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MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA

Marco Island Florida is the largest and northernmost of the 10,000 islands of Southwest Florida. With six miles of white sand beach and measuring over 24 square miles, it’s home to many species of wildlife such as bald eagles, borrowing owls, brown pelicans, dolphins, and manatees. Rich in history from the earliest inhabits to the Calusa Indians who survived mainly from abundant shellfish. Today you can find evidence of their existence as you travel the southern part Marco Island: here the elevation rises some 30’ above the water from the years of discarded shells left behind. In the late 1800 hundreds, a few early pioneers also made their living from the rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Today the island is a hot destination where people can come and relax on its beautiful beaches, watch the sunset, or enjoy fishing in the pristine water.

Marco Island Fishing is just minutes away. Offshore anglers can fish the grass flats off Cape Romano for sea trout, redfish, pompano, jack carvel, ladyfish, or travel into deeper water where the artificial reefs and natural limestone formations create rich heaven for grouper, cobia, goliath grouper, snapper, kingfish, permit, sharks and barracudas.

The backwaters of the 10,000 islands offer the anglers a getaway from civilization where the islands remain untouched by development. Only a few islands have signs left behind by the early settlers like water cisterns and few remaining building blocks. One island still hosts a cemetery where plots with headstones that date back to the early 1900’s are still visible. Minutes of leaving the dock you will find yourself entering the National Wildlife Preserve where the endless chain of mangrove islands are separated by feeder creeks, calm shallow bays, and oyster bars. Within this unique complex ecosystem, the freshwater from the inland creeks and channels flow south and mixes with the saltwater in the estuaries. This is home to many species of juvenile fish, shrimp, and crabs and is what makes this area excellent fishing heaven. Here you will find game fish like the snook, redfish, tarpon and many more species foraging along with the mangrove roots and oyster bars. Continue south only eleven miles and you enter the Everglades National Park where only a park boundary marker identifies your location.

EVERGLADES, FL & CHOKOLOSKEE, FL

Everglades backcountry fishing offer the angler a great getaway to the last lost frontier of South Florida. Known as the gateway to the 10,000 Islands, Everglades City is about 30 minutes from Naples Fl, 20 minutes from Marco Island and 1 hr drive from Miami or Ft Lauderdale FL.

Rich in history from the early pioneers of commercial fisherman, hide trapper, gator hunters and bootleggers. This area is so vast that within minutes leaving the dock you would find yourself lost in a maze of islands were gators and crocodiles inhabit the fresh and brackish waters. Try the Everglades swamp backcountry slam, a large mouth bass, snook and redfish or a Everglades Swamp backcountry grand slam, large mouth bass, snook, redfish and tarpon.

Fly fishing in the Everglades offers the anglers a wide range of challenges. Here the angler might locate a fish foraging a meal in the extreme shallow water or deep under a mangrove branch were the right presentation can be difficult but important.
The thrill of hooking up is sometimes just half the battle, trying to fight the fish out of the mangroves root can be extremely challenging but very rewarding. Feel the excitement of casting a fly to a laid up 100lb tarpon, watch the strike unfold and the hear the screaming sound of line peeling off you fly reel. “fish on”, great job! that’s what fishing is all about.

Fishing with light tackle spinning and artificial lures is just as exciting for the angler as the same approach applies. Accuracies in casting and landing the fish is just as rewarding.  Just add a moving target and having your guide pole you within casting range add an another dimension for a great day of fishing.

NAPLES, FLORIDA

Naples Florida is well known for it’s great fishing waters, miles of beautiful white sand beaches. landmark fishing pier, and Historic downtown Fifth Ave & Third Street shopping district. With tropical climate weather, anglers could fish Naples waters year round for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Trout and many other species that inhabit these pristine waters.

Naples fishing offers a wide opportunity for the angler, from the miles of beachfront to tidal creeks or mangrove bays your surely to find success with minutes of wetting your line.

Fly fishing or Light tackle fishing in Naples waters is an anglers dream come true. All can enjoy, from the novice and the skilled angler. It is a challenge of landing your fish as these powerful fish try to swim into the mangrove roots in an attempt to get free.

If offshore fishing is on your agenda then sit back a enjoy ride to the near shore wrecks and hard limestone formation. Upon arriving, just drop in a line and hook up to a surprise for you never know what species of fish is on the end of your line. Shark, Tarpon, Permit, Cobia, Grouper, Snapper, Snook, Kingfish to name a few.

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CHRIS GILL

USCG LICENSED AND
INSURED CAPTAIN

2607 SW 48th Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Tel: 239.370.8359

Email: captchris@gonefishincharters.com

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