Bamboo Charters 2

80500 Overseas Highway
Islamorada FL, United States

Bamboo Charters lets you explore Islamorada backcountry waters, inshore hot spots, Florida Bay everglades, nearshore reefs of the Atlanic and more. It’s year round, it’s productive, and it’s enjoyable. Whether you want to introduce your family to fishing, or are looking for a full day of exploration of these waterways, come along.

You will be fishing from a Contender Boats vessel, a 26’ bay boat that is powered by a 340 HP Yamaha engine. She can take up to six people and give them a quick ride around the local fisheries. The boat is rigged with the navigational electronics, stores safety equipment, has a live bait well, an ice box, a wireless trolling motor, and other features too.

As for the fishing, you can target Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Shark, and much more. These waters may surprise you on an average day, and the season stays solid throughout the year. You can try trolling, popping, jigging, and much more, depending on what might work the best for your trip.

When packing for the trip, bring a cap, sunblock, sunglasses, and food and drinks. The crew will take care of the fishing gear and will supply water and bottled soda. If you want to take your catch home, the crew can clean it for you.

The crew is professional and focused on providing a nice fishing experience. Bamboo Charters is operated by Captain Matt and he has other boats in the fleet. If you’ve missed a spot here, just scroll down and click on his name to see more. Then choose a trip and have a great day fishing around the Keys.

Bamboo Charters lets you explore Islamorada backcountry waters, inshore hot spots, Florida Bay everglades, nearshore reefs of the Atlanic and more. It’s year round, it’s productive, and it’s enjoyable. Whether you want to introduce your family


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  • Full Day Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 700 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50 each additional person
  • 3/4 Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 550 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50 each additional person
  • Half Day Trip (AM)
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50 each additional person
  • Half Day Trip (PM)
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 450 up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50 each additional person
  • Family Short Day Trip
    2 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 300 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Cobia
  Redfish
  Shark (Blacktip)
  Shark (Tiger)

  Snapper (Mangrove)
  Snapper (Yellowtail)
  Snook
  Spanish Mackerel

  Spotted Seatrout
  Tarpon

Boat Specs

Contender Boats (Bay boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
Checks

About the Captain

Matt Bellinger
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Member since May 2015
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Capt. Matt Bellinger is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer emeritus and will soon finish classes to attain his Master Naturalist certificate from the University of Florida. Captain Matt loves fishing the Florida Keys, and his trips are not a typical fishing outing. He pays attention to the comfort of his guests and loves the art of fishing rather than just catching fish. He will work hard to make you trip unforgettable.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Islamorada Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.57 out of 5 stars from 33 reviews

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Excellent experience. After engine issues on our original day, Matt did all he could to make sure we were able to get out on another day. Morning started out with several nice size sea trout and lady fish. Then the fun started. While using a trout rig we nailed a 5ft Black Tip shark. Capt Matt made sure he did everything he could to be sure we got it in on such light tackle. Finished up the day with some yellowtail snapper, grouper and a 27 inch Jack Cavelle. The fishing was definatly the highlight of our trip!. Highly recommend to everyone.

Thank you Capt Matt for the great time and memories for my son and I.

The “Dan and Dan Show” on the radio was a nice touch as well..

Dan Salamone

Fished April 10, 2018
Matt Bellinger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 17, 2018

Dan & Dan thank you so much for your kind review, also thanks for working with us and rescheduling after we had outboard issues before our departure day.  As it worked out we had better weather and amazing fishing. The big Blacktip shark was a very memorable catch for their both of you especially considering it was hooked on 10 pound spinning gear set up for Sea trout fishing.  Come on back and let’s look for a Tarpon or Two.

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Started out fishing for Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Ladyfish and Blue’s who became a part of the food chain after moving on to Shark fishing.  This was #5 of 6 we nailed that day.

Fished April 5, 2018
Matt Bellinger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 17, 2018

Thank you for chartering with us at Bamboo Charters. Sharks make a great day even better!  We try every day to exceed our clients expectations.  A mixed catch like you had helps us achieve our goals.

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Captain Anthony did an outstanding job putting us on fish. He was very helpful for our 9yo daughter who totally spanked us catching fish. We will definitely be back to fish with bamboo charters and Anthony next year.

Fished April 5, 2018
Matt Bellinger (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 17, 2018

Ellis we at Bamboo Charters are glad to hear that you and your family had a “outstanding” as you said day on the water.  Capt Anthony is great with kids and families and it doesn’t surprise me to hear that your 9 year old daughter ruled the day and out fished everyone on the boat.  Kids catch on quickly with a bit of coaching. 
Thank you for your business and come on back any time.

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Fishing Reports

Bamboo Charters more than just a Fishing

April 22, 2018

We take pride in what we do day in and day out here at Bamboo Charters, our location in Islamorada is in the Heart of some amazing fishing. This location gives us access to the Atlantic Ocean and Florida… Read Full Report →