Fish Florida Bay

Explore the excellent backcountry and flats fishery around Key Largo with Fish Florida Bay charters and get ready to battle some inshore A-listers! Captain Rick Carl is a local familiar with the ways of the fish in these parts and he’s happy to take you out and show you a good time on the water.

Your captain has 40 years of experience under his belt, and he’s got the skills and knowledge to prove it. He has a reliable boat to get you to the hottest bite, and a high-quality fishing gear to help you bring your catch into the boat.

The boat you will be casting your line from is a 17’ Maverick, rigged with a 150 HP Yamaha engine and the capacity to take out up to 2 anglers. She’s got all the navigational and fishfinding electronics you will need, an icebox on board and a live bait well. You will use top-range rods, reels, and tackle, and the captain will provide live bait and a selection of lures.

If you love fly fishing, there will be fly fishing equipment on board, and you’re welcome to use it. After the trip is done, your catch will be cleaned, filleted, and ready to be cooked according to your favorite recipe.

On trips with Fish Florida Bay, you will be casting your line for a variety of inshore species – from Redfish, Snook, and Speckled Trout to Mangrove Snapper, Sharks, and of course, mighty Tarpon. The more time you have on the water, the more diverse your catch will be, and what’s more, you will get it cleaned and filleted when you come back to land.

As you can see, trips with Capt. Rick are all-inclusive, it’s up to you to bring favorite drinks and snacks, and of course, good company. Explore the Florida inshore fishery and who knows, you might just hook your next personal record!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Key Largo
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $675
    up to 2 persons
    Get ready for an 8-hour inshore fishing bonanza that will keep your adrenaline pumping as you're reeling in your diverse catch. Go after Tarpon, Sharks, Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, and Mangrove Snapper to test your lines and skills to the max.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Key Largo
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $575
    up to 2 persons
    On these 6-hour trips, you get more time on the water to explore the most productive fishing grounds around Key Largo. Cast your line for Speckled Trout, Redfish, Snook, Catfish, and more to see what will favor your line.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Islamorada Tarpon
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 30 May
    $550
    up to 2 persons
    Head out to Islamorada and catch large Tarpon during the Tarpon run in the months of March, April, and May. Silver King is the ultimate catch, but will not come easily, and it will fight you every step of the way, so you're in for some thrilling action on the rod.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Key Largo (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $475
    up to 2 persons
    Head out as the sun rises and chase inshore favorites like Snook, Black Drum, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Mangrove Snapper. Nothing beats the calm and beauty of morning fishing, and when you pair that with a great catch, you've got a winner.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Key Largo (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $475
    up to 2 persons
    Spend 4 hours on the waters around Key Largo and hook as many Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, and Mangrove Snapper as you can. You will have the equipment you need, and an experienced captain, so rods at the ready!

About the Captain

Rick Carl
Key Largo, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Reports
4 Customer Reviews
Response time 23 hours
Member since January 2015
My name is Captain Rick Carl, I am a USCG licensed captain who was born and raised in the west Miami area and whose second home is Florida Bay. Growing up in the heart of the Everglades has been a blessing and an adventure, to say the least. Flats fishing for Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, and Trout is a passion for me and it is a pleasure to share it with different anglers every day. I have been fishing Flamingo Everglades National Park, Miami, Key Largo, and Islamorada for over 30 years, and for me, every trip is a new adventure. Flats and backcountry fishing is a unique way not only to fish but to experience the true nature of Florida Bay and the Florida Keys.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Catfish Catfish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Maverick (Flats boat) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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
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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Paul G.
Tampa, FL
 5.00
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Fishing with Rick

VERIFIED   October 23, 2018
Capt. Rick Carl ,put is on fish all day super trip.
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Captain Jim was fantastic

VERIFIED   February 13, 2016
Captain Jim was the best captain I have ever had. I have been on over 25 fishing charters of this type and he was the most...
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Brandon, Florida
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 29, 2017
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Naples, Florida
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VERIFIED   September 24, 2016
Awesome day with captain Wayne Gilbert !! Very professional , worked very hard to catch fish !! Highly recommended ..
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