First Choice Charters

Join Captain Larry Wren on board his 37’ Merritt. She’s an offshore sportfishing boat, built in 1958 and restored in 2011 – like a fine wine she’s only gotten better with age. Her spacious deck allows for up to 6 anglers to fish at the same time in comfort, without tangling lines or bumping elbows. You’ll cruise comfortably across the water, thanks to her twin Cummins engines with 355HP each.

The fish species you’ll target with Capt. Larry are all offshore A-listers. Anglers looking to flex their hard-earned fishing muscles can hook up Amberjack or Mahi Mahi. If you’re a fan of trolling you can go after King Mackerel. You can also bottom fish for tasty Yellowtail Snapper and Grouper.

However, the main stars of the show are the big pelagic predators that First Choice Charters will take you after. Gorgeous Blue or White Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna are waiting offshore for the right angler to give them a fight. Kite fishing seasonally, Sailfish is a special treat! The captain also offers special Swordfishing trips where he’ll take you after them, with some light trolling on the way back.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sea wolf, Capt. Larry knows exactly how to assist you! He holds a Blue Star certificate issued by the National Marine Sanctuary making him an expert on the local ecosystem and responsible angling practices. Capt. Larry has guided guests on amazing fishing trips for the past 15 years and offers a premier customer service.

There’s no minimum age for kids on trips with First Choice Charters but parents should contact the captain in advance to work out the details. Vests for kids under 6 years old should be provided by the parents.

So, if you’re looking for an epic fight to write home about or just a relaxing charter for the entire family, book a trip with First Choice Charters and see for yourself why Florida has the sterling fishing reputation it does.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Swordfishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,600
    price breakdown
    $1,600
    This trip will take you 28 miles offshore after the prestigious Swordfish. The boat is equipped with electric reels to help you reel the big beasts in! During the summer months you can troll for Mahi Mahi and Tuna on your way back from the trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,300
    price breakdown
    $1,300
    Spending an entire day fishing the bountiful waters off the coast of Florida may sound like a dream, but it's reality! You'll go after Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Barracuda, and whatever else takes the bait. You will head out between 3 and 40 miles offshore.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    price breakdown
    $1,100
    If 4 hours of fishing isn't enough, add 2 more and enjoy excellent fishing for a little bit longer! You can target Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Swordfish, Wahoo, Barracuda, and many others! You will fish between 10 and 20 miles away from the dock.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    Head out into the blue waters in the morning to start your day off right! You'll go after a variety of interesting fish like Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Wahoo, Kingfish, Amberjack, Cobia, and many others!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    Sleep in and then go fishing, what better way to spend your day off? Go after KIngfish, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Amberjack, Wahoo, and whatever else takes the bait. The captain will provide you with the required equipment.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $630
    price breakdown
    $630
    Spending an entire day fishing the bountiful waters off the coast of Florida may sound like a dream, but it's reality! You'll go after Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Barracuda, and whatever else takes the bait. You will head out between 3 and 40 miles offshore.
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About the Captain

Larry Wren
Islamorada, Florida, United States
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Member since October 2014
My name is Captain Larry Wren and I would like to invite you to fish on the First Choice! My philosophy is simple, to supply the best boat, tackle, and not to sweat the extra expenses in doing this (after all you are worth it!). As a young child I fished Islamorada with Captain Hugh Brown and I was hooked for life. In an eighth grade report I wrote of becoming a charter captain in Islamorada. I have fished the world extensively both fresh and saltwater and have to say the fly rod should get more usage

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White) Marlin (White)
Sailfish Sailfish

Swordfish Swordfish
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Merritt (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1958, and restored in 2011. Powered by 2 355HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
37 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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 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
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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September 14, 2015
Crew was bright and early with lots of smiles to greet us.  We wanted to catch Dorado and boy did we.  After catching...
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