The backwaters of the North Keys truly is a stunning spit, not just for the nature but for the potential catches. Your captain and guide for the day is Andrew Atwill. He was born and raised on the Keys and knows the flats like the back of his hand.

He’ll take you out on his Maverick flats boat, the best boat for this environment. It was originally built in 1999 and restored in 2018. It’s got some pace to it too. It can go up to 60 knots so you can dash over to Andrews favorite fishing grounds I’m no time at all. It features a raised fishing platform on the bow giving you plenty of space from where you can spy your targets.

There are a great variety of saltwater fish that call the flats of the Keys home. Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Tarpon, Sheepshead, and Mangrove Snapper are all common catches on Andrews’s trips. Trolling, bottom fishing, and even spearfishing are the approaches Andrew takes. Unsure of anything? Don’t be afraid to ask!

He will provide you with good quality Penn fishing tackle on his trips from which you’ll attach the live bait that he will provide for you. With all the great game catches you can pull in, it would be a great shame if you don’t know how to clean and fillet them, so he’ll sort that for you. Your Florida fishing license is also included in the price for these trips so there’s no need to have a concern for that.

He has some water on board so take something sweeter if you wish as well as some snacks if you book a longer trip. Although a lot of the terrain is shaded here it’s still best to come prepared for the sun and hot weather. For a great day of unique flat fishing, you need not look further than Andrews charters through the mangroves!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    For those who love to get on the fish and want to explore a new, unique environment, you have come to the right place. You can't head to the Keys without going fishing, whether it be on the open ocean or on the flats of the Everglades there's something for everyone. This full day trip will provide you with an experience you won't shut up about for months! Try your hand at catching Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon on this South Florida adventure!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    Give yourself an extra couple of hours riding through the mangroves of the Everglades or along the pristine coastal waters of the bays of the south of Florida. There's fun and excitement to be had as you use techniques such as trolling and even spearfishing to get your catch of the day. What will it be? Grouper, Barracuda or a Tarpon? Head down to find out!
  • Private trip
    Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    On this half day trip, Andrew will take you over to the Florida Bays or Everglades National Park for a tremendous morning of fishing. When you're out with Andrew you can expect to catch the likes of Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Great Barracuda and other local species.
  • Private trip
    Sunset/Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $600
    Not only will you witness a fantastic sunset but you'll have the chance to perhaps reel in a few more fish as they come out to hunt at dusk when the glaring sun has made it's way over the horizon. You'll be heading out into the Florida Bays or Everglades National Park where there's plenty of fish such as Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, Trout, Redfish, and Barracuda.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $600
    Although the species are numerous on the saltwater flats of the Keys, perhaps the best catch is a Tarpon. Tarpon are truly one of the most thrilling catches a fisherman can have. Not only are they huge in size and weight, but they put up a terrific fight. If you’re after a new fishing challenge, then you've found it.
  • Private trip
    Fun Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $300
    Just want to run out and bend some rods and have a good time for a few hours? This is the trip for you. Just check for availability, you can make it a sunset cruise or a morning cruise, the captain is very flexible.
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About the Captain

Andrew Atwill
Key Largo, Florida, United States
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Hey, I'm Andrew Atwill. I was Born and raised in the Florida Keys and have fished upon it's unique waters for my entire life. I love to fish, and to meet new people, sharing with them my favorite techniques and watching them pull in some catches in the waters of my homeland. I'll take you to various spots where you are sure to have action, amongst the local wildlife in their natural habitats.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2018, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spearfishing

Amenities

GPS
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment
GPS
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Two hour trip in the back country

VERIFIED   NEW  Fun Trip on August 24, 2021
This was the first charter for my wife and I. Capt Andrew was all about ensuring we had a great time and to catch fish! He...
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Hook & Cook with Captain Andrew

VERIFIED   Half Day on August 6, 2021
Andrew took our family out this morning with hopes of catching our lunch.  His boat was very comfortable for our family of...
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Riverton, UT
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Full day with Captain Andrew, back country

VERIFIED   Full Day on June 9, 2021
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day on May 1, 2021
You knew it was going to be a good day when we arrived at 650 for a 7AM start and Andrew had the boat in the water and was...
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3/4 day and it wasn't enough with Captain Atwill.

VERIFIED   3/4 Day on March 26, 2021
The trip started promptly at 7am. Ran out about 15 minutes to catch bait. When we arrived there were 2 other boats. Our captain...
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FAQs about Local Grown Charters

Local Grown Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Fun Trip (2 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Sunset/Night Trip (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Tarpon Trip (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Local Grown Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Flybridge
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Equipment provided if needed)
  • Live Bait Well (Pilchard shrimp mullet crab)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Spearfishing Equipment (On a good Run out to patch reef and do spearfishin)

Trips booked with Local Grown Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (I will provide water)
  • Fishing License

Local Grown Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (On a good day)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Local Grown Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spearfishing

Top targeted fish species with Local Grown Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon