Matecumbe Sportfishing - Keys Style

(4) In high demand!
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.

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Boat Specs

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

17 ft
3 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats, channels, FL Bay/Everglades National Park
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Sight fishing for Tarpon, Bonefish & Permit
Backcountry Fishing
Everglades National Park
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Spinning gear from 10-30 lb test
All ranges of light spinning ger
Fly Fishing
9 wt, 10 w & 12 wt
Drift Fishing
Ice Fishing
JUST KIDDING! We are FL Wimps!!
Targeted Species

Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead)

Shark (Lemon)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Lowrance Chartplotter
Life Jackets
USCG approved
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota Riptide ST
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Lowrance Chartplotter
Life Jackets
USCG approved
Fly Fishing Equipment
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
$25 extra chg to buy live mullet if available
Catch cleaning & filleting
we prefer catch & release but it's ok to keep a few
First Mate
Fishing License
All fishing licenses included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
Very patient w kids & beginners
You Keep Catch
We prefer releasing but it's ok to keep a few fish.
Catch and Release Allowed
We definitely prefer catch & release

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, PayPal.

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

5 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Had a great adventure with Capt. Mark.  He is laid back and has a knowledge of all things related to this trip.  Not only did we catch fish, we got a first hand view of the “back country” which is full of wildlife like osprey, rare white pelicans, dolphin, sharks and more.  Just the trip alone is exciting navigating through shallow water at times and narrow passages to get to some great fishing areas.  We caught a variety of fish and there was never a dull moment.  I plan on fishing with Capt. Mark anytime I’m fishing in the area, and highly recommend him to die hard anglers or any family looking for a true adventure!

Dave Brookmyer

Dave Brookmyer  • Fished February 25, 2017
Matecumbe Sportfishing/Light Tackle Keys Style (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 16, 2017

Hey Dave I appreciate the review. You forgot to mention that good sized tarpon that kicked your butt! We only had one tarpon bite that day up in the ‘Glades but we made the most of it. See you next time. Mark

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We’ve now fished the Florida Keys with Mark for 15 years. We started with Mark because we wanted (and it was critical) for our son Chris (age 12) to have a great first experience on the flats. I’ve used numerous guides throughout the world and many have a tendency to ignore the beginning, even average fisherman. Having caught numerous permit, tarpon, bonefish, and a few snook on a fly rod, I could deal with the personalities of most guides. However the guide I needed for Chris had to be exceptional. My search for an outstanding guide for Chris paid off but, quite frankly, Mark was also great for my wife and myself.  Mark has been fabulous for the family over the years including Chris (now 27) catching Snook and Sharks during the cold February of 2017. Sharks were his targeted fish for our trip. The Tarpon shown in the photo was caught by Chris when he was 12….

Cantlon Family  • Fished January 24, 2017
Matecumbe Sportfishing/Light Tackle Keys Style (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 3, 2017

Thanks Roger it was great to spend some more time on the water with you and your family.
Water temps were not quite conducive to an influx of Tarpon but they should be here en masse pretty soon. Look forward to next time. Taks Care!
Capt Mark Byrnes

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I have been fishing with Capt. Mark for over 20 years. Always a great experience! From bonefish to tarpon & permit, to snapper and sharks, we always see new things and I’m constantly learning something new from him. He’s a true professional and his knowledge of the Keys and backcountry is second to none. 

Whenever possible, I take advantage of the opportunity to fish with Capt. Mark and am grateful for the many great trips and experiences that I’ve been fortunate enough to experience with him over the years.. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a real FL Keys back country experience and who wants a true professional to guide them, whether your an experienced angler or a beginner.

Chris Deveso


Chris Deveso  • Fished January 5, 2017
Matecumbe Sportfishing/Light Tackle Keys Style (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 24, 2017

Thank you Chris.  Those were some very kind words to hear. I always have fun with you and your family. We have caught some good fish and had some exciting (and sometimes heartbreaking experiences when we found them but couldn’t get them to eat) over the years. Those photos bring back some great memories. Hope to see you again soon Buddy! Mark

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