Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters provides personalized fishing charters in the lower Florida Keys from Big Pine Key to Key West. These unspoiled waters hold a huge variety of fish, thanks to the numerous islands and reefs dotted around. Captain Jim Loftus has been fishing for his whole life and has the necessary experience for a memorable fishing trip.

You’ll be fishing aboard a popular and versatile 22’ Panga LX center console that offers a comfortable ride and excellent visibility for fishing for up to 2 guests. Powered by a 115 HP Evinrude engine and equipped with a radar, GPS, and fishfinder, the boat can reach the fishing spots quickly. She also 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, there’s a trip for you.

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.

There really is something for everyone aboard with Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters. So book a trip today and join Captain Jim on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Backcountry
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Drift along the lower Florida Keys from Big Pine Key to Key West, fishing the backcountry shallows, flats, and inshore waters. Target a range of excellent game fish such as Tarpon and Snook, as well as delicious table-fare, like Snappers and Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Backcountry
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Decide how you'd like to spend your morning: gently drift along the flats, being careful not to disturb the spooky fish beneath you, or head out to the reefs and wrecks for some nearshore fishing. You'll get to target a range of species from Yellow Snapper to Cobia, to Groupers, to the prestigious Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Late Afternoon/Evening Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Jul 15
    $450
    Running from early April through July, this is some of the most awesome big game fishing on the planet. Depending on the tides, head out for an early evening trip to do battle with the Silver King on the flats and around the local bridges and channels in the lower Keys. Using live baits the bite can epic! You'll also get to see some of the most amazing sunsets in the world.
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About the Captain

Jim Loftus
Ramrod Key, Florida, United States
23 Fishing Reports
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23 Customer Reviews
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Member since January 2016
I've basically been fishing my entire life. I started out as a freshwater 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 Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary & Blue Star operator. I am also fully insured to operate as a for hire charter/guide service. I also believe in giving back to our country service men and women so I do donate trips to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

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Targeted Species

Bonefish Bonefish
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

Permit Permit
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Lemon) Shark (Lemon)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

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

Length
22 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

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

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

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Customer Reviews

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Matt T.
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Great 1/2+ day with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Backcountry on December 27, 2020
My 21 year old daughter and I booked a 1/2 day with Jim on the 3rd day of a 3 day cold front. Water was in the low 60s in the...
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Key West, Florida
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Backcountry on December 31, 2020
The day started with a grim briefing of wind, waves and lack of fish, but Captain Jim knew exactly where to go. It was my father...
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Half day trip with Captain Jim Loftus

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Backcountry on May 6, 2021
What a great day on the water with Captain Jim! He made us feel so comfortable.  Boat was immaculate and the...
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Crossville, TN
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Backcountry on March 28, 2021
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Backcountry on December 30, 2020
While the weather did not cooperate with us we still had a wonderful time!
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FAQs about Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters

Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Late Afternoon/Evening Tarpon Trip (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip – Backcountry (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip – Backcountry (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Live and dead bait provided)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Can be arranged, please ask when booking your trip)
  • Drinks (Bottled water.)
  • Fishing License (Included in trip)
  • Lunch (Can be arranged, please ask when booking your trip)

Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing (Weather dependent )
  • Wreck Fishing (Weather dependent )
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters include:
  • Bonefish
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Permit
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon