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Good Karma Fishing Charters

Upper Florida Keys Fishing Charters

Offshore, Reef and Backcountry 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 Adults. 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 Adults

1-3 Adults

1-3 Adults

No hidden fuel or bait fees 

"Open Communication Between the Client and the Captain Catches Fish"

Prior to booking I will ask if you have been fishing in the Keys before and what your level of experience is.  I will also ask what you like to do and what you do not like to do, meaning if you have been on other charters and you did not like the style of fishing you did I will then take that out of our charter plan for the day.  


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

Spring Break Fishing Continues

April 8th 2017

Been looking for big Mutton Snappers on the wrecks and having good success, mixed in are American Red Snappers which we have to release per Federal Law. On the edge of the reef we released a couple Sailifish last Sunday and caught a nice wahoo for dinner.  Not this coming week but the next we will spend a little time chasing Mahi Mahi. 

Fished the back country this past week as well. We had some high winds so fished for sharks and trout. We caught a mess of trout this week in the upper slot range(20 inches), we caught one that measured 25 inches. Been going the distance to get big trout and plenty of them. Smaller fish are being caught close to home inside Flamingo, but I want my clients to experience the best so I go the distance if the weather allows.  I do give clients the option of staying close or target big fish out closer to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Back at it this week if mother nature allows and check out the previous fishing report below. 

Capt. Ryan


March 21st 2017

This past week we had a couple of cold fronts push through Florida Keys bringing with it cooler temperatures and high winds.  

Had a few clients reschedule for the month of June and a couple opted to fish the backcountry during the wind storm.   If it is safe to the fish the backcountry on a windy day I may give you the option to fish aboard our Dargel Boats Kat.  I will tell you like it is and what we and can fish for on days when the wind is cranking. If you still wish to go, then we can discuss the options, safety is priority. Trout fishing in the backcountry has been providing some good fun on windy days when we can not fish the oceanside due to rough seas


Monday we fished offshore for Sailfish and had a excellent day. A client from Texas was all in on "sailfish or bust" charter as he really wanted to catch his first Sailfish.  After a few hours of fishing he knocked the Sailfish off his bucket list in grand fashion. The fish put on an aerial show along side(picture below) before we released him unharmed. Fished with the guys from Illinois over the weekend, Saturday we fished the shallow patch reefs but it was windy and rough. Fishing was still good, but the bite was "on again off again" throughout the day. Sunday I got them outside the reef. We went 1 for 2 on wahoo, caught kingfish, barracudas, raised 2 Sailfish and hooked a 500lb Hammerhead Shark!



Coming Soon to the Florida Keys this Spring

The biggest Mahi Mahi of the season will start pushing through the Keys any day now.  We have had a warm winter and so we are expecting a early migration of Mahi Mahi.

Rob always seems to be in the right place at the right time with me on a Mahi Mahi fishing charter he has several big Mahi with me.  Must be his lucky Costa hat!

Amberjack Season is Open




Fishing Forecast for Spring Break 2017


The King Fish bite should continue through early April 2017.
We catch the big King Fish slow trolling big live baits, I really want my clients to catch a big fish so I target larger King Fish. Slow trolling live baits gives us a shot at catching Sailfish, Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo and much more.

Blackfin Tuna

We should see a migration of larger Blackfin Tunas during Spring Break vacation months.
For people wanting Sushi for dinner these are the fish you want. They average between 5-30lbs. and put up a good fight.
I target these Tuna trolling lures or with vertical jigs.  

Mahi Mahi 

If we have a warm spring we will start seeing an early migration of Mahi Mahi.

If the conditions are right I will let you know if it is worth your time and money to target Mahi Mahi during Spring Break.

I am brutally honest about the fishing.

 Got this one for Bobby a couple days into 2017


Last year we seen a extremely hot bite of Wahoo during the month of March and April.


Greater Amberjack

The Federal Government re-opens Amberjack on March 1st. 

 So you want to catch a big fish? Start lifting weights and doing cardio today. 

Snapper and Hogfish

Grouper is closed during Spring Break so absolutely no grouper fishing. Season re-opens on May 1st. 

Yellowtail Snapper fishing has been very good all winter and should continue through Spring Break. You may catch a nice Mutton Snapper, but this Snapper seems to really start chewing around Easter Break. 

Hogfish Season is Closed in Federal Waters off the Florida Keys during Spring Break

Gulf of Mexico

 Family Fun Fishing

I give my clients the option to fish the gulf on windy days for sharks, trout, snook, and mackerel.

If you get lucky you may catch a cobia or a legal size triple tail, but its strictly fun fishing in the backcountry on my charters. 



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

Offshore, Wreck, Reef and Near Shore Fishing

3 Person Max.






SeaDek Custom Flooring for Exceptional Traction and Shock Absorption

High Gunnels for your Safety

Custom Open Cockpit and Bow

Electric Reels for Deep Dropping

Windlass Anchor System

Spray Shields to Protect you from the Elements

Garmin Chirp Depth Finding Systems

Electric Downrigger Systems

Garmin Radar System

Private Bathroom


 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". 

































Frequently Asked Questions and Policies

All trips are based on your safety, weather, sea conditions and your attitude.  The captain, staff, crew, affiliates, or sponsors are exempt from any claims for loss of time or value of your vacation, travel expense, etc; due to any cancellation or trip cut short for any reason. If you or someone in your party gets seasick and you decide to ask to turn the boat around we do not refund the full cost of the trip.  The captain and Good Karma Sportfishing are not responsible for any injuries sustained  when fishing aboard our vessels. The sport of offshore fishing has inherent risks which must be  considered when undertaking a trip, and any and all injuries or loss to persons/gear are the sole responsibility of the individual or group.

Below is a list of questions we are often asked. We hope you find this information useful in the planning of your fishing trip with us.  Please feel free to contact us at any time with any additional questions you may have.


 What should I leave behind?

Please do not bring the following aboard. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
  • No illegal drugs. There is a ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DRUGS per USCG rules. Any use of illicit drugs will terminate the charter and full charter price will be retained.
  • No Bananas, its considered bad luck. 
  • Leave the Bad Attitudes at home.

Tackle:Tackle is included in the trip price. On special occasions we will let clients bring their own gear, but the client is responsible for rigging with the appropriate terminal tackle and must ask permission. We have limited space for extra rods/reels.  

Take every possible precaution to prevent seasickness. 

  • Highly recommend taking a motion sickness pill, such as Dramamine the night before you go to bed, then in the morning before you get on board. All the local pharmacies carry them, as well as patches for advanced cases. It needs to be in your blood system. If you take Dramamine  right before you get on the boat it will do nothing for you, but make you sick and very sleepy. The directions on the box do not work!  

What’s included in the price of a fishing trip? Your payment includes boat fuel, bait, chum, fishing liscense, ice, tackle, rod/reels, fish cleaning & instruction. Food & drinks are not included.


How do I book a trip with you?

Once you have decided on a date(s) and type of trip you’d like, you can call us at 305-619-2126, or email us at for availability. We are always available to help you with your decision.


How do I pay for the trip?

We prefer cash. We are unable to accept personal checks. If you wish to pay by credit card, you are welcomed to do so.

What happens if the weather is bad? Sometimes fishing in not so ideal weather conditions can help the fishing.  Safety is our #1 priority and we cannot control the weather.   We will be in touch with you if your trip needs to be changed.


How much should I tip? We will work very hard to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.  A 15-25% gratuity is customary on charter fishing and greatly appreciated.

Do I need a fishing license to fish on your boat? No. All passengers are covered under our recreational charter boat license.


What do I need to bring for my trip? No black soled shoes please.Sun block, hat, sunglasses and light colored clothes are suggested for the summer months. Warmer clothes in the winter months. Any food and beer, wine, liquor, or soft drinks you would like for duration of the trip. We highly recommend bringing extra water; especially during the peak of summer in Florida Keys. Please wear white soled comfortable sneakers, rubber fishing boots or deck shoes that won’t be slippery on the boat.  Also bring a cooler (or something) to take home your catch.



Can I bring alcoholic beverages aboard? You are welcome to bring beer, wine and liquor and consume in moderation.  We have a cooler on the boat for your beverages.  The captain reserves the right to cancel the charter at his discretion, should any passenger become unruly or out of control. 

What time do we leave? If you are a morning person and/or like to get back to you can have the rest of the day the early morning trip is for you.  If you like to sleep in a bit and/or want to see the sunset the later morning trip is for you.  There is flexibility so please just ask us about it.


Can we keep what we catch The captain will dictate how many fish we keep on trip, we do not keep your trophy fish to sell.   All billfish, tarpon, goliath grouper and other fish which may be off limits per Florida state law will be released unharmed. You must stay within legal size and bag limits on all species of which such limits apply. Here's a link to the  Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations, A good photo will last a lifetime. We will work hard to get a good picture of you and your catch before we release it.


What can I do with my fish if I am visiting from out of town or just don’t feel like cooking it? We have several local restaurants that cook your catch. They will cook your fresh fillets a variety of ways with all the fixing’s at very reasonable prices. A lot of hotels also have small kitchenettes where you can cook it yourself. 























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
















2nd Black Grouper Released for Good Karma


Capt. Ryan with a Black Grouper Sept 20 2013