyond are the likes of King Mackerel, Barracuda, Cobia, Little Tunny, and a wide variety of Sharks. Fishing from spring through fall allows you take advantage of their peak season while enjoying great weather out on the water.

On the other hand, bottom fishing in the Gulf is always promising, with a wide variety of Snapper and Grouper biting throughout the seasons. Amberjack and Permit also make an appearance near the reefs in some months. Keep in mind that some species (such as Red Snapper and Gag Grouper) are closed to harvest at certain times, even though you are still likely to catch them.

And then some

Even when the weather isn’t at its best, you can enjoy great bottom fishing closer to shore for species like Flounder, Black Grouper, and Sheepshead. Many Marco Island fishing charters will take you to the artificial reefs within state waters, just nine miles from shore or less.

While these nearshore trips offer great bottom fishing opportunities, a true Marco Island deep sea fishing experience will take you 20+ miles offshore. Heading farther into the Gulf brings you into contact with bigger fish (and let’s face it, isn’t that what deep sea fishing is all about?). Once you pass the 40-mile mark you may even encounter the ultimate deep sea prizes, including Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.

How to Fish

Deep sea fishing in Marco Island usually combines bottom fishing and trolling, allowing you to target every fish between the surface and the seafloor itself.

You can target Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and other fish near the reefs by bottom fishing. This method may involve jigging, still fishing, drift fishing, or casting. Dead bait like sardines, mullets, pinfish, or frozen squid are a popular choice for Snapper and Grouper. However, you might have better luck enticing these species with live bait if you find yourself in a heavily fished area.

Trolling is the method of choice for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Cobia, and Sharks. Bait and artificial lures both have their advantages, depending on your target species.

Trolling 40+ miles offshore will also help you land Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and large Tuna. The most effective way to target Mahi Mahi is trolling or jigging near flotsam where they feed.

Marco Island
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Marco Island

3 Things you need to make sure of: 1 - Check the weather often. There will be storms almost everyday 2 - Make sure you have clothing to cover all of your skin. You can change, just make sure you can cover up if needed 3 - Make sure you go with a captain who knows the area for more than a short time. Preferably a someone like Captain Del Rio
Excellent
5.0 / 5
3 Things you need to make sure of: 1 - Check the weather often. There will be storms almost everyday 2 - Make sure you have clothing to cover all of your skin. You can change, just make sure you can cover up if needed 3 - Make sure you go with a captain who knows the area for more than a short time. Preferably a someone like Captain Del Rio
Ryan  P.
Ryan P. Denver, CO
Definitely a great place to catch all different kinds of fish. Highly recommend it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely a great place to catch all different kinds of fish. Highly recommend it.
Jim  M.
Jim M. Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Take the guess work out and book a guide to show you how to fish the current, tide, wind, etc. They know were the fish are!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the guess work out and book a guide to show you how to fish the current, tide, wind, etc. They know were the fish are!
Scott  S.
Scott S. Milwaukee, WI
Mornings can be cool but sometimes better fishing, most afternoons warmer but wind can add some excitement. So many places to fish it’s amazing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mornings can be cool but sometimes better fishing, most afternoons warmer but wind can add some excitement. So many places to fish it’s amazing
Janet  W.
Janet W. United States
Be open to catch whatever is around - you can’t control the weather or what’s running but if you keep an open mind and want to catch fish, you’ll really enjoy yourself...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open to catch whatever is around - you can’t control the weather or what’s running but if you keep an open mind and want to catch fish, you’ll really enjoy yourself...
Steve  C.
Steve C. Prince Frederick, MD
Go out of Caxambus or that side of Island, I don't think you can get to the great spots if you go out of Rose Marina, too far of a drive, for backwaters anyway.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out of Caxambus or that side of Island, I don't think you can get to the great spots if you go out of Rose Marina, too far of a drive, for backwaters anyway.
Kristine  C.
Kristine C. Brandon, FL
I would recommend booking a charter with one of the excellent charters available on the island. We booked with Capt John from Southbound Charters and had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend booking a charter with one of the excellent charters available on the island. We booked with Capt John from Southbound Charters and had a great time.
William  T.
William T. Burlington, North Carolina
Book Captain John with Southbound Fishing Charters. He knows the area like the back of his hand. It's the best way to maximize your fishing potential.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Captain John with Southbound Fishing Charters. He knows the area like the back of his hand. It's the best way to maximize your fishing potential.
Brian  M.
Brian M. Naples, Florida
Expect a good day of flats fishing. If the wind is up, visibility will make it hard to find snook or reds, but if you are open to catching whatever is running the day will be successful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect a good day of flats fishing. If the wind is up, visibility will make it hard to find snook or reds, but if you are open to catching whatever is running the day will be successful.
Chris  S.
Chris S. Marco Island, Florida

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Marco Island