Highwaters Fishing Charters

Highwaters Fishing Charters invites you to enjoy a relaxing yet thrilling saltwater fishing trip in the Florida Keys. Experienced or not, all individuals are welcome. These waters are home to Captain Ryan Smith, as he has grown up on these waters and has plenty of experience.

You’ll be fishing aboard an 18’ Sterling, powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine. This flats boat is perfect for navigating and gliding in shallow water. Three guests will fit comfortably and everything you will need for a successful day out on the water will await you.

Captain Ryan specializes in fishing trips that include sight fishing for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Snapper, Trout, Tripletail, and Black Drum in the Florida Keys and Flamingo. You’ll mainly go after them using light tackle and spinning. These techniques are easy to learn and you’ll get a feel for it fast. By the end of the trip, you’ll be able to land a fish on your own!

The price of the trip includes the use of live bait, lures, artificials, quality rods and reels, etc. Drinks and snacks are welcome aboard and it’s highly recommended to bring sunglasses, a hat and some sunscreen.

This trip is as flexible as to how you want to spend your day. And at the end of your day, your catch will be cleaned, filleted and ready to be cooked.

Highwaters Fishing Charters is waiting to share an adventure with you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    Full day will give plenty of time to target multiple species and enjoy your day on the water fishing with great scenery. Since you have lots of time, you can change your targets and test out what fish gives you the best action. Come aboard as a curious guest, leave as an angler!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    Half day is plenty of time to enjoy some good fishing and still making it back in time for some lunch on the water or just relaxing the rest of your day. Catch tasty inshore fish and get ready for a tasty meal afterward. The captain will clean your catch, you just need to find a good restaurant nearby.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (Night)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $500
    Great if you enjoy sunsets and if you have plans during the day, fishing into the night for Snook, Trout, Tarpon, and Snapper. Beat the heat and avoid the crowds on this evening adventure.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $500
    Half day afternoon trip is great if you don't want to get up early and still be in for a great time of fishing. Target Tripletail, Redfish, Trout, Snook, and many more! You get to keep the catch and the captain will clean it for you after the trip.
  • Private trip
    Night trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $450

About the Captain

Ryan Smith
Key Largo, Florida, United States
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14 Customer Reviews
Response time 9 hours
Member since June 2020
Captain Ryan Smith has been fishing around the Florida Keys for years. He specializes in flats and backcountry fishing. Everyone is welcome to join on his trips, regardless of your fishing experience.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Sterling (Flats boat) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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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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Janeen K.
Belvidere, NJ
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Evening trip with Captain Ryan

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (Night) on June 29, 2021
Two teenage boys who are avid fishermen went with Captain Ryan. The weather was not cooperating which was unfortunate, but...
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Half Day Trip with Capt Ryan - Afternoon Evening

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 21, 2021
Overall, the trip was excellent. My youngest son, Joseph, was home on his first leave from the Army and I wanted to do something...
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Half day pm trip!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 21, 2021
Funnest fishing trip in Key Largo. We all hit it off right away. The Captain knew where to put the boat. We catched snook,...
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Arrington, TN
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Great day catching fish

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 3, 2021
We had a last minute drop from another guide. Ryan was a great choice. He made the trip great for my 10 year old and me. He...
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Sanford, FL
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 19, 2021
AMAZING DAY! Ryan knows his stuff!! Would highly recommend you book him for a full day!! SO fun! Caught so many fish. We will...
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FAQs about Highwaters Fishing Charters

Highwaters Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Night trip (2 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (Night) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Highwaters Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Highwaters Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Highwaters Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Highwaters Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Highwaters Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail