Islamorada Florida Keys Fishing Charters for Flats
and Back Country Fishing Trips
Key Largo Florida Fishing Guides
This is the most complete list of Florida Keys fishing guides for flats fishing and
back country fishing on the Internet today!  We know that anglers want to
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Flats and Back Country Fishing Charters & Guides
The Upper Keys, Florida Keys
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Captain Duane Baker
As a Florida Keys fishing guide Duane provides sight casting and shallow
water fishing in the Upper Florida Keys. He ranges from the backcountry of
Florida Bay to the flats of Islamorada and Key Largo. Duane is an Orvis
Endorsed Guide (Orvis has very high standards, and will only endorse some
of the best) that offers full and half-day fly fishing and light tackle trips. He will
guide you to tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish and snook.   Duane has been
guiding fly and light tackle anglers since 1988.
Captain Joe Gonzalez
  • Specializing in flyfishing and light tackle fishing for bonefish,
    permit, tarpon, redfish, snook, trout, shark, barracuda and more
    in the waters of Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the Upper Keys, or
    Flamingo in Everglades National Park
  • Half-day and three-quarter-day fishing trips are available from
    August to December; full-day trips are available year round;
    night fishing trips can be arranged
  • Capt. Joe fishes out of a state-of-the-art Hell’s Bay Marquesa —
    a boat known for its stealth and comfort, making it easier to
    sneak up on the fish in style.
Captain Paul Fisicaro
Boat Type: 1999 Backcountry Skiff
Size: 16 feet
Passengers: 2 passengers maximum + Captain
Draft: 9 inches
Speed: 40 MPH
Fully Insured - U.S. Coast Guard Licensed
My boat is equipped with 3 life jackets, 2 fire extinguishers,
flares, radio and cell phone.
Safety is my #1 priority. No hard Alcohol.
My vessel is DRUG FREE
Top of the Line Gear
Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
Tibor Fly Reels
Novice or Seasoned Anglers
Children Of All Ages Welcome
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Capt. Cliff Tatje has been a licensed fishing Captain since 1970. He
holds a US. Coast Guard's Master of near Coastal, Steam or Motor
Vessels license and has run fishing vessels up to 125'. Capt Cliff has
fished extensively throughout the Northeast, Bahamas, Dry Tortugas,
not to mention the fabulous Florida Keys. The past 23 years however,
Capt. Cliff has concentrated his expertise on fishing the famous
backcountry flats of Islamorada in the beautiful Florida Keys.

Need more than one boat? ---A family or corporate charter fishing trip
can easily be arranged.
Captain Cliff Tatje


Fishing the Backcountry Flats
of Islamorada and the Florida
Keys since 1970
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Captain Lain Goodwin


backcountry fishing & lobster
charters in the Florida Keys!

  • Capt. Lain is a USCG licensed and fully insured captain who takes pride
    in being a Full-Time guide here in the Florida Keys
  • Whether tournament fishing with professional anglers or taking a family
    out for some rod bending fun-fishing, Capt. Lain has the knowledge and
    expertise to provide a fun and productive day on the water
  • 1/2 3/4 full day trips
  • Night, lobster and multi-day charters
  • 2 boats to choose from depending on weather conditions, anglers and
    targeted species
  • Fishing equipment is comprised of Abu Garcia, Shimano and Qualia
    spinning reels matched with Fenwick rods
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Captain John Kipp


I have been an Islamorada Flats guide for
more than thirty years.
Islamorada is the gateway to Florida Bay and the waters of
Everglades National Park, which in conjunction with the Florida
Keys, supports a globally unique shallow water fishery ideal
for sight fishing with fly or light tackle.

The boats I use for hunting the fish of the flats are: the
Hellsbay Whipray 16, the Hellsbay Glades Skiff, and the
Mangrove 17. These boats are all
composite-constructed technical poling skiffs
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Jesse specializes in catching Tarpon, Bonefish, Snook, Permit,
Redfish, Trout, Sharks and Fly Fishing.

Gotta Luv It Fishing Charters is based out of Key Largo. Once you
leave the dock aboard his 18-foot Beaver Tail, a top of the line
technical poling skiff, Jesse goes where the fish are – fishing
Islamorada, Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, Flamingo,
Biscayne Bay, the near-shore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.

Whether you are a novice, amateur with some know-how, or a
seasoned veteran, Jesse is the guide for you.
Captain Jesse


Jesse LeBoeuf was destined to
grow up in the Florida Keys because
fishing is truly his passion. Even his
days off are spent scouting potential
hot spots and fishing with friends.
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Captain Randy Stallings


I specialize in shallow water flats fishing with
light tackle and fly for some of the most sought
after game fish in the world!
Expert or novice, I promise to provide you with a fun and
exciting day on the water. I am a hardworking fishing guide
that takes fishing and guiding very seriously. From fly
fishing for giant Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit to spending a
day with family just bending the rod, I can accommodate
your every need.

All tackle, licenses, bait and ice will be provided for your
trip. You just need to bring something to eat and drink.
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Captain Bob Jones


Some of the best fly and light tackle
fishing is just minutes from the dock
where I charter and keep my skiff.
SPECIES TARGETED ON FLY ROD/LIGHT TACKLE
TARPON - All Year - Peak Months March-July
PERMIT - All Year - Peak Months February-October
BONEFISH - All Year - Peak Months Sept-Nov & Apr-June
REDFISH AND SNOOK - All Year
ALL CHARTERS INCLUDE
Florida fishing licenses, bait, tackle, and ice.
TACKLE PROVIDED
Fly Fishing Gear - G Loomis rods & Tibor Reels
Light Tackle Spinning Gear- Shimano Rods & Reels
WHAT TO BRING
Sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, non-skid deck shoes,
hat, food and water.
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Captain Mitch


kid friendly.  Nothing makes Capt. Mitch
happier than sharing his love of fishing and
helping to shape the new generation of
anglers!
So bring your children!


Our South Florida Fishing charters go through some
of the most beautiful nature areas in South Florida, so
not only do you get some of the most exciting fishing
around, you also get the opportunity to experience
South Florida in all it's natural beauty.
Captain Kerry
When he’s not fishing — and catching — he is the
president of the Key Largo Fishing Guides Association.
In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors for
a member of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce.

Capt. Kerry has competed in the IFA Redfish Tour for
two years and he guides and participates in many local
tournaments, such as Casting For Cats, the Racer’s
Invitational Fishing Tournament, Ladies Let’s Go
Fishing, He also serves as a tournament committee
member for the Take Stock In Children Backcountry
Challenge, a tourney that raises funds so that deserving
high school graduates can attend college.
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Captain Steve Murray is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain and
with any level angler and takes great pride with the ability to adapt to the
customers' wishes, making everyone's fishing experience a memory of a
lifetime.

Whether you want to pole all day for bonefish and permit, fish the evenings
for tarpon, or cruise back into the everglades for redfish, snook, trout,
snapper, shark, etc. etc., Captain Steve "can do it all". He will probably have
as much fun as you do on your fishing trip.

From expert to novice, all ages are welcome. You will come away with
greater fishing knowledge and discover why Captain Steve now resides in
the beautiful Florida Keys.
Capt. Steve Murray
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  • Fishing the shallow waters and back country of South
Florida with Light Tackle & Fly Gear.
  • Fishing from three different geographic areas of South
Florida (Everglades Nat'l Park [Flamingo], Biscayne Bay,
Upper Florida Keys) depending on where the fish are biting
and the weather.
Captain Tony Traad
  • Accommodating anglers of all skill levels, ages and desired fishing techniques.  Children to
    mature anglers, from fly fisherman to live bait anglers are welcome.
  • The use of three different  boats increases the variety of shallow water and back country
    fishing adventures.
  • Providing information not just about casting but lure and fly selection, lure placement and
    fish behavior.
  • Good natured, no pressure fishing trips with the goal of having fun.
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Capt. Pete Rowney
I love to sight fish with my customers.  It doesn't matter if it's with bait, and
sometimes more effective ways to fish but for me, none are as exciting or
satisfying.  Of course there are days when sight fishing is impossible but if
I had to choose a favorite, sight fishing would be it.  I particularly like using
artificials and especially flies.
For me, a day on the water is the entire experience.  It's the scenery, the
anticipation, the hunt, the teamwork, the cast, the hookup and the laughs.  
It all really boils down to having a good time, fish or no fish, rain or shine.
Captain Steve Friedman



Capt. Steve Friedman offers shallow
water adventures in Islamorada, Key
Largo and the Florida Everglades. With
the versatility of a shallow water
technical skiff and a bay boat, we can
offer a fishing experience for up to 4
people. We welcome anglers of all
abilities and offer special trips for kids
of all ages.
■Your fishing adventure is driven by a choice of custom Hell’s Bay
Boats.  The 17.8 Whipray Pro and the Guide 18 flats skiffs, powered by
Mercury motors. These stealthy, sturdy crafts feature a comfortable
padded bench seat and backrest, stabilization grips, cooler, live wells,
GPS and all the required safety equipment including life preservers
and flares.
■Each skiff has it’s own specialized purpose and are professionally
engineered to allow guide and anglers to safely skim over just 6-
inches of water. Because of the design, my anglers catch fish most
boats can’t even approach – without disturbing the sensitive seagrass
or marine life below.
■Steve provides his clients with only the finest rods, reels and tackle
available including Hatch reels, G Loomis, Sage, Scott, Tibor, Abel,
Nautilus, Schimano and Diawa. If you like, you can bring your favorite or
lucky rod along, as well.
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From Islamorada’s inshore flats, channels, reefs, and surrounding
areas to the Florida Bay and Everglades National Park, sportfishing
is a year-round event in the Keys! Whether you're a novice or expert
angler, Stray Cat Charters offers a variety of exhilarating expeditions
for individual anglers, families and groups. Stray Cat Charters also
features light tackle fishing for all trips including live bait, spin, or fly.
Fly fishing charters are also available with instruction.
Captain Chris Barron
Captain Ron Brack
We Now Have a 22 foot Mako Bay Boat and  
a 18 foot Mako Skiff, both equipped with all
the tackle needed to experience a variety of
fishing in the fabulous Florida Keys and
Everglades National Park..  We provide the
Boat , Captain, Tackle, Bait and Ice all you
need is suntan lotion  and what you would
like to eat or drink during you trip
  • Evening Trip or Night
  • Eco tours  or Sunset Trips
  • Bass Fishing
  • Group Trips for Multiple parties
  • Arrangements for lunches
    made prior to arrival Upon
    your request
Captain Ted Wilson
Captain Ted offers half-day, full-day and evening trips for all skill
levels - first-time fishermen, seasoned veterans, families and
corporate groups. Professional instruction in the art of fly casting
can be given during your day on the water. And for families looking to
go backcountry fishing, with Captain Ted KIDS FISH FREE!
Captain Ted's 17-foot
Maverick Master Angler
comfortably fishes 2-3
people.
Hotel pick up by boat can
be arranged with prior
notice in Islamorada only.
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Captain Mike Makowski is a true South Florida native with a deep
passion for fishing and a flare for local history. Offering guided
flats and Backcountry trips in the Upper Florida Keys, Everglades
National Park and Biscayne National Park.

Sight fishing using fly or light tackle for exciting game fish like
bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, redfish, and more on shallow
flats in protected waters and wilderness areas. Whether you are
an expert or novice, you will find some of the best fishing and
backcountry waters around.

Available all year long for ½, full, night, canoe, eco and multi-day
trips. Come sight fish paradise for a flats fishing adventure.
Captain Mike Makowski

Key Largo, The Upper Florida Keys


If you are looking for an enthusiastic expert
who is on the fish and truly believes that
fishing is not only fun, but it is for
everyone…give Captain Mike a call.
Captain Mike - 2012 Grand Champion -
Swamp Guides Ball
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Capt. Bruce has been fishing his home waters of the
Florida Keys for the last 21 years. He believes that
fishing is something that everyone can enjoy whether
your are a beginner or a veteran tournament fisherman.
You can spend a half or full day on TruBlue Charters
20'1" Lake and Bay powered by a 200 Mercury OptiMax.
Choose to go fishing in the Back Country waters, Reef
or Patch fishing, take it easy fishing the fresh waters for
Bass, or book an Eco Tour and learn about the wildlife
that surrounds the fabulous Florida Keys.
Captain Bruce Davis
Key Largo, FL


Charters are available as: Full
Day 8 hr, Half Day 4 hr, Night 4 hr,
and Eco 3 hr.
What's Provided: ​
•​Adult and child life jackets
•Fishing license
•Rod and Reels (talk to Capt.
Bruce about bring your own)
•Bait and Tackle
•​Drinking water
•First Aid Kit
•We will also filet your catch
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Captain Kris Bacen

Specializing in fly and light tackle fishing in the Everglades
for Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit and Snook.
Skiffs:  Both weather and tide stages are
critical to a successful day's fishing. To
maximize the fishing opportunities, Captain
Kris owns and operates two different skiffs
for his charters.
A 16 ‘ Hell’s Bay provides easy access to
remote, shallow areas that would otherwise
be inaccessible. Its’ stealth and agility also
allows for making the most of every possible
opportunity while sight fishing.
Maverick Mirage HP allows for comfortable
choppy conditions. Though versatile, both are
especially well suited for Kris’ most frequent
quarry, the Bonefish.
Leaving from Islamorada, fishing for Bonefish, Snook, diverse fishing
areas.
From deep in the Everglades, through the Florida Bay, and along the
entire Oceanside coast of the Florida Keys world class fishing and
unforgettable experiences await...
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Guide Service:   We are a small group of
Florida Keys fishing guides; Geoff Colmes,
Matt Pribyl and Al Polofsky. If you schedule a
trip with us, you will fish with the guide you
specify and schedule. If none of us are
available, we will inform you and if you like we
can then try to make a recommendation to
other experienced fishing guides we know.
Experience:   We're dedicated full time Captains whose focus is
on "sight fishing" and "poling" the flats and backcountry of the
Florida Keys, Marquesas and Everglades for tarpon, bonefish,
permit, snook and redfish. If you are interested in having a great
time fishing with guides that are "mobile" and capable of guiding
you to fish just about anywhere in the Keys and Everglades then
you have come to the right place. Aside from guiding our own
trips over the past twenty years plus, collectively all of us have
logged thousands of hours aboard the mothership "Fishabout"
in numerous adventures from the Everglades to the Marquesas.
Captain Geoff Colmes
Captain Matt Pribyl
Captail Al Polosky
Operating out of the Village of
Islamorada in the Florida Keys, we
guide our anglers just about anywhere
in South Florida; fishing from Biscayne
Bay to Key West, Marquesas and the
Everglades National Park.
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We offer a variety of customized
fishing charters, tarpon trips,
eco-tours, snorkeling, bird watching,
wild dolphin excursions, corporate
fishing charters, multi and group
tournaments and family fun fishing!

