Enjoy a shorter (4 hour) trip exploring nearshore reefs and patches aboard Richard's 24' Islamorada Boatworks. With countless flats, banks, and shorelines from Key Largo to Key West, we’ll have plenty of options. The majority of the time we’ll fish from Islamorada; however with the Lower Keys only an hour away, we have the option to trailer the boat down the road. Bonefishing can be good year-round in the Upper Keys. Average bonefish size is about 5 lbs., but don’t be surprised if you find yourself casting at double-digit weight fish. Permit fishing is better from March to October and the average size is about 10-15 lbs., but again, fish over 30 lbs. are not uncommon.
Enjoy a 6 hour trip on Capt. Richards 24ft Islamorada Boatworks boat exploring nearshore reefs and patches. Shallow, live-bottom areas inside the Florida Keys Barrier Reef Tract makes for a day of variety catches- snappers, groupers, mackerels, jacks and so on. Depths of 8-25 feet allow anglers to use light tackle, including fly. Late fall and winter months are the best time for the patches.
Spend 8 hours aboard Capt. Richards Islamorada Boatworks Morada 24' exploring the beautiful Florida Keys. Depending on your fishing preference, you can sight fish tarpon using light spinning rods, casting live crabs or artificial lures. Another option is fishing near channels and bridges using a variety of live bait. Expect fish between 50-150 lbs. The best time of year for this trip is March-July. If Small Tarpon (5-20 lbs.) is something that interests you more, the best time of year to fish is between July and October.
We’re parents- we know what it’s like to have the family on the boat and it can be a ton of fun. Depending on your family’s ambition, we can target anything from sharks to snapper. We love fishing anglers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. This trip can be as intimate as a parent-kid fishing trip or as general as the whole family on ecotour. Either way, we’ll spend an easy couple of hours on the water.
Yellowtail. mangrove and mutton snapper are common catches. Most snapper trips are fished on the reef edge on the Atlantic side of the Keys. We’ll use a variety of light tackle to target these potential dinner entrees. Anglers are allowed to keep up to 10 aggregate snappers per day. Snapper can be an all-day target in the summer or incorporated into other offshore fishing trips in the winter months.
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.