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.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
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    $1,000
    This charter allows us the most flexibility in our fishing as well as allows us to really explore the waters of the Everglades national Park and Florida bay. This eight hour charter lets us fish the reefs of the Atlantic ocean and the waters of the bat country in a single trip. Clients enjoy a full day charter as it is allows us to offer up the widest variety of fishing that we can see in the Florida Keys.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    This six hour trip allows you to explore further into the waters of the Everglades National Park. This trip targets Snook, Redfish, and Tarpon, while other great fishing opportunities are within easy reach. The crew will supply the gear, water and bottled soda. You should bring snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, sunblock, and a cap. This is a great option for a bit more experienced anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This trip will let you and your group or family enjoy the back country, nearshore patch reefs, and Gulf waters surrounding Islamorada. The departure time can vary. Target species include anything from Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, to Shark, and much more. There will be enough time for fishing. The gear is provided, and you should bring snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, sunblock, and a cap.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This afternoon package will see you and your party fishing around backcountry waters, nearshore patch reefs, and Gulf waters surrounding Islamorada. Target species include anything from Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, to Shark, and other. Novice fishermen will have just enough time to fish. The gear is provided, and you should bring snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, sunblock, and a cap. The trip can be made available at other times as well.
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About the Captain

Matt Bellinger
Islamorada, Florida, United States
41 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
161 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2015
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Tiger) Shark (Tiger)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Contender Boats (Bay boat) originally built in 2020. 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
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
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
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

Listing Policies

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

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Huston S.
Homestead, Florida
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Best day EVER with Captain Joe!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on November 27, 2020
I am an experienced fisherman however this was my first fishing trip in the keys and Bamboo Charters went out of their way...
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Full Day Trip with Captain Joe

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 23, 2020
My son and I had an amazing time fishing the Back Country with Captain Joe. The Capt. was fun, knowledgeable, and made the...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on February 23, 2021
We had a good time with Captain Andy! Knowledgeable if where to go and what we were going to be catching.
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on February 19, 2021
Awesome day on the water in the keys great fish for the table and the fight
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 21, 2020
Fishing was fun but the captain was pretty condescending to our younger teen boys who had little fishing experience on how...
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