Tekéze Charters operates out of the sportfishing paradise of Islamorada, offering a wide range of trips targeting the area’s many inshore species. Captain Charles welcomes you aboard for anything from a couple of hours of fun in the sun to an entire day battling the area’s biggest gamefish.

Spend your day fishing aboard an 18’ Maverick skiff. The vessel was freshly-restored in 2017 and can cruise up to 44 knots thanks to her 175 HP Suzuki engine. She can carry groups of up to three guests in comfort and safety.

This boat was built to rule these waters, giving even the Silver King a run for his crown. Her shallow draft will let you follow fish deep into the skinny waters or around the bridges where you can usually find them. She has a trolling motor to breeze through the backcountry, and a pole to sneak up on spooky fish in complete silence.

And there are plenty of fish to chase on your trip. A huge range of inshore favorites calls the area home, including Snapper, Grouper, or Tripletail. Head a little further, and you can also find Redfish, Trout, Snook, and much, much more.

But there’s one species that really stands out from the crowd around here: Tarpon. Many skilled anglers have spent their lives chasing these shallow-water brutes, and Captain Charles is proud to say he’s one of them. Specialist Tarpon trips run May through July.

If you’re a larger group and want to share this incredible fishing opportunity with your family and friends, why not check out Tekéze Charters’ other boat. The 24’ bay boat can take up to 4 guests and offers similar trips to the skiff. Whatever you want, Capt. Charles can make it happen, so head over to his other listing or get in touch via FishingBooker.

All trips come with fishing licenses, bait, lures, and conventional fishing tackle. Just bring any food, drink, and personal items and climb aboard for a great day on the water! With Capt. Charles, you’ll have a great day, no matter what!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    price breakdown
    $850
    This 8-hour trip will give you more than enough time to go to the Everglades Park and target Snook, Trout, Redfish, and many more. It takes an hour to reach this location and it's worth it! Of course, with Capt. Charles, Tarpon is always an option.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 30
    $850
    price breakdown
    $850
    Spend the entire day out battling Tarpon around the bridges, or on the flats and shallow waters around Islamorada. With a full eight hours on the water, you will have enough time to find some real monsters!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $680
    price breakdown
    $680
    With a couple more hours on the water, you can go after some real trophies, load up the boat with delicious fish, or enjoy a range of activities alongside the angling itself. This trip gives you enough time to reach the Everglades Park. Target Snook, Seatrout, Red and Black Drum, Tripletail, Black Grouper, and more on this six-hour charter.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $680
    price breakdown
    $680
    Fish for 6 hours and target the Silver King! These prehistoric fish are known for the fight they put up and their acrobatics. Seeing one leap out of the water as you're trying to reel it in will be a sight to remember so head out and make memories battling Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 30
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Head out for a morning of awesome sportfishing against everyone's favorite inshore gamefish. Tarpon can weigh in well over 100 pounds and make for the ultimate battle for many seasoned anglers.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon (Evening)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 30
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Fish for monster Tarpon as the sun goes down in this four-hour evening charter.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Jun 30
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Spend the afternoon battling the Silver King around the bridges and in the shallows around Islamorada in this four-hour trip. This is Capt. Charles's favorite fish to catch and you can bet you'll have an amazing day on the water!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Spend the morning fishing for Mangrove Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon in the warm, shallow waters around Islamorada.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Enjoy a great afternoon on the water, fishing for tasty inshore species with the option to also take a dip and go for a swim while visiting a few sandbars to keep everyone entertained!
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    If you just want a couple of hours on the water, jump aboard for this two-hour charter and catch some some tasty fish in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    Want to enjoy some great inshore fishing but don't have much time? No worries! Jump aboard and speed off in search of Permit, Barracuda, and other local species and be back in time for a late lunch!
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About the Captain

Charles Hertel
Islamorada, Florida, United States
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Member since April 2018
Captain Charles Hertel was born and raised in Islamorada, Florida and has fished these waters his entire life. He started fishing with his Dad and Grandad when he was just four years old.Your Captain has always worked on the water since his first Job in middle school. During high school, he focused on chasing Bonefish. After High School he went to college at the University of Central Florida and fished the area extensively while he was studying. Go Knights! While away at college Captain Charles experienced many opportunities such as running one of the Nation's Largest Fishing clubs. As well as traveling around the state to fish different tournaments. Yours Captain has fished 90% of the United States as well as Canada and the Bahamas. These days, he resides in his home town of Islamorada. Captain Charles has a passion for Marine life and conservation like no other Captain. If you are looking for a Captain that you will enjoy and want to come back, this is your guy! So book your trip now

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Black Drum Black Drum
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Maverick (Skiff) originally built in 1996, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 175HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 44 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Great day!!!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on November 30, 2020
The day started off great and ended great; from catching the bait to catching the fish. It was a fun filled and exciting fishing...
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Best Late Christmas Present Ever!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on January 19, 2021
This trip was a great beginning to 2021 for me and my boys. Everyone at Bud and Mary’s Marina was kind and helpful from the...
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4 hour trip. Caught our limit of Mangrove Snapper and then some

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on December 26, 2020
Our first time to Keys. Took my adult son and daughter (novice) on a chilly low 50s temperature 4 hour trip AM trip. With Capt...
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Great inshore trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (AM) on February 19, 2021
Charles is a great guide - we caught a lot of different fish - he is very knowledgeable and very customer focused - as much...
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4 hr Inshore with Capt. Charles Tekeze Charters

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on January 2, 2021
Highly recommend Capt. Charles! He’s a great guy who put a couple of beginners on fish quickly! He was very patient with...
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