Tim Cranch wearing blue shirt

Tim Cranch

Ellie Penaranda


People fishing off Naples Pier

Angle all night at these Florida piers. Keep in mind, though, that while the fishing continues, most concessions with rentals and bait will eventually call it a night. So be prepared if you are planning an all-nighter.

NAPLES PIER: Built as a freight and passenger dock in 1888, this pier is now a historic landmark.

FOR MYERS BEACH PIER: Rent a rod, hit the bait shop, and cast into the waters known as the “tarpon capital of the world.”

CHARLOTTE HARBOR: Several piers are open all night, including Ainger Creek Park in Englewood and El Jobean Park.

SKYWAY FISHING PIERS (St. Petersburg): Artificial reefs off the two piers are drawing more diverse catches than ever, fossilized shark teeth and seaglass. For seaglass aficionados, this area is where we’ve found some of our most prized pieces including rare red gems (a well kept secret until now!).


There is definitely an abundance of fishing spots and opportunities to fish on your own, but securing the services of a charter boat and a fishing guide is going to make your experience memorable, not to mention that they provide everything from rods to bait and some excellent fishing techniques.

Capt. Marvel Charters

Docked at City Dock, this charter boat is 5 Star rated! We have personal experience with a VERY successful trip catching our limit of Red Grouper. 1/2 or Full Day on their 43′ custom sport fishing boat. Take your catch to a nearby restaurant to cook it.
Website – Tom Marvel @ (239) 261-7159

A and  B Charters
880 12th Ave. S, City Dock, Naples, FL 34102
Capt. Allen Walburn –  Deep sea fishing, sunset cruises  – 1/2 or full-day trips.
Website – (239) 263-8833

Tarpon Tamer Charters
1221 5th Ave. S, Naples, FL
Capt. Phil – Fishing adventures for the whole family and for serious anglers.  Excursions can be day or night trips – Tournaments are also available for corporate and family fun – Gulf of Mexico fishing, backwater fishing – fishing from Naples Bay to 10,000 islands to Everglades National Park
Website – (239) 352-0862

Bimini Twist Charters
2680 Clipper Way, Naples, FL 34104
Capt. Stacy Mullendore –  Light tackle and fly fishing in the 10,000 islands.  Finest in boat and equipment.
Email:  capt.stayman@aol.com – (239) 793-4442

Deep Sea Fishing

Capt. Dave Cassidy
3037 44th Terrace SW – Naples 34116
Backwater fishing the 10,000 islands or Estero Bay. Everything provided even lunch! Up to 4 anglers – all skill levels welcome.
Email:  casacass@aol.com – (239) 352-7292

Fins-N-Grins Charter Fishing
Marco Island – Florida
Boardering the Everglades and the 10,000 island Marine Sanctuary, this area is not only home to some of the finest backwater fishing, but also offers miles of pristine beaches and waterways.  Accommodates up to 6.
Website – (239) 784-2442

Island Adventures
1083 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145
Capt. Jimbo – Sportfishing with native Marco Island guide.  Catch Snook, Grouper, Refish, Tarpon, and many other species.

Mesmerized Charters
7142 Congdon Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33908
Specializing in Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and Trout. Light tackle and fly fishing. 4-, 6- and 8-hour charters available.
(239) 482-4667 or Pager (239) 335-0659