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Located at Tavernier Creek Marina

 90800 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070

Located Just Past Tavernier Creek Bridge. We are a 1 hour drive South from Miami. When you see 5 huge blue and white stripe buildings you'll know you have arrived at our location.

Welcome to Good Karma Fishing Charters


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/high quality fishing charters in the Upper Florida Keys(Key Largo, Tavernier and Key Largo). 

I take extreme pride in offering a high end charter fishing experience at an affordable rate, no price gouging. It will be very tough to find another fishing charter in the Upper Keys that offers a high end fishing experience at very affordable rate that can match our first class gear, electronics and customized charter boats. 

Good Karma does not work with a fishing mate, you will get to reel in your own fish which makes your experience so much more fun.   

When you book with Good Karma Sportfishing you will not get a booking agent, I will be the one taking your reservation and taking you fishing for the day.  

 I like to target big fish and go the distance on every trip to find one or many! Check out our weekly reports for up to date information and make sure to check out my blog at for


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Good Karma offers private fishing charter trips (no open boat or split charters). We are limited to 4 People and do 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 I 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

Florida Keys Fishing Reports

By Capt. Ryan

Windy and a little cold for the Florida Keys of late. Fished the patch reefs with a yearly client Keith and his family from Ohio. The wind was blowing from the North 15 plus with 3-4ft seas inside the reef , but they were tough. Managed 15 legal Mangrove Snappers for dinner and a few bonus Yellowtail and a 19 inch Mutton Snapper. The action good close to home.  We burned through 20 dozen shrimp in 4 hours! The surface water temperature was 67 F. 

Offshore the Sailfish, Kingfish, and Mutton Snappers are chewing, not much else to report. We took some time off after the holiday for yearly maintenance and bottom paint.  

Booking Information

Passengers: 1-4 passengers are welcome no extra fees
Booking and Cancelation Policy: We require a valid credit card to hold your charter, but we do not bill your card prior to the charter or withhold a deposit. If you cancel the night before the charter, morning of or do not show up the day of the fishing charter I will bill you the full amount of the charter plus 20%.  If you have a family emergency or travel problems it is my policy that you call me to discuss. Please check in with me 2-3 days before the charter via text message, email or a phone call.

Florida Keys Sailfishing with Good Karma

Good Karma does not penalize clients if we cancel due to the weather or mechanical issues.  If the weather looks horrible and I will call you in well in advance to discuss your options, I do not surprise you with bad weather the day of your charter at the dock just to get paid.   I will work to reschedule your charter, if it is not possible then I will cancel the charter with no penalty. Also I will give you options for fishing on a windy day, if you still wish to go then we go, if not then we cancel. I do not want to force you into a fishing trip you do not be on. 90% of the fishing charters in the Florida Keys do not give you this option to cancel, if it is fishable you go or you get billed for canceling. We do not do this to our clients.

Tipping the Captain: A 20% tip is very much appreciated.

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"It's All Good" aboard the Good Karma!

Good Karma Sportfishing is sponsored by Xact Customs, THE premier SeaDek Certified Fabricator, and #1 source for custom SeaDek products! Our SeaDek Flooring offers Exceptional Traction which is perfect for fishing in rougher sea conditions as the flooring keeps you locked in place. The shock absorbing qualities are absolutely awesome!  

High Gunnels for your Safety

Custom Open Cockpit and Bow for Fighting Big Fish!

Electric Reels for Deep Dropping and Kite Fishing

Windlass Anchor System

Spray Shields to Protect you from the Elements

The Absolute Best Garmin Electronics Depth Finding Systems

Electric Downrigger Systems



Over 30 Rod Holders

Yeti Coolers

Private Bathroom

Custom Built Bench Seating

Hooker Electric/Oxygen Infused Live Well Systems for Bait

Garmin Radar

Satellite Weather and Radio


If the seas are extremely rough on the day of your charter and you absolutely want to go fishing then I will give you the option to go backcountry fun fishing. Enjoy a beautiful ride into Everglades National Park. See uninhabited Keys, amazing bird life and beautiful Mangrove shorelines.


Provides a smooth ride in rough bays. The unique design of the HDX KAT has been labeled one of the most revolutionary bay boat designs of the century, the hydro lift hull and zero degrees at transom provide a flat pad that runs in amazingly shallow water, the stretched 74 degree keel splits rough bays wide open providing one of the smoothest rides you've ever experienced in a bay boat, the extended rolled gunnel and Carolina flared bow puts water back where it belongs in the bay and provides an extremely dry ride. The lifting strakes at the keel insure the bow of the boat rides high and dry across even the roughest waves and surf and prevent any wave piercing, the louvered tunnel entry STOPS "cat sneeze" completely.

25′ bow to stern

Rigged with 2-10ft Powerpoles

 8’6″ centerline beam fishing plateform

Over 24″ of freeboard to battle rough water

I-Pilot Trolling Motor

Sight Tower


Garmin & Simrad Electronics

Sailfish Goes Crazy! Good Karma Sportfishing


Solo Wahoo for Capt. Ryan


Florida Fish and Fish and Wildlife/NOAA Updates

  • Grouper (Re-Opens on May 1st 2018)
  • Hogfish: Due to overfishing the State and Federal Water (Re-Opens on May 1st 2018).
  • Mutton Snapper: Size limit has increased from 16 to 18 inches in State and Federal Waters off the Florida Keys. 
  • Amberjack Atlantic Federal Waters: Closed Oct. 31-Feb. 28, 2018, reopening March 1, 2018
If you want to learn more about Florida Keys fishing season closures please visit: NOAA Federal Fishing Regulations By Fish Species South Atlantic 

Good Karma Charters Florida Keys Vertical Jig Tuna Fishing

Good Karma Mutton Snappers!

German Tuna Roll Part 1

German Tuna Roll Part 2

 "Hook and Cook" 

I highly recommend having your catch cooked at Habanos On The Creek. They will treat you right! Just bring your fish in to the resturant and let them know you fished with Capt. Ryan for the day. The resturant is located dockside at Tavernier Creek Marina. 

Fish and Dive Packages

Conch Republic Divers

90800 Overseas Hwy Ste 9, Tavernier, FL 33070

(305) 852-1655 

If you are looking for a outstanding dive adventure while you are visiting the Florida Keys then I highly recommend Conch Republic Divers. They have a very good safety record and take care of their clients. They are best in the Upper Keys.

Some of the best diving in the Key Largo area. Conch Republic Divers are located in the Upper Florida Keys in Tavernier, which is just South of Key Largo and North of Islamorada. Running out of Tavernier Creek Marina, we cover over 24 miles of reef line giving us access to all the best reef and wreck diving from Key Largo to Islamorada.

They dive dive sites along the main reef line as well as numerous shallow patch reefs. This includes Molasses Reef, Pickles Reef, the Conch Reef System, Davis, Crocker, Victory, and many, many others. Most of these are within 20 to 50 minutes of our dock

Swimming with Mahi Mahi! Watch for the Big Bull!

Chris' Bait and Tackle

Hours 7:00 AM-5:00 PM

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 is stocked with breakfast items, sandwiches, candy bars, chips, ice cream, sodas, beer wine, bottled water and ice.

Lodging Recommendations

Creekside Inn

Creekside Inn Islamorada resort near Key Largo and Tavernier offers perfect family vacation getaway for couples, families at affordable rates. 

Island Bay Resort

The Island Bay Resort hotel is centrally located in Tavernier between Key Largo and Islamorada 


Many of my clients are having great success with Airbnb in Key Largo, FL after Hurricane Irma! I highly recommend checking it out. Vist the link below and find a place to stay.

Frequently Asked Questions and Policies 


 What should I leave behind?
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 and the Coast Guard will be notified, No Bananas, its considered bad luck.  I have a strict " No Bad Attitude Policy",  Good Karma is all about "Good Karma". 

How much should I tip? 
We will work very hard to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.  A 20% gratuity is customary on charter fishing and greatly appreciated. Tipping in cash is appreciated. 

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!  


We offer the best tackle available on the market today to our clients for use on the charter.  We have limited space for extra rods/reels so please ask before bringing your own tackle.   Clients are responsible for payment of rods and reels if they dropped in the water due  to mishandling or negligence. 

What’s included in the price of a fishing trip?
Your payment includes boat fuel (fuel is included when you book a flat rate trip, a fuel charge will be added if the client request a trolling trip) bait, chum, fishing liscense, ice, tackle, rod/reels & instruction. 


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. 


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.

Fish Cleaning
Contact us for details. We only keep enough fish for a few dinners. Good Karma is not a fish market.   We do not keep your fish to sell.    All billfish, tarpon, goliath grouper and other fish which may be off limits per Florida state law will be released unharmed. It is Bad Karma to kill a billfish in the Florida Keys. You must stay within legal size and bag limits on all species of which such limits apply. 

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.


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?

 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  comfortable sneakers, rubber fishing boots or deck shoes that won’t be slippery on the boat. I do not recommend sandles as all fish have "teeth".   


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.  

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.

 Good Karma is a Banana Free Boat

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".