Good Karma Sportfishing is located at Tavernier Creek Marina (http://mytaverniercreekmarina.com/amenities.html ) Mile Marker 90.8. 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.
Charter fishing trips are private (no open boat or split charters) and limited to a maximum of 4 anglers. My boat does not carry a fishing mate, which allows for more fishing room. On all fishing charters clients are encouraged to get involved and fish. I want my clients to be involved in the entire Florida Keys fishing experience from hunting and hooking the fish to landing or releasing the fish.
I cater to all levels of fishing experience and work very hard at making sure your Florida Keys fishing charter is action packed. I especially enjoy working with beginning anglers and families from all over the world. Getting kids hooked on fishing is awesome.
Whether you are an experienced fisherman or have never cast a line, I promise a time you will not forget. Come find out why Islamorada is known worldwide as “The Sport Fishing Capital of the World”.
Each week I write a weekly Florida Keys fishing report so check back often. I look forward to fishing with you in the Florida Keys!
March 3rd 2015
Hot Nearshore Patch Reef Fishing Continues!
Been rather windy this week so we have been doing some nearshore patch reef fishing. Nearshore patch reef fishing is a good option to have when the ocean swells are 5-8 ft in the deeper water. We have had some excellent catches of nice Hogfish, Mutton Snappers and Mangrove Snappers.
The prize catch over the weekend was this amazing Permit caught by my client from CO on her 50th Birthday.
On all trips offshore through March and April I will be targeting Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Tuna and Marlin. On the reef we will be targeting big Yellowtail Snappers and Mutton Snappers.
Florida Keys Fishing Rates
Gratuities are not included in the rates
Islamorada Hump Fishing
Trolling off the Reef for Tuna/wahoo
Snapper/Grouper "Meat" Fishing using commercial fishing techniques.
Combination of trolling and reef fishing
Patch Reef fishing on Windy Days
Grouper Trolling with Diving Plugs
Patch Reef Fishing
Deep Dropping(electric reels only)
Florida Keys Fishing On Good Karma with Capt. Ryan
What may seem like a boat ride can quickly turn into hot bite for any number of offshore Florida Keys fish species... from trophy wahoo and sailfish to the hard fighting blackfin tuna and mahi mahi just to name a few. Patience and confidence plays a big part in fishing success on Good Karma. Remember having an having an open mind and good attitude puts more fish in the boat.
Fishing in the Florida Keys is very unique, and so are the fishing techniques that work best. Often times, anglers from other parts of the world try to employ the same tactics they use in their home waters here in the Florida Keys. Most of the time, with no luck. Florida Keys offshore/reef fishing is different than most other styles and the tactics we use have evolved over the years.
Fish species that inhabit our waters travel world famous Gulf Stream current and their feeding behaviors change on a frequent basis based on moon phases, tides, water temperatures and many other factors. Check out our Florida Keys Fish calendar before planning a trip or just give me a call at 305-619-2126 & ask me what’s happening offshore in the Florida Keys.
Most if not all offshore trips for dolphin, wahoo, tuna and marlin will rely heavily on trolling. Some of these fish will be taken on these artificial lures while others, once spotted on or near the surface, will fall victim to a live or dead bait.
While aboard Good Karma when offshore fishing, we will be constantly scanning the water looking for "signs of life".... whether that's birds working an area of bait, floating pieces of debris, current rips, or schools of tuna or mahi mahi busting the surface. When we spot those signs get ready for the action. Remaining attentive to the surroundings and scouting the waters around you for “signs of life” is always the right thing to do.
Dependent on that day's conditions and the bite we may fish the nearshore reefs or the edge of the reef. On our reef trips we will chum schools of fish into a feeding frenzy with copious amounts of chum for bottom-hugging species like snappers and grouper.
"BANANA FREE BOAT"
All fisherman are a little superstitious including myself so please leave your bananas at home. NO BANANAS! Listed further down on my webpage is the story behind why I do not allow bananas aboard Good Karma.
- High Gunnels for Safety
- Customized Open deck fishing Cockpit
- USCG Safety Gear
- Garmin GHP 10 Marine Autopilot System.
- Superior SeaDek Open Deck Cockpit Fishing Good Karma is equipped with a SeaDek fishing platform. The anti-fatigue properties and shock absorption cushion provided by the new SeaDek have taken our offshore fishing & reef fishing to a whole new comfort level. Our fishing deck provides not only an exceptional traction surface but also lessens the fatigue brought on by prolonged standing while fishing. If you have knee or back problems then you are going to love fishing on Good Karma.
- Taco Grandslam 280 Outriggers
- Spray Curtain Pilot House
- Private Bathroom Area
- 2 Electric Downriggers for Superior Wintertime Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo fishing
- 30 Rod Holders
- Garmin "Chirp" Depth Finding
- Windlass Automatic Anchor
- Garmin GXM/Sirius Radio, Weather and Sea Surface Imaging(SST Charts)
- Daiwa Saltist High Speed Spinning Reels
- Shimano TLD 2 Speed Reels
- Insulated Tournament Fish Bag
- Yeti Tundra 50 for your Drinks and Food
One on the hook often leads to more on the way... if you play it right. One of those instances happens when you've hooked up your first dolphin, and if you play it right, you'll bring a host of brothers and sisters to the boat. If you'd like to fill your cooler with these tasty fish, fight that first fish all the up close to the boat.... then keep it there in the water far enough so we don't lose it to the props or edges of the boat. By allowing that fish to swim, the rest of them will usually come up right behind them. That's when a few well placed live baits or lures can entice a wide open bite and a boatload of smiling faces!!
Check out this rare Hammerhead Shark that swam up to our boat in 55 ft. of water. Anything can happen out there so bring your cameras!
Offshore (15-20 Miles) in the Upper Florida Keys
Offshore fishing requires a lot of patience; remember we are big game hunting. Some days the fish will literally eat anything, but then there are other days where it takes time to find the fish. Most offshore fish such as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish and Tuna don’t take up full time residence in our waters. Check out our Florida Keys Fish calendar before planning a trip or just give me a call at 305-619-2126 & ask me what’s happening offshore in the Florida Keys.