Good Karma Fishing Charters

Upper Florida Keys Fishing Charters

Offshore, Reef and Backcountry Fishing Charters

(Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada)



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

Offshore Fishing in the Florida Keys with Capt. Ryan

What may seem like a boat ride can quickly turn into a wide open bite for any number of species... from marlin to tuna, mahi mahi and more.  Patience and confidence plays a big part in offshore fishing success.  

Fishing offshore in the Florida Keys is very unique, and so are the 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 Keys.  Most of the time, with no luck.  Florida Keys Fishing is different than most other styles and the tactics we use have evolved over the decades.  While West-Coast Stand-Up and East-Coast Chunking are very successful in the regions where they evolved, our Florida Keys fishery is better suited to methods that cover lots of water and the use of live or deadbait.  Species that inhabit our waters tend to move constantly and feeding behaviors change on a frequent basis. 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 in the spring, summer and fall months will rely heavily on trolling to locate fish and live baiting for monster fish.  

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. It may be changing out trolling lures for the current conditions and species found or it may be prepping live bait casting rigs to present to top-water fish on the move.  Remaining alert and scouting the waters around you for “signs of life” is always the right thing to do.  I am always on the lookout, it never hurts to have extra eye.

Other tactics we use, dependent on that day's conditions, include slow trolling or soaking live baits at depths from 60 to 150 feet when surface action is slow, chumming schools of fish into a feeding frenzy with small pieces chum or live bait or vertical jigging using over wrecks/seamounts,  anchoring on reef ledges or rockpiles for bottom-hugging species like snapper, amberjacks and grouper.  Other times, we will be trolling for wahoo or deep dropping using electric reels.

Every Captain in the Florida Keys has his or her own style of fishing.  I have my own styles that are unique and catch fish on a consistent basis.  
Shallow Reef Fishing in the Florida Keys


Just a short 15 minute ride from Tavernier Creek Marina on the deep reefs we will anchor up & chum for Yellowtail, Mutton Snappers, & Groupers. If you do not like to anchor we can also troll the reef line for sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, cero mackerel, tuna, grouper, snapper, barracudas and more.

The FWC and NOAA fisheries has tightened the regulations on Hogfish and Mutton Snappers in both State and Federal Waters which is typically what we catch on the shallow patch reefs in the winter months. 

Snapper State and Federal Regulations

NEW-State Hogfish Regulations for 2017-2018

NEW: State waters: The FWC approved several management changes to hogfish at the November Commission meeting in St. Petersburg. These changes will go into effect in on Aug. 24, 2017. Approved changes include:

Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.
Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31. Closed Nov 2017-April 2018
1 Fish per Person and must measure 16 inches to the Fork of the Tail