|Islamorada Light Tackle Fishing and Boat Charters
Key Largo Light Tackle Fishing and Boat Charters
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The Upper Florida Keys - Islamorada, Key Largo
Capt. Jay Farnam
Come and FISH with me Capt. Jay Farnam. I'm U.S.
Coast Guard licensed & insured. I take pride in
putting my anglers (BEGINNERS&EXPERTS) on
FISH whether for tournaments, charters or just for
FUN!! They get nothing but 110% from me every time.
My anglers are always sure to have a GREAT TIME
while fishing in our crystal clear waters of the
enchanting Florida Keys.
Captain Stanley has fished from the docks of
Islamorada and the Florida Keys all his life. Starting off
on the “Kalex” Charter Boat with Captain Alex Adler at
the tender age of twelve, he worked his way from Swab,
to Mate, to Captain. He has worked on every
tournament from back country fishing and kids
tournaments, to the International Billfish Release
Extreme Tournament in the Caribbean. He mated for
Capt. Billy Knowles in the Islamorada Sailfish Fly
Tournament in which they took first place with Ed
Liccione as angler.
Full day, 3/4 and 1/2 day trips are available. Also ask
about bargain trips for Tarpon, Shark, Snapper, Grouper
and more. Blue Heaven is available every day of the year.
OUR CHARTER BOAT IS A 41 FT. 1957 NORSEMAN SPORTFISHING
MACHINE. SHE HAS BEEN PART OF THE SPAULDING FAMILY SINCE 1963.
THE PLAY BABY HAS BEEN RECENTLY RENOVATED AND MODERNIZED.
IT IS EQUIPPED WITH NEW DIESELS ENGINES AND STATE OF THE ART
LIGHTING, AUDIO EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONICS AND LIGHT TACKLE. OUR
CREW IS HARDWORKING AND VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT FISHING.
OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE OUR CUSTOMERS WITH THE ULTIMATE FUN
FISHING EXPERIENCE. WE WELCOME ABOARD ANYONE FROM
CHILDREN AND BEGINNERS TO EXPERIENCED ANGLERS. FISHING IS
OUR PASSION AND IT SHOWS!
Captain Benny Spaulding
This custom built Conch 27 light tackle center
console boat is a fishing machine!! It was built just
for fishing like we have here in the Florida Keys
boasting 53 rod holders, two 100 gallon live wells
and a huge fish box to hold your catch. We are able
to offer action-packed Offshore and Reef/Wreck
trips for comparatively less than the big boats. Not
only that, but you are able to navigate around the
entire boat for a better playing field and more
action for everyone!
Catch Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Yellowtail
Snapper, Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Grouper,
Cobia, Tarpon, and many more!!!
33 ft. spacious Hydrasport powered with triple 250 four stoke Yamaha engines, which provides a
quiet cruising speed of 45 mph, and gets to your fishing spots fast. There is a custom tower that
holds up to three passengers and is a great viewing platform to spot fish. Our boat is tournament
equipped, it has a Raymarine chart plotter, color depth finder, and radar. On board there is a large
capacity livewell, Sirrus Satellite Radio, and a head (bathroom) and sink for your convenience. The
boat accommodates up to six people in your group. All tackle is provided. We use Diawa and
Shimano spinning reels and Penn International trolling reels. In addition we are equipped for kite
fishing and have electric reels for deep dropping.
Reel Sharp is a large center console with a large bow area on the boat to fish from. This is a huge
advantage when the captain has spotted a Sailfish, school of Mahi, or some Cobias on a ray that
requires the angler to cast live bait to them.
Our boat also has a large custom 4 foot cutting board work station for bottom fishing and using cut
or chunk baits. Awesome underwater lights for night fishing and large 5 foot built in cooler for your
For your comfort the center console area under the tower has a full enclosure that can be pulled
down to keep passengers dry or out of the wind when the weather turns.
Captain Galon Johnson
Are you planning to have fishing trips in Florida, but don't
know the best spot to visit? If so, Captain Z is here to
help with your ocean adventure. A well-known fishing
expert, Captain Z and his charters can take you to the
best spots for tuna, swordfish, and even Snapper fishing.
All you need is to book a charter so you can set sail for
the best fishing experience in Florida.
Capt. Jeff Pfister
Sunset Cruises, Fireworks
Cruises, & Everglades
National Park Eco Tours
Gift Certificates Available!
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
Captain Randy Towe
I have lived in Islamorada, one of islands in
the chain of islands in the Florida Keys since
1984, great fishing is my passion, thats what I
do, from offshore to flats and backcountry
fishing, I have been doing both sides my
whole life, I am able to share my knowledge
with people who want to learn how to fish
better, with helpful tips and techniques or just
catching fish having fun not being at work, I
enjoy teaching young kids how to fish.
