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Good Karma Fishing Charters

Upper Florida Keys Fishing Charters

(Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada)


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On a budget, but still want to experience a high quality Florida Keys fishing charter?   Look no further, my name is Capt. Ryan and I specialize in offering affordable fishing charters Florida Keys for the novice and not so novice.  


Florida Keys fishing charter trips aboard Good Karma are private fishing trips (no open boat or split charters) and limited to 3 anglers. Our boat does not carry a fishing mate.

I cater to all levels of fishing experience and work very hard at making sure your Florida Keys fishing charter is action packed and especially enjoy working with beginning anglers and families from all over the world.

I look forward to fishing with you in the Florida Keys.

Tight Lines!

Capt. Ryan

2016/2017 Charter Fishing Rates

5 Hours

7 Hours

8 Hours




1-3 Passengers

1-3 Passengers

1-3 Passengers


Location and Directions

Tavernier Creek Marina

90800 Overseas Highway

Tavernier, FL 33070

Mile Marker 90.8.

We are 1 hour from Miami and 1.5 hours from Fort Lauderdale.   If you are staying in Naples or Ft. Myers we are only 3 hours away.  Our location at Tavernier Creek Marina is premier as I am able to maximize your fishing time and decrease travel times to the fishing grounds, giving you more time on the water.  

Located just past Tavernier Creek Bridge, Tavernier Creek Marina is a pleasant one-hour drive south of Miami on the Overseas Highway (US 1), Bayside at MM 90.8. When you see five huge blue and white striped buildings and a big American flag overhead.




If you reach my voicemail please leave detailed message.  When I return to the dock at the end of the day I will return your phone call. When contacting me through email please contact me at one of the following


Florida Keys Fishing Report

Jan 15, 2017

Wind is Laying down, Time to go Fishing!

After 9 straight days of 20 mph winds it appears mother nature is going to give us a break starting on Jan 18. We stayed tied up this week at the dock.   If your looking to go fishing this week I have 2 dates available,  see below.
January 18: Late Afternoon Only Nearshore Reef Fishing 2-3 Miles from the Dock

January 21st: Open for Charter Reef/Offshore

January 22nd: Open for Charter Reef/Offshore

Bobby with his New Years Gift from the Florida Keys!

Live Bait for the Winter and Spring

I make every attempt to purchase the high quality live bait ahead of time and have it delivered to my boat prior to your arrival.  When booking with me your charter money is spent fishing and not bait catching.   I am one of the few captains that don't waste your charter fishing money catching live bait. We go fishing not bait catching.  

 If you are planning a vacation in Feb, March or April  I would highly recommend booking well ahead of time. For some reason the Keys is crazy busy this season.  

Tight Lines,

Capt. Ryan



Customized 26ft. Sailfish Center Console powered by a New Yamaha 300 4-Stroke Engine

Offshore, Wreck, Reef and Near Shore Fishing

3 Person Max.






 2015 Shallow Water Catamaran by Dargel Boatworks Powered by New Yamaha 250 SHO 4-Stroke Engine

Backcountry Fishing

Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, and the Gulf of Mexico

3 Person Max.



Catch Fish in Comfort & Style on our New 24ft Shallow Water Catamaran
  • Cruises at 40 plus MPH.
  • 8ft beam (fishing platform) and is comparable to fishing on a big dock(very stable) perfect for parties of 3 people.
  • Handles rough bay water with no problem and you do not get wet.
  • 2-10ft Power poles
  • I-Pilot Trolling Motor
  • Sight Tower for Cobia, Tripletail and Permit Fishing








Lodging Recommendations
Over the years our clients have enjoyed staying at the following Properties in Tavernier/Key Largo


Island Bay Resort 

Island Bay Resort
92530 Overseas Hwy
Tavernier, FL  33070
800-654-KEYS or 305-852-4087


Creekside Inn

90611 Old Highway
Tavernier, FL 33070
Phone: (305) 852-2351

Welcome to Island Bay Resort, a true Florida Keys vacation experience. Enjoy all that a Key Largo resort has to offer. Relax amid serene surroundings and lush, tropical gardens. Our resort grounds are dotted with beautiful palm trees of all varieties and fragrant, flowering plants. Unwind on our white, sandy beaches and enjoy walk-in access to our lagoon.

Test the water and your skills in diving, fishing and snorkeling. Explore the Upper Keys reef system, one of the world’s first protected reefs. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving, boating and fishing all from our resort’s beach.
Forget the crowded beach. At Island Bay Resort’s private beach, you’ll find a serene, picturesque environment. Our beach is lined with hammocks, beach lounge chairs and tiki huts. During your stay, you’ll call one of our 10 cottages home. The décor of each cottage uniquely reflects the Florida Keys and is the ideal setting for your Key Largo vacation. Enjoy your own private deck, patio and BBQ grill. The Island Bay Resort beach faces the west sky, so our sunsets are spectacular. Overlooking Florida Bay, our Keys island resort is located in Tavernier, just minutes from Key Largo and Islamorada. Escape to your own Florida Keys vacation getaway at Island Bay Resort. Visit Island Bay Resort, and experience all that a Key Largo resort vacation should be.

Creekside Inn Islamorada is your "home away from home". Whether you are coming to enjoy a relaxing vacation or to go fishing, diving or enjoy any activities, you will find in Creekside Inn a relaxing, clean and budget-friendly resort.Strategically located oceanside of Tavernier Creek Bridge, with direct access to he  Atlantic Ocean or Florida Bay, we are at the heart of everything. 

We have casual and fine-dining restaurants, shopping, movies, dive shops and theme parks all within minutes of the Inn.

Tavernier Creek Marina the largest indoor storage Marina in the Keys is just across the street, with all your fishing and boating needs: Gas, bait & tackle, sundries, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, and marine mechanics, detailing, and a plastics fabricator right on the premises.Bring your boat and dock it just outside your room on the deep water canal, just minutes from the Ocean, where the fun begins.






Ocean Point Suites

500 Burton Drive | Key Largo MM 92.5, Florida 33070 USA
Phone: 305.853.3000
 Phone: 800.882.9464 | Fax: 305.853.3007


From sunrise to sunset you can enjoy the many activities our Florida Keys beach resort has to offer, or just relax in your waterfront suite and surround yourself with our tranquil environment. Your vacation begins the moment you drive through our gatehouse entrance into our beautifully landscaped private grounds, totaling 60 acres in Key Largo.After enjoying a convenient breakfast in our cozy waterfront café, use our free lighted tennis facilities, swim in our huge heated pool, get some sun on our private resort beach, rent a kayak, or just take a walk along our private boardwalk and marina. The marina, with a boat ramp capable of handling a craft up to 28 feet, attracts many boaters to our Key Largo hotel.

Proud Supporter of the Cooperative Science Services LLC- Dolphin Research Program made possible by Costa Del Mar








All fisherman are a little superstitious including myself so please leave your bananas at home.  

Why No Bananas?  

"Banana Superstition"

Published in Boaters World Magazine


There are many stories why bananas have been thought of as bad luck on boats. This is only one of the nautical superstitions that I know of and is particularly prevalent amongst watermen. Many stories have banana oil rubbing off on ones hands and “spooking" the fish; therefore the fish don't bite. There is always the story of a crew member slipping on the banana peel left on the deck. Some say that bananas give you the runs so you are always in the marine head and can't catch fish because you are busy "draining the pipes". Many other stories are told about bad luck and bananas, however the one that I find most plausible is a historical one.


Back in the days of the transatlantic crossings by wooden sailing ships many hazards would befall the captains, crew and passengers. Disease, pirates, shipwrecks, storms, etc., claimed the lives of a good percentage of the captains, crew and passengers attempting the dangerous voyage. Needless to say, a transatlantic crossing in the 17th and 18th centuries was a very risky endeavor. Often the vessels would stop along the way in tropical islands to gather provisions such as food and water. There the passengers and crew would often purchase wooden crates of bananas from the locals and bring them aboard the ship. These crates would have all manner of critters in them such as bugs, spiders, vermin and snakes.


These critters would make their way into the bilges of the ships, multiply, and then find their way into the captain's quarters. The captains circulated the rumor that bananas were bad luck in an attempt to keep the critters off the ship and out of their cabin.


Watermen are a mysterious lot. While we are known for our simple pragmatism, we also have many odd quirks. Superstitions have been prevalent on almost every vessel I have worked on. I feel that this is due to the nature of a waterman in that he sees the randomness of the world around him juxtaposed with the rhythmic, seasonal flows of nature and then tries to reconcile these observations into some sort of personal and/or environmental order. As Stevie Wonder (a blind man) pointed out so eloquently: "When you believe in things you can't understand, that's superstition". 

























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Swimming with Mahi Mahi in the Florida Keys




Florida Keys Bait and Tackle 

Located at Tavernier Creek Marina

Chris' Bait and Tackle also has a wide selection of boat maintenance, accessory products, Coast-Guard required safety items and many other boat necessities. Chris' Bait and Tackle now sells fishing licenses. The bait and tackle store is stocked with breakfast items, sandwiches, candy bars, chips, ice cream, sodas, beer, wine, bottled water, and ice.









Good Karma Sailfish Release January-2014











Catching Sailfish on Good Karma is awesome.



Catching and Releasing an Atlantic Sailfish Aboard Good Karma
Gotta Love It! 




2nd Black Grouper Released for Good Karma


Capt. Ryan with a Black Grouper Sept 20 2013