For the experienced and serious
angler Sniper Charters specializing
in light tackle, Backcountry, Flats
fishing and Florida Keys fun fishing
for family trips.
Captain Chuck Kitto


Florida Keys Fishing Adventures is based in Islamorada, The Upper
Florida Keys
OR WE CAN COME TO YOU!!!!
Capt. Chuck can also arrange to begin your fishing excursion from
any Upper and Middle Florida Keys location and covers areas that
include:
Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Tavernier, Plantation Key, Islamorada,
Grassy Key, Lower Matecumbe and the Everglades National Park.
Ask Captain and Guide Chuck Kitto about the
all inclusive personalized 3 day camping &
fishing trips within the Florida Everglades
National Park.
Florida Keys Fishing Adventures also has
available – Off Shore Fishing, Reef Fishing,
Kite Fishing, Deep Dropping and Family Fun
Fishing.
For a day of fishing Key Largo, fishing
Islamorada or anywhere fishing in the Florida
Keys, we guarantee you a great adventure!
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"The solution to any problem —work, love, money,
whatever—is to go fishing, and the worse the
problem, the longer the trip should be."
~John Gierach
Capt. Jonny McBride



Fishing the Upper Keys, Florida
Bay and Everglades
National Park

"There are always greater fish than you have
caught, always the lure of greater task and
achievement, always the inspiration to seek,
to endure, to find. ~ Zane Gray
Book Your Florida Keys Fishing Charter!
Capt. Jonny offers a variety of backcountry and near-
shore Florida Keys guided trips his favorite tried and
fishing spots.

Half day charters are typically 7:30am -11:30am and
12pm – 4pm. Night trips are 4 hours and times are
planned seasonally with the sunset. Full day trip times
can be based on your desired timetable. Eco-Tours are
si hours and can be scheduled to coincide with the
spectacular time of Florida Keys sunsets.


"If one really loves nature, one can find beauty
everywhere." ~Vincent Van Gogh
Located in the heart of the best sport fishing in the world, Wet Dog
Charters offers a first class charter fishing experience with top
quality fishing equipment and boats.  Captain Terry operates a 22’
tournament equipped Pathfinder bay boat manufactured by the
Maverick Boat Company.  This bay boat can accommodate as
many as four (4) anglers in a pinch.  A better experience would be
to charter two boats - which can be easily arranged.
When you book a fishing charter with Wet Dog Charters, you will
not need to experience the delay of catching bait in the first hour or
two of your trip.  Live bait and Artificals will be on board prior to
meeting you.
Captain Terry Hilker


Fishing Key Largo and the
Backcountry of the Everglades
National Park
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"Captain Chris specializes in sight fishing in the backcountry. In this clear,
shallow water, often just inches deep, you are figuratively "hunting" the fish.
From red fish, to permit, snook, bone fish and tarpon you will see the fish
before they ever see you. You'll experience "tailing" fish as they dig into the
mud and grass to eat shrimp and crabs with only their tails flashing in the
sun. All of this is possible due to the small, lightweight skiff and expert
poling of Captain Chris."
Captain Chris Jones
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Captain Todd Monson


Departure times will be set up between the
client and captain at the time of booking.

You can capture your experience on video,
fully edited with a copy on CD.
24 SEA HUNTER BAY BOAT: up to 4 Anglers
18 BEAVERTAIL SKIFF - TECHNICAL POLLING SKIFF:  1 - 2
Angler
CUSTOM CHARTERS ALSO AVAILABLE - CONTACT US
TODAY!
Sand Bar, Sun Set Cruise, Photography, Camera Boat.
What is Provided to All Anglers:
Rod/Reels “Fly or Spin”
Fishing tackle
Fishing licenses
Ice for fish and drinks
Fish cleaning is also included
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State of the art boats
Captain Poland pilots two of the nicest vessels made for
fishing the Keys - 2014 Sea Hunter 24ft Boat and 2013
Chittum 18 ft. Flats Skiff
Saltwater fishing
Inshore, Flats, Offshore, Fly Fishing, Spin Tackle,
Whatever Interests You
Tournament Fishing
Greg is actively involved in tournament fishing and has
successfully guided both men and women to victory
Multimedia production
Photography and Video Crew Charters
Women Fishers
Captain Poland offers guiding services tailored for the
female fisher
Captain Greg Poland
Greg left the FBI for the South
Florida Flats. His office is now the
Florida Keys and the backcountry
of Everglades National Park.

Greg holds a Master’s License
through the US Coast Guard and
offers a variety of guided services
Family Fun
Take the family out for a trip
around the keys, have a picnic or
just relax and take pictures
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Captain Dave "Big D" Atkinson
Captain Dave keeps track of the fish caught aboard his boat.
Looking back over the 2000 season, Captain Dave's anglers caught
and released 458 Bonefish during 144 fishing trips. During the
Florida Keys Tarpon season, which runs from Mid-March through
late August, anglers caught and released 115 Tarpon ranging from
20 all the way up to 160 pounds aboard the No Politics.
Consistency. Clearly the way that a fishing Guide is measured, and
Captain Dave ranks with the best.
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My name is Captain Ann Holahan. I am a female flats and backcountry
fishing guide that has fished along side World Class Guides here in
Islamorada and the Florida Keys for over 20 years. My passion is fishing and
flyfishing, my love is seeing anglers catch and release the many saltwater
gamefish native to Islamorada and the Florida Keys such as bonefish,
tarpon, permit, redfish, snook or trout! I would love to see you come and
embark on the best travel destination for Saltwater Sportsfishing, and
sightcasting for our gamefish. Whether you're a novice, intermediate or
advanced fishing or flyfishing angler our backcountry flats offer great light
tackle and flyfishing. I do offer no pressure flyfishing and light tackle
instruction and family charters are welcomed.
Captain Ann Holahan

For you "Fishing Parents" who want to bring
the little ones with you to the Florida Keys,
we
offer and can provide you with a baby sitter
that will take care of your tykes while you're
enjoying a morning or evening of fishing
.  Put
your mind at ease and enjoy your fishing day
knowing your children are in the best of care
and are learning about our environment here
in the Florida Keys!
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With over 20 years experience, Captain Bruce Pollock of Edge
Charters is one of the most sought-after fishing guides in
Islamorada. His skill as a fishing guide as well as his
knowledge about local wildlife and history offers a day on the
water very few can provide.
Charters are aboard a custom 24' Lake & Bay boat powered by
a 4 stroke 275hp Mercury Verado. It's an extremely smooth, dry
ride in most any condition. She has an 8'6" beam and requires
a mere 12" of water to keep her afloat allowing us to get to fish
in very shallow water. We also have a 16' BC Phantom Flats
Skiff for fishing in skinny water.
Captain Bruce Pollock


Backcountry Fishing - Flats Fishing -
Ecotours - Patch Reef Fishing - Gulf Fishing
Capt. Jeff Pfister


Sunset Cruises, Fireworks
Cruises, & Everglades
National Park Eco Tours
also available!

Gift Certificates Available!
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With over 35 years of experience, and a passion for fishing, Master Captain
Jeff Pfister has earned the prestigious International Game Fish Association
Captain Certification, as well as being USCG Certified.
As proven tournament winner, Capt. Jeff Pfister has accompanied everyone
from world record setters to novices.
Dockside Charters offers fly fishing, trolling and light tackle in the Florida Bay
•IGFA Certified Captain
•Proven tournament winner
•Over 35 years of experience
•USCG Certified Master Captain
•Member of Maryland Charter Boat Association
•Member of Florida Keys Fishing Guide Association
•Promotes Catch and Release
•Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland Member
•Coastal Conservation Association of Florida Member
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Captain Scott Keller

Islamorada, Florida Keys
The Best of Both Sides!

The Finest in Light Tackle, Offshore, and Back Country Fishing in
the Florida Keys. Tournament lovers, Captain Scott Keller has
fished the keys for over 15 years in the Ocean and Back Country.
Back Country is a 2006 Bay Boat that can accommodate up to 4
people with large decks trolling motors and plenty of comfort.
Species to fish for are Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Snook, Redfish,
and not to mention all of the aquatic life that inhabit the back
country of the Florida Keys.
We handle all of your requests from beginning to end!
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Whether poling the flats of Islamorada, Key Largo or fishing
the mangrove islands in the Florida Bay you'll be  very
comfortable in a 191 Ranger Cayman . Fully rigged with a
Mercury 200 Optimax and a Motorguide trolling motor the
fishing grounds are never out of range.
Capt. Brian Premaza

I have 30 years of experience fishing in the Keys.
I am a licensed Captain who is certified in
CPR/first aid and I am a real nice guy!
Families are welcome!
Ask me about area lodging.
The Boats

2002 Action Craft 1720 Flyfisher, powered by a 150 H.P. Yamaha 4 Stroke.
This boat is wide-beamed and fast, making it a smooth-running and dry
boat. It is spacious enough for three adult anglers and the captain.

2005 22 ft. Skeeter Bay Boat, powered by a quiet 150 hp Yamaha 4 Stroke
motor. This boat can fish up to 4 anglers and the captain in total comfort,
and can cut through the roughest chop.
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Captain Troy Mell has owned and operated
Reel Mell-O Fishing Charters for over ten
years in the gin clear waters of Islamorada,
Key Largo and across the Florida Bay in the
Everglades National Park.
Enjoy a day on the water from Key Largo,
Islamorada to Flamingo fishing for Tarpon,
Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Snook and Trout.
The shallow waters surrounding Islamorada
and Key Largo are home to Bonefish, Permit
and Tarpon.
Captain Troy Mell


All levels of Anglers are welcome! Enjoy your
fishing charter in a relaxed atmosphere.

Reel Mell-O Charters is licensed and
insured. Tackle, bait and a cooler with ice is
supplied.
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Captain Gary Ellis



Certified flycasting instructor:
Tarpon  Bonefish  Snook  Redfish  
Permit and more
Fish the pristine waters of the Florida Keys with one of the best
backcountry guides with 30 years experience on plug, fly or
spinning tackle.
  • Fish with the best of the best Mercury Redbone Celebrity
    Tournament series captains - USCG licensed, park
    permitted, and insured
  • Corporate groups from 2-200 welcome
  • Complete event planning including accommodations, mini-
    tournaments, celebrity attendance, guides, trophies, shirts,
    tackle bags, box lunches, banquets and parties
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Captain John Gargan

Tradition follows his family, as he is a
second generation captain.
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Captain John fishes aboard a brand-new 2011 Custom 21'
Outboard. He is Coast Guard licensed and Insured. The boat
is fully equipped with all necessary safety equipment and
electronics. Capt John specializes in Family type Fun fishing
trips with action the main ingredient. Father and son, Father
and Daughter or Mom and the Kids are the kind of fishing
Capt. John enjoys the most. he loves showing youngsters
how to fish and enjoy fishing for the rest of their lives.
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Captain Dave Yoder has served as a professional fishing guide for nearly
20 years.  From the flats of the Florida Keys and the pristine waters of the
Alaskan wilderness to the remote waters of Argentina, Captain Dave has
developed a reputation for putting his clients on trophy fish time and time
again.
Since the mid-90's, Captain Dave has specialized in targeting world class
game fish across the Florida Keys.  His knowledge of the waters, little
known estuaries, channels, and holding locations is unparalleled.  Captain
Dave works with clients of all skills levels, so whether you are new to a fly
rod or have been casting to rolling tarpon for years, Captain Dave can help
you take your fishing to the next level.
Captain Dave Yoder

Weather, tides, and moon phases all play a critical roll in
fishing success here in the Keys.  We constantly stay
up-to-date on this information to ensure we know when,
where and how to fish day to day; providing you with the
maximum chance for success!  
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Captain Jim provides an Ultimate Keys
Fishing experience for all ages & skill levels.
Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish & Snook
Seatrout, Grouper, Mangrove Snapper &
Mackerel may also be targeted in the same
day of fishing. All Tackle & Bait is provided.
Captain Jim Willcox


  • Caught and released the most bonefish in the Spring
    Bonefish World Championship.  
  • Has aired on ESPN, articles in the Chicago Tribune, The
    Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Sun Sentinel,
    and Field and Stream.
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Captain Bob Fernicola

  • U.S.C.G CAPTAIN
  • DIVEMASTER
  • REGISTERED EVERGLADES GUIDE
  • FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED
Capt. Bob has been fishing Key Largo 23 years as a full time
charter captain/fishing guide.   Pick up by water at local resorts in
Key Largo can be arranged. Whether in the Backcountry ,on the
Reef or Offshore in the Gulf stream, Capt. Bob is well versed in all
styles of Key Largo fishing.
Catering to small groups 2 to 3 passengers works well on any trip but we can take up to 4 on inshore trips.  
Children and families welcomed.
Captain Russ Pellow

I have been fishing for a living in Islamorada in
the Florida Keys since 1978 and I still very much
enjoy fishing myself and I thoroughly enjoy the
excitement of seeing the thrill on an anglers
face after a great fishing day!
  • Florida Bay ~ Flamingo, Sandy Key, Cape Sable and the
    Wilderness Waterway. All within Everglades National Park! This
    area is best for the eco-fisherman. Combining fishing with
    wildlife watching. Anywhere from 5 feet down to a few inches in
    water depth!
  • Island Channels ~ The channels between the many Keys and
    Islands of the backcountry usually have a nice current flowing
    and hold many species of fish.
  • Patches and Reef Fishing ~ Exciting year-round bottom action
  • Offshore ~ Calm seas only ~ Spring, Summer, and Fall are best.
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Captain Bill Bassett

Captain Bill Bassett is native Floridian born and raised in the Florida Keys.
He has been fishing these waters since he could walk. He has held a U.S.
Coast Guard Captains license for 30 years. He also has a dozen world
records under his belt. He also has raised two sons which love to fish the
Florida Keys.
Family Fishing | Fly Fishing | Tarpon Fishing |
Red Fishing | Trout Fishing | Gulf Fishing

We offer a variety of fishing trips to suite the
experience you are looking for. Each trip has
its own unique dynamic that gives you a
specific experience and allows you to catch a
variety of different fish.
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A day fishing Islamorada with Capt. Mark
Johnson is fun-filled, entertaining and
relaxing. When you step onto our Lake &
Bay boats, you leave any stress and
frustration on the dock. We ensure an
awesome Florida Keys fishing adventure
whether you’re an experienced angler or
someone who has never picked up a rod.
Captain Mark Johnson

From family-oriented “catch fish” trips to technical,
educated fly fishing for bonefish, we have the skill
and patience to accommodate everyone.
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He has guided his anglers to many
accolades such as high point angler,
grand champion, high point fly in several
inshore tournaments and placed in
many others. He has developed many
new fly patterns and improved existing
flies and knots. He has been featured on
ESPN2's Subaru American Outback 2
years in a row. He has been seen in T.V.
Commercials, national fishing
magazines, catalogs and brochures.
Captain GW DePauw III

Captain GW was raised on the waters of
South Florida. Capt. GW has a very low
stress approach to guiding. He feels it’s your
vacation and it should be a relaxing one.
Capt. GW is always willing to help with your
casting skill. Ask him about picking you up at
your hotel by boat for your fishing trip.
Kids are always
welcome
Parents, if you are looking
to get away for a morning
or afternoon, Capt GW is
a state certified Firefighter
and Paramedic. So feel
confident they will be in
the best of hands if you
would like some time to
yourselves
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Captain Mark Gilman
  • Back Country Fishing
  • Bonefish, Tarpon
  • Permit, Snook, Redfish
  • Spin and Fly
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Captain Eric Herstedt

No matter where you choose to fish between South Florida and
the Keys, you will not be disappointed.

