Enjoy a shorter (4 hour) trip on Richard's Maverick 18' HPX Carbon skiff exploring the beautiful Florida Keys waters. Target species include bonefish, permit, redfish, snook, and black drum. Peak tarpon season runs March - July. For smaller tarpon, the optimal season is July - October. Everglades National Park has fantastic year round fishing opportunities with some of the best fishing from October - March. Target species include bonefish, permit, redfish, black drum and snook.
A 6 hour adventure exploring the backcountry and oceanside flats near Islamorada, FL. Peak Tarpon season is March - July. Smaller tarpon are typically targeted in July - October. Everglades National Park offers fantastic year-round fishing, but it really turns on in the fall months. The upper Keys fishes well for bonefish year round.
With multiple fishing options, backcountry or the oceanside flats of Islamorada, there are options for every angler’s skill level. Backcountry tarpon (on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico) tend to lay up near the surface, oftentimes in dirty/milky water waiting to ambush prey. In other spots of Florida Bay, we’ll find tarpon laid up or moving slowly in clear water. The ocean side flats have migrating tarpon in clear water, so you can expect to get shots at single tarpon or large schools and strings. One can expect to have shots at tarpon between 30-150 lbs. This season is from April-July, however big tarpon can be found year around when the weather is right. If small tarpon (5-20 lbs.) is something that interests you, the best time of year to fish is between July and October.
Charter rates include everything needed for a day of fishing (gear, ice, bottled water, bait, tackle, etc.) If other beverages, snacks and lunch are desired, please bring them along. We would be delighted if you brought your own reusable water bottles #kickplastic
Exact meeting location will be provided after booking.
Islamorada, Florida • 10+ years of experience
As a fourth generation South Floridian born and raised in the Upper Keys, I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up fishing the surrounding deep and shallow waters. After acquiring my captain’s license at the age of 17, I decided to kickoff 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. Somewhere along the way, I met my wife, Brooke (who also grew up on the waters of Florida Bay, is a USCG captain, has professional experience in catch-and-release fisheries science, and now runs trips for BlackFly Charters).
Many times my customers ask: “What do you do on your days off?” My answer: “Go fishing.” I love being on the water, so when I’m not guiding, I’m still out fishing with my family and it’s usually with our young daughter, who already has a salty heart. That’s the great thing about fishing the Keys- there’s always something to fish for.