Upper Keys Sportfishing

Angler House marina - Address:…
Islamorada FL, United States

Upper Keys Sportfishing runs year round fishing trips for hardcore anglers and people eager to take on game fish. Capt. Jorge is a specialist in fly fishing for big game, and will make sure you have a time to remember aboard his boat.

The Habanero is a 36’ center-console Hydra-Sports boat, powered by twin 300HP Yamaha engines, able to accommodate a maximum of 4 anglers that catches fish, lots of fish! For navigation, the vessel is outfitted with 3 Fishfinders, radar and 3 GPS/Chartplotters as well as a 2 Ship-to-Shore radio. For fishing, the crew employs Penn International, Canyon tackle with 16lbs, 30lbs, 50lbs and 80lbs reels on Star Rods. All spinning tackle is comprised of Canyon Reels on Star rods, while there are Rupp Outriggers and Penn Downriggers as well.

Captain Jorge Piñero has fished around the world, targeting Billfish among many other species. He is a holder of various records of catching billifish on fly, including Blue, Black, Striped Marlin and Sailfish, but is no stranger to other big game pelagics either, including Dorado, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, very often fished for on fly.

Capt Jorge Piñero has been nominated as one of the 60 Top Captains in the US by Sportfishing Magazine and recognized as the top Marlin Charter Captain in Florida according to Florida Sportsman 2014 Marlin Bucketlist Article.

The Habanero is the recipient of the Best of Islamorada 2014 and 2015 Charter fishing award. The Habanero crew has been featured in magazines such as Florida Sportsman and Saltwater Sportsman, Marlin Magazine among others, and still maintains various tournament standings, both in US and internationally. He is the Bahamas and Florida Keys contributor/author of a a monthly article in Fishmonster Magazine.

*if you are paying via PayPal, 5% processing fee will apply and the charter payment in full is due 48 hrs prior to charter start time or all balances will be required in cash.

Tips are discretionary and accepted. Usual tips are 18-22%.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Marlin or Swordfish Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons
    Fish with the top Marlin Captain in Florida according to Florida Sportsman Magazine 2014. Pick up at Cheeca Lodge, World Wide Sportsman or my Private Dock Fish for Blue Marlin specifically or Swordfish specifically. If combining the two charters a $300 upgrade is payable on board IF this upgrade has been discussed with Captain 48 hrs prior.
  • Private trip
    Deep Drop Charter
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1100
    up to 4 persons
    This is a deep Drop Charter for Tilefish, Queen Snapper, Snowy Grouper, Vermillion Snapper from 300-1000 foot depths. Current permitting even in great weather. If the current is too strong on your selected date, the trip will be converted to a full day offshore. The captain will provide the fishing gear and the license, you should bring food and drinks. Besides that it's all about a good time on the water and thrill of the chase. You will want to pack a camera, a cap, sunblock, and shades.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1100
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    Pick up at Cheeca Lodge or World Wide Sportsman Marina. This trip will see you fishing around wrecks/reefs, offshore or specific sailfishing charters. This combo will let you target anything from Wahoo, Mahi, Billfish, to Tuna and other pelagics. The captain will supply all the gear and the license, you should pack food and drinks, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses. The trip is great for more experienced anglers.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Fishing 8hr Night Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 30 Jun
    US$ 1000
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This trip will see you fishing for Tarpon. The captain will meet you at his private dock. You will be fishing nearshore, using live and dead bait, and maybe even try kite fishing (only in optimum wind/tide condtions). Captain Jorge is knowledgable and will advise on the best approach. These trips can be pretty exciting as Tarpon like acrobatics. It's good for pro anglers, but even less experienced fishermen can try this thrilling trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip Tarpon Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    It's a 8 Hour Trip but its packed with a lot of fishing. Some of the worlds most famous tarpon fishing spots are right here in Islamorada, so we pack a lot of fishing(catching) into these very popular trips.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Offshore -Morning
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 4 persons
    Explore the offshore and fish for Mahi, Tunas, Wahoo, Snapper and More! Probably the best value for an offshore trip in the keys.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing- Half Day - Afternoon
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    US$ 475
    up to 4 persons
    Half Day Fishing for SHARKS! We will take you to some of the most proven shark fishing spots and chum up some of the big boys! You can expect to catch Hammerheads, Bull Sharks, Duskys, and more!
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing - Half Day - Noon
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 4 persons
    Half Day Fishing for SHARKS! We will take you to some of the most proven shark fishing spots and chum up some of the big boys! You can expect to catch Hammerheads, Bull SHarks, Duskys, and more!
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing -Half Day - 8AM
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 4 persons
    Half Day Fishing for SHARKS! We will take you to some of the most proven shark fishing spots and chum up some of the big boys! You can expect to catch Hammerheads, Bull Sharks, Duskys, and more!
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Fishing (Half Day) -Morning
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 4 persons
    It's a 4 Hour Trip but its packed with a lot of fishing. Some of the worlds most famous tarpon fishing spots are right here in Islamorada, so we pack a lot of fishing(catching) into these very popular trips.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Fishing (Half Day)-Afternoon
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 4 persons
    It's a 4 Hour Trip but its packed with a lot of fishing. Some of the worlds most famous tarpon fishing spots are right here in Islamorada, so we pack a lot of fishing(catching) into these very popular trips.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Fishing(Half Day)Night time
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 4 persons
    It's a 4 Hour Trip but its packed with a lot of fishing. Some of the worlds most famous tarpon fishing spots are right here in Islamorada, so we pack a lot of fishing(catching) into these very popular trips.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (White)
Permit
Sailfish
Snapper (Mangrove)

Swordfish
Tarpon
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Whitewater (Center console) originally built in 1994, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha V6 Offshore engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Handline
Spearfishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Captain

Albert Garcia
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Member since October 2014
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Captain Albert started fishing back in the 90's aboard his own boat, and has chartered all over the world. When it comes to fly fishing for offshore pelagics, Albert's done it all, from Tarpon to Mahi, and everything in between. The founder of this charter business, Captain Jorge was nominated, recognized, and awarded by some of the top publications of this sport, including a 'Top 60 captains in the US' nomination by the Sportfishing Magazine in 2015. His other awards include 'Best Marlin Captain in Florida' by the Florida Sportsman Magazine in 2014, then 'Best of Islamorada Charter in 2014 and 2015', and is featured as the top VIP charter by several hotels in Islamorada. You'll be in safe hands of a professional.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 95%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.96
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Paul on a massive Amberjack
Lots of these sized fish
Lots of these sized tunas
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
50%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Barry Pruett
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Half day trip with Captain Roy

VERIFIED   May 12, 2018
Excellent trip. Arrived promptly and nothing too much trouble. Tried various spots to bag the elusive tarpon but unfortunately...
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Chris Rosmarin
Grand Rapids, MI
 5.00
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VERIFIED   April 5, 2018
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Robert Riley
Longwood, Florida
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Full Day with Capt Jorge

VERIFIED   June 2, 2017
What a wild day.  We had wind.  We had rain.  We had ocean swells and storms that kept chasing us.  Yet...
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Mike Beckman
Charleston, South Carolina
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An Awesome Experience!

VERIFIED   May 8, 2016
We had two great days and such a fun experience with Captain Jorge Pinero.  He paid special attention to those in our...
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Troy Kinney
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 5.00
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Great fishing experience in Islamorado

VERIFIED   March 22, 2016
Although the seas were rough we had a great time fishing with a Captain Jorge.  His boat and gear were top notch and his...
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