Dauntless Fishing Charters

If you’re looking to explore the world-famous waters of Islamorada, come aboard Dauntless Fishing Charters! You’ll have access to some of the area’s most renowned fisheries right at your fingertips. Captain Mark Gibson, the man behind this charter, warmly welcomes anglers of all ages and skill levels to join him – from families, to experienced fishermen, to military veterans.

Capt. Mark has plenty of knowledge when it comes to the species on offer here – he was over 30 years of backwater and inshore fishing experience under his belt! He knows where the fish will be biting and when and will guide you to the hotspots, as well as providing plenty of local knowledge and tips and tricks.

You’ll be casting off from your captain’s 22’ Ranger bay boat, which was built in 2019 with room for up to 4 guests. She’s powered by a single 150 HP Yamaha 4 Stroke engine with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots. This speedy vessel is equipped with all the necessary safety equipment, a GPS, and a fishfinder.  She also has a wireless trolling motor, perfect for trolling these shallow waters without spooking the fish!

Islamorada is known for its flats, backcountry, reefs, and inshore fisheries, and Capt. Mark has extensive knowledge of all of them. He mainly fishes out of the World Wide Sportsman, Bass Pro Shops, and can take you casting lines for Floridian favorites such as Redfish, Tarpon, Blacktip Shark, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Speckled Trout, and Red Snapper. Capt. Mark also offers special trips for military veterans – get in touch with him for more info.

Your trip includes top-quality fishing gear and a fishing license, so all you have to bring is a positive attitude and sunglasses. Come aboard Dauntless Fishing Charters and get ready to discover the magic of fishing these world-famous Floridian flats!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $750
    If you'd like to spend 8 hours out on these prolific waters, fishing for your favorite inshore superstars, this is the trip for you! You'll be casting your line for anything from Red, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Redfish, and Speckled Trout to Sharks, Tarpon, and Permit. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear you need, as well as a license.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $650
    Spend a little bit longer on the water and cast your line for a whole host of world-famous fish! You'll be going after Floridian favorites such as Tarpon, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Blacktip Shark, Mutton Snapper, and Speckled Trout. Your captain will provide the fishing gear, as well as your license.
  • Private trip
    Half day PM
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $550
    Just in case you don't want to get up early in the morning.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    Just booked! Last booked: 9 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $550
    If you're looking for the perfect introduction to these famous waters, join Capt. Mark on this 4-hour adventure! You'll be able to target most of the species available in the local waters, including Redfish, Speckled Trout, Mutton Snapper, Blacktip Shark, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, and Tarpon. All of your fishing gear is provided, as well as your license.
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About the Captain

Mark Gibson
Islamorada, Florida, United States
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218 Customer Reviews
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Member since November 2016
Captain Mark is a veteran with over 30 years of experience fishing the inshore and backcountry waters for Redfish, Tarpon, and Speckled Trout. He provides special discounts to veterans and active-duty military personnel. He is a fun and caring person who will give his all to make your trip enjoyable and memorable. He says: "I especially love to teach and fish with kids. It is always amazing to watch as they light up when catching big fish!!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark

Shark (Lemon) Lemon Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Ranger (Bay boat) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4 Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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

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

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Full day trip with Captain Mark Gibson

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on November 22, 2021
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3/4 day fishing in back country

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on October 11, 2021
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on September 30, 2021
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 23, 2021
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half day PM on November 21, 2021
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FAQs about Dauntless Fishing Charters

Dauntless Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Half day PM (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Dauntless Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

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

Dauntless Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Dauntless Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Dauntless Fishing Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon