Florida Keys Charter Boat Fishing in Key Largo, Tavernier & Islamorada, Sportfishing Florida Keys, Florida Keys Fishing Reports
Welcome to Good Karma Sportfishing
Sportfishing Florida Keys 
On a budget, but still want to experience a Florida Keys offshore or reef fishing adventure?   Look no further, my name is Capt. Ryan and I specialize in offering affordable Florida Keys offshore and reef fishing 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.  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. 


Good Karma Sportfishing


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

January 22nd  2015

Took a couple of new clients out  who were down from Canada on a 1/2 day  Jan 20th.  These guys love to fish.  We waste absolutely no time on 1/2 days fishing trips on Good Karma.   The guys easily caught their snapper quota in no time at all. We then decided to spend the rest of trip outside the reef.   We  caught a 20 lb. Bull dolphin, 2-Wahoo, and 1 chunky Blackfin Tuna before we called it quits. Made a couple of a long term fishing buddies on this trip. 

The snapper bite continues to be red hot when the conditions are right. On Jan 17 and 18 on 1/2 days we had no problem getting our limits of Snapper.  Underneath these big ball of Yellowtail Snappers are 2 bull sharks that look like a Great White Sharks. Are you ready to feel the burn? 

That is about it for this week. If you are thinking about booking a trip this winter give me a call with any questions you may having about fishing with me aboard Good Karma.

Tight Lines,



Florida Keys Fishing Rates

2015 Rates


Gratuities are not included in the rates

4 Adults Max
"No hidden fuel charge"
4 Hours

My goal is to get you fishing as soon as possible on all 1/2 day trips. 

  • Family Fun Snapper and Shark Fishing
  • Islamorada Hump Fishing
  • Light 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

6-7 Hours

We have a lot of fishing options on a 3/4 Day.  

8-9 Hours 

12 Hours 
Power Trip
Sunrise to Sunset
Call for Details


Contact Information 
Good Karma is located at Tavernier Creek Marina
Booking Information call Capt. Ryan @ 305-619-2126 
When contacting me through email please contact me at one of the following

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Fishing Offshore  in the Upper Florida Keys

(10-20 Miles)

On nice days we will travel offshore (15-20 Miles) targeting Mahi Mahi,Sailfish,Wahoo,Tuna and Marlin. On offshore trips we actively target areas where there is the best concentration of fish. It may take 30-60 minutes to reach the fishing locations depending on the time of year and the sea conditions. Offshore we will run & gun, troll or we will use light tackle jigging and popping methods.  Offshore fishing requires a lot of patience and good weather; remember we are big game hunting. Some days the fish will literally eat anything, but then there are other days it may take some time to find the fish. Most offshore fish such as Mahi Mahi,Wahoo,Sailfish and Tuna do not 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.


Fishing the Reef in the Upper Florida Keys
(5-10 Miles )

Just a short 15-20 minute ride from Tavernier Creek Marina on the deep reefs we will anchor up & chum for Yellowtail Snappers, Mutton Snappers, & Groupers. If you do not like to anchor we can also troll the reef for Sailfish, Kingfish, Wahoo, Cero mackerel, Tuna, Barracudas and more. Fishing the reef can be non-stop action. 

 The kids love reef fishing!

A 1/2 day Snapper trip is perfect introduction to saltwater fishing in the Florida Keys. I try to make it easy for my clients to catch fish on the reef.  If you are novice or have your own boat and want to learn the technique for catching Yellowtail Snappers give me a call for booking information. 


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. 


About the "Good Karma"
Customized Sailfish 2360 Open Cockpit Center Console

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.  Check out her list of features below:  

  • 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) 
  • Safe Night Time Fishing 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. 
  • Daiwa Saltist High Speed Spinning Reels 
  • Shimano TLD 2 Speed Reels 
  • Insulated Tournament Fish Bag  
  • Yeti Tundra 50 for you Drinks and Food
 Florida Keys Hotels 

Good Karma Sportfishing Lodging Recommendations


Creekside Inn


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

Bring your boat and dock it just outside your room on the deep water canal, just minutes from the Ocean, where the fun begins.



Island Bay Resort


Island Bay Resort
92530 Overseas Hwy
Tavernier, FL  33070
800-654-KEYS or 305-852-4087


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 


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.

Winter 2015 
 Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna and Kingfish 
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. Wahoo fishing has been pretty good over the past couple months. We have caught a few nice fish and lost a few as well, but that is wahoo fishing.  Good Karma is the perfect boat for targeting wahoo and Kingfish. I am not specifically targeting Wahoo, but also big Blackfin Tuna, Dolphin and Kingfish on my winter fishing charters.

Fall/Winter Dolphin Season is Here!
I have had some of my best dolphin fishing in November and December.  






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.



Grouper Season is Closed...To Be Continued on May 1st 2015


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


















Swimming with Mahi Mahi in the Florida Keys



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.


Good Karma Sailfish Release January-2014













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". 





Catching Sailfish on Good Karma is awesome.

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



2nd Black Grouper Released for Good Karma



Capt. Ryan with a Black Grouper Sept 20 2013























Finally decided to get some fishing shirts made up. Check it out. If you want to order one, for "Good Karma" (laughing) contact me for pricing.

Capt. Ryan





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.