The Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys offer fishing like no other. Come aboard with Captain Rich Hastings and discover the riches of these inshore waters, as you put your angling skills to the test against some of the country’s most loved species.

Originally from New Hampshire, Capt. Rich moved to Colorado and spent years freshwater fishing in the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers. After guiding there, he settled in Florida to take advantage of the fishing opportunities here. He spends every moment possible on the water and knows exactly what makes a productive trip. He promises to share his tips with you to get you landing that dream catch.

Up to 3 guests are welcome aboard the 18’ Xplor flats boat. Built specifically for fishing these waters, she’s a light vessel that will keep you afloat in even the shallowest of spots. Capt. Rich will guide you from Islamorada to the rich fishing grounds of the Everglades, leaving you in awe of the beauty of the national park, before getting your fish on.

You’ll be provided with rods and reels, and even fly fishing gear, as you sight cast for the bite of some tough-fighting beasts. Using a range of live bait or lures, you’ll look to trick your unsuspecting prey onto the end of your line, after creeping up quietly on them.

Get ready to make use of all the skills in your angling locker, before using all your strength to hook aboard some prized fish. Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Snook, Jack Crevalle, and Snappers all promise to put up a fight to come aboard, so come prepared for a workout to land that all-important catch.

You’ll mainly practice catch and release, but Capt. Rich is happy for you to take home a few of the more tasty creatures as a reward for your efforts. All you need to do is bring some drinks and snacks to fill the onboard cooler, and settle in for a thrilling day.

Come and discover some of the country’s best inshore waters with Captain Rich Hastings!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day 1-2 Guests
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    Full day gives you a chance to fish farther from the main islands to less pressured areas. Explore the Everglades National Park!
  • Private trip
    Half Day 1-2 Guests
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Head out on a 4 hour adventure and spend it fishing the productive waters surrounding Islamorada! You'll work your way through the backcountry and flats looking for Snook, Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Permit, and even Tarpon when they're in season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $500
    Head out on a 4 hour adventure and spend it fishing the productive waters surrounding Islamorada! You'll work your way through the backcountry and flats looking for Snook, Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Permit, and even Tarpon when they're in season.
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About the Captain

Richard Hastings
Islamorada, Florida, United States
36 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2019
A New Hampshire native originally, Captain Richard spent years fishing the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, even guiding there from 2014 to 2017. He moved down to Florida in 2015 and spent so much time on the productive inshore waters of the Everglades, that he decided to start his own business. A specialist in sight fishing, he loves teaching newcomers the tricks of the trade, and loves nothing more than seeing customers reel in the fish they've always dreamed of.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish Bonefish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit

Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Xplor (Flats boat) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 90HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Joseph B.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 26, 2021
Rich was wonderful. I had booked two other charters with different captains and neither would respond to me and both canceled...
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Amazing trip with Capt. Richard Hastings

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip (10 AM) on June 26, 2021
We ended a 6 day vacation to the Florida Keys with a charter with Captain Richard Hastings. I am so glad that we found him!...
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Half Day Trip With Capt Rich

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day 1-2 Guests on September 1, 2021
Had a great day fishing with Capt Rich Hastings.  Capt Rich took us to great spots with more fish than we have seen on other...
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day 1-2 Guests on April 14, 2021
Caught a 7 foot nurse shark. Had a couple of big tarpon on. Had a 100 pound tarpon on for about half an hour. Got it next to...
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Full day with Capt.Rich

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day 1-2 Guests on September 9, 2021
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FAQs about Captain Rich Hastings

Captain Rich Hastings offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day 1-2 Guests (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day 1-2 Guests (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Rich Hastings, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Rich Hastings include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Captain Rich Hastings offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Rich Hastings offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Rich Hastings include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail