Riptide Guide Service

If you’re looking to spend an unforgettable day fishing the Florida Keys, look no further than Riptide Guide Service! A native of Florida, Captain Ricou DeShaw has spent most of his life fishing. With more than 50 years of experience as a professional guide, he knows the waters between Florida Bay and Key West like the back of his hand. The waters surrounding Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West are true fishing Meccas that offer an incredible choice of angling thrills.

His boat is an 24’ Shearwater bay boat – modern, steady, and comfortable enough to take up to 4 anglers fishing without bumping elbows. Powered by a 300 HP Mercury Verado engine, it comes with a live bait tank, YETI cooler, and top-notch GPS and VHF radio. Captain Ricou doesn’t need a fishfinder, he IS the fishfinder and will put you on your dream catch before you know it.

He specializes in light tackle and fly fishing for Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Snapper, and a variety of other species. Depending on the season, the menu will also include Tarpon, Tripletail, Barracuda, Redfish, Trout, and many others. You don’t need previous experience to go fly fishing – all skill levels are welcome.

Top Loomis Rods and Penn reels will be on the boat at your disposal, along with fly fishing Sage Rods and Tibor Reels. Lures, live bait, drinks, and even catch cleaning are also included in the price – you’ll have everything for a successful day on the water.

Not only do these waters provide world-class fishing opportunities, but there is also an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery, so bring your camera! Ricou customizes each trip to ensure everyone on board has a great time and will return again. From a small child to novice angler, he will make your trip a memorable one. Whether it’s your first fish or a fish of a lifetime, he will work to make it happen while having fun too!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This full day trip will take you chasing after some of the most interesting species in the area. You'll get to target Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Snapper, Tarpon, Tripletail, Barracuda, Redfish, Trout, and many others, depending on the season and the bite.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Four hours is just enough time to reel in your dream catch! The captain will show you the most productive spots teeming with the likes of Tripletail, Barracuda, Redfish, Trout, Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Snapper, Tarpon, and much more.

About the Captain

Ricou DeShaw
Tavernier, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
4 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since July 2018
Captain Ricou DeShaw was a young boy when his family moved to the Keys from North Florida in 1959. As soon as he was old enough to operate his own boat, he was nowhere to be found on dry land. His father was an ornithologist, so he knows a lot about nature, birds, fish, and plants. After graduating from Coral Shores High School, he received a full athletic scholarship at the University of Miami. He was then drafted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After that, Ricou returned to Tavernier, the gateway to Florida Bay, the upper, middle, and lower Florida Keys. Now, over forty years later still residing in Tavernier, he has the knowledge and experience to ensure a safe and memorable day on the water.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish Bonefish
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Nurse) Shark (Nurse)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Shearwater (Bay boat) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 300HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Lady Lake, Florida
 5.00
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April 28, 2018
Took a trip down the keys and wanted to go out fishing for the day. Not only did Ricou provide a nonstop day of consistent...
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April 23, 2018
Ricou is an excellent guide. He is a native of the keys and knows the waters and the species behaviors. I have fished with...
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Gainesville, Florida
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July 3, 2018
Have used Captain DeShaw on many different species of fish mostly back country fishing. We have caught Snook, Tarpon, Mangrove...
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Key Largo, Florida
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February 1, 2018
Truly amazing trip. The fishing was great. The captain knows how to put you on a variety of fish. His knowledge of the area...
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