Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters

27340 Overseas Highway
Ramrod Key FL, United States

Captain Jim Loftus of Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters provides personalized fishing charters in the lower Florida Keys from Big Pine Key to Key West. These pristine waters hold a huge variety of fish, and Captain Jim has the experience necessary for a memorable fishing trip.

Captain Jim’s boat is a popular and versatile 22 ft Panga LX that offers a comfortable ride for three guests. Powered by a 115 HP Evinrude engine, the boat can reach the fishing spots quickly, and it features an icebox to keep your drinks cool throughout the trip.

Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters gives you the opportunity to explore a wide range of fishing grounds, from backcountry shallows and flats to reefs and wrecks nearshore. Whether you want to test your skills against Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon, or spend a few enjoyable hours fishing the reefs and wrecks for Groupers and Snappers, Captain Jim will provide all the bait, gear, and licenses needed for an enjoyable trip.

You will mainly be fishing with live bait, although cut and artificial baits can also be used. Fly fishermen are very welcome to hone their skills aboard this boat, provided they bring their own gear.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Reef and Wreck Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 1100
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    Offshore reef and wreck fishing for snappers, groupers and other bottom dwellers. You'll be fishing the pristine reefs along the Atlantic coast of the Florida Keys from Key West to Big Pine Key. We'll also test the waters of the numerous sunken shipwrecks that dot our coast.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip Back-country / Flats
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    Fishing the back country shallows, flats, and inshore waters of the lower Florida Keys from Big Pine Key to Key West.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Back-country / Flats
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    fishing the back-country and flats, or traveling to the nearshore reefs and wrecks if time and conditions allow.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 14 Mar - 31 Jul
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    Available mid March through July. This is some of the most awesome big game fishing on the palnet. We'll pick the best time for that day based on the tides, either morning or early evening trips to do battle with the Silver King on the flats and around the local bridges and channels in the lower Key's. Live bait fishing for fish nearing the 200 lbs. range is some of the most exciting fishing you'll ever do. State law requires this to be a catch and release type of fishing only.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Bonefish
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black)

Grouper (Gag)
Permit
Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Yellowtail)
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Panga 22 LX (Center console) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 115HP Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Lunch

Policies

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.
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
PayPal

About the Captain

Jim Loftus
Ramrod Key, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
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I've basically been fishing my entire life. I started out as a fresh water fisherman fishing rivers and lakes and then when I moved to Florida I began fishing the saltwater flats, reefs and wrecks. After a successful career in the business world I began exploring the idea of becoming a charter captain / guide and started the process of obtaining my US Coast Guard license to pursue my true passion for fishing. I've been a licensed captain for the past 10 years and I am a full time guide in the lower Florida Keys where I reside. In addition to my USCG license, I am a guide member of the Lower Keys Guides Association - a guide member of the Florida Coastal Conservation Association and an accredited captain of the International Game Fish Association. I am also fully insured to operate as a for hire charter/guide service. I also believe in giving back to our community so I do donate trips to the Wounder Warrior Foundation in order for our military personnel to relax at no charge to them.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Ramrod Key Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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Fantastic half day of back country fishing with Captain Jim Loftus of Mile Marker 27 fishing charters. Super knowledgeable, personable and easy going Charter Captain. If you’re looking for a fun day out on the water, fishing away from the hussle and bussle of Key West, Mile Marker 27 fishing charters and Captain Jim Loftus is your guide to paradise.

Fished July 3, 2018
Jim Loftus (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 9, 2018

That’s awesome Matt I’m glad you enjoyed the time out on the water!

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The trip out was awesome.  Captain Jim was a great guy.  Unfortunately…my girlfriend became very ill just after arriving at our destination.  Captain Jim tried very hard to help her, but was unable to.  Fishing trip was cut to 10 minutes or a little more.  Other than that…it was great.  I will be going back out with him in February.  Super great guy and very friendly.

Fished July 8, 2017
Jim Loftus (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 20, 2017

Raymond,
I appreciate it, I’m sorry Annie was not feeling well that day. I’ll see you in February and we’ll have a better outing in the back-country rather than offshore.
Take care and I’ll see you soon!

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My Cousin and I had an awesome experience with Captain Jimmy. The weather was iffy with high winds on our only day in town to fish. Capt Jimmy knew we had a small window to fish and wanted to get us out on the water. Thanks to his knowledge of the backcountry, he was able to find an area protected from the winds that was full of fish. We managed to catch six or eight different species of fish one after another in conditions that were not most favorable. We also managed to fit in a couple hours of shark fishing, bottom fishing for other species all the while. We had a 6-8 foot bull shark hooked up on light tackle in no time once the chum went to work. It was really a great experience. The best part for me is that Captain Jimmy lets you be as hands on as you want to be. You have the feel as if you are fishing with a good buddy, rather than a charter Captain. We had such a great time and were so busy catching fish, we never stopped to eat lunch…..now that is saying something for me! I already booked my trip for July looking to hook up a few tarpon!! CAN’T WAIT!

Fished February 12, 2017
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Fishing Reports

Inshore and Offshore in a day

June 03, 2018

I had a family aboard for a fathers day outing and we started at the reef catching some mackerel - yellowtail and lane snappers and then we moved into the back-country where the barracuda were active and the sharks… Read Full Report →