Reef Runner Charters

83413 Overseas Highway
Islamorada FL, United States

Reef Runner Charters offer both reef and offshore fishing charters from Islamorada, Florida. This long running company can boast of 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.

Their 40 foot boat provides a sturdy and comfortable ride to the fishing grounds. The four chairs on the deck provide for a number of anglers at once, while a head and flybridge will keep you comfortable throughout the trip. All the latest in fishing, electronic and safety equipment is provided on board, with the use of quality Okuma tackle included in the price of the fishing trip.

Reef Runner Charters mostly fish with live bait, which is usually fished for at the beginning of the charter trip. Then the fishing starts. With Sailfish swimming the nearshore waters just a mile to a mile and a half offshore in the Winter, the action can get hot very early on. Maybe you will want to fish the reefs for great tasting species such as Snapper, or fish for Tuna about 12 miles offshore. Otherwise, you might want to travel further out in the summer to fish for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Blue and White Marlin.

Whatever your target, the experienced and enthusiastic captain and crew will do everything they can to put you on fish, offer a professional service and share their passion for fishing with you.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    US$ 1100
    up to 6 persons
    Depending on the season we could travel up to 25 miles offshore to fish for Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and more. It is possible to fish the reefs on the way out for species such as Snapper, King Mackerel, and Cobia.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 850
    up to 6 persons
    Go up to 12 miles offshore to fish for Tuna, as well as other species such as Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 6 persons
    Travel about five miles offshore to fish the reef for Mackerel, Snapper, Sailfish, Cobia and more.
  • Shared trip
    Full day
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    US$ 275
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    Share your fishing experience with other people at a lower price
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Sailfish
Shark (Nurse)
Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Yellowtail)

Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Key west number 1 hull (Offshore sport fishing) 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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date.
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
Checks

About the Captain

Paul Johnson
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Member since August 2015
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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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (15)
4.23
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
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Fun Day!!!
Fun Day!!!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
80%
Friendly captain
92%
Recommend this charter
81%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
91%
Catch intended fish
67%
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Randolph Jones
Tampa, FL
 5.00
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Fun Day!!!

VERIFIED   July 15, 2018

We enjoyed a great day of dolphin fishing with Captain Paul and his first mate. We had our kids out on this trip and they had...

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David Dennehy
Sebring, FL
 5.00
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Half day with Captain Paul & Mate Cody

VERIFIED   April 16, 2018

Great time had! Will do it again.Highly recommend this boat, captain and crew!

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Robert Barnes
North Port, FL
 4.00
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Fishing with Paul

VERIFIED   August 4, 2018

Weather messed us up not the boat or the crew
We were committed to fish in spite of the captains warnings about the...

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Alan Lemura
Miami, FL
 5.00
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3/4 day with Captain Paul Johnson

VERIFIED   June 23, 2018
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John Millard
Marathon, Florida
 4.33
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Shark & Tarpon

VERIFIED   April 26, 2016

It would be unfair to give a poor review just because we didn’t catch anything. Fishing for Tarpon and Shark (Nurse Shark)...

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