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Good Karma Fishing Charters. Upper Florida Keys Fishing Charters . Offshore, Reef and Backcountry Fishing Charters (Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada)

Good Karma Fishing Charters

Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada

Offshore, Reef and Backcountry Fishing Charters


 Open for Business after Hurricane Irma!

 Available for Offshore and Backcountry Fishing Charters.  

Thank you to all my clients that reached out.  We are fine and so are the pups!  Help us rebuild by showing your support, Do Not Cancel your fishing vacation to the Florida Keys! 

Need Lodging?
Click on the link below for a list of  affordable hotels that are open after Hurricane Irma


2017/2018 Charter Fishing Rates
Offshore, Reef, Backcountry and Gulf of Mexico 
1-4 Passengers

6 Hours

7 Hours

8-9 Hours




1-4 Passengers

1-4 Passengers

1-4 Passengers

No hidden fuel charges, bait fees or additional fees
No Deposit Required

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Florida Keys Charter Boat Fishing in Key Largo, Tavernier & Islamorada, Fishing Charters Florida Keys, Florida Keys Fishing Reports

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 4 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

Florida Keys Sailfishing with Good Karma

Good Karma Fishing Gear
"Only the Best"

Extremely Light Weight Custom Rods by  Adrenaline Custom Fishing Rods
Shimano Talica Conventional Reels
Shimano Twin Power 8000's and 10000's
Diawa Dogfight 7000's
Cannon Electric Downriggers


Good Karma Charters Florida Keys Vertical Jig Tuna Fishing


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

November 20th 2017

Thanksgiving Week and Fishing Update from Key Largo

Had an excellent day with repeat clients who have been fishing with me for 3 years now. We had alot of fun and the bite was great!  We caught a mixed bag of big Red Groupers, "Smoker Size King Fish, Black Grouper, Bonitos and Sharks.  I have November 22nd and 26th open this week for fishing. Tight Lines and Happy Thanksgiving! Capt. Ryan

Halloween Week

Mutton Treats with a no Tricks

Just a quick update this morning. I fished a couple days this past week with one day being a double shift. Caught some Mahi, but the main target was Mutton Snappers and Groupers. The groupers got the best of us and the sharks made it a little challenging, but we did put together an excellent bite of big Mutton SnappersThe ladies put the hurt on the big Muttons this past week!

German Doctors Getting it done After Irma

Mahi Mahi continue to provide action just outside the reef.  The  Groupers and Mutton Snappers are chewing and we are getting Blackfin Tunas up to 20lbs. The Yellowtail Snapper bite continues to provide good action.   The wahoo bite is heating up, managed to get one a big one on a solo trip. Check out the video below.

Solo Wahoo for Capt. Ryan


 If you want to get in on some good fishing in the Florida Keys, now is the time!

Good Karma Mutton Snappers!

German Tuna Roll Part 1

German Tuna Roll Part 2

October 10th Fishing Report

Fished a double on October 9th with John who is a regular client on the morning trip and on the second trip a family from Germany. Both trips provided some excellent fishing! John caught Blackfin Tunas up to 30lbs on the morning trip!

On the second trip we targeted snappers along the reef.  We caught big Yellowtail Snappers(3-5lbs) and several Mutton Snappers.  We fished until 6:15 PM so we could catch the Sunset on the ride home.



Trip Advisor Statement

Most Trip Advisor comments are forced onto by clients at the end of the day with an ipad or the charter company had friends and family write the reviews to boost rankings.  This is specifically true in the Florida Keys Charter fishing industry as many manipulate the system.   Trip Advisor warns against booking with someone with 100% 5 star rating with no negative feedback/reviews.   Good Karma was built on repeat clients, scroll through the pictures below and you will see our repeat business and the fish smiles.  

Buyer Beware of Internet Charter Fishing Booking Agencies  

When you book with through an internet agency you do not get to speak with the captain prior to the trip.   Call the captain and book with him directly. Your captain will be very happy that you called.  













July 2017

Florida Keys Blue Marlin Release

Blue Marlin caught aboard the Good Karma using a 30lb class Adrenaline Custom Rod matched with a Shimano Talica 25!






Book a Florida Keys Fishing Trip with Good Karma Fishing Charters this Fall/Winter


Florid Keys Fish and Dive Packages

Conch Republic Divers
(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.

Having access to the reef system from Key Largo to Islamorada gives our divers a wide variety of sea life when scuba diving in the Florida Keys.

In addition to shallow and intermediate reefs, we also dive the major wrecks in the area, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Duane and Bibb, Spiegel Grove and the Eagle.



Catch and Release Shark Charters

Light Tackle Shark Fishing Charters Available

Good Karma uses ultra light weight rods and reels for shark fishing

If you suffer some seasickness, but still want to catch a big fish while you are visiting the Florida Keys then I highly recommend booking a light tackle shark fishing trip with us. Shark fishing in the Everglades is pure fishing adrenaline.   Our 5-6 hour charter is plenty of time for a long range shark trip into the everglades.

Shark Fishing aboard Good Karma

Catch and Release of a 8ft. Great Hammerhead Shark in the Florida Keys aboard Good


We will start our trip with light tackle fishing for sea trout, while doing this we will use the ladyfish and jacks that are by-catch as bait. Shark fishing does require fresh dead bait.

Sea Trout taste delicious so I recommend you let me fillet those fish up for you at the end the charter to take home for a hook and cook dinner. 

Sea Trout

Shark fishing is catch and release only.  Below is a list of the sharks we will target on your charter.

  • Blacktips

  • Lemon Sharks

  • Bull Sharks

  • Tiger Sharks

  • Hammer Head Sharks

  • Nurse Sharks


While Shark fishing in the Everglades you have a very good chance at catching a Tarpon or a Goliath Grouper!

Goliath Grouper on 12lb. Smacks Capt. Ryan in the Face!!




Fishing Forecast for Fall 2017

Mahi Mahi

Blackfin Tuna

Tunas will average 5-10lbs during the summer months with a rare showing of 20-30lb fish.


Wahoo will show up on the full moon in September and be here through May 2018


Greater Amberjack

Amberjack season is still open. There will be a government closure this winter.



Snapper fishing time in the Florida Keys

As the water temperatures cool down the Snapper bite will heat up in the Florida Keys


Grouper Season closes on Jan 1 2018. It will be catch and release fishing through May 1 2018. The grouper bite heats up in October and the closer we get to closure the better the fishing gets.



Customized 24ft. Sailfish Center Console powered by a New Yamaha 300 4-Stroke Engine

Offshore, Wreck, Reef and Near Shore Fishing

4 Person Max.






SeaDek Custom Flooring by Xact Customs 

SeaDek Flooring for Exceptional Traction and Shock Absorption

Visit and learn more about our custom cut SeaDek flooring.

SeaDek’s shock absorbing qualities deliver maximum comfort on the water. 

 Xact Customs is THE premier SeaDek Certified Fabricator, and #1 source for custom SeaDek products! They digitize, design, and fabricate, all SeaDek products in house to ensure the highest level of quality.  Professional installation is available throughout spans all of FL, TX, LA, and the WI/midwest area.

Other Features:

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 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



Catch Fish in Comfort & Style in the Backcountry on our 24ft Shallow Water Catamaran


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

Ocean-Tamer Armchair Marine Bean Bag Chairs
Only the Best!
Ultimate relaxation while riding in style to and from the Gulf/Everglades National Park.  With its perfectly formed shape and stylish look, The Ocean-Tamer Armchair allows you to ride like a king while providing your body with maximum, all around comfort. Because of its square bottom, this chair is extremely stable in rough seas.  With its self supported back rest and arm rests, the Ocean-Tamer Armchair conforms to your entire body allowing for an extremely comfortable and relaxing ride you have to experience to believe.








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 Dolphin Research Tagging Program








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?

"Zero Tolerance Policy"
  • 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 15-25% gratuity is customary on charter fishing and greatly 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!  

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.  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, 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.

 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. 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. 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 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? 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.



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



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.

"The Hook and Cook Experience"

To fully partake in the Florida Keys fishing tradition I highly recommend you take your catch to one of the local establishments  listed below and let them cook your catch for you.

Habanos On The Creek

  • 90800 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070
  • (305) 916-5350

  • Snappers

    (305) 852-5956

    Lazy Days
    (305) 664-5256








































    Good Karma Sailfish Release January-2014






















    2nd Black Grouper Released for Good Karma



    Capt. Ryan with a Black Grouper Sept 20 2013