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Big Pine Key Fishing Charter

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    We offer the following types of fishing boats in Big Pine Key:

    Premium Sportfish

    At this time the closest Premium Sportfish we have are in Islamorada or Key West. If you require something closer, please scroll down to see our 30' Grady White center console, which is located in Marathon.
    Private Deep Sea Fishing Charter
    From $700
    40' Henriques in Islamorada
    Max Guests: 6
    Islamorada Sport fishing charter
    • Trip Lengths: 4, 6, 8 hour trips. Morning trips start at 8am. Afternoon trips start at 1pm.
    • Maximum Passengers: 6 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Air Conditioning, Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice, soft drinks
    • Not Included: 15-20% Crew Gratuity, Live Bait at cost if needed, you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
     
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "This sportfish stands out as one of the newest sportfish in Islamorada. The boat has an array of fishing equipment and tackle and features comfortable seating in the cockpit for anglers and spectators. The boat also sports "deep drop" electric reels, perfect for targeting bottom dwelling monsters. The interior is fully air conditioned, clean, and comfortable."

    Why Choose This One:
    "Traditional sportfish with a large, air conditioned salon."

    Approximate Driving Times: Duck Key: 30 min; Florida City: 50 min; Key Largo: 15 - 20 min; Key West: 90 - 120 min; Marathon: 45 min; Miami: 3.5 hours; Ocean Reef: 45 min; Plantation Key: 10 min; Tavernier: 10 min
     
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
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    Private Deep Sea Fishing Charter
    From $850
    44' Marlago in Islamorada
    Max Guests: 6
    Islamorada Sport fishing charter
    • Trip Lengths: 4, 6, 8 hour trips. Morning trips start at 8am. Afternoon trips start at 1pm.
    • Maximum Passengers: 6 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Air Conditioning, Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice
    • Not Included: 15-20% Crew Gratuity, you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
     
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "This express-style sportfish is a local favorite. "Express" refers to the design where the flybridge and fishing cockpit are adjacent, giving the boat a more open and outdoor feel, and providing stadium-like seating to spectators. The boat has a clean bathroom and fully air conditioned interior, not to mention a jaw dropping arsenal of tournament grade fishing equipment."

    Why Choose This One:
    "Expanded outdoor seating for a more open feel."

    Approximate Driving Times: Duck Key: 30 min; Florida City: 50 min; Key Largo: 15 - 20 min; Key West: 90 - 120 min; Marathon: 45 min; Miami: 3.5 hours; Ocean Reef: 45 min; Plantation Key: 10 min; Tavernier: 10 min
     
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
    Call us anytime at (888) 336-1702, or e-mail us!
    Private Deep Sea Fishing Charter
    From $650
    40' Key West Sportfish in Key West
    Max Guests: 6
    Key West Sportfish
    • Trip Lengths: 4, 6, 8 hour trips. Morning trips start at 8am. Afternoon trips start at 1pm.
    • Maximum Passengers: 6 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Air Conditioning, Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice, soft drinks
    • Not Included: 15-20% Crew Gratuity, Live Bait at cost if needed, you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
     
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "A great fishing boat through and through, our favorite part of this boat is the spacious fishing cockpit with plenty of room for your whole group. Powerful and nimble, easily one of the area's top fishing boats. Captain Craig has expert, local knowledge, and as a former treasure hunter with Mel Fisher, he has some of the best stories you've ever heard. "

    Why Choose This One:
    "Convenient and affordable. Fun, knowledgable captain."

    Approximate Driving Times: Big Pine Key: 40 min; Boca Chica: 15 min; Duval Street: 5 min; Miami: 3.5 hours; Stock Island: 5 min; Sugarloaf Key: 25 min
     
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
    Call us anytime at (888) 336-1702, or e-mail us!
    Private Deep Sea Fishing Charter
    From $950
    80' Lanphere Sportfish in Key West
    Max Guests: 6
    Key West Sportfish
    • Trip Lengths: 6 and 8 hour trips. Morning trips start at 8am. Afternoon trips start at 1pm.
    • Maximum Passengers: 6 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Air Conditioning, Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice
    • Not Included: 15-20% Crew Gratuity,  you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
     
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "You can't find a cooler boat than this in all of the Keys! Every aspect of this spacious 80' sportfish was specifically designed for fishing and comfort. This boat is one of the top tournament boats in Key West and Captain Rob's fishing accomplishments surpass many of the top captains in the country. If you're looking for the ultimate fishing experience in Key West, I highly recommend this boat. "

    Why Choose This One:
    "Great for larger groups and those who would like a larger, more stable platform than a standard sportfish"

    Approximate Driving Times: Big Pine Key: 40 min; Boca Chica: 15 min; Duval Street: 5 min; Miami: 3.5 hours; Stock Island: 5 min; Sugarloaf Key: 25 min
     
    Dry Tortugas trips cannot be booked online. Please call us for more information.
     
