Florida Keys Charter Boat Fishing in Key Largo, Tavernier & Islamorada, Sportfishing Florida Keys, Florida Keys Fishing Reports
 
Welcome to Good Karma Sportfishing
Key Largo/Islamorada
Offshore & Backcountry 
Sportfishing Florida Keys 
305-619-2126
goodkarmaryan@gmail.com
 
On a budget, but still want to experience a quality Florida Keys fishing charter?   Look no further, my name is Capt. Ryan and I specialize in offering affordable Florida Keys fishing boat charters for the novice and not so novice and have a good attitude about life.

Good Karma Sportfishing is located at Tavernier Creek Marina (http://mytaverniercreekmarina.com/amenities.html ) 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.   

Florida Keys fishing charter trips aboard Good Karma are private fishing trips (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!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Ryan

   Fishing News and Report from the Deck of Good Karma Sportfishing

Fishing Report 

August 24-29th

Fishing with Kyle, Phil, Ed and Jesse 


On Monday August 24th Good Karma had an awesome day with film actor Kyle Chandler and my friend Phil. Kyle is in the Keys for the second season of Netflix's new show "Bloodline". He has stared in NBC's Friday Night Lights and the Wolf of Wall Street, King Kong ect... Awesome day and already looking forward to our next fishing trip. Check out "Bloodline" on Netflix.

We had a pretty good north wind that shut down the dolphin fishing for the most part so after putting a nice gaffer cow in the box we made our way to the hump where we filled the box with Blackfin Tuna before heading home. 

On Tuesday August 24th we fished Tuna again and caught as many as we wanted to keep. We did the same on Friday August 28th. It is a red hot bite and should only get better after Tropical Storm Erica pushes through.

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On Tuesday Good Karma took Jesse and Ed.  "Jimyjigging". For those that hate catching fish on the troll we are now high speed vertical jigging for big Tunas.  We went 21 for 35 on Tunas. Sharks got the rest.  The smaller tunas were eating any $2.00 tuna bait, we were catching them on soda straws. 







If you are thinking about booking a charter then I highly recommend calling well in advance as I do book in very quickly during the Spring and Summer months.  If you have any questions or wish to book a charter please give me a call at 305-619-2126 or email me at goodkarmaryan@gmail.com. 


Tight Lines,

Ryan


 

Florida Keys Fishing 2015 Rates


"New"

Now Offering Backcountry and Offshore Fishing Charters


Gratuities are not included in the rates

"No Hidden Fuel Charge"



4 Hours (1/2 Day)

Offshore/Reef Fishing

or 

Florida Keys Backcountry
Florida Bay, Everglades National Park and Gulf of Mexico

1-3 Adults: $450.00

1-4 Adults: $550.00


3/4 Day
6-7 Hours

3/4 day Offshore/Reef Fishing

or

Florida Keys Backcountry
Florida Bay, Everglades National Park and Gulf of Mexico

1-3 Adults: $550.00

1-4 Adults: $650.00

 
Hours (Full Day)

Ofshore/Reef Fishing

or 

Florida Keys Backcountry
Florida Bay, Everglades National Park and Gulf of Mexico

1-3 Adults: $775.00

1-4 Adults: $850.00



Good Karma Sportfishing Uses only the Best Vertical Jigs Available on Offshore Tuna Fishing Trips


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 Jimyjigs are handcrafted and handpainted Vertical Jigs. 

Leave the Small Fish for the Boat Behind You





Good Karma Sportfishing
Contact Information 
Good Karma is located at Tavernier Creek Marina
WWW.FLORIDAKEYSFISHIN.COM 
Booking Information call Capt. Ryan @ 305-619-2126 

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 goodkarmaryan@gmail.com. 





Good Karma Sportfishing Charterboat Fleet
Choose from 2 Boats


Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Boat
(Florida Bay, Everglades National Park and Gulf of Mexico)

Dargel KAT 23 HDX 




Florida Keys Offshore & Reef Fishing Boat
Customized Sailfish 2360 
Good Karma is customized fully rigged "big" 23 ft. Florida Keys charter fishing boat. Good Karma is powered by a reliable and well maintained F250 Yamaha 4-Stroke outboard.  

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  • High Gunnels for Safety(Necessary for fishing offshore)
  • Private Bathroom Area 
  • Open Deck Fishing Cockpit
  • 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 Curtains
  • USCG Safety Gear  
  • Windlass Automatic Anchor Garmin 
  • GXM/Sirius Radio and Weather
  • Safe Night Time Travel; Good Karma is set-up for ultimate night-time fishing. We are also equipped with a high powered HID remote control beam light. Effective beam distance is over 1 mile. 

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Florida Keys Fishing 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. This Spring/Summer offshore we will be targeting Mahi Mahi(dolphin), Blacktuna, Wahoo and the prize of the sea the "Blue Marlin".  

Fish species that inhabit our waters travel the world famous Gulf Stream current. Fish feeding behaviors change on a frequent basis based on migration patterns, time of year, spawn, moon phases, tides, water temperatures and much more.  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.  

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 breaking 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 when fishing with aboard Good Karma.

Dependent on the sea conditions and the bite we may fish the nearshore 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.   


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   "BANANA FREE BOAT"

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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. 


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Wahoo
Tuna
Sailfish
Blackfin Tuna
Grouper


Anglers from all over the world consider the wahoo a trophy catch for many different reasons.  The bite to hook set ratio is very low much lower than other big game fish. Wahoo have extremely sharp teeth, like a razor blade and a jaw like a vice, giving the wahoo the upper hand over the fisherman.

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 Florida Keys Hotels 

Good Karma Sportfishing Lodging Recommendations

 

Creekside Inn

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90611 Old Highway

Tavernier, FL 33070

Phone: (305) 852-2351

Email: creeksideinn@terranova.net



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.

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Island Bay Resort

www.islandbayresort.com 

Island Bay Resort
92530 Overseas Hwy
Tavernier, FL  33070
800-654-KEYS or 305-852-4087
host@islandbayresort.com

 

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.

 

 


 

Ocean Point Suites 

opsuites.com

OCEAN POINTE SUITES KEY LARGO
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.
 







 
 
 
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Florida Keys Spring/Summer 
Dolphin Fishing with Capt. Ryan on Good Karma


I absolutely love Dolphin Fishing! Dolphin (aka Dorodo or Mahia Mahi) are all about reacting to their brethren, whether they're chasing bait or running from predators, curiosity often triggers their behaviors.  For instance, the wily and acrobatic dolphin often travel in schools and when one breaks away from the pack, the others often turn to see what's up. Check out our video. This activity occurs on a majority of our trips during months April-December when the dolphin are actively feeding and migrating through our waters. 

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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!! 

 

 
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Florida Keys Bait and Tackle 

Located at Tavernier Creek Marina

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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.

 

 
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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!

Hammerhead Shark on Good Karma Sportfishing

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Offshore (15-20 Miles) in the Upper Florida Keys

 
On nice days we will travel offshore targeting Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and Marlin. 
 
 

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.

 
 

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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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Catching Sailfish on Good Karma is awesome.

 
 

 
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Catching and Releasing an Atlantic Sailfish Aboard Good Karma
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 Proud Supporter of the Cooperative Science Services LLC- Dolphin Research Program made possible by Costa Del Mar.
 

 

  
 
 
 

2nd Black Grouper Released for Good Karma

 
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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 ryan@floridiakeysfishin.com for availability.
 
We are always available to help you with your decision.
 
How do I pay for the trip & Cancellation Policy
 
We prefer cash. We are unable to accept personal checks. If you wish to pay by credit card, you are welcomed to do so.
 
We require a credit card number to hold the trip, we do not run the credit card. On the day of the trip we can accept cash, bill that credit card# or another credit card. We do not accept AMEX & there is an extra 4% fee for foreign country issued credit cards.
 
If you cancel 24 hours before the trip or the day of we will bill you half the cost. This includes if you do not touch base with us.
  

 


  

 

 


 

 

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