Matecumbe Sportfishing - Keys Style

Islamorada FL, United States

Matecumbe Sportfishing Light Tackle - Keys Style offers a selection of trips exploring the stunning Everglades National Park and fishing for Tarpon, Snook, Permit, Bonefish, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish and many many more. Take a trip through one of the most beautiful and unique environments in the country and catch some amazing fish - what more could you want?

The 17 ft Back Country Ghost you will be using is the perfect tool for the job - a famously solid and well-built vessel with a nice shallow draft, so even the skinniest waters won’t be safe. She comes with an anchoring system, live bait tank, state-of-the-art Lowrance GPS and fishfinder, and top-of-the-line rods and reels for a choice of light tackle or fly fishing.

Captain Mark Byrnes is a Florida native who has been fishing the Keys for the last 50 years. He is an expert in light tackle, fly, and sight fishing and knows every nook and cranny of the winding waters you’ll be fishing - there’s no better guide to take you round the Everglades that Capt. Mark!

Matecumbe Sportfishing’s trips come with licenses, bait, and free cleaning and filleting for anything you take home.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Backcountry Trip (8 hrs)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    8 Hours of Backcountry fishing in Everglades National Park. I like to tailor this trip to try to focus on the Angler's desired target species...but if that isn't working we go to Plan B and mix it up throughout the day. If the goal is Big Fish, we usually anchor or drift to target Tarpon & Sharks. If you want to be casting and have "More Action" we use very light spinning gear for trout, jacks, ladyfish & snapper. Snook & redfish require a little more patience...working the mangrove islands & shorelines.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Backcountry Trip (6 hrs)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 2 persons
    Approx. 6 hours of Backcountry fishing in Everglades National Park for Tarpon, Sharks, Snapper, Trout, Snook, Redfish & many other shallow water species.
  • Private trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Mar - 30 Jun
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    EVE TARPON TRIPS 4:30 PM UNTIL SUNSET MID MARCH THRU LATE JUNE. RELAXING "Happy Hour" trip. Bring your wife or friend and enjoy SUNSET ON THE WATER. Tarpon are usually very active during this time period depending on tides/current. (Despite info above...The price for 2 anglers (Approx 4 Hrs) is $500. *Also if we purchase LIVE MULLET there is an additional charge of $35 per Dozen for mullet (PAID DIRECTLY TO THE BAIT BOAT SUPPLYING THE LIVE MULLET).
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Tarpon/Sharks/Flats
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    Inshore fishing in Florida Bay and Everglades National Park for Tarpon, Sharks and many other shallow water species.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull)

Shark (Lemon)
Snapper (Mangrove)
Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Back Country (BC) Ghost (Flats boat) originally built in 2002, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha VMAX SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

17 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days 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


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:
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Charter Operator

Matecumbe Sportfishing/Light Tackle Keys Style
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Member since April 2016
Capt. Mark Byrnes is a Florida native fishing guide, born in Miami in 1953. He started fishing in the Keys when he was 6 yrs old,. As soon as he was old enough to drive (but unable to afford a decent boat) he was spending weekends fishing day and night on the old rickety wooden catwalks attached to the old Keys bridges. He was usually tasked with bringing home snapper and grouper for his family to eat. For his own enjoyment he discovered the thrill of jumping tarpon and of seeing these monsters explode out of the water. In the 70's and 80's his passion was Offshore Fishing in small center console boats...However, he always liked to explore the Keys flats and backcountry of Florida Bay and the Everglades every chance he got in his flats skiff. Slowly but surely he became hooked on the shallow water inshore scene and has fished inshore/flats/backcountry exclusively for more than 20 years now. Capt Mark expertly navigates the Islands, banks, creeks & channels in Everglades National Park.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.91 out of 5 stars from 15 reviews

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Two memorable days of fishing for Trapon
Mark shared his experience and expertise on the skills and techniques needed to have a fun day on the water in pursuit of the Tapon

Fished April 25, 2018
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Mark did a good job for us.  We chose to go for tarpon and although we didn’t catch one he put us on fish as we could see them everywhere but it was one of those days they just wouldn’t hit. He worked very hard trying several spots and kept changing bait to make sure it was fresh.  Very enjoyable spending the day with Mark.

Fished April 23, 2018
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Captain Mark did a wonderful job of keeping me and my son in fish all day!

Fished March 26, 2018
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