Florida Fishing Headquarters provides a fun fishing experience for your family and friends, and promises that you will leave with a memory to last you a lifetime.  Whether you are looking for a relaxing day on the water, or are a hard-core angler looking to catch some serious fish, Captain Steve will be able to accommodate you. He is really good at passing his knowledge on to his guests and will be able to put you on your catch if you follow his advice and promise to have fun while learning.

His boat is a Hewes Flats boat, which is powered by a 250 HP Yamaha SHO engine. It is a fast and secure vessel able to navigate the choppy waters easily. It contains a GPS, a VHF radio and a fishfinder, as well as life jackets, fire extinguishers, an ice box, a live bait tank and a wireless trolling motor to make it extra quite when trolling for certain species in the shallow waters.

Florida Fishing Headquarters will be able to put you on whichever species you are after catching - whether you want to target a specific species like Snook, Tarpon and Redfish, or just go out and catch as many fish as possible, like Snapper, Trout, Jack Crevalle, Sharks or Tripletail. He will supply you with the necessary equipment such as rods, reels and tackle. He will also catch live bait that you will use on your trip, and is also able to supply lures, a fishing licence, and upon return to the shore he can clean and fillet your catch.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Evening Tarpon (April thru June)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 30
    $600
    Tarpon are nocturnal feeders so fishing in low light conditions is best. You will fish using live bait with heavy spinning and conventional gear. Early spring trips run from 5 pm to 9 pm and as the season progresses from 6 pm to 10 pm.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $600
    The start time is flexible. You'll mostly target Trout, Snook, Redfish, Snapper, Shark, and Tarpon. Depending on the time of the year, there's a chance to hook into many other species as well.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $750
    A 6 hour trip will give you plenty of time to switch between spots or target different species. You'll mostly fish for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Shark, Tarpon, as well as many other species depending on the season and the conditions. The start time is flexible.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $900
    The full day trip gives you great flexibility if you want to target different species such as Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Tarpon, Sharks, and more, depending on the season and the conditions. The start time is flexible.

About the Captain

Steve Murray
Islamorada, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
10 Customer reviews
Response time 8 hours
Member since October 2016
Captain Steve has been fishing and guiding in Florida since 1997, and has over 40 years fishing experience which has seen him fish inland lakes and rivers throughout North America, as well as the Florida Keys region. The Florida Keys offers unique fishing opportunities in that there are over 30 different species of fish to target. If one species is not biting you can change it up and target another. That is one reason why Islamorada, Florida Keys is known as the fishing capital of the world and that is why he picked this region to start a charter business. He is also an expert fly fisherman for Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. He spent many years fly fishing the tributaries of Lake Michigan and the rivers, streams and lakes in Montana. He loved the year-round fishing scene in Florida so much, that he started his Florida FIshing Headquarters Charter business in 1998 and has not looked back since. He holds a USCG Captain’s Licence and is an Everglades National Park approved guide.

About this listing

Targeted species

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Lemon) Lemon Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Boat specs

Hewes (Flats boat) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha SHO engine.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Flats Fishing
Florida Keys and Florida Bay
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
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 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (6)
Half day trip with Captain Steve!
Great trip with Capt. Steve
Fantastic 3\/4 day trip with Captain Steve Murray of Tarponheadquarters
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
88%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Gary S.
Burlington, IA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Steve!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 14, 2022
We got on fish within 5 minutes of dropping anchor. Steve was excellent about teaching you the best techniques for the fish...
Gary S. recommends Florida Fishing Headquarters
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James R.
Pompano Beach, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Evening Tarpon (April thru June) on June 21, 2022
James R. recommends Florida Fishing Headquarters
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Robert N.
Pembroke Pines, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day backcountry with Capt Steve.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on January 2, 2021
Went out on January 2 out of Postcard Inn with my 16 year old daughter and we were catching fish on every cast most of the...
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Jonathan A. I.
Clayton, DE
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 Capt. Steve

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on January 17, 2020
This man knows the Florida bay and where the fish are.  Weather was an issue and he asked if we would be willing to change...
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Edward D.
United States
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day trip with Steve

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 28, 2021
We had a wonderful time fishing with Steve today. Caught plenty of snappers, speckled sea trout and a couple of lady fish. ...
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FAQs about Florida Fishing Headquarters

Florida Fishing Headquarters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Evening Tarpon (April thru June) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Florida Fishing Headquarters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Florida Fishing Headquarters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Florida Fishing Headquarters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Flats Fishing (Florida Keys and Florida Bay)
  • Backcountry Fishing

Florida Fishing Headquarters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Florida Fishing Headquarters include:
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail