Mile Marker 27 Fishing Charters

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, and the water’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Stream. 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 consle 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. Try your hand at bottom fishing, popping, spinning, and even fly fishing to make your catch.

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.

Come and live the dream!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Backcountry
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $700
    up to 2 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    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
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 10 Apr - 31 Jul
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    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.

About the Captain

Jim Loftus
Ramrod Key, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
20 Reports
ID & License verified
16 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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 Evinrude 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
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
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (23)
4.85
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
3\/4 day with Jim Loftus
3\/4 day with Jim Loftus
2 day trip
+20
Angler Rating
14
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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James W.
Akron, Ohio
 5.00
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2 day trip with Capt Jim Loftus

February 1, 2019
My son and I came from Ohio to do a two day trip with Capt Jim. First day on his 22 Panga fishing the cuts for whatever swims....
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Noah W.
Tampa, Florida
 5.00
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February 2, 2019
I didn’t have much experience fishing in the ocean, but I do have some freshwater experience. Jim was extremely patient...
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Bruce G.
Mantua, NJ
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Half day Tarpon with Captain Jim Loftus

VERIFIED   April 29, 2019
Great trip with Captain Jim. Captained made it a great experience for me and my nephew. He showed and explained the techniques...
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David S.
Marshall, IL
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3/4 day with Jim Loftus

VERIFIED   February 26, 2019
This was really a first rate charter. Highly recommend this guided trip. Thoughtful, safety minded, good equipment and he put...
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Jimmy R.
Meadville, Pennsylvania
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   April 8, 2019
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