Skins and Fins Charters I

Ready to have a memorable day in Islamorada? Then go fishing with Skins and Fins! This charter is a family fishing venture, operated by Captains Ted and Donnie Benbow, father and son. No matter your level of fishing experience or skill, they are determined to do everything they can to ensure you have an exciting time aboard their vessel.

Your adventure starts on the captain’s 20’ Ranger skiff which accommodates up to 3 guests. She is powered by a 150 HP Mercury Pro engine and features navigational electronics. There’s a cooler that you can fill up with your drinks and enough storage space for your snacks and other belongings.

For those of you relatively new to the sport of fishing, the Benbows don’t mind taking the time to take you through everything you need to know to catch fish in these waters. Given their experience in fishing these backwaters though, some of their tips could benefit the seasoned pros just as easily.

Skins and Fins specialize in providing memorable spin fishing trips, going after the likes of Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Sharks, and much more. Captain Ted Benbow covers the area of Islamorada, Marathon, and Key Largo, and enjoys fishing the backcountry waters of the Everglades, as well. All the necessary fishing equipment, flies, and bait are provided by the captain.

Whether you came here for the seasonal Tarpon hunt, sight fishing in the flats, or just want to have an enjoyable day with your kids – you’ve come to the right place.



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Captain Ted will take you fishing the shallow waters of Islamorada, Key Largo, Tavernier, Florida Keys, and the Everglades. Your main targets will be Tarpon, Redfish, Permit, Bonefish, Snook, and Shark. Bring your snacks and drinks, Capt. Ted will provide you with everything else.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Trip – 2 guests max!
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 30
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    The captain will take you after the Silver King himself. You will target Tarpon using live bait. Keep in mind that the catch is not guaranteed, as this acrobatic fish is hard to catch. But if you get one you will never forget it! Note that only 2 guests can go on this trip, even though the boat accommodates 3 on other trips.
  • Private trip
    Fun Family Kids Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    $250
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Capt. Ted made this trip all about the kids! Lots of rod bending action while catching small Sharks, Snappers, and Jacks. This is a great trip for beginners too. The boat can accommodate either 3 guests, or parents with 2 small kids (under 10 years old). Starting time of the trip is flexible, so be in touch with the captain.
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About the Captain

Ted Benbow
Islamorada, Florida, United States
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
3 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2014
Captain Ted has been fishing in the Florida Keys since he was 6 years old. Fishing has always been his dream job and he's happy to have the opportunity of doing it for 50 years now. He passed his passion down to his son Donnie, who's also a professional guide and works with him. The best part of this job is being on the water, seeing wildlife, and seeing customers happy. He loves teaching kids how to fish.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Black Drum
Jack Crevalle
Redfish

Shark (Porbeagle)
Shark (Tope)
Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook
Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Ranger cayman (Skiff) originally built in 2011. Powered by a 150HP Mercury Pro XS four stroke 2019 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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
No Smoking
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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November 11, 2015
Ted was a very informative guide would use again.
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