Freedom Charter Company – Tavernier

Freedom Charter Company, located in the Keys, invites you to sample the incredible fishing opportunities on offer here! With inshore and nearshore trips available, you’ll get to decide exactly what you want to hunt. Under the guidance of Captain Fred Heidgerken, you’ll be in safe, experienced hands. A 3rd generation fisherman, he’s also fished tournaments all around, and can’t wait to teach you some of his skills.

Aboard a 23’ Ranger center console, you’ll have maximum visibility and ample space to maneuver as you try to reel in a big one. Specifically designed for fishing, up to 4 guests can fish at any one time. With a GPS and fishfinder on board, as well as a 200 HP Yamaha four stroke engine, you’ll speed off to the most productive spots with ease. Reaching speeds of up to 42 knots, expect the wind in your hair as you pleasantly cool off from the sun.

Expect some exciting fishing, wherever you decide to go. Inshore, you’ll go after the tough-fighting Tarpon and Snook, as well as the beautiful Redfish. Try trolling or bottom fishing when on the reefs, as you target delicious and strong Snappers, Groupers, Cobia, and Barracuda. You’ll be using the latest Shimano and Quantum rods and reels, and live bait will be prepared before the trip, so get ready to fish right away.

Water and Gatorade are provided to keep you hydrated and energized, so you just need to bring along any snacks you want, and settle in for an exciting day. Children over 6 are welcome aboard and you’re invited to bring the family along for a fun-filled day. Expect to catch a lot of fish, and Capt. Fred will clean and prepare your catch to take home. When you’re visiting the Keys, you’re gonna want to check out Freedom Charter Company!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon Special
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Jul
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    This is a trip for anglers who want to spend a little more than 4 hours battling Tarpon. Add a little bit of time and spend some extra effort fighting these hardy monsters.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Flats/Backcountry
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 4 persons
    Spend a little more time on the productive waters of Florida Bay and Everglades National Park. You'll primarily fish the shallow flats and mangrove islands targeting Snook, Trout, Tarpon, and Redfish.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon Special
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Jul
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    It's the season of the Silver King! There's a reason why this ancient fish is so popular, and it's because they're among the hardiest fighters you can find close to shore. Available from April through July, fighting a Tarpon is the one thing you should not miss when fishing in Florida.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon Special (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Jul
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    Usually available from April through July, late afternoons and evenings are when the Tarpon bite starts getting hot. These dinosaur fish will give you a fight to tell stories about, so don't miss out on the action!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Flats/Backcountry AM
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    With amazing inshore fishing on offer, you'll be fishing Florida Bay and Everglades National Park. You’ll stay close to shallow flats and mangrove islands hunting for Trout, Snook, Tarpon, as well as the prestigious Redfish. Get on board and experience some of the finest inshore fishing grounds in Florida.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Flats/Backcountry PM
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    With amazing inshore fishing on offer, you'll be fishing Florida Bay and Everglades National Park. You’ll stay close to shallow flats and mangrove islands hunting for Trout, Snook, Tarpon, as well as the prestigious Redfish. Get on board and experience some of the finest inshore fishing grounds in Florida.

About the Captain

Fred Heidgerken
Tavernier, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Reports
12 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since November 2018
I’m a 3rd generation Florida native. My family has been commercial and recreational fishing in the Gulf waters of Pasco County since the mid-1900s. Fishing and guiding is my passion, I love seeing the joy clients get from catching prized game fish. I cater to my clients' needs and expectations of the day. Whether it’s sight fishing in the flats or bottom dropping deeper water, what I target and how I fish depends on the needs of my clients.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Ranger (Center console) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 200HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Tavernier to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
PayPal

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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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March fishing trip
Half day trip with Captain Fred
Half day amazing trip of a lifetime
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Jack H.
Miami, FL
 5.00
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Half day amazing trip of a lifetime

VERIFIED   February 26, 2019
If you are looking for an amazing day of fishing with amazing captain, look no further.  Captain Fred was personable,...
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Mark E.
Mount Horeb, WI
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Fred

VERIFIED   February 27, 2019
It was the best day of my life. Captain Fred was great. Caught a 35 pound Jack that put up a fight I have never felt before....
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Steven R.
Pompano Beach, FL
 5.00
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   March 8, 2019
Captain Fred was Fantastic. I highly recommend going with Captain Fred
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Chris N.
Pompano Beach, Florida
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VERIFIED   February 18, 2019
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