Come on down to the Florida Keys and enjoy world-class flats fishing with Michael O’Brien Charters. Going out of Cudjoe Gardens Marina, Michael will show you why fishing in the Keys draws in anglers from all over the country. Whether you’re looking for a quick 3-hour evening trip or a full day adventure, he’ll make sure you get a tailored experience.

Captain Mike’s boat is a 16’ Dolphin skiff that’s powered by a single 70 HP Yamaha engine. A smaller skiff is the kind of boat you want to be on when going out in the flats because it can easily navigate very shallow waters. There’s room for two anglers here, so why not bring a friend along for the ride?

Fishing the Keys is a unique experience, and fly anglers are particularly big fans of the local fishery. Sight casting for the likes of Bonefish and Permit is a great test of your skill, and when Tapon roll in during summertime, the fight is really on!

Captain Mike will provide you with the necessary rods, reels, and terminal tackle you’ll need for the trip. There’s always water and ice aboard, but feel free to bring some drinks of your own if you like. Mike runs a strictly catch and release charter, as he’s all about the sport and joy of fishing itself. Come on down and don’t miss out on an unforgettable time on the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Nothing beats a full day trip if you want to check out everything the Keys have to offer fishing-wise. You'll be headed out into the flats to look for species like Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon (when in season). Rods, reels, and terminal tackle will be included in the price of the trip. The departure times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    A quick trip down to the flats is a very fast-paced angling experience. Captain Mike will take you to his favorite spots where you can fish for the likes of Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon (when in season). Tarpon season is roughly from March until July, which is something to keep in mind if you're after the Silver King.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 10 hours ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    Trips later in the afternoon are a great option for anyone who's not a huge fan of early morning fishing. You'll be going to the flats to target species like Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon (when in season, usually March through July). Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. PM trips have a flexible departure time, please contact the captain upon booking to agree on the exact time.
  • Private trip
    Sandbar Sunset Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 10 - Nov 1
    $400
    Departure times are flexible. Contact the Captain upon booking to discuss the exact departure time. Limited fishing.
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About the Captain

Mike O’Brien
Key West, Florida, United States
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Member since April 2018
Captain Mike O'Brien is not just a charter captain. He's also a photographer with a masters degree in Art. He got very involved in the fly fishing scene for Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish, and took it to the next level to help other people excited about saltwater fly fishing by becoming a Guide.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish Bonefish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)
Shark (Lemon) Shark (Lemon)
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Dolphin (Flats boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha engine.

Length
16 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:
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Appropriate for children
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Catch intended fish
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A little windy, but great day!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 26, 2021
Had an fantastic experience on the water! I love Deep Sea Fishing, but somewhat inexperienced in the Flats. My Tarpon still...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 29, 2020
My Son and I had a great time fishing with Capt Mike. He was very knowledgeable of the waters that we wished. It was a 5 star...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 26, 2020
All day was terrific we had time to learn to fish for Tarpon. Capt.Mike was very calm and patient. Hooked a large Tarpon what...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 31, 2021
Get a great time very respectful very knowledgable and got us on fish
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 19, 2021
Great day on the water with Captain Mike!  He got us on fish!
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FAQs about Michael O’Brien Charters

Michael O’Brien Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Sandbar Sunset Trip (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Michael O’Brien Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Michael O’Brien Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Drinks (water and ice)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Michael O’Brien Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Michael O’Brien Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Michael O’Brien Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Tarpon