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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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (Private)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $1,200
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $950
    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
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    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.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $550
    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.
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About the Captain

Paul Johnson
Islamorada, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
29 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) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White) Marlin (White)

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

Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Key West (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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
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

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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3\/4 day with Captain Paul
Father \/ Daughter Fishing Trip
6 fun filled hours with Captain Paul and Hunter
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
81%
Friendly captain
91%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
91%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Andrew S.
Miami, FL
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3/4 day with Captain Paul

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on April 17, 2021
Captain Paul and first-mate Steven were awesome to spend the day with. Even when other boats were slow for the day, the captain...
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Francisco G.
Tinton Falls, NJ
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Father / Daughter Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on April 7, 2021
We had a great day with the team from Reef Runner. My youngest daughter is getting married and she wanted to do a father...
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Tammy C.
Miami, Florida
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6 fun filled hours with Captain Paul and Hunter

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 12, 2021
Hunter and Captain Paul were super attentive, knowledgeable and moved quickly to keep our lines active in the water. Captain...
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Kimberly J.
Gillsville, GA
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8 hr trip with Reef Runners

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip (Private) on April 22, 2021
We had a fun time out today with Capt Paul and Andy.  Caught mahi and tuna.
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Steven B.
Knoxville, TN
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Awesome trip in a little weather

VERIFIED   Special 8 hour trip for Steven Buttry on July 23, 2020
Paul was an awesome Captain and Mike was an awesome mate! We decided to take a charter because the boat we use was too small...
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FAQs about Reef Runner Charters

Reef Runner Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $275 per person - Full Day Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 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

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