Tight Lines Charter – Keys

Get into the “Tarpon mode” with Tight Lines Charters! Captain Jeff Zellers has been fishing in this area for more than 14 years and Tarpon is the main reason he comes to Florida Keys. Considered to be one of the most exciting and challenging fish to catch, Tarpon can be found in the waters of the Florida Keys year round – and Capt. Jeff can help you catch them.

You’ll fish aboard the captain’s 22’ Scout bay boat that accommodates up to 4 people (2 can fish at the same time). She’s powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine and a wireless trolling motor. Capt. Jeff installed a fighting chair on the bow of the boat, specially for Tarpon trips. There’s also a cooler to keep your drinks cold and a T-top to keep you in the shade.

Capt. Jeff offers Tarpon trips from April to mid-May. They are available every day of the week, both morning and afternoon. The boat departs from the public boat ramp in Bahia State Park and there’s a $4 fee for the park entry. Capt. Jeff will prepare your fishing equipment and your fishing license is also covered. Just bring your drinks, snacks, and sunscreen.

Regardless of your skill level, catching a Tarpon is something that should be on your bucket list. This hard-fighting fish is a challenge and having a shot at catching one is an unforgettable opportunity. Join Capt. Jeff and find out why fishermen travel all around the world to come to the Florida Keys.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 15 May
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    More fishing time will increase your chances of reeling in even the most hard-fighting specimen. The boat departs from the public boat ramp in Bahia State Park. Capt. Jeff will provide your fishing equipment, you can bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget the camera!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 15 May
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    Spend 4 hours fishing for Tarpon. Captain Jeff will take you to the best fishing spots and help you reel in these amazing water acrobats. There’s a $4 fee for the park entry, but your fishing license and equipment are covered.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 15 May
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    Spend an exciting afternoon on the boat with Capt. Jeff. He will prepare your fishing equipment and license, you only need to bring snacks and drinks. You will mostly fish around Bahia Honda Rail Bridge.
  • Private trip
    2 hour tarpon charter
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    2 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 14 May
    $300
    up to 4 persons
    2 hour charter for tarpon fishing @ Bahia Honda bridge.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Scout (Bay boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

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
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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 5% fee.

About the Captain

Jeff Zellers
Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
Member since January 2019
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"I've been on the water all my life. I love fishing and love taking customers fishing." Capt. Jeff is a licensed fishing guide and an avid outdoorsman. He has been fishing Chautauqua Lake since the age of 5. He spends his winters in the Florida Everglades, where he guides fishing charters in the backcountry, seeking out Seatrout, Redfish, and Snook. After that he heads to the Florida Keys to put clients on Permit and Tarpon in the spring. Captain Jeff feels most at home on Chautauqua Lake, hunting for Muskie in summer/fall. He is joined by his wife Beth and son Theo wherever the tides take them.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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5.00
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Appropriate for children
75%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Frank P.
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VERIFIED   May 4, 2019
I’ve always wanted to catch a large tarpon. In planning a trip to south FL with the family I wanted to include a fishing...
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VERIFIED   April 13, 2019
I wanted my wife to experience the thrill of hooking up on a Tarpon. We booked a half day morning trip with Captain Jeff Sellers...
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VERIFIED   May 6, 2019
Awesome experience! We had 4 solid hook ups and 2 short hits, totaling 6 in 4 hours. All fish were 60”+ trophies. Jeff is...
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VERIFIED   April 24, 2019
Wow what a morning not only was it the trip of a lifetime but we hooked 5 what a fight ! we got two of them to the boat ! Jeff...
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VERIFIED   April 14, 2019
I have been on many guided fishing in South Florida and Florida keys.  This BY FAR was the best experience ever!!! ...
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