Captain Rich Hastings

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 2 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!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day 1-2 ppl
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    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 ppl
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Fish locally in Islamorada
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About the Captain

Richard Hastings
Islamorada, Florida, United States
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2 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 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
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Xplor (Flats boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 60HP Mercury engine.

18 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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 dates 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


Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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:
American Express

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

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Steven Y.
New Rochelle, NY

Half day trip

VERIFIED   Half day 1-2 ppl on December 26, 2019
Great day out fishing. Very helpful captain.
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Michael G.
Rutland, VT

Half day with Captain Rich

VERIFIED   Half day 1-2 ppl on October 24, 2019
We had a great day on the water with Captain Rich! He’s very knowledgeable… and with just a half day, he put us in...
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