Wind around the stunning Everglades National Park and engage in some outstanding backcountry and nearshore fishing with Fintastic Fishing Charters! Captain Mike Patterson is determined to live life to the fullest, and wants to help you start doing the same right away.

With over 30 years of experience, he’s committed to running family-friendly services, and invites anglers of all experience levels to come and experience the great fishing this area has to offer.

Fishing aboard his 22’ Pathfinder center console boat, you’ll be able to access the shallow backcountry but also cope with choppier waters nearshore. In the skinny waters, a wireless trolling motor will kick into action to allow you to approach the fearful fish beneath. Fitted with two power poles, Hummingbird electronics, and a 200 HP Mercury engine, the boat has all the pro features you need for a great day of fishing.

Capt. Mike and his team will supply all the equipment and expertise you need for a great day on the water. You’ll get to explore a range of fishing techniques, from trolling and jigging, to spinning and deep sea fishing.

Expert anglers can even make the most of the fly fishing equipment on board. With live bait prepared for you and kept in the well, you’re in pole position to start reeling in Black Drum, Permit, Redfish, Snook, Cobia, Mackerel, Tripletail, and Hogfish.

Where better to explore the outstanding beauty of the Everglades than from its winding waterways? With the cleaning and filleting service offered on board, you’ll even be able to feed the whole family with a delicious, healthy meal – and it always tastes better when you’ve caught it!

So what are you waiting for? A trip of a lifetime awaits, so join Fintastic Fishing Charters today!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (Night)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    $700
    Escape the heat of the sun and fish for Tarpon at night. This is an extremely fun trip fishing for the "Silver King" – one of the most prestigious fish for anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    Spend your morning winding along the backcountry waters and nearshore, as you cast to try and reel in some impressive game fish, like Redfish, Snook, Kingfish, and Snapper. You'll get to try a range of fishing techniques, such as jigging, spinning, and trolling to make your catch, while taking advantage of the cleaning and filleting service for a delicious lunch afterward.
  • Private trip
    Half day trip in the afternoon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $850
    Some people enjoy fishing in the afternoon and getting the sun and enjoying their day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
    This trip takes up the best part of your day as you'll spend 6 hours riding along the backcountry waters around the Keys, occasionally venturing to nearshore waters. Target species are Redfish, Snook, Kingfish, Snapper, among many more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,050
    A must for all experienced anglers who want to experience the real deal of nearshore and backwater fishing in the Florida Keys. If the waters look relaxing, you can rest assured that the waters below are full of life, and you'll get to target species such as Kingfish, Snook, Redfish, Snapper, and more!
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About the Charter Operator

Fintastic Fishing Charters
Islamorada, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
32 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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 Captain 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's 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.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Hogfish Hogfish
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Pathfinder (Center console) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 200HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Hummingbird
Fishfinder
Hummingbird side imaging
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.5 / 5
out of 5 stars from 9 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
88%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
88%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Sarah F.
Kensington, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Phil

VERIFIED   Half day trip in the afternoon on April 15, 2022
It was our first fishing trip, Phil was very helpful with teaching my son what to do. I would definitely use this company again.
Sarah F. recommends Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22'
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Jon C.
New Haven, CT
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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AM half day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 18, 2022
One fantastic day of fishing! Highly recommend it
Jon C. recommends Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22'
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Adrian P.
Miami, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 19, 2022
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Michael N.
York, PA
Very good
4.0 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Very good
4.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Whole day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 2, 2022
Fishing was slow. Pockets of small fish, few keepers. Did a lot of moving around but the bite wasn’t good.
Michael N. recommends Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22'
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Joshua S.
Newark, OH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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A day out in the Backcountry with Capt Phil

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 5, 2021
My girls told me they wanted to go out and go fishing ! So I booked a trip with Capt Phil ! He knew all the spots to go ! The...
Joshua S. recommends Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22'
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FAQs about Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22'

Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22' offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Tarpon (Night) (3 hours)
  • $850 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - Half day trip in the afternoon (4 hours)
  • $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,050 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22', you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Hummingbird
  • Fishfinder Hummingbird side imaging
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22' include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22' offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22' offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fintastic Fishing Charters – 22' include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Hogfish
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Ladyfish
  • Permit
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail