Reef Runner Charters offer both reef and offshore fishing trips out of Islamorada, FL. This long-running company boasts over 30 years of sportfishing experience and has many loyal repeat customers. They cater to anglers of all levels of experience and run a family-friendly sportfishing operation, so all are welcome aboard.

Their 40’ Key West offshore sportfishing boat provides a sturdy and comfortable ride to the productive fishing grounds. Up to 6 guests are welcome aboard to take advantage of the spacious deck and comfortable cabin, that comes fitted with a full head.

When it comes to the fishing, you’ll have the latest electronic and safety equipment at your disposal, along with quality Okuma tackle. Take advantage of the outriggers to troll the open waters, or bottom fish the reefs. Wherever you go, you’ll have everything you need for a fun-filled day out.

You’ll go after bait as you head out to sea, before the serious fishing starts. With Sailfish swimming the nearshore waters in Winter, the action can get hot very early on. Hit the reefs for great-tasting species such as Snapper, or fish for Tuna about 12 miles offshore. You can even go further and target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Blue and White Marlin, on what promises to be a fishing adventure like never before.

Whatever your target, the experienced and enthusiastic captain and crew will do everything they can to put you on fish. All you need to do is bring some drinks and snacks aboard and settle in for a thrilling day with Reef Runner Charters!



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  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    US $700
    If you're on your own or in a small group, then why not share your fishing experience with like-minded individuals? Head offshore for a thrilling fishing adventure at a lower price, as you explore the rich waters of the Florida Keys. Hit the reefs or deep seas, and you could land anything from Snappers, Groupers, and Mackerel, to Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Wahoo, and Sailfish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $950
    If you've got a few hours to spare, then an exciting fishing trip is in store for you. Get your fix of fishing or learn how to reel in some exciting and delicious fish, as you hit the reefs of the Florida Keys. Target Mackerel, Snapper, Sailfish, Cobia, and more, as you look to test your skills and strength to fill the boat.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $1,100
    Spending 6 hours on the water will give you the chance to head up to 12 miles offshore, in search of some of the biggest fish in the ocean. Get ready for a thrilling fishing experience, going up against delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi, as well as monster Sailfish, Wahoo, and many more, on what promises to be a fishing adventure like no other.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (Private)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    US $1,400
    Make the most of the productive waters of the Florida Keys and beyond, as you step aboard this private charter to go after some monster fish. Head up to 25 miles out and go after some of the biggest fish out there, such as Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and more. Or, target Snapper, King Mackerel, and Cobia closer to shore, and head home with enough fish to fill the freezer.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.6 / 5
out of 5 stars from 109 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
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4.5 / 5
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
87%
Caught fish
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Good trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on November 11, 2023
My recent fishing charter experience was nothing short of phenomenal! The boat was not only spacious and well-equipped but...
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Andre G.
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Had a great time .

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on October 13, 2023
Captain Paul and 1st Mate John were excelled. The water was rough but they did everything possible to find fish . The highlight...
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Stuart M.
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Offshore with Captain Paul!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 13, 2023
Went out with Captain Paul and first mate Micah and had a great day fishing. Was pretty choppy so fish weren’t biting like...
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David K.
Old Fort, TN
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 6, 2022
Captain Paul put us on fish right out of the gate! Avery, his mate worked his butt off getting fish off keeping bait on and...
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Robert K.
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Reef Runner 3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on May 26, 2022
The family thoroughly enjoyed the trip and each (4) of us caught a fish!  What a fantastic day on the water with first mate,...
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FAQs about Reef Runner Charters

Reef Runner Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $350 per person - Full Day Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • US $950 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • US $1,100 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,400 per group - Full Day Trip (Private) (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Reef Runner Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radio

Trips booked with Reef Runner Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Reef Runner Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Reef Runner Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Reef Runner Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Nurse)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Captain

Paul Johnson
Islamorada, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
110 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2015
Capt. Paul grew up fishing in the area, spending most of his childhood on the reef fishing for Snapper. All he wants to do is share his passion for fishing with other people, which is why he's now been in the charter business for 36 years. Many happy customers and successful trips later, he still can't get enough of watching his customers reeling in a huge Mahi or Marlin.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin

Boat specs

Key West (Sportfishing) originally built in 1981. Powered by a 430HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Checks
Bank Transfer

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