There are so many options in the areas I fish, from Flamingo,
Chokoloskee, Everglades National Park, Biscayne Bay, nighttime
in Miami and the Keys, you can’t go wrong. Even if there are high
winds or tough weather conditions, my experience and versatility
will enable you to have the best shot you can.
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Included:

Bait and tackle, flies, rods and a cooler with
ice for food and drinks are provided. Anglers
are responsible for their own drinks and
lunch.
Captain Rick Miller


Captain Rick Miller has been a resident of
the beautiful Florida Keys for over 40 years.  
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Captain David Lowell has lived in the Keys and fished the
surrounding waters of Islamorada ( an island about an hour and a
half drive from Miami) for more than 30 years! A licensed and
experienced tournament Captain who knows all the HOT spots,
Dave will put you onto Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Tuna, Wahoo and
Sailfish out in the open ocean. If fishing the reef is what you prefer,
you will find plenty snapper and grouper. At the right time of year, you
may even find yourself fighting a big Kingfish! Tarpon and
Backcountry fishing is also available on our charter boats.
Captain  David Lowell

You will be able to take your fish to local
restaurants to cook so that you can enjoy your
catch that same day!  A day of fishing can be
very exciting for the little ones, and  children
are always welcome to fish with us also.  
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Captain john johansen

fishing guide specializing in light spin tackle
and fly fishing on the waters surrounding
Islamorada and it's neighboring islands in the
beautiful Florida Keys.
For years this area has been the "go to" destination for the serious
saltwater angler. More world record saltwater fish have been caught
here than any other place in the world. New records are being set by
fly fishing anglers in the Islamorada area to this day.

Still, nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing new and
upcoming anglers test their saltwater fishing skills against our local
saltwater game fish. All you need to bring is the desire to fish and
something to drink! Everything else is supplied.
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Flats / Backcountry Fishing Guide Capt. Larry Sydnor, your guide to shallow saltwater
fishing from Islamorada thru the Florida Keys of South Florida and Biscayne Bay
Captain Larry Sydnor
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Captain Bill Wert

Islamorada, The Florida Keys


Fishing the way it should be!!!
With Capt. Bill Wert
"For a back-country experience, Captain Billy Wert
miragelike archipelago of mangrove flats that
surrounds the southern boundary of Everglades
National Park. Wert's boat runs in eight inches of
water, floats in ten. He'll take you flying over waters
where no one has been before. Bonefish, tarpon,
and snook are the sought-after prizes. Even if you
come back empty-handed, you'll never forget
skimming across a field of sea grass in ten inches
of water, watching horseshoe crabs and sea turtles
navigate the sandy bottom, or coming upon a great
white heron that appears to walk on water. The
experience would appeal to any Floridian's
amphibian psyche"  Thomas E. Whittingslow
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Capt. Steven Tejera guides out of Flamingo  (Everglades
National Park) and the Upper Florida Keys. Knot Tight
Charters/ Guide Service has been recognized for our
reliable and professional high quality service fishing out of
Flamingo, Biscayne Bay and the  Upper Florida Keys.  Capt.
Steven Tejera specializes in fishing out of Flamingo
(Everglades National Park). Flamingo is a unique estuary
like no other. With thousands of creeks, back bays, shallow
mud/grass flats filled with nutrients, oyster bars, islands,
and structure.  Flamingo, which is part of Everglades
National Park, is the most unique fishing paradise you will
ever come across.
Capt. Steven Tejera

Capt. Steven Tejera will be sure you are blown away with a
fishing experience  you will never forget.
My 16 Dolphin Renegade Powered by a Yamaha F-60 gives
me extreme versatility. From getting into the skinny water to
extreme range, comfort and reliability it is the perfect shallow
water fishing platform.  Everything on this boat is always kept
110% and only the best tackle and gear is provided on board. If
you are looking for a fun, hard working, professional shallow
water fishing adventure, Capt. Steven and his 16 Dolphin
Renegade will go the extra mile to get the job done.
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Islamorada Fishing Guide, Capt. Bob Baker, offers
Florida Keys fishing charters for sportfishing and backcountry fishing.  
Capt Bob has worked as a Florida Keys fishing guide, fishing the Keys,
Everglades National Park and surrounding waters the past 25 years
and lived in the Keys for more than 30 years.

"I have devoted my life to fishing.  I don't like fishing tournaments or
killing fish. Sportfishing is not only my occupation, it's my passion".  
~Capt. Bob Baker
Captain Bob Baker



I also run a Costa Rica fishing
charter, the Caribsea.
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Captain Dave Perkins


Captain Dave Perkins offers guided
fishing charters in the Florida Keys
(Tavernier, Islamorada and Key
Largo), Flamingo (Everglades
National Park) and Florida Bay.
I have been fishing in the Florida Keys, Flamingo and around the
world for over 25 years and I truly love it! Friends and clients can
attest to my personable, easygoing, and friendly personality . I am
always willing to share my knowledge, learn more, and am open to
new ideas and techniques.

Anglers of all skill levels and ages are welcome! My background in
teaching gives me good rapport with children.  Running a summer
fishing camp allows me the opportunity to interact and fish with kids
of all ages. Finally,
Captain Dave is a dog friendly guided charter;
dogs are always welcome on my boats.
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Tarpon Adventure is owned and operated by Captain Charles Klug.  Charles has been fishing Florida and Florida
Keys waters for over 45 years.  He is licensed with the US Coast Guard as Operator of Uninspected Passenger
Vessel (OUPV) or “6-Pack” License Captain.  In his many years on the oceans of the world he has been licensed for
and operated up to 50 ton near coastal and commercial towing assist vessels.  Additionally, he is trained and certified
in CPR/First Aid
Capt. Charles Klug
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Captain Mark Hlis
Captain Mark Hlis :
a 2nd generation native of South Florida and
has been fishing this area for 30 years.
His passion and expertise is in shallow
water sight fishing, whether fly or light tackle.
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Capt. Jeremy Pfaffendorf


Originally from Minnesota, Capt.
Jeremy grew up fishing the land
of 10,000 lakes. While up there
he guided for muskie and
walleye.
He went from fishing on a frozen lake in the middle of no-where to fishing in the
Florida Keys, and all because Espn Host Matt Eastman and the crew from
'Wanna Go Fishing' knocked on his ice shack door and asked the million dollar
question "what if i told you, you had two phone calls and five minutes to decide
what to do! We're taking you to the Florida Keys for a fishing vacation of a life
time?" Jeremy didn't hesitate for a moment. The next thing he knew he was
here! He's been fishing the Florida waters ever since... offshore and
backcountry for nearly ten years.  Since that first show he has done two other
'Wanna Go Fishing' shows with Matt Eastman on 'Versus and Outdoor
Channel', as well as being on the front cover of Florida Sportsman May 2010.  
Jeremy couldn't imagine his office being anywhere but on the water, where he
can help people smile, laugh and create a lifetime of memories.
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Fishing the Backcountry

Your options are:
1-push the flats for bone fish and sharks.
2-fish the channels and bridges for tarpon,
3-go back to flamingo (Florida bay, everglades) for trout, redfish.
snook, sharks and tarpon
4- weather permitting, big permit on the offshore wrecks
depending on the time of year and the tides we will decide what is
the best option for you and depending on length of trip, we are
open to multiple options.
Captain Kevin Brown

About the Flats Boat
My Flats boat is a 18 foot Hewes Red Fish
with a 115 Yamaha.  It has everything you
should need to get the job done right in
comfort, VHS, GPS, Polling platform, Live
Wells, Trim tabs and is excellent shape.
Here at Beats Land Charters we are passionate about what
we do and strive to provide our anglers with a Florida Keys
fishing experience to remember. Located in the heart of
Islamorada the fishing opportunities are endless. Our 22'
Ranger bay boat powered by the new generation Yamaha
250hp four stroke provides a fishing platform like no other.
The latest tackle and equipment combined with our
professional techniques provides our anglers with the best
advantage on the water.
Capt Juan Garcia
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Florida Keys Flats Fishing is headed up by
Captain Robert Lovell. Flats fishing in the
Florida Keys is one of the most challenging
fishing adventures an angler can undertake.
Join Captain Robert for an action packed day
of light tackle flats fishing on the pristine
waters of the Florida Keys from Key Largo to
Islamorada, as you fish for bonefish, permit,
tarpon, snook, redfish, and seatrout.
Captain Robert Lovell


Capt. Robert is patient, hardworking and
is ready to ensure that your flats fishing
charter will be an adventure of a lifetime!
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Capt. Matt Pribyl is a second generation
Florida Keys fishing guide. His experience is
vast; from fishing with his father as a mate at
a very young age and through his lifetime of
fishing and guiding experience. You can be
the beneficiary of Matt's immeasurable
knowledge and commitment to fishing and
guiding in the Florida Keys and Everglades
National Park.
Captain Matt Pribyl
I have met many people and made many lasting
friendships over the years, with people who share the
same attitude of fun. If someone makes a mistake, I
try to meet it with humor encouragement and some
advice if need be. Most seasoned fisherman are
beginners will be courteously helped along and
hopefully identify with the fun, which I think fishing
should be.
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Captain Frank Ortiz is a lifelong resident of
the keys and has fished the waters for over
thirty years.  With experience in all forms of
sport fishing including bonefish, tarpon,
snook, redfish, permit and shark, Captain
Frank can lead you to your trophy.  The boat
is a custom rigged  18 foot Action Craft with a
Yamaha 150 hp outboard.  Tell Captain
Frank what you would like to catch on your
dream charter or he can suggest what is hot!  
Captain Frank Ortiz


Captain Frank can  pick you up either by boat
or car as long as you are in the Islamorada
area.
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A fishing guide should be like a coach. You should be able to pull from
his experiences in order for you to become better at the game. I can show
you the techniques necessary to catch these wary fish of the flats. I can
also take your fly-casting to the next level. I have been fortunate enough to
have fished with some of the best casters and fishermen in the world,
and pride myself in being able to teach their techniques to you
Captain Paul Tejera


I have been guiding clients to incredible
fishing in the Florida Keys for over 25 years. It
is still the greatest job on earth
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"An experienced fishing guide can put
like Capitan Brian Helms can make it a
life time experience that you will want to
repeat every year."

Finding the right guide can make all the
difference.  The elusive silver king is
nothing to mess around with when you
are hooked up to a hundred pounds of
fishing muscle on the end of your fly rod.
Fly Fishing Guide
Captain Brian Helms
  • (for up to 5 anglers!)
  • Conch 27'
  • Single 250hp yamaha 4-stroke
  • 200 gallons of fuel and a 100
    gallon livewell.
  • Great way for the entire family to
    enjoy a day of fishing in
    Islamorada
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As a saltwater fly fishing guide here in the Florida Keys and
Everglades National Park, I strive to educate and promote
the protection of this incredible ecological wonder that so
many creatures call home. I also advocate catch and
release fishing with single barbless hooks.
Captain Darren Williams


New to Fly Fishing?
Always wanted to give it a try?
Everyone is welcome!
Men, Women, and Children!
I will be happy to accommodate
you!
Fly fishing is more than just fishing...it is an art form that is
easy to learn and has infinite skills to perfect.
If you are visiting here in the Florida Keys and have never held
a fly rod before, in a few short minutes I can share with you
some basic techniques of rod stroke and line control that will
set in motion a lifetime of enjoyment to share with sons,
daughters and grandchildren.
After a short time of instruction we can take your new skills out
to the shallow flats of the Keys, backcountry of Florida Bay or
even in Everglades National Park and sight fish for game fish
like tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook, redfish, jacks, barracuda
or sharks.
For those that are already proficient at fly casting but don't
utilize the benefits of techniques like the "double haul" or
"water loading", I will be happy to help you as much or as little
as you would like.
Did You Know?
The 'flats' surround all of the Florida Keys.  A flat is a shallow area or sandbar.  The bottom of these areas are mostly
covered in a carpet of seagrass, known as Turtle Grass. This seagrass is the environment that the most challenging
fish come to hunt for food. Bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, and sharks are commonly found in the shallows.

Searching for and sighting fish to cast at is what the sport of flats fishing is all about. Fortunately for Florida Keys and
Key West visitors, we are surrounded by shallow water: one or two feet deep and is often clear as glass.
WHEN FISHING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS,  I CAN ASSURE YOU A  
ENJOYABLE, INTERESTING, AND FUN DAY ON THE
WATER.                             
I SPECIALIZE IN FAMILIES, AND TRIPS FOR KIDS. TARGETING
TARPON, GROUPER,SHARK,  SNAPPER, AND BONE FISH.  I'VE  
LIVED IN KEY LARGO FOR 30 YEARS, AND HAVE FISHED THE
FLORIDA KEYS, AND THE BACK COUNTRY OF THE
EVERGLADES AND KEY LARGO FOR OVER 25 YEARS                  
Captain  Mike Dekker
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Experienced Welcome! Beginners Encouraged!
  • Half Day, ¾ Day & Full Day trips are available. All tackle, bait and license are provided.
  • Fly, Spin, Plug, Bait Casting, Scenic photo trips, Everglades Wilderness Experience.
  • Inquire about: Fly Fishing Lessons!
  • ADA friendly.
  • Licensed and Insured
  • Mercury Guide
Captain Randy Crenshaw

Captain Randy Crenshaw has been guiding
in the Florida Keys for the last 15 years. Quite
notably he has achieved “Pro Staff” guide
status in the former G. Loomis program and
is highly regarded for his patient ability at Fly
Casting instruction. Randy works at an
extremely high energy level, which makes for
a truly exciting day on the water.
You'll fish from a clean 18' Action Craft flats skiff, powered by a reliable
Yamaha 150 h.p. 4 stroke outboard. The boat is dry, stable, and equipped with
two padded chairs for your comfort. There is a casting deck forward for two
anglers to stand on while sight casting. You do not need a Florida fishing
license, as the boat's license includes all the anglers that are on board.

