Ivory Keys Charters

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Ivory Keys Charters offers exclusive fishing adventures with two amazingly successful captains on the waters of Islamorada, Florida. Captains Gary Skrobeck and Skip Paxton offer a wide variety of saltwater fishing from the nearshore flats to the ocean side reefs to the far reaches of the Everglades National Park.

Fishing is done aboard their 19’ Angler Center console originally built in 1972 and restored in 2016. Powered by a 90 HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots, the vessel transports up to three anglers and the captain to the fishing destination with ease. It features a T-top for shade but you are advised to still bring along a long-sleeved t-shirt, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

On board the boat, you will find life jackets for safety, a GPS and fishfinder to locate the best fishing spots, a livewell to store the live bait, and fly fishing equipment.

Islamorada fishing is excellent as it offers very shallow water fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon. If you would like to venture further out to the reefs, you can target a variety of Grouper and Snapper that populate these underwater structures.

Ivory Keys Charters will include all the fishing gear needed to make a trip productive. They carry conventional rods and reels as well as fly fishing equipment, ice, a variety of tackle, and bait. Your fishing license is included, too, and if you wish to take some fish home, your captain can clean and fillet the catch so you get to enjoy it for dinner!

Summer months can get very buggy so this is something that should also be taken into consideration. Be smart, dress appropriate, plan to be out in the sun and in the outdoors for the day. Hats, sunglasses with polarized lenses, light long-sleeved shirts, and comfortable shoes are preferred.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $650
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you are looking to see, fish and experience the true Everglades and visit The Park it is best to book a full day as an hour ride each way is typical. A visit to the reefs of the Everglades National park can produce catches of Cobia, Grouper, and Snapper fishing.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $550
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this six-hour trip, you can fish the shallow waters of the flats and the backcountry for Bonefish, Snook, Tarpon, Permit, and more. Alternatively, visit the reefs of the Everglades National park for some Cobia, Grouper, and Snapper fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This half-day trip is four hours long and is best suited for shallow water fishing for Tarpon, Trout, Permit, Snook, Redfish, and Bonefish.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Bonefish
Cobia
Grouper (Goliath)
Grouper (Red)

Permit
Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook

Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Angler (Center console) originally built in 1972, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
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
Checks

About the Captain

Gary Skrobeck & Skip Paxton
Islamorada, Florida, United States
Member since July 2017
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Captain Skip has over 40 years of fishing experience, numerous tournament wins, and previously held world records. He is a well-known backcountry guide who loves shallow water fishing. Captain Gary is a native of Islamorada. He has fished these water his whole life and is extremely dedicated to providing a memorable Everglades experience.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 97%

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Customer Reviews

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4.98
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100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Andy G.
Cary, NC
 5.00
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Great day with a great Captain

VERIFIED   May 29, 2019
Had a fantastic time fishing with Capt. Skip on the Ivory Keys. Caught many fish, 8 or 9 species. Skip is incredibly experienced...
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Eddie W.
Mount Pleasant, SC
 5.00
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Half Day with Capt Skip

VERIFIED   May 21, 2019
An amazing day in the back country with Capt Skip. His knowledge and easy personality are the perfect combination. I...
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Brad M.
Tampa, FL
 5.00
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3/4 day trip with Skip

VERIFIED   May 3, 2019
My husband and I came from Oregon and booked with Skip. He was a great guide and fun! We caught fish all day with various techniques....
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Michelle W.
Mohegan Lake, New York
 5.00
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VERIFIED   February 28, 2019
Captain Gary took us on an amazing trip! He even arranged dolphins to check us out on our way back in. Will definitely book...
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Richwood, TX
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Fishing with Gary Skrobeck &

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