Captain Zach Stells

Key Deer Boulevard
Big Pine Key FL, United States

Captain Zach Stells takes novice and seasoned anglers to the shallow waters of Big Pine Key. Fine angling here takes place everywhere - flats, channels and mangrove shorelines. If you want fly and sight fishing, come join Captain Zach.

You’ll be fishing aboard his 17’ Maverick flats boat - ideal to take up to two anglers looking to catch plenty of fish, or for some good old father-son time. The boat is equipped with navigational instruments, safety equipment and fly fishing gadgets, so you can focus on angling. And when you want to try sight fishing, just step on the platform and gaze over the water.

Fish here surely know how to bite. Captain Zach will step up his game to make sure you get a taste of action trying to reel in the Silver King, feisty Bonefish or big Permit. Plus, Barracuda inhabits these flats year round, so you’re in for a fight with the fanged-teeth aggressor.

Your captain is a seasoned fisherman and the time onboard with him will turn into a memorable trip. He welcomes children as well, and will bring the necessary fishing licence.

The trip rates include rods, reels and tackle, live bait and lures. You will have your catch cleaned and filleted. All you need to bring is some snacks, drinks, a cap and sunscreen. Also, don’t forget to bring some shades - you’ll want to be ready to spot the fish!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    Bent on seeing Tarpon splash? Captain Zach will take you there! This trip gives you a whole day of fine angling, while targeting Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon and Barracuda. All necessities will be provided, so don't worry about rods, reels, tackle or bait. Just bring your food and drinks, and go get that fish!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 2 persons
    If you want to set out early and spend some quality time angling, come aboard! Captain Zach Stells will give you six hours of fly and sight fishing in the waters of Florida Keys. All equipment will wait you onboard, just grab some snacks and drinks before your trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    Have only four hours to spare? Come along with Captain Zach and go find yourself some big fish of Big Pine Key. There's Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit and Barracuda. If you want to spend your time fly and sight fishing, this trip is the one!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)

Boat Specs

Maverick (Flats boat) originally built in 2002. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha engine.

17 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
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
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Captain

Zach Stells
Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
Member since February 2017
I specialize in shallow water sight fishing in the flats of the Lower Keys. I target Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit on light tackle and fly.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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