The boat has dry storage enough for a medium gear bag or two, and has a
cooler with ice for your drinks and lunch. I have two sets of raingear on board
to lightning!
Captain Jack Backus


'Stress Free', no pressure light
tackle fun fishing!
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Captain Brewer has developed a guiding style that reflects his roots as a
Keys native. Brewer teaches his clients about the fragile Keys ecosystem,
and to respect both the fish and their habitat. "I want visitors to the area to
have the whole experience. I want to show them what's kept me here for 35
years. It might be the sight of mudding bonefish, watching a 100 pound
tarpon open its mouth and suck a fly, the birds and wildlife that inhabit the
Florida Bay, or the expansive sunrise over the Atlantic."
Capt. Craig Brewer
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Captain Steve's boat The Family Vacation is new
22-foot shallow water Pathfinder powered by a 150
HP, four-stroke Yamaha outboard motor and a Motor
pounds of thrust for shallow water fishing. The boat
will accommodate a maximum of four passengers;
however, depending on the type of fishing fewer
anglers may be preferable.
Captain Steve Griswold

Captain Steve has the equipment, boat and
experience to make your visit to the Florida Keys a
true Family Vacation, whether you plans include
fishing in the backcountry, the ocean reefs and
wrecks or an Eco tour in Everglades National Park.
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Fly fishing in Key West has contributed to the modern development of the sport.  In the past, anglers on fly would be
found exclusively on the flats. And today, that is still mostly true. But the limits of the sport are being stretched, as
some anglers toss flies to huge tarpon and even marlin.

Equipment has followed suit. Fly reels and rods are now being manufactured en masse for fish weighing over 100
pounds. And fly shops on the island offer huge streamers the size of birds. These are switched in place of a trolled,
hook less bait in front of a billfish.
Did You Know?
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The tarpon is non-edible and a very athletic and strong fish so this type of fishing will truly wear an angler out!  You
can find this species throughout the Florida Keys and are targeted more in the spring.  Baby tarpon may be found in
residential canals that surround mangrove islands.  In summer, tarpon range from babies of 5 to 25 pounds up to an
average size of 30 to 60 pounds.  For the most part, these tarpon live in the Keys and don't roam far..
Did You Know?
The Bonefish also called phantom and gray ghost is probably pound for pound the strongest and fastest running
fish in salt water.  Bonefishing is a shallow-water pursuit done in depths ranging from 8 inches to 8 feet. Flats
sporting currents; dropoffs along the edges; clean, healthy seagrass that promotes rooting around for food; and
cruising stingrays that do the rooting for the smart but freeloading bonefish are all things to look for.

Bonefish is caught in the Florida Keys all year round. The spring and fall are probably the best times of the year to find
fish all day long because the water temperatures are more constant. In the winter, mid day is very good once the water
warms up.  And in the summer pursuing bonefish early and late in the day will likely be more comfortable.
Did You Know?
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There are three basic ways to fish for bonefish. Some people chum with bits of shrimp or crab to bring the fish on to
the flats. Some anglers will stake up the boat on the edge of the flat and wait for bonefish to come in with the tide. The
third way is to pole the boat around on the flats and sight fish for them.  Flat seas and calm conditions offer the
opportunity to spot tailing bonefish. A bonefish with its head down nosing around for food in shallow water often
leaves its tail and dorsal finning above the surface.

A fly angler can try a more aggressive approach because the flies are so light in weight.. Bonefish are great sportfish
because of the challenge involved in fooling them.
Did You Know?
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A blend of talent, knowledge and skill distinguishes the best back country guides in the Florida Keys. As you embark
on your expedition into the wilderness of the Florida Keys, your guide's objective is to find the fish. The guide must
consider such factors as the tides, time of day, water temperature, wind speed and direction and cloud cover, just to
name a few. And while the guide must be proficient in processing this information, he must also be adept at piloting
the relatively small craft through tiny channels, which sometimes are nothing more than unmarked prop ditches And
finally, the guide is there to take you where you should be; that is, where your skill level dictates.  It's very important that
you give your guide some idea of your angling ability (be realistic).
Did You Know?
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When a fish isn't allowed to be harvested, it must immediately be returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.  
However, if a fish is allowed to be taken at a certain size limit, it's okay to temporarily possess it to measure it, as long
as it is measured immediately after removing it from the water, and the fish is then immediately returned to the water
free, alive, and unharmed if it is not a legal-size fish.
Did You Know?
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In the Back country and Flats barracudas get huge and in great number starting in around November and stay
real strong and good fishing all through the winter here till about March, April when the waters warm and most
move offshore. Top water, Live Bait, Plug, Fly fishing.
Did You Know?
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The Florida Saltwater Grand Slam program is managed by the FWC in partnership with the International Game Fish
Association (IGFA). Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specific fish species in a single day and were
created to increase the variety of species targeted by anglers. There are currently four Grand Slam challenges:
Panhandle, West Coast, South Florida and East Coast. Successful applicants receive a certificate signed by both the
President of the IGFA and the Executive Director of the FWC to recognize their achievement.
Did You Know?
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The 'flats' surround all of the Florida Keys.  A flat is a shallow area or sandbar.  The bottom of these areas are mostly
covered in a carpet of seagrass, known as Turtle Grass. This seagrass is the environment that the most challenging
fish come to hunt for food. Bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, and sharks are commonly found in the shallows.

Searching for and sighting fish to cast at is what the sport of flats fishing is all about. Fortunately for Florida Keys and
Key West visitors, we are surrounded by shallow water: one or two feet deep and is often clear as glass.
Did You Know?
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Florida's anglers should be proud of their conservation efforts.  They have helped to restore or sustain valuable
fisheries, including snook, red drum and spotted seatrout.  As the number of anglers continues to grow and our be
harvested in as good a condition as possible.  The next angler will thank you for it.
Did You Know?
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Permit are the Bulldogs of the flats. They will run long and hard. When you get them near to the boat , they start
running out again like you had just hooked him up. They will do this several times. After a long while, you think you
finally have the fish tired enough to land him. You get him close to the boat , yelling to your fishing partner to get the
net. The fish just takes off on another long run. Now you don't know who is more tired, the fish or you. After a while
longer and a few more runs, you finally land the hardest fighting fish you have ever caught on light-tackle. This is a
typical scenario of an encounter with a Permit.
Did You Know?
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In the Gulf of Mexico, hook and line fishermen are required to use circle hooks and dehooking devices to improve the
chance of survival of any unintentionally caught fish. They’re also required to use venting tools when necessary.
(When reef fish are brought quickly to the surface by hook and line, the gas in their swimbladder can overexpand.
Venting tools  help deflate the abdominal cavity, preventing serious injury to the fish. This also helps the fish descend
after being released.) Management also prohibits fishing in certain areas of the Gulf to protect sensitive fish
populations and habitats.
Did You Know?
There are three basic ways to fish for bonefish. Some people chum with bits of shrimp or crab to bring the fish onto
the flats. Some anglers will stake up the boat on the edge of the flat and wait for bonefish to come in with the tide. The
third way is to pole the boat around on the flats and sight fish for them. Sight fishing is when you look for the tails of the
fish when they are digging for food - or actually see the fish in the clear waters of the Keys.
Did You Know?
                                                                                                       