Captain Randy loves to share his knowledge
with his friends and clients, from just a fun day
on the water to a $100,000 dollar sailfish
tournament, he loves the competion and having
that great day on the water to get credit for all the
dues you pay, that's what makes you keep doing
it. Living in the Florida Keys you get spoiled with
all the different fish you can catch both inshore
and offshore, Capt. Randy likes to fish and is
going to give you the best chance of having a
great day. Sometimes you can't always catch
what you want but most times you can catch
something that will be a lot of fun.
Captain George Clark Jr. lives and fishes in Key Largo Florida. In 1973 George’s father took
George Jr. on his first fishing trip in the Florida Keys. It was then George Clark Jr. began his
fishing journey. Now many years later, that first fishing experience is remembered as a fuzzy
and blurred memory. It may be the reason Captain George Clark Jr. enjoys fishing those same
waters and sharing new adventures with young and old alike.
Captain Clark is a full time guide who fishes the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Everglades
National Park. From Sword fish to Tarpon, George has pursued them all. There probably isn’t
anything with fins he hasn’t caught.
When Capt. George isn’t entertaining clients on the water, he is fishing professional
tournaments or involved in community functions. Also Capt. Clark broadcasts daily fishing
reports, live from the water for sun 103.1fm.
Captain George Clark
On a budget, but still want to experience a
Florida Keys fishing adventure? Look no further,
we specialize in offering a variety of affordable
Florida Keys sportfishing fishing trips for the
novice and not so novice and have a good
attitude about life.
We especially enjoy working with beginning
anglers and families from all over the world.
Getting kids hooked on fishing is awesome; kids
are the future of sport fishing.
Like the other larger charter fishing boats in the Key Largo,
Tavernier & Islamorada our fishing fleet is fully rigged for
offshore/reef fishing. Our boat is a custom designed 2008
2360 Sailfish center console powered by a F250 Yamaha
Our charter boat is a very versatile compromise to a big offshore
fisherman and a small flats skiff. This versatility allows our boat to be
comfortable in both the offshore bluewater and the skinny waters of the
backcountry. Our charter boat is 21 feet long and 8 1/2 feet wide with a
reliable 200 HP HPDI Yamaha Saltwater Series outboard and carries
the latest electronics and Coast Guard safety equipment. Our charter
boat specializes in comfortable, productive sport fishing! We will
release all fish that are not going to be eaten. The days of keeping a
fish for mounting are over! A fiberglass replica looks great, does not
need maintenance with age and the feeling of knowing that your trophy
catch is still swimming to be caught again is second to none! Release
the fish to make more trophies for future generations.
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! From Parents with children to experienced light
tackle anglers, I can accommodate your needs.
Captain Marc Toledo
The vessel is a custom built Conch 27 center console open fisherman! She is 27' long
and has twin 225 H.P. Mercury engines that will get you to the fishing grounds in a hurry.
She is the fastest boat in the fleet, and will ride out with the best of them. The vessel was
designed by, and for, Florida Keys Fishing Captains and is highly sought after for it's very
stable and dry ride! She has a 360 degree fishing platform to fight your big one, and there
is nothing to get in your way! You can walk completely around the boat and never have to
duck or put your rod over or under any pipes or rigging.
Her Custom features include 65 Rod Holders, 2 Livewells with Oxygenation systems with aft well boasting
150 gallons and the fore well boasting 150 gallons! They are huge and will hold more than enough bait to get
you through any type of fishing you can dream of! Her electronics are a 10" Furuno NavNet GPS/ Chartplotter/
Radar/ Sounder with a 2KW transducer and a 4KW Radar! She also has an ICOM VHF, cellular phone, and a
great stereo system for your listening pleasure! This boat is absolutely spectacular and extremely versatile.
- Eco Tours - If you're not in to fishing, you can see
Egrets, Osprey, Bald Eagles and marine mammals
such as Manatees, Porpoises and Crocodiles
- Offshore Fishing - including the world-famous
Islamorada Hump (an undersea mountain)
- Wreck Fishing
- Reef Fishing
- Pleasure Cruises
- Sunset Cruises
Come fishing in the Florida Keys for the
ultimate offshore fishing experience in my 26
foot open fisherman "Blue Water Blues" She is
loaded with the best electronics, fresh and salt
water washdown, out riggers, downriggers.
She is also equipped with top of the line fishing
rods and reels. All fishing licenses, plus tackle,
bait and ice are provided for you. All you need to
bring is your food and drinks, sunscreen and
be ready to reel in some fish!
Captain George Coffey
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.
The boats we use are state of the art. Offshore Bad Habit is a fully
equipped 45' Vicking that has a spacious AC Salon with all the
amenities. Live bait is our specialty. With your local species, such as
Swordfish, Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and all the
Snapper and Grouper families.
Captain Scott Keller
We provide fun-filled fishing tours along
the waters of Islamorada, FL. All trips are
guided by Captain Bill who has a USCG
100 ton masters license. We specialize
in family trips and assure that your kids
will have a memorable experience. All
tackle, licenses, fish cleaning and bait
are already included in the trip package.
•Full day/ half-day charters
We specialize in live bait fishing in the pristine waters of Key
Largo, Islamorada and Marathon. The yearly tropical weather,
nearby Gulf Stream and a 120 mile arch of islands create a
fishing environment that is unique to the Florida Keys. Once
aboard the 32 foot custom made SeaVee you will notice it is
specifically designed for charters. You will be safe and
comfortable while on your way to the fishing grounds. Our
charter is a first class operation our equipment is state of the
art and the boat is meticulously maintained.
Captain Chris Venezia
Let’s go fishing and experience a
thrilling Islamorada fishing charter!
Welcome Aboard! My name is Capt. Ron Varona. I would
like to invite you to come fish with me in the fabulous
Florida Keys. Having been born and raised in South
Florida has given me the opportunity to fish these waters
most of my life, and the upper Keys extensively for over
20 years. I've been a licensed U.S. Coastguard captain
for over 5 years. My fishing travels have taken me from
the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean. I am also a licensed
paramedic and firefighter with over 9 years of service in
the City of Miami Fire Department.
Captain Ron Varona
Let me share my fishing experience with you
and your family, and make your stay in the
Keys a memorable one.
Fishing with us is a perfect way to view the keys while enjoying some of the best fishing that Florida has to
offer. Captain Klug and Tarpon Adventure offer you a lifetime of fishing experience. You will always be given
the best possible chance to catch your dream fish whether we are trolling, or fishing with live bait!
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
Captain Charles Klug
The effort, energy, and drive that Capt. James
puts into each and every charter are sure to
make your experience one you will never
forget! Capt. James is very patient and
courteous with all levels of experience, and
will do whatever it takes to ensure that all
expectations are exceeded while on YOUR
fishing vacation! No matter whether you are
after trophy caliber fish, or just out for an
action packed adventure with the family, he
has you covered! It has always been his
dream to pursue the most sought after game
fish in the world, and feels blessed to be
able to share new experiences each and
every day with anglers from all over the world!
Captain James Chappell
As a Native of the Florida Keys (which is
as rare as a blue diamond these days),
Capt. James Chappell has been fishing
these beautiful waters in search of big
fish and good times since he was born.
Our fishing boat is a beautifully restored 23' seacraft center console boat.
An innovator since the beginning, Seacraft has always been at the cutting-edge of engineering
and design technology. Designed by the legend Carl Moesly, they created a hull in the 23’ size
that even today is measured against all other competitors, and is considered to be the best
midsize seagoing vessel ever built.
Craig bought this boat secondhand and restored it over the course of five years, replacing the
floor, adding livewells and storage areas, installing a new Mercury Optimax outboard, and of
course painting and finishing. It is really a beautiful restoration.
We put in 100% effort on every charter to make our clients happy. We
get the angler involved as much as they would like to be. We are not
a charter boat where the mate hooks the fish and hands off the rod.
We want you to experience the thrill of catching a trophy fish like a
sailfish from start to finish. As you can see from the tournament
page on our website we have a lot of experience and knowledge of
the waters of the Upper Keys from Islamorada to Ocean Reef.
Captain Fred Dillon
Captain Martin Formento
No Fish No Pay!
Our charter boat is a 33-foot World Cat especially suited to provide
smooth and comfortable travel to the best fishing spots in the ocean
waters off Islamorada.
In the Florida Keys, Captain Brian Cone has gained a reputation as the
hot hand when it comes to hunting dolphin and many other offshore
species. When you fish on the Contagious you not only catch fish, but you
learn a whole lot about Cone's techniques and what makes him so good
as an expert at finding the fish. His passion and intensity for fishing and
his easy way with customers, young and old, will surely make your day on
the water a memory you will never forget!
Captain Brian Cone
Captain Steve Stone knows the waters of Islamorada as well as
every other experienced Florida Key’s fishing captain. However,
there is something different, something that separates Captain
Steve Stone from most other Florida Key’s fishing captains. Captain
Steve has that remarkably accurate gut feeling telling him what to
fish on certain days, yet that is not what separates him from other
Charter Boat Captains. He routinely finds great catches of the highly
sought after Mahi Mahi offshore or the incredible tasting Yellow Tail
Snappers on the reef.
Captain Steve Stone
Did You Know?
Catching Dolphin All year is not uncommon here in the Florida keys. The best months though to ensure a good
chance at a large one is March, April, May. Dolphin are here in great numbers in June, July and August as well.
