If you are looking for a qualified fishing guide that can find redfish, snook and other Back Bay species in southwest Florida, you've come to the right place. Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters has close to 38 years of fishing experience and is extremely passionate about his job on the water. It's this passion that makes him one of the area's top fishing guides. At age 5 he was introduced to fishing by his father in Northwest Ohio. It was there, as they fished for walleye, bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass that his love for fishing began. Now in his 12th year as a Florida guide, and with 25 years of saltwater fishing under his belt, Jon searches the mangrove shorelines, oyster bars and grass flats for gamefish.

Captain Jon is the newest member of the Mako Boats Fishing Team and is a sponsored guide on the Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff. He's a member of the Fish-Tale Marina Pro Staff based out of Fish-Tale marina on Fort Myers Beach and is a frequent guest on ESPN's Reel Talk Radio, heard each Saturday morning on 99.3 FM in southwest Florida, where he provides fishing reports and tips. He also writes a monthly article called "The Tackle Box" for Coastal Angler Magazine, where he discusses the different fish species found in southwest Florida and how to select the right gear, tackle and tactics for catching them.

Captain Jon's philosophy for fishing is simple; "May Everyone Enjoy the Fishing As Much As I Do!!" Fishing is supposed to be fun! He takes the time to teach anglers the proper techniques to ensure a fun and memorable fishing experience. Since this is your day each trip is tailored to go after the species you desire. He may suggest targeting other fish, based on weather and conditions, but if you strongly desire to catch an offseason trophy snook or tarpon, he'll do his best to hook you up.

When the day comes to a close, Captain Jon hopes to have provided you with lots of memories to share with your friends and family and hopes to see you again for a future trip.


Come aboard Captain Jon's custom built Mako 21 LTS hybrid flats/bay boat for a great day of fishing and exploring the waters of southwest Florida. The hull design allows for both skinny water fishing and a comfortable ride to the nearshore reefs, if the weather delivers a slight chop. She's powered by a Mercury 150 horsepower four stroke engine providing plenty of power and reliability. Twin 12 foot Minn Kota Talon silent anchors will allow Captain Jon to anchor almost anywhere in Estero Bay, while the Minn Kota Trolling motor will quietly sneak up on skittish redfish or move along mangrove shorelines in search of snook and other game fish. Nearshore fishing will be made easier thanks to the Humminbird Onyx depth sounder GPS combo unit. The sounder will allow Captain Jon to see the fish before you catch them!