Captain Martin Carranza has been fly fishing all his life, from his early days chasing big Trout in Patagonia, Argentina, to the productive grass flats of South Florida, which he’s been fishing since 2001. These days, Capt. Martin specializes in putting his customers on the best bite that can be found around Key Biscayne and beyond.

Your guide operates a 18’ Beavertail Strike flats skiff, powered by a single 60 HP Suzuki engine, which will take you to the best fishing grounds quickly and safely. Up to 2 people can come aboard and fish in full comfort. The boat features a Minn Kota electric motor and comes furnished with the selection of quality navigational gear that will help you stay on your prey’s trail.

Fishing with Martin means you don’t have to worry about bringing your own rods and reels, he already has everything you need on board. Whether it’s quality fly fishing tackle or conventional gear, your captain has got you covered. If you prefer using live bait, you’ll catch some shrimp, mullet, or pilchards on your way to the fishing grounds.

Plenty of species could find their way to your line, and southeast Florida (from Miami to the Middle keys) offers some of the most productive flats fishing opportunities around. The waterways of Biscayne Bay are ample with Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Redfish, Snook, Barracuda, and you can even find several Shark species here.

There are half day and full day expeditions on offer, so depending on your preferences and the time you have, you can take your pick. You’ll have drinks on shorter excursions, and lunch is included in the price of longer trips.

Whether you come with your family or your closest fishing buddies, one thing is certain – a trip with Captain Martin Carranza will show you the fishing abundance of Biscayne Bay in all its glory!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full day trip Everglades (Flamingo)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $750
    Full day fishing the productive waters of Everglades National Park out of Flamingo. Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Seatrout, Snapper, Grouper, Jacks and many other species will be at the end of your fishing line. While fishing the "Glades" you be surrounded by nature as it was meant to be with sightings of the most varied wildlife including manatees, the American crocodile, alligators, pink flamingoes, white pelicans and many more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $700
    This expedition is perfect for anglers looking to spend a day on the water targeting a wide array of species, away from the bustle of the city. You can go after Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Jacks, Sharks, and the list goes on. Capt. Martin will provide all the gear, drinks, and sandwiches, so you just choose who you want to share this experience with and hop aboard!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    This expedition is perfect for anglers looking to spend a day on the water targeting a wide array of species, away from the bustle of the city. You can go after Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Jacks, Sharks, Snook, Grouper, Snapper and the list goes on. Capt. Martin will provide all the gear and drinks so you just choose who you want to share this experience with and hop aboard!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $500
    Spend your morning on the bountiful waters of Biscayne Bay and enjoy the superb morning bite. You could target anything from Speckled Trout and Redfish to Jack Crevalle and Snook, depending on your preferences. Pack snacks and sunscreen and you're good to go.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    Go fishing with Capt. Martin in the afternoon and chances are, you'll be having fish fillets for dinner! Prowl the Biscayne Bay for 4 hours and see what will find its way to your hook. Permit, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Tripletail, and Speckled Trout are just some of the most popular catches. All you need for this excursion is snacks and sunscreen, everything else is taken care of.
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About the Captain

Martin Carranza
Key Biscayne, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Report
40 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2015
Captain Martin Carranza has been fly fishing all his life. His grandpa and dad took him fly fishing to the rivers of Patagonia, and he tested his skills all over the world, including the Caribbean and Europe. Martin is a USCG licensed captain and he's been running trips around Key Biscayne for 20 + years. Fishing has always been his biggest passion and today he's happy to share it with his customers.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Black Drum Black Drum
Bonefish Bonefish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Ladyfish Ladyfish
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Beavertail (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 60HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Recent Fishing Reports

FAST AND FURIOUS FISHING September 2021
FAST AND FURIOUS FISHING September 2021
September 1, 2021
We have had spectacular fishing these past few weeks. Too many photos to share but little time. We had anglers from all over the world wanting to catch some of SE Florida's favorite game fish and sure they left with a smile on their faces. September and October are two of my favorite months to fish the Upper Keys (Biscayne Bay, Key Largo, Everglades National Park). Water is clear with many windless days and fish are happy. We fished anything from top water lures, live bait (sardines, shrimp, crabs) to flies. In Biscayne bay the action was almost non stop except during slack tide but the tidal range is so diverse in this intricate maze of keys (islands), bays, coves and flats that just moving a few hundred yards we can always find moving water (active tides). List of fish included tarpon, snook, bonefish, jacks, redfish, mutton snapper, grouper, sharks, barracuda, and more. We are now expecting the mullet run to swing by our coast and the fishing will be on fire.

Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Charley G.
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Morning Half Day Fishing Trip off Key Biscayne.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on May 29, 2021
Captain Martin was extremely knowledgeable. He knew exactly where to go and find the fish we wanted. Action all day on the...
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Great day on the water with an accomplished and fun guide

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on November 24, 2020
My son and I booked a trip with Martin, a fun, friendly and capable guide who knows the waters around Miami.  The wind kept...
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AM 1/2 DAY - Good time

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 4, 2021
My son and I really had an enjoyable experience. Our captain was very patient with 2 people new to ocean fishing.  I am sure...
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4 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 13, 2021
Even though it was a slow day! We had a blast! We caught plenty of.new species for us! Saw a barracuda get eaten by a black...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 13, 2021
Captain Martin is the man. He made sure we caught the absolute most fish we could have in our time out there this...
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FAQs about Captain Martin Carranza

Captain Martin Carranza offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $750 per group - Full day trip Everglades (Flamingo) (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Martin Carranza, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Garmin Echomap 94sv)
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Upon request)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Martin Carranza include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Loomis and Six gill spinning rods/reels)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Sodas, water)
  • Fishing License
  • Lunch (Sandwiches)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Orvis, Hatch, Allen)

Captain Martin Carranza offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Captain Martin Carranza offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Martin Carranza include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Bonefish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail