Redbone Sportsfishing Charters

In demand!

Redbone Sportfishing Charters is dedicated to Florida flats fishing with Captain Gary Ellis who knows every nook and curve where the fish like to spend their days and will take you there. He has been fishing the area for over 30 years, and is a passionate tournament participant - having been a president of the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, a non-profit organization which collects funds to fight Cystic Fibrosis since 1988. He founded the organization after his newborn daughter NIcole was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and has since made an impact on the research which in turn has helped prolong the lives of sufferers from teenage years to mid thirties. Captain Gary and his wife Susan continue to fundraise for this cause.

HIs boat is an 18 foot Action Craft flats boat, which was originally built in 2008, and is powered by a 115 HP MERCURY Opti-Max engine with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots. This is a sound and fast vessel, which was purposely built to adapt to the Florida flats. This boat has a GPS, life jackets, an icebox to preserve the freshness of the catch until you return to shore, as well as fly-fishing equipment.

Redbone Sportfishing Charters will take you to the best spots of the Florida Flats in the Islamorada area, and will put you on species such as Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Red Snapper, Bonefish, Barracuda, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Permit and Spotted Seatrout. Captain Gary will provide all the necessary equipment including rods, reels, tackle, fly-fishing equipment, lures and live bait, a state of Florida valid fishing licence, and will also clean and fillet your catch once you get back on shore. He will also provide drinks and snacks on your trip. If you are taking the full day trip, you are advised to bring lunch. Other than that, you will need sunglasses, hats and sunscreen to shield you from the warm Florida sun.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 2 persons
    This trip allows a full day targeting species such as Bonefish, Cobia, Great Barracuda and Jack Crevalle. Captain Gary will supply necessary fishing equipment, snacks and drinks, so all you have to bring ... More
  • Private trip
    Dawn Patrol Tarpon Trip - AM
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 3:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 15 Jul
    up to 2 persons
    On this exciting trip, you will be targeting Tarpon. You can go out at dawn when the sun is just about to come up and welcome a new day on the water. The catch will be cleaned and filleted by the Captain ... More
  • Private trip
    Dusk Patrol Tarpon Trip - PM
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 15 Jul
    up to 2 persons
    This trip will see you Taron targetting during the night. The night time allows for a peaceful closing of the day with a satisfactory catch. Based on the tide and time of the year, the trip will start when the sun starts to set.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 1 person
    + $100
    each additional person
    An excellent trip if you are after a few hours of fun catching species such as Bonefish, Cobia and others. Roam the Florida flats in Captain Gary's Action Craft flats boat perfect for the area.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Jack Crevalle

Snapper (Red)

Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Action Craft (Flats boat) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 115HP MERCURY Opti-Max engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

18 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Islamorada to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:
American Express

About the Captain

Gary Ellis
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Member since March 2016
I've fished since I was four years old. I started with my father and brother fishing for Salmon and even Smelt on the Columbia River in Oregon. In college I studied drama, radio and TV speech. I worked in Chicago as a free lance actor and model. In 1967, after the snow storm of the century, I came to Florida Keys with the idea of returning to the "Big City" when it thawed out. I never went back. I decided I wanted a life on the water and got a job as a mate. I had a friend that would take me "backcountry" on my days off. I logged enough hours as a mate (300 days) to qualify for my captains license. In 1970 I bought an almost new 17' Willy Roberts flats skiff with an 85 hp engine for $1500 and went to work as the only guide at Plantation Yacht Harbor, (now Founders Park) on Plantation Key, Florida, near Islamorada. I lived in Islamorada on the same street as the guide, Jim Brewer, who was pro-rep for Shakespeare Tackle Co.
Response time: 26 hours
Response rate: 33%

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