Boneafide Fishing Charters Florida Keys is located in Big Pine Key, Florida. Captain Zach Stells and his crew offer customized private fishing charters, where you can choose between backcountry, wreck or reef fishing, fly fishing, spearfishing, snorkeling, and lobstering trips. For those hoping to reel in the Silver King, Tarpon, you can find them around the world famous Bahia Honda Bridge.

Their 29ft center console boat with T-top provides a fantastic fishing platform for up to four anglers. This vessel is powered by 2 250 HP Mercury outboard motor that can reach speeds of 51 knots, and is equipped with GPS, fishfinder and VHF radio. It also features a live bait tank, spearfishing and snorkeling equipment, as well as a sound system for your favorite tunes.

Boneafide Fishing Charters offers a large range of trips ranging from two to eight hours. Whether you are looking to snorkel the Keys or prefer to fish for species such as Tarpon, Snapper, Grouper, Redfish, Permit, Jacks, Hogfish, Mahi, Sharks and more, you won’t be spoiled for choice. Trips include fishing equipment, bait, insurance, licenses, ice and water, as well as cleaning of your catch. Feel free to bring your preferred food and snacks.

Capt. Zach is highly experienced, and will be able to guide you through the most productive methods, no matter if you are a beginner, an expert who enjoys spinning with live bait, or a seasoned fly fishing angler. Trips are very well suited for friends, families with children, or couples.

No matter what you are after, Boneafide Fishing Charters can put you onto it!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Reef Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $850
    Spend 4 hours bottom fishing for Yellowtail, Grouper, Snapper, Jacks.
  • Private trip
    6hr Reef
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    Fish for multiple species of snapper, grouper, mackerel and much more!
  • Private trip
    6hr Offshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,100
    Come fish on a powerful fishing machine with an outstanding Captain for Mahi,Tuna,Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,300
    Come fish a powerful boat with a proven captain and crew. Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi. Fish with the big boys and have memories forever.
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About the Captain

Zach Stells
Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
66 Fishing Reports
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10 Customer reviews
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Member since March 2015
Fishing charters in the Lower Florida Keys. My name is Capt. Zach Stells. I'm the owner and operator of Boneafide Fishing Charters in the Lower Florida Keys. I have had ad a passion for light tackle and offshore fishing since a young age. I got on the water at a very young and just loved every aspect of angling. Spin, fly, conventional. I just love to put my friends and my family on fish and the passion grew to where I could actually do this for a living which is the greatest job in the world. I’d love to get you out on the water. We offer a variety of charters for every lifestyle and budget. We have 2 boats available. 29ft. SeaVee, 17 Maverick. 305.986.3211

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Seavee (Center console) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 250HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 51 knots.

Length
29 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

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

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Lessons fly fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Bowfishing
Handline
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water
Fishing License
Up to 4
Lunch
Per request. Fee.
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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Big Pine Key to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Come and get it!
Come and get it!
September 15, 2022
The fishing is still consistent as well as lobstering. Chasing birds offshore for Mahi and Tuna have been the ticket!

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Jody C.
Tampa, Florida
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Offshore on July 20, 2022
We caught fish even though it was a bit rough. Captain Zach out worked any other Captain on the water. Great job!
Jody C. recommends Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee
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Christopher S.
Perrysville, OH
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Capt zach filling in for jason

VERIFIED   4 HR REEF/SHALLOW PATCHES FISHING on July 10, 2019
We had a great day. Thx to Zach for filling in during Jason’s absence.  Worked hard and made the trip fun.  Would do it...
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Naeem L.
Hollywood, Florida
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2 hour trip with captain Jason

VERIFIED   2 HOUR CHARTER on December 27, 2016
Captain Jason took us to a ship wreck where we spent 2 hours fishing. We caught mangove (snapper) fishes every few minutes...
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Vance C.
Winter Garden, Florida
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6 HOUR CHARTER 4 ppl

VERIFIED   6 HOUR CHARTER 24ft. Pathfinder on August 9, 2017
We had a great trip on the bonefide charter. The captain and his wife worked well together and were knowledgeable of their...
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Chuck M.
New Bloomfield, MO
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VERIFIED   AWESOME YELLOWTAIL 10:00 AM on May 11, 2018
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FAQs about Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee

Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee offers the following trips to customers:
  • $850 per group - 4 Hour Reef Fishing (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 6hr Reef (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - 6hr Offshore (8 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - Full Day Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License (Up to 4 )
  • Lunch (Per request. Fee. )
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Lessons fly fishing)
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Bowfishing
  • Handline
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Boneafide Charters - 29' SeaVee include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo