All trips are for up to 2 adults only except for kid-friendly trips which allow for up to 2 adults and 2 small children. Come enjoy some inshore, Mangrove, near shore, creek, flats, and reef fishing trips with Captain Manny Esparza. He’s been a captain since 2009 and is fully licensed and insured! With over 35 years of fishing in the local and surrounding areas of Key Largo, Florida. He knows how to make your day on the water perfect. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and birds while hunting for the local fresh catch of the day!

We have special kid trips available which we can take up to 2 adults and 2 small kiddos!

The captain’s 20’ Sterling flats boat offers a comfortable ride, a fishing platform, and a 10” draft.  While the boat accommodates up to 2 adults, kids are welcome to join aboard and can be a third guest! The boat’s 150 HP Yamaha four stroke engine and a Motorola wireless trolling motor will put you where you need to be.

You can fish mangrove shores, flats, creeks, nearshore, and reefs for Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Trout, Mackerel, Tarpon, Bonefish, Jack, Barracuda, Shark, and more. Nearshore reef fishing offers a wide variety of local delights such as Grouper, Trigger, Snapper, and more – you never know! We will go where the weather and winds allow us to go.

All trips include top-notch tackle and rods, live bait, ice, and water. Adjustable times and hours are available to fit your needs. You can keep the fish your catch and Captain Manny can clean it and bag it for you free of charge. He also covers you for fishing licenses, so just bring some snacks and drinks before you depart.

The captain also offers nighttime bully netting for Lobster, as well as fishing trips combined with sandbar trips, sunsets, and sightseeing. Watch the dolphins play and sometimes spot pink flamingos, manatees, and crocodiles!

Pick your day and make wonderful memories fishing with a local and family-operated charter company!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour – Eco/Kiddos/Light Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $295
    This 2-hour kid-friendly trip puts you in nature and allows for some mangrove and light fishing if you are on a short timeline. Up to 2 adults and 2 small children are allowed on this trip. Lots of birds, maybe some pink flamingo, crocodile, manatee, and more. Fish along the mangroves and in the local creeks. Your fishing license, all bait, tackle, and ice are included. Just bring whatever you want to eat or drink. Please bring your children's coast guard approved lifejacket.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Kid-Friendly (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $295
    This 2-hour trip is perfect for the smaller kids. I can fit 2 adults and 2 smaller children on my boat for these trips. It allows you to see the beautiful area by boat and do a little light fishing! You may see some pink flamingos, crocodiles, manatees, and more. You will fish along the mangrove shores and local creeks for Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Barracuda, and whatever else you may find. All bait, tackle, and ice are included in this trip. Just bring whatever you want to snack on and drink.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Sna (10AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $450
    This 3-hour trip is an inshore Florida Bay Shark and Barracuda hunt! Snapper too! Follow the mangroves and hunt for fish. All licenses, bait, and tackle are provided. Just bring drinks and snacks. All of the captain's booking times can be flexible upon request and all trips are weather-permitting. Times may vary.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Sna (7AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    This 3-hour trip is an inshore Florida Bay Shark and Barracuda hunt! Snapper too! Follow the mangroves and hunt for fish. All licenses, bait, and tackle are provided. Just bring drinks and snacks. All of the captain's booking times can be flexible upon request and all trips are weather-permitting. Times may vary. The departure is possible at 9:00 a.m. as well.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Snapper (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    This 3-hour trip is an inshore Florida Bay Shark and Barracuda hunt! Snapper too! Follow the mangroves and hunt for fish. All licenses, bait, and tackle are provided. Just bring drinks and snacks. All of the captain's booking times can be flexible upon request and all trips are weather-permitting. Times may vary.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Snapper (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $450
    This 3-hour trip is an inshore Florida Bay Shark and Barracuda hunt! Snapper too! Follow the mangroves and hunt for fish. All licenses, bait, and tackle are provided. Just bring drinks and snacks. All of the captain's booking times can be flexible upon request and all trips are weather-permitting. Times may vary. Departure times may be flexible, meaning you can start the trip at 5:00 p.m. instead
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    This 4-hour trip allows a little more time to search for our local game fish. Inshore, nearshore, whatever the weather allows. All of the captain's trips include bait, top-notch tackle, new electronics, ice, and water. The captain kindly asks you to bring a hat, bug spray, reef-free sunscreen, and the snacks and drinks of your choice. Departure can vary according to your schedule and the weather, meaning you can also depart at 8 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:30 AM
    $500
    This 4-hour trip allows a little more time to search for our local game fish. Inshore, nearshore, whatever the weather allows. All of the captain's trips include bait, top-notch tackle, new electronics, ice, and water. The captain kindly asks you to bring a hat, bug spray, reef-free sunscreen, and the snacks and drinks of your choice. Departure can vary according to your schedule and the weather, meaning you can also depart at 8 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $500
    This 4-hour trip allows a little more time to search for our local game fish. Inshore, nearshore, whatever the weather allows. All of the captain's trips include bait, top-notch tackle, new electronics, ice, and water. The captain kindly asks you to bring a hat, bug spray, reef-free sunscreen, and the snacks and drinks of your choice. Departure can vary according to your schedule and the weather.
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About the Captain

Manny Esparza
Key Largo, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
58 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2019
Captain Manny has over 30 years of experience fishing the waters of Biscayne Bay, Everglades National Park, and all surrounding areas. He simply likes being out there, on the water, doing what he loves. He's a local to this area, living in Key Largo. He's an easy-going person and he aims to make his trips fun and memorable experiences for all who come aboard.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Black Drum Black Drum
Bonefish Bonefish
Permit Permit

Boat specs

Sterling (Flats boat) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Live bait when avaliable
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Live bait when avaliable
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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 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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 58 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Tiffany S.
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4 Amazing Hours w/Captain Manny

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on November 13, 2022
We had our fishing experience with Manny today and it was absolutely amazing!  Our 8 year old son was so excited and Manny...
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Andrew L.
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Kids Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Kid-Friendly (AM) on November 12, 2022
Captain Manny took me and my 10 year old twins out on a great 2 hour charter.  Up front he gave us a couple of options and...
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Richard K.
Tampa, Florida
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2 hour tour with Captain Manny

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip (AM) on April 10, 2022
Our quick trip out with Captain Manny was very enjoyable. Picked us up on time at our dock at The Pelican cottages in Key Largo....
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Eric S.
Washington, Indiana
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Half day trip.

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip (AM) on April 2, 2022
Finally made it back home after the most amazing trip. I want to start out by saying that I was looking for inshore fishing...
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Zachary W.
Miami, Florida
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2 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   2 Hour – Eco/Kiddos/Light Fishing on June 9, 2022
We had so much fun on our trip with Captain Manny. We booked completely last minute, and he was so accommodating and responded...
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FAQs about Captain Manny Esparza

Captain Manny Esparza offers the following trips to customers:
  • $295 per group - 2 Hour – Eco/Kiddos/Light Fishing (2 hours)
  • $295 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Kid-Friendly (AM) (2 hours)
  • $450 per group - 3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Sna (10AM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group - 3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Sna (7AM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group - 3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Snapper (AM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group - 3 Hour–Shark/Barracuda/Snapper (PM) (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Manny Esparza, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well Live bait when avaliable
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Manny Esparza include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Live bait when avaliable )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Captain Manny Esparza offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Manny Esparza offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Captain Manny Esparza include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon