South Bay Marina opened for business in the spring of 2003 continuing a long line of successful marina facilities dating back to the late 60's. Started by Capt. Justin Finch, his goal has been to provide quality services with a personal approach and fair prices. At SBM we pride ourselves on having the best captains in the area. Our captains know that knowledge of the local water is an important part of the overall experience, but also honesty and communication with the client is equally as important. SBM maintains a wide selection of rental boats to meet everyone's needs. The facility offers a full range of marina services including; bait, tackle, clothing, fuel, food and beverages. Our team of knowledgeable associates is available 70 hours a week to handle your fishing and boating needs.
Captain Justin Finch is South Bay Marina's offshore specialist. He grew up fishing the waters of Vanderbilt Beach. At the age of 16 he began crewing on a 40-ft. party fishing boat that operated out of what is now South Bay Marina. After 13 years of guiding he is able to cater to all experience levels. Capt. Finch can design a charter to best fit the skill level of any angler. Whether you are out for a day with the family or looking for that once in a lifetime catch he has the experience and equipment to make your charter unforgettable.
Captain Rainey Fongemie is a backwater and nearshore specialist. A native of Turner, Maine, he has been guiding in fresh and saltwater for over 18 years. In 1996 he and his wife Cindy moved to Naples. Capt. Fongemie is an accomplished fly fisherman and an excellent fly fishing instructor. His guiding style covers a broad range of techniques, from high action to big game he can custom fit a charter for every level of experience.
For those that desire to be their own captain for a full or half-day we have a varied selection of boats. We offer pontoons, bow riders and center console boats. These boats range in size from 17- 25’. Whether you would like explore the mangrove forest with a shallow, stable pontoon boat or cruise the near shore waters of the gulf we have the vessels to meet your needs. All prices do not include gas, tax and oil.
Shown: 24-Foot Pontoon 1-12 Passengers
20-Foot Pontoon 1-8 Passengers- No Gulf
$175 1/2 Day
$275 Full Day
24-Foot Pontoon 1-12 Passengers- No Gulf
$225.00 half day
$325.00 full day
With a huge variety of fish species to chose from we can travel from 1 mile to 30miles depending on the desired game and length of charter.
During the fall and winter the target species are Grouper, Snapper, Redfish, Mackerel and Cobia. Typically for Grouper and Snapper we like to use a bottom fishing approach. When bottom fishing it is not unusual to see 8-10 different species of fish. Cobia, however require a good eye and quick hand as we sight fish for these prized game fish.
During the spring and summer months the emphasis switches over to much larger game fish. This time of year the target species are Tarpon, Shark, Snook and Permit. Our area is fortunate to have a little know Tarpon fishery that rivals the world famous Boca Grande. These amazingly powerful fish will test even the most hardened of angler. With amazing runs and their own type of aerial ballet they are one of the most prized game fish in the world. The Tarpon in our waters typically average 150-pound range. The permit and shark fishing can be just as exciting, but with the benefit of a great meal to bring home adds to the reward.
Night fishing charters are available for both deep sea and backwater. These charters start with one of our SW Florida sunsets before we take advantage of the increased activity of nocturnal species such as Snook and Snapper. Fishing under a star filled sky always to adds to the experience.
Deep Sea Fishing - 30 foot Center Console w/head.
Includes - Bait, Tackle and Licenses. 1-6 Passengers, Additional $50 per person for 5th & 6th
5 Hours $550.00
8 Hours $850.00
Our backwater fishing charters are a great way to get the whole family out on the water. This type of charter is great for all ages. Our backwater charters focus around the inter-coastal and near shore waterways around Wiggins Pass. These calm waters are a great fishing resource. During fall and winter months Redfish, Sheepshead, Whiting, Trout and Pompano are just a few of the species that can be targeted. The spring and summer bring the focus to game fish such as Snook, Snapper, Mackerel and Shark.
Backwater Fishing - 28 foot Deck Boat.
Includes - Bait, Tackle and License. 1-6 Person, Additional $25 per person for 5th and 6th
4 hours $400.00
8 Hours $700.00
Other Fishing Adventures
Sunset Fishing - $250 2 hours
Additional $25 per person for 5th and 6th
Night Fishing - Backwater $400
Night Fishing - Deep Sea $500