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Fishing charters in Marco Island, FL

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This city is one of Florida’s most visited fisheries. It never fails to mesmerize with the species of fish, and a large number of Marco Island fishing charters.

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Marco Island

Marco Island waters give a unique inshore fishing experience all year round. Bays, inlets, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for a great trip.

Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, and Snook can be your next catch.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $465 for 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

The cheapest rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Marco Island.

You can find 41 fishing charters in Marco Island and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing adventure in Marco Island.

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Best time for inshore fishing

April, June and September will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Marco Island.

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Offshore fishing charters in Marco Island

If you’re looking for a offshore fishing adventures, you’ll find that there are some excellent fishing opportunities 15-50 miles offshore. Marco Island offshore fishing charters can take you there for a whole day.

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

$770 is the average base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

$595 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Marco Island.

In Marco Island and nearby cities, there are more than 29 offshore fishing charters. It’s easy to find your next fishing outing in Marco Island.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best offshore fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour offshore fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

April, June and September are the best months for offshore fishing near Marco Island.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Marco Island

Marco Island family-friendly fishing trips are great for beginners, kids, and families. Your Captain will show you how to use the tackle and catch different species of fish.

Usually, family-friendly fishing trips take place in calm waters like creeks and small bays. Inland waters provide consistent fishing even on windy days.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip if you are traveling with your family. The kids will learn more about fish species and won’t get bored.

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Marco Island

Millions of sharks migrate through Marco Island waters, making it a perfect shark-fishing destination. You can target these famous ocean predators by hiring one of the Marco Island shark fishing charters.

These waters will yield anything from Blacktip Shark and Bull Shark to Bonnethead Shark.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Coastal, shelf, and island waters are home to various species of sharks. Depending on the size, sharks could be found from the shallow grounds to the offshore waters.

Oily and bloody bait is the best bet for appealing to sharks. Mullet, Little Tunny, Blue Runner, and Ladyfish would be the perfect bait for shark fishing. Usually, fishing charters prepare it in advance.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. Add $50 for an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

In Marco Island and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. It’s easy to book your next fishing retreat in Marco Island.

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Best time for shark fishing in Marco Island

Most of the non-prohibited shark species can be caught any time of the year. The best months for shark fishing in Marco Island are March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Marco Island

Tarpon is a game fish that attracts anglers from all over the world. Local fishing guides can help you to target Tarpon. They will show you all the productive spots and efficient methods.

Tarpon prefer to reside in shallows, bays, flats, and rivers. Pinfish, mullet, and crabs are the go-to bait for Tarpon fishing.

Note: Tarpon are a protected catch-and-release-only species. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with a fish, take a few photos, and release your catch.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50.

You can find 15 fishing charters in Marco Island and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Marco Island

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to go after Tarpon in Marco Island waters. The perfect months are July, June, and May.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the people on the vessel.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can book a trip with a 10-20% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Marco Island?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Marco Island. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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