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
    Call us anytime at (888) 336-1702, or e-mail us!

    Center Console

    Most Popular
    Private Center Console Fishing Charter
    From $600
    30' Grady White in Marathon, FL
    Max Guests: 4
    Center Console Fishing Charter in Marathon
    • Trip Lengths:4, 6, 8 hour trips
    • Maximum Passengers: 4 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Open Center Console, No Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice, soft drinks
    • Not Included: 15-20% gratuity, you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Tarpon, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "Grady White is widely regarded as one of the premier center console fishing boats, and this Grady White has been outfitted for tournament style fishing. Quick and nimble with the ability to fish 360 degrees around the bouat, fishing aboard this center console is a real treat."

    Why Choose This One: "Because they use less fuel and are less expensive to maintain, center consoles are less expensive than traditional sportfish. If you have a group of 4 or less and don't mind not having a toilet on board this is a great option. Also, center consoles allow for 360° fishability, which means you can fight fish from any point on the boat."

    Approximate Driving Times: Big Pine Key: 30 min; Islamorada: 45 min; Key West: 75 min; Miami: 130 min; Sugarloaf Key: 50 min; Summerland Key: 40 min; 
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
    Call us anytime at (888) 336-1702, or e-mail us!

    Fishing Yachts

    Luxury Fishing Yacht
    From $4,800
    61' Garlington in Key West
    Max Guests: 6
    Key West Fishing Yacht
    • Trip Lengths: 4-8 hour trips (Call for info on dry tortugas and overnight charters)
    • Maximum Passengers: 6 [Why?]
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info:Luxurious Interior, Teak Cockpit, Air Conditioning, Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice, soft drinks
    • Not Included: 20% Crew Gratuity, you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
     
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "Let's just say the Keys are better known for tackiness than luxury, but this 61 ft Garlington is a welcome exception. Leather, fine woods, granite countertop, and satellite TV await you inside, while a huge teak fishing cockpit outside provides plenty of room to fish in style. The large flybridge has plenty of seating for spectators and wannabe captains."

    Why Choose This One:
    "Far and away the nicest fishing yacht in the Key West area. Perfect for entertaining VIPs."

    Approximate Driving Times: Big Pine Key: 40 min; Boca Chica: 15 min; Duval Street: 5 min; Miami: 3.5 hours; Stock Island: 5 min; Sugarloaf Key: 25 min
     
    Dry Tortugas Trips cannot be booked online. Please call us for more information.
     
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
    Call us anytime at (888) 336-1702, or e-mail us!

    Groups over 6

    Call us for for Group Charters

    If you have a group of over six, please call us at (888) 336-1702. We are experts on planning large group and corporate fishing trips for groups of any size. The size of our fleet is unmatched by any other company.

    Due to federal regulations, most charter boats can take a maximum of six passengers. Regulations aside, it is difficult to have more than a few people fishing at a time, so we typically recommend chartering multiple boats. The biggest advantage to fishing from multiple boats is that each person's chances of catching a fish are much higher, not to mention you will be much more comfortable.

    VIP Fishing Tournament
    When we arrange group charters on multiple boats, we often arrange for a custom fishing tournament in which groups on each boat compete with one another for the biggest fish or the most fish. This leads to a fun, competitive atmosphere that unites teams and makes everyone in your group feel like they are part of one activity.

    Light Tackle, Inshore, Tarpon

    Private Inshore and Tarpon Fishing Charter
    From $400
    16' Zebra Skiff with Captain Jason ("JP") Peters 
    Max Guests: 2
    Florida Flats and Inshore Fishing
    • Trip Lengths: 4, 6, 8 hour trips
    • Maximum Passengers: 2 [Why?]
    • Crew: Guide
    • Boat Info: Flats boat. No bathroom.
    • Included: Boat, guide, licenses, bait, ice
    • Not Included: Gratuity, you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Tarpon, Snook, Permit, Jacks and more...
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "Captain JP describes himself as "obsessed with fishing" and within a few minutes of speaking with him you'll understand exactly what he means. His 16' Zebra skiff is perfect for all types of inshore fishing and can access shallow areas few other boats can go. Every one of JP's trips is customized based on your preferences, which means you can target all different types of fish such as bonefish, tarpon, peacock bass and more. This boat is kept on a trailer and as a result can be launched at different fishing locations both in freshwater, saltwater, and the Florida Everglades. The captain will contact you upon booking to discuss recommended launch locations based on the season and your preferences."

    Why Choose This One:
     "A great option for inshore fishing on flats and bays. Quieter than an airboat on Everglades trips but cannot access some spots."

    Approximate Driving Times: Trip locations vary by season and your preference. The Captain will contact you prior to your trip to arrange a location.
    Have a question or don't see what you're looking for?... Our Experts are here to help!
    Call us anytime at (888) 336-1702, or e-mail us!
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  • Situated in Florida’s middle Keys, Marathon has the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern side and the Gulf of Mexico to the west – which is a truly magnificent opportunity to catch the most spectacular big game fish in the world (of which there are a large variety here). Our Marathon Fishing Charters allow anglers to experience this massive advantage. Fish of all types migrate along the Gulf Stream current which passes close to shore. You can catch many of the biggest and most respected sports fish on the planet from our luxury fishing boats in Marathon.

    One of the top sports fishing destinations in the world, anglers arrive in Marathon by their tens of thousands every year to catch fish such as swordfish, shark, blue marlin, sailfish, white marlin, grouper, tuna, snapper and mahi-mahi. These challenging fish promise adrenalin, exhilaration and are very rewarding to catch. Many of the fish that are caught on our Marathon Fishing Charters are exceptionally tasty and can be taken home for dinner.

    All our luxury fishing boats in Marathon have great benefits for anglers of all experience levels. They are clean, comfortable and extremely safe (being fully compliant with the United States Coast Guard safety regulations). You can relax during your trip while our captains and crews dispense their knowledge and experience with every angler onboard. They will help you to catch the biggest fish of your career and will show you how to use the techniques required to catch most of them. Each fishing yacht in our Marathon fleet is fully outfitted with tournament grade equipment of the highest quality. This is available for you to use to successfully target any big game fish off the coast of Marathon.

    The island lifestyle is a huge attraction for tourists to the area, and they bask in the tropical climate. When you are not onboard our luxury fishing yachts in Marathon, you can enjoy immensely popular activities such as diving, spear fishing, snorkelling and lobster tickling. The Turtle Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and releases sea turtles and you can visit their fantastic facility. You can head off to the beach where you will find The Island Tiki Bar and Grill for a relaxing sun downer or two, and there are a number of really great restaurants in the area. You can go golfing, sightseeing and shopping. You can enjoy relaxation or excitement. Marathon has everything to offer every type of tourist that visits here.

    A bad day of fishing does not exist on our Marathon Fishing Charters. There are always fish biting and we can focus on catching them. You are able to target any fish you desire while using the techniques and equipment most effective for catching them. If you are very adventurous then you can target them all over the course of several days on our various luxury fishing boats in Marathon.

    Call today to book your Marathon Fishing Charter and delight in the variety of fish in these waters.

  • We're happy to answer any questions you have before, during, or after your charter. We've compiled a list of our frequently asked questions below, but if you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to contact us.

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    Air Conditioning

    • Most boats in our fleet are air conditioned and have generators that allow the A/C to operate even when the boat leaves the dock
    • Our small inshore boats and center consoles do not have air conditioning
    • See the boat info section of our boat profiles for information specific to the boat you are considering

    Alcohol

    • You are welcome to bring alcohol on board any of our charters, but please avoid bringing glass on board as it poses a safety hazzard
    • Excessive consumption of alcohol can amplify the inherent risks associated with fishing and can also contribute to seasickness.
    • The Captain's top priority is the safety of all crew and guests and therefore reserves the right to return to shore if he is concerned about the safety of any crew member or passenger.

    Bait (Live Bait)

    • Standard bait is included unless otherwise specified
    • Live bait is typically not included in the price and the cost is the responsibility of the charterer.
    • Live bait is used for targeting certain species of fish during certain seasons. Your Captain will explain this in detail.
    • The price for live bait normally varies between $50 and $100.

    Bathroom

    • Most of our boats have a bathroom ("head") on board
    • Some of our smaller boats and center consoles do not have a bathroom
    • Please see our boat profiles for specific information

    Cancellations & Refunds

    • Our cancellation window for each boat is listed on the first page of the booking process
    • If not otherwise specified, our cancellation window is 72 hours or more prior to the charter for standard trips and 14 days or more for over six and yacht trips.
    • Customers who cancel within the cancellation window will receive a full refund of any amounts paid.
    • Customers who cancel after the cancellation window expires are responsible for the full amount of the charter, any catering or add ons that have been purchased, plus a 20% gratuity.

    Catering

    • We can arrange custom catering on most trips ranging from drinks and snacks to ellaborate platters
    • We can even arrange to have a chef prepare meals on most of our boats
    • Please contact us at 954-881-1081 for a catering quote or visit our Add Ons page.

    Children

    • Children are permitted on our charters and there is no minimum age
    • For younger children we recommend choosing a boat with an air conditioned cabin and bathroom
    • All children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times and parents should be aware of the inherent risks associated with fishing
    • Please let your captain know ahead of time if there will be small children on board so he can make sure we have the proper size life jackets.

    Credit Cards

    • We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express
    • We charge no credit card fees on money we collect online, but some boats charge a 3-5% processing fee when you pay the balance the day of.
    • Most crew prefer cash if possible.

    Deposits

    • We collect a deposit at the time of booking to reserve the trip. This ranges from 15% to 100% of the charter and varies by the boat.
    • The balance due is paid the day of when you arrive at the boat.
    • The deposit is refundable in accordance with the boats cancellation policy, which you can find on the booking page. If not otherwise specified, our normal refund policy is 72 hours prior to the charter.

    Fish Caught

    • Any fish that are caught on your charter and are legal to take belong to you
    • At the end of the charter our crew will clean and filet your catch and package it in sealed bags so you can take it home or to a restaurant
    • In most locations, we can arrange to have your catch professionally packaged, frozen, and shipped to you. Please speak directly with your captain for information on shipping fish.
    • We typically release all species that are inedible (sailfish, sharks, etc.) unless you request otherwise. If you would like to "mount your catch" as a trophy our crew has been profesionally trained to measure and photograph the fish so a taxidermist can create an exact replica. This allows the fish to survive and contributes to sustainable fisheries and environmental conservation.

    Food & Beverage

    • Most of our charters provide a cooler with ice for you to store any food or beverage you bring on board
    • Some of our trips include catering, this will be specified in the boat profile and on the first page of the booking process
    • Please contact us if you would like to arrange for custom catering or visit our add ons page.

    Gratuity

    • A 15-20% gratuity for your crew is customary and not included in the price
    • You should present the gratuity to the captain or the mate at the end of the charter. On most boats, the crew has an arrangement to split the tips received no matter who it's handed to.
    • We collect a 20% gratuity in advance for all yacht charters and this makes up the majority of compensation for the crew. You are welcome to reward outstanding service with an additional tip, but this is not expected or required.

    Fishing Licenses

    • Every one of our boats has a blanket charter license that applies to all guests and crew
    • You do not need to purchase a fishing license separately

    Location

    • We will provide the exact address of the boat with your confirmation or upon request
    • All our deep sea boats are located as close to the ocean inlets to maximize fishing time.
    • Our boats are usually within a 30 minute drive of the city they are listed on; however, sometimes they are not in the same city.

    Maximum Passengers

    • Due to US Coast Guard regulations most charter boats are limited to a maximum of six passengers. Many of our boats are large enough to accomodate many more, but Federal regulations limit us to six.
    • In some locations we offer an "Over 6" option on boats that have a special permit from the Coast Guard to take additional passengers. These boats have similar ammenities to our other sport fishing boats.
    • Some of our yacht charters can take over six passengers by using a special charter contract that allows them to accomodate extra passengers while still complying witht the law. Please contact us for more information.
    • Children of any age count towards the limit.
    • Crew members do not count towards the limit.

    Price

    • Unless otherwise stated, our prices are for chartering the whole boat and there is no additional charge per person
    • Some exceptions exist such as with our boats that take over six passengers. On these boats there may be a charge for each passenger over 6
    • We guarantee the lowest price on every boat in our fleet. That means that if you are quoted a lower price for the same trip on the same day on the same boat, we will beat that price by 10%.

    Seasickness

    • Seasickness is another term for motion sickness and typically manifests itself in the form of fatigue, nausea, and vomitting. In severe cases seasickness can lead to unconciousness and requires profesional medical treatment.
    • If you have suffered from seasickness in the past, we recommend preparing for your trip starting the day before by hydrating, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding alcohol consumption. There are several over the counter remedies and a host of prescription remedies that must be obtained through a doctor.
    • If you are concerned about seasickness please speak with your captain prior to the charter for advice.
    • Most charters, unless otherwise specified, are private which means you are free to return to the dock at any time if you are uncomfortable.
    • We can not guarantee that you will not get seasick, nor do we provide refunds for charters that are ended early at the request of the charterer.