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Bamboo Charters runs year-round fishing trips out of Islamorada. You will be exploring the flats, backcountry waters and inshore waterways, scouting around for Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, Cobia, Mackerel. The crew is there to accommodate to anglers of all levels of expertise and they offer a variety of packages to choose from. From family with kids on a vacation to seasoned anglers wishing to land Tarpon, Bamboo Charters has exactly what you need.

At the helm of Bamboo Charters is Captain Matt Bellinger. He is an experienced captain who simply loves what he does. He aims to make his fishing trips memorable and enjoyable. With Bamboo Chartres, it’s not just about getting the fish, but about the art of fishing.

You will be fishing from a 24’ Ranger boat that can take up to four anglers. The boat is powered by a 250 HP Mercury engine and can give you a fast ride. The boat is equipped with the navigational gear, and stores the required safety equipment. She is fit to get around the shallow waters and bring you close to the fish that hide inshore.

The trips prove productive year round. There are some peak seasons, such as Tarpon in summer, but overall, you place a safe bet any time you fish Islamorada. The crew will provide all the fishing gear, as well as lures and bait. You need to bring a cap, sunblock, sunglasses, food, snacks, and drinks of choice, as well as a camera.

Luckily enough, Bamboo Charters has several other boats in their fleet. Just scroll down and click on Captain Matt’s name to see available spots. If you want a nice add-on to your vacation, Bamboo Charters is the right address.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Backcountry
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Sep - 1 Jul
    $800
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip gets us deep into the fishing waters of the backcountry. You will get the fishing gear and the fishing license is provided. You should pack food, snacks, drinks, sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, a camera, and adequate clothes. There are Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, and more to target. This trip is suitable for more experienced anglers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Backcountry
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this six hour trip you will have more time for scouting around the backcountry waters in search of species such as Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, and more. The crew will get the fishing gear and the fishing license is provided. You should pack food, snacks, drinks, sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, a camera, and adequate clothes. This trip is suitable for more experienced anglers or enthusiasts who want boost their fishing stamina.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Shark (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This morning trip is a great chance to go after Sharks that inhabit Islamorada waters. You will have a couple of hours to explore these fisheries and get a nice catch. Your trip can be a real treat and can be filled with fun. You will get the gear and the license, but should bring snacks, drinks, and adequate clothes. It might be a good idea to pack sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Shark (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This Shark trip means an afternoon filled with action. Islamorada has a lot to offer to Shark fishing enthusiasts. The crew will supply the gear and the license, and you should add snacks, drinks, and adequate clothes. It might be a good idea to pack sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This morning trip is a great way to introduce your family to fishing. Fishing can be awesome, and you can target anything from Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, to Shark, and much more. Anglers with a busy schedule or first time anglers, come along. You will stay close to the dock and have enough time for fishing. The gear is provided, and you should bring snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, sunblock, and a cap.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This 4 hour half day trip is a great way to see the sites around the Florida Keys and get in some fantastic fishing action! This trip is great for families and groups where you have limited time due to a busy vacation schedules or for families wanting to introduce younger members to the fantastic activity. We don't travel as far from the dock on this trip so you can maximize your fishing time. The trip is available throughout the day.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Tiger) Shark (Tiger)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Ranger Boats (Ski and wakeboard) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 250HP Mercury Marine engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 44 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

About the Captain

Matt Bellinger
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Member since May 2015
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Capt. Matt Bellinger is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer emeritus and will soon finish classes to attain his Master Naturalist certificate from the University of Florida. Captain Matt loves fishing the Florida Keys, and his trips are not a typical fishing outing. He pays attention to the comfort of his guests and loves the art of fishing rather than just catching fish. He will work hard to make you trip unforgettable.
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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.85
out of 5 stars from 66 reviews
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6 hour back country trip
Cobia like this put up a fight and are good eating
This baby Goliath grouper will grow to be 400 lbs
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Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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David N.
Key Largo, FL
 5.00
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6 hour back country trip

VERIFIED   February 26, 2019
They call it fishing not catching however on this day we did both.  Had a really great trout bit and jumped to tarpon...
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Ron W.
Miami Beach, FL
 5.00
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Full day with Captain Anthony!

VERIFIED   December 5, 2018
Best days fishing in ages, We hit on large number of difference species, Snook, Redfish, Black drum, Cobia, Tripletail Mangrove...
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Mark L.
Tampa, Florida
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3/4 day back country yTour with Keith

VERIFIED   October 13, 2018
Although Bamboo somehow mixed up that we were a group of 4 not 3 and we were provided a 22ft boat that was a bit tight but...
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John C.
Savannah, GA
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   March 20, 2019
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Wesley M.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
 5.00
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Wonderful day

VERIFIED   December 13, 2018
if I said how many fish we caught today, it would leave to high an expectation. Let me just say it was a really good day.
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