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
    Night trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 PM
    US $500
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (Night)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    US $625
    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.
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:35 PM
    US $625
    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 snook ,snapper , trout and tarpon .
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $650
    Half day is plenty of time to enjoy fishing and still make it back in time for some lunch on the water or just relaxing the rest of your day .
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $800
    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!
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 33 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Tough Weather, but still found the fish!
Tough Weather, but still found the fish!
More then I hoped for
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
97%
Caught fish
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Andrew T.
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Tough Weather, but still found the fish!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (Night) on June 14, 2024
We can’t control the weather, but can deal with it positively….Capt Ryan worked to deal with and still put us on the fish....
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Bill H.
Excellent
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Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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More then I hoped for

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 7, 2024
Captain Ryan put me on the fish. I was hoping to catch one snook which was on my bucket list. After losing numerous snook ,...
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Paul F.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Captain Ryan Know His S*it!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on February 10, 2024
90% of fish will hang in only 10% of the water. Captain Ryan knows where that 10% is and will put you on fish. He’s been...
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David G.
Excellent
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Great overall experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 3, 2024
Was very patient with us and offered very helpful suggestions. We caught lots of fish. Highly recommend!
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Bridget H.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Snapper & Trout - epicurean bout!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 15, 2024
Really enjoyed being on the water 💦 at night and 🎣 pulling them in!! Ty Captain Ryan!!
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FAQs about Highwaters Fishing Charters

Highwaters Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group - Night trip (2 hours)
  • US $625 per group - Half Day Trip (Night) (4 hours)
  • US $625 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $800 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

Meet the Captain

Ryan Smith
Key Largo, Florida, United States
ID & license verified
33 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
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

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

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

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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