Live Action Sportfishing

Live Action Sportfishing invites you to team up with Captain Ryan Carter and explore some of the best fishing found on the Florida Keys! A decorated sport fisherman, Capt. Carter has received honors such as “Most Releases,” “Most Tarpon Releases” and “Guide Achievement” in the Key West Fishing Tournament. He’s got the skill and know-how to get you on the fish and keep you there.

You’ll be fishing from his 24’ Pathfinder bay boat that runs on a single 250 HP Yamaha engine. This fishing machine will get you to the fishing grounds before you know it, as it can reach a top speed of an impressive 40 knots. Outfitted with all the necessary safety gear and a full array of navigation electronics, she’s got everything you need for a productive day out.

Although Tarpon, Permit, and Cobia are Ryan’s specialty, Captain Carter has mastered all of the species that inhabit the inshore and backcountry waters of Key West. Live Action Sportfishing encourages anglers of all skill levels and Ryan’s true passion lies in sharing his love for fishing with both children and adults.

Capt. Ryan will provide you with all the necessary rods, reels, and terminal tackle for the trip, and will also clean and fillet your catch afterwards. He’ll always have some water on the boat, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks. If you want to get a taste of fishing in paradise, come on over!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Double Mad Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 25
    $1,100
    Increase your odds of success by fishing during the best times of the day to catch Tarpon. This involves two trips in a single day. A half-day sunrise trip generally leaving at 6 AM and a half-day sunset trip leaving at around 5 PM. Times can vary by an hour depending on sunrise and sunset.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Marquesas Keys
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,050
    The Marquesas is a beautiful uninhabited island group some 20 miles west of Key West. Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Snapper, Sharks, and Barracuda inhabit the surrounding waters around the island. If you're looking to get away from it all this is the spot!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    A full day trip is the ultimate inshore Key West fishing experience. You'll be fishing in the inshore waters and flats for the likes of Permit, Cobia, Redfish, Sharks, and much more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Sometimes, you may want to extend your stay on the water. There are spots that are just a bit too far to be hit on the normal half-day trip that you can explore. More time on the water spent can equal more time reeling in the big ones.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Sandbar
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $650
    Sandbar Trips are a little more laid back. If you're not really into hardcore fishing and maybe want to relax at one of the three beautiful sandbars in Key West, this might be your trip! Don’t forget there is always an option to do some fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Sunrise Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 25
    $650
    Enjoy the sunrise while fishing for Tarpon where they are known to feed. You'll visit the backcountry of Key West in search of the best fishing spots.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Sunset Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 25
    $650
    The only thing better than fishing for Tarpon is doing so while watching the sunset. Key West is one of the main places for going after Tarpon in the spring.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    This trip involves fishing the backcountry and inshore waters near Key West. You will usually stay within 9 nautical miles of the dock. The average depth of water is about 12'.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $650
    Fishing the inshore grounds near Key West is what this trip is all about. Expect to stay within 9 miles of the dock. The average depth of the water is around 12'.
  • Private trip
    Two Hour Fishing Special
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Feb 28
    $350
    Make the best out of your days in The Florida Keys with this laid back Fishing adventure while enjoying the famous Key West sunset! This trip is not meant for the hardcore fisherman.
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About the Captain

Ryan Carter
Key West, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
36 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2018
Growing up on the Rappahannock River in Virginia, Captain Carter spent his free time wading for Bass and Bluegill. He spent most of his summers in Boca Raton, Florida where he learned from a young age how to fish the salt. At age 10, Ryan was regularly catching 100+ size Tarpon and quickly became obsessed. 10 years later, at age 20, he moved to Key West and began guiding his clients to division winning tournaments and receiving personal honors for most Tarpon releases in 2017.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

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

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Customer Reviews

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Michael D.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 5, 2021
Our first trip couldn’t have gone better. Captain Ryan offered suggestions based on what we wanted to pursue. Excellent trip...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 15, 2021
It was an amazing trip!!! Capri Ryan knowledgeable and fun!
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Sandbar on March 2, 2021
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Best fishing trip EVER!!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 9, 2019
Captain Ryan is the Man!  We took our 4 yr old grandson fishing for the first time and he had the time of his life thanks...
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Two sunset trips

Half Day Trip - Sunset Tarpon on May 31, 2018
My family and I have done two fishing trips with Live Action Sportfishing this may. Both trips were Extraordinary!! First trip...
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FAQs about Live Action Sportfishing

Live Action Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - Two Hour Fishing Special (2 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip - Sandbar (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip - Sunrise Tarpon (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip - Sunset Tarpon (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,050 per group - Full Day Trip - Marquesas Keys (8 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - Full Day Trip - Double Mad Tarpon (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Live Action Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Live Action Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Live Action Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Live Action Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Live Action Sportfishing include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Tarpon