The backwaters of the North Keys truly are a stunning place, not just because of the nature but for the potential catches as well. 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’s favorite fishing grounds in 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 about 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 Local Grown Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Fun Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    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.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Shark
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    A 3-hour Shark trip. Check for availability.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    On this half day trip, Andrew will take you over to the Everglades National Park or patch reef for a tremendous morning of fishing. When you're out with Andrew you can expect to catch the likes of Snappers of all kinds groupers, mackerel, 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 2:00 PM
    $700
    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 4:00 PM
    $700
    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
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    With a three-quarter day, we can get you into the Everglades, or on the ocean patch reefs and we could do some trolling.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    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! We can go trolling for dolphin tuna chase around selfish or hit the patch Reef and don’t forget about the Everglades all day is amazing out there.
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About the Captain

Andrew Atwill
Key Largo, Florida, United States
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170 Customer reviews
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Member since February 2020
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.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

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
On a good day
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
I will provide water
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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 169 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Flats Fishing
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
98%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  September 10, 2022
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John R.
Erie, PA
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Half Day Backcountry Trip to the Everglades

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on May 3, 2022
Captain Andrew’s trip was AMAZING!  I can’t recommend him enough. Not only is he well versed in the waters holding fish,...
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Melissa G.
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Birthday Fishing Fantastic!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on January 14, 2022
We had a wonderful time with Captain Drew, he takes a great deal of pride in his boat, which was very clean and had all the...
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Sharon P.
Miami, FL
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A perfect day !!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip on December 27, 2021
This was a perfect day .. The entire experience was amazing, everything was on point .. the Boat and Captain were there when...
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Tim C.
Saranac, Michigan
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Full Day with Drew!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 13, 2022
I can’t recommend Local Grown Charters and Cap’t Drew enough!  Such a great experience with him!  He knows the area well...
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FAQs about Local Grown Charters

Local Grown Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Fun Trip (2 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Shark (3 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Sunset/Night Trip (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Tarpon Trip (4 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (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
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

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