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 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.

Captain Larry and his team are fully vaccinated with Pfizer.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $975
    Spend 4 hours sport fishing. You will fish the closest waters in Islamorada. This area is home to Snapper, Barracuda, and Sailfish during the winter months. A great first-time or family activity. ***NOTE: No Mahi 1/2 day trips: May through October
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,250
    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. ** 20% tip payable to the captain after the trip **
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,450
    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. ** 20% tip payable to the captain after the trip **
  • Private trip
    Extended Swordfishing Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,000
    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. ** 20% tip payable to the captain after the trip **
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About the Captain

Larry Wren
Islamorada, Florida, United States
7 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
13 Customer Reviews
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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) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin
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
Full-head and sink
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
With tuna tower
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
Full-head and sink
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
With tuna tower
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn, Shimano, Crystal
Live Bait
Prepared before except during winter – its caught
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
20%
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Min. age required 6+, vests available for 6+
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
78%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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John M.
Harrison, NJ
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with Capt. Larry Wren

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on May 27, 2022
Had an awesome trip with First Choice Charters. Capt. Larry got rite on the fish, caught huge blackfin tuna! Plus another nice...
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Jeff O.
Bainbridge, MD
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5.0 / 5
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Awesome Day

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 6, 2022
Had an awesome day with Capt Larry and first mate AJ!!  We told them we just wanted to go after sail fish because that was...
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Adam B.
United States
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 4, 2022
Captain Larry made sure we caught some fish and had a great time.  We were supposed to stay on the boat longer but we had...
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Santo L.
Delray Beach, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Larry

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on April 30, 2022
Fun trip for everyone. We all caught fish.
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Juri P.
Gleason, WI
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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4.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with captain Larry

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 24, 2021
Captain Larry and his mate Pete were great and so nice to us. We had never fished before and this was one thing my husband...
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FAQs about First Choice Charters

First Choice Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $975 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,450 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - Extended Swordfishing Trip (12 hours)

When you book a trip with First Choice Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Full-head and sink)
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge (With tuna tower)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with First Choice Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn, Shimano, Crystal)
  • Live Bait (Prepared before except during winter – its caught)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (20%)
  • Fishing License

First Choice Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

First Choice Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with First Choice Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Swordfish
  • Wahoo