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All About Florida Keys Fishing and Key West Fishing
Adam is a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain. He is an
independent owner and operator of his boat and runs his own
business. Every day he strives to put clients on fish, but, more
importantly, to figure out what will help his clients to catch fish. A
successful day on the water is not just about catching fish, however. It
is also about being outside, on the water and enjoying the natural
environment. He spends most of his time in the upper keys living and
fishing Biscayne, Flamingo, and the surrounding waters.  Adam runs a
Dolphin Super Skiff with a 90 hp engine and all required safety
equipment.
Adam's specialty is fly fishing, but he also fishes light tackle spin. He
welcomes all experience levels; from veteran anglers looking to
increase their tally of back breaking tarpon to a first-time saltwater
novice.
Come spend a day and see for yourself with Captain Adam!
Custom Flies - Casting Classes - Fly Tying Classes  - Hand painted and Digital Artwork
Fish the fabulous gin clear waters of the
Florida Keys or the backcountry of the
Everglades National Park. Enjoy a flats,
backcountry or inshore fishing adventure,
or a day fun fishing with the kids. I
specialize in light tackle fishing, either spin
or fly for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish,
Snook, Seatrout, Snapper, Sharks and
many other species.
Also available:
  • Multi boat trips
  • Corporate outings
  • Mini- Tournaments
  • Kayak Fishing
  • Family fishing trips of 4,6,or 8 hours
    and 2 hour sunset/eco tours are
    now available aboard my safe and
    comfortable 22ft Angler bay boat
Red Hook Fishing Charters
Captain Adam DeBruin
www.redhookfishing.com
adam@redhookfishing.com
(603) 380-0336
Fin Hunter Charters
Captain Paul Hunt
www.finhuntercharters.com
305-393-2495
I am currently fishing out of a 22ft Angler bay boat which provides a comfortable and
safe fishing platform for up to 4 anglers. I have recently added a 36 volt trolling motor
system thats allows me to access some great fishing in the Everglades National
Park pole/troll only areas. The boat is equipped with quality light spinning and
conventional fishing tackle. All licenses, bait and tackle are included.
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www.captainfreddie.com
Captain Fred Ferreira

Call FREDDIE 305-304-6788
•All Bait, Rods & Tackle Furnished
•No License Required
•We promote Catch & Release
•Fly - Spin - Plug
•Fresh, Live Bait
•Company Outings
•Family Reunions * Sightseeing
•Ladies and Children encouraged
Evening Tarpon and Shark Trips | Backcountry and Everglades | Night Snook/Tarpon Trolling | Full and Half Day Trips | Custom Charters
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Don't be fooled by lower
prices...  Remember - you get
what you pay for!
Brand New 22 Pathfinder!

Pathfinder redesigned the transom of its
venerable 2200 bay boat to accommodate
the additional weight of a four-stroke
outboard and 25-inch shaft. The new
model is designated 2200 XL. This is a
Tournament Edition - TE XL, which come
with three livewells--a pair of 40-gallon
wells aft, and a single 15-gallon well
forward.

You will never be yelled at on my boat!

When you decide which
charter to book with, please
make sure they know that
you found them on THIS
website:  
flkeys-fishing.com!

This page last updated on  
August 6, 2015
Did You Know?
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Tarpon Fishing
Permit Fishing
Shark Fishing
www.fintasticmp.com
305-364-1624
Capt Mike Patterson
BACK COUNTRY FISHING WITH CAPTAIN MIKE PATTERSON.  Capt. Mike Patterson can take you on a half day or full day
Backcountry fishing trip of the scenic waters of the Florida Keys. Fin-Tastic Fishing Charters provides top quality tackle
or you can bring your own. A fishing license is not needed as you will be fishing with a professional guide. Families,
beginners and advanced anglers are welcome, and instruction available.
If you’re in the mood for a little adventure or you
simply want to view the Florida Keys from the water,
this journey promises you beautiful birds, stunning
hammocks and over 150 species of reptiles and
amphibians!
This Florida Keys charter boat captain furnishes the
fishing licenses, bait, tackle, and ice in the cooler.
You bring hat, sun protection, food/beverages.
Because this Fl. Keys guide is fishing inside the
Florida Everglades National Park, Captain Mike has
his U.S. Coast Guard License, State of Florida and
the U.S. Park Service Registered Everglades Guide
License.
Capt. Mike not only takes the professional anglers
fishing in our Fl. Keys Backcountry but he also takes
beginners. He is very patient and friendly, so be sure
to take your son or daughter out for a fishing charter
to expose your family to the wonderful world of
catching fish.
Bone Fishing
Snook Fishing
Redfish Fishing
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Angling Adventures with
Captain Rich Smith
Florida Keys Fishing Charters

www.captainrichsmith.com
(786)508-2483

Inshore, Reef, Wreck, Backcountry Flats

Light Tackle or Fly Fishing

2 Boats to choose from Center Console & Flats Skiff
I’m a native full time charter boat captain
based out of the Florida Keys area of
Marathon.

I have two boats to choose from, a 23′ center
console and a 18′ technical flats skiff.  

I specialize in Inshore, Wreck, Backcountry,
Flats, and Family Fun Fishing trips using
Light Tackle Spinning Gear and Fly Fishing.

It doesn’t matter if you're a beginner just
learning to fish or a seasoned angler, I can
take you on a
trip of a lifetime. I’m patient
and professional with over 10 years
experience.
Captains Ted Benbow and
Donnie Benbow

U.S. Coast Guard Licensed
Captains
WHEN FISHING THE FLORIDA KEYS, FISHING THE EVERGLADES OR FISHING
ISLAMORADA " THE SPORTFISHING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD" I CAN ASSURE
YOU A ENJOYABLE, INTERESTING AND FUN DAY ON THE WATER. FOR THE
NOVICE FISHERMAN, I'LL PROVIDE STRESS FREE INSTRUCTIONS AND
HELPFUL TIPS FOR THE EXPERIENCED ANGLERS. I SPECIALIZE IN FAMILIES
AND TRIPS WITH KIDS. TARGETING TARPON, REDFISH, SNOOK, SHARK.
SPOTTED SEATROUT AND BONEFISH. I AM A NATIVE OF THE FLORIDA KEYS
AND HAVE FISHED THE FLORIDA KEYS- FISHED ISLAMORADA AND THE
BACKCOUNTRY OF THE EVERGLADES AND KEY LARGO FISHING SINCE THE
AGE OF 12.
Capt. Dan Matthews

US Coast Guard
Licensed & Insured
Night Fishing

When the sun goes down, the action heats up!

Night fishing gives anglers an opportunity to see a side of the Florida Keys few have.
We offer two different trips depending on your tastes. Reef fishing at night produces
some of the best snapper catches we have seen. It is not uncommon to catch our limit
of snapper at night.

Our near shore shark & tarpon is popular during the spring/summer tarpon migration.
Thousands of sharks and tarpon use our inter island channels to move along the coast.
Captain Richard Black
As a fourth generation South Floridian and born and raised in the Upper Keys, I’ve
been fortunate enough to grow up fishing the waters of Florida Bay, Everglades
National Park, and the Lower Keys. After acquiring my captain’s license at the age of
17, I decided to start off my guiding career while attending Florida Gulf Coast
University. After four years of continuously guiding in the Keys and attending classes,
I earned a degree in Marine Science. Fortunately along the way, I was lucky enough
to meet my wife Brooke (who also grew up on the waters of Florida Bay and now
helps protect our special fishery as the face of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust in the Keys).
Captain Billy Knowles
Captain Billy is a 4th generation Keys
Captain. His unparallelled experience on the
water will only add to your success and
education on the water. Billy guides on the
flats as well out of his bay boat. No matter the
time of year or location Billy uses his
experience, versatility and boats to find you
fish.

Anglers of all experience levels are welcome.
Billy enjoys getting kids out on the water.
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Captain Dale Perez
I've guided the pristine waters from Biscayne Bay through Key West including the Everglades National Park
for over four decades, guiding customers to 21 world records.  Twice the largest Tarpon ever taken on fly.  
I've alo guided angler to over 500 permit on fly tackle.  i specialize in Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook and
Redfish using spin plug and fly tackle.  Today we practice catch and release on Bonefish, Permit and
Tarpon
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