Dolphin are known as voracious predators. While their favorite prey is the flying fish, they also consume squid,
shrimp, crustaceans and even smaller dolphin. Using a keen sense of eyesight the dolphin locates most food near
clumps of floating vegetation and objects.
The dolphin is considered one of the top offshore game fish and is highly targeted by anglers around the world. It is
famous for its leaps and flips over the surface when hooked. Because of their speed and agility, dolphin provide for an
exciting catch as they run long and jump often.
Did You Know?
King mackerel are found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Caribbean and Gulf of
Mexico. They are a "coastal pelagic" species, meaning they live in the open waters near the coast. They live in water
115 to almost 600 feet deep. King mackerel prefer warm waters, and seldom enter waters below 68 degrees
Fahreneheit. They migrate with seasonal changes in water temperature and with changes in food availability.
Swimming in large schools, they migrate to the northern part of their range in the summer and to the southern part in
King mackerel grow fast, up to 5½ feet and 100 pounds, and can live more than 20 years. They're able to reproduce
when they reach 2 years of age. King mackerel spawn on the outer continental shelf from May through October.
Females release eggs in the open water, where they are fertilized. Females can have 50,000 to several million eggs.
King mackerels are carnivores, feeding in the middle of the food chain on fish, squid, and shrimp. They're voracious
feeders and have been observed leaping out of the water in pursuit of prey. Juvenile and larger pelagic fish feed on
smaller king mackerel. Bottlenose dolphin and large fish such as sharks and tuna feed on adult king mackerel.
Did You Know?
There are many wrecks and artificial reefs in the Florida Keys that aren't in a protected area. Fish found at the wrecks are generally larger and more
mature. The fish that have grown out of their adolescence and are no longer in need of their school hang out on the wrecks. They are large and fast and
are plenty capable of catching their own meals. There are also schools of fish that live around these massive structures of the wrecks that will gladly
come up to the surface for a free meal of live chum. Usually big Grouper and Mutton Snapper are bottom fished and kites and flat lines are used to catch
King Mackerel, Wahoo, Sailfish or Barracuda.
Captain Rick Killgore
Islamorada fishing in the Florida Keys is excellent. Capt. Rick Killgore will take you fishing with expertise and
enthusiasm! Experienced anglers can rely on his skills and knowledge. Rick personally had two IGFA WORLD
RECORDS caught on fly fishing tackle. Novice anglers will appreciate his patience and assistance. Women and
children are welcome. Light tackle and fly fishing instruction are just two of his specialties (and he makes all his
Rick started professional fishing in 1978 before his 16th birthday, and grew up fishing the flats and offshore waters
of Key Biscayne, Miami. He finally landed in Islamorada in 1995 after charter fishing Costa Rica (as featured in Salt
Water Sportsman, March 1991), St. Thomas, Mexico, Bahamas, and South Florida. Rick found the truth in
Islamorada's reputation as "The Sports Fishing Capital of the World." Many IGFA world records have been caught
here. The fish Rick targets are prolific. There is an incredible variety of fish and fishing: from the flats, to the offshore,
to the reef, to the Everglades, and out to the wrecks of the Gulf of Mexico.
Offshore fishing in the 23' Sea Craft is an active angler's dream. You hook your own fish, and often you will cast a
bait at a Mahi Mahi or sailfish. Rick instructs you how to hook your fish, even hook your live bait so you know how if
it's needed while he is chasing down a fish. "This is not a trip where the mate hooks your fish and hands you the
rod!" Rick wants you to catch your "dream fish," and all on your own when possible. He is there for every assistance
too, and when the fishing gets "fast and furious" he's there to help fill the box for you too.
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This page last updated on
August 6, 2015
Angling Adventures with
Captain Rich Smith
Florida Keys Fishing Charters
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
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
Captain Dan Matthews
Reef Fishing Charter
Take a short ride to the amazing coral reefs
of the Florida Keys.
Reef fishing is the perfect activity for families
with kids or those who dont have a full day to
fish. Hundreds of fish species call our reefs
home; inlcuding snapper, grouper, hogfish,
porgies, mackerel and sharks, to name a
few. Consistent action and tasty catches
make reef fishing a great choice for kids &
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 Chris Dillon
Born and raised in the Florida Keys, Captain Chris Dillon is a third generation
fisherman who has spent his childhood learning and fishing the waters in the Florida
Professionally mating for top-notch captains since 2003, Chris is considered a local
favorite who has gained valuable experience necessary to be one of the best. He is
personable and knowledgeable and is eager to share his fishing expertise with you.
Chris has recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of acquiring his own charter boat the
“Charisma” which he proudly captains and maintains. His goal is make your trip one to
remember. So if you’re looking to get out on the water, let us show you what Florida
Keys sport fishing is all about.