Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18'

Fintastic Fishing offers unforgettable fishing trips out of the world-famous Robbie’s Marina in the heart of Islamorada, Florida. Peruse the flats and backcountry of the Everglades National Park with Captain Mike Patterson in search of numerous inshore fish species while enjoying the unspoiled wildlife in the surroundings.

You’ll head out on the custom-built 18’ Action Craft perfect for accessing shallow water of the local flats. When targeting easily spooked species such as Bonefish and Permit it is essential to be able to access shallow water as quietly as possible, and this technical poling skiff will allow you to do just that.

With Hummingbird electronics, an 8’ Power Pole anchoring system, a trolling motor and a Mercury 4-stroke engine all fitted on board – this boat has everything you need to target whichever inshore fish you are hoping to catch.

Capt. Mike will supply a selection of top quality fly rods by Sage, as well as spinning tackle. Use this to catch species such as Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Trout, Redfish, and Sharks. Practice sight fishing from the boat’s front platform, and let your experienced shallow water guide share his favorite techniques with you during the trip.

All the rods, reels, tackle, bait, and lures you will need during your trip will be supplied for you, and the crew even offers a fish cleaning service back at the dock free of charge. Children are very welcome on all trips, so take your family on an adventure of a lifetime!

Join Fintastic Charters and explore the waters of Islamorada for a productive fishing expedition!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Spend the whole day in the flats and backcountry targeting species such as Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, and more. You'll be fishing aboard a top of the line fishing vessel with a friendly captain. Come and enjoy your day in these beautiful waters, and have the time of your life!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Spend 6 hours in the flats and backcountry fishing for species such as Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, and more aboard a top-quality fishing boat with a friendly captain. Hop aboard, and get ready for some serious fun!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Fishing the flats and backcountry for species such as Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, and more aboard a top of the line fishing vessel with a friendly captain. Bring your sense of adventure, and hop aboard!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    If you like to sleep in and fish in the afternoon, this trip will allow you to spend the second half of the day prowling the flats and backcountry waters. You'll target species such as Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Trout, Sharks, and more.
  • Private trip
    Evening Tarpon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 AM
    $600
    This trip is designated for Tarpon or Shark fishing. You'll stay close to home, fishing around channels and bridges.
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About the Charter Operator

Fintastic Fishing Charters
Islamorada, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
19 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since June 2016
Captain Mike Patterson started fishing at the tender age of 4 years old in a stream behind his house in Maryland and he continued to fish the state's diverse fishery as he was growing up. Although Mike started his career as an electrician, he suffered an extremely serious accident at 26, when he broke his neck. Deciding from this point on to live his life to the fullest, he became a dive instructor and moved to Islamorada, where he ran a dive shop and led offshore fishing charters. Having enjoyed a successful career offshore, he decided to become a full-time backcountry fishing guide, entering and winning multiple backcountry tournaments. He has now been a fishing guide for over 30 years and, having fully recovered from his near-death accident, is determined to continue living his life to the fullest and to be thankful for every day he has on this earth. Captain Mike fishes with captains Chris and Phil. They are also amazing captains and will make your day on the water perfect.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bonefish Bonefish
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Action Craft (Flats boat) originally built in 2010, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 150HP Mercury pro XS engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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
American Express
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
73%
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on August 22, 2021
Phil got us on the fish - snook / sea trout / snapper and redfish. Captain was fun and we had a great time.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 29, 2021
Everything about this trip was AWESOME! Captain Mike and Captain Phil were AMAZING!
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FAQs about Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18'

Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18' offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Evening Tarpon Fishing (3 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18', you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18' include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18' offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing (Everglades Park)

Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18' offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Sage)

Top targeted fish species with Fintastic Fishing Charters – 18' include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail