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Matecumbe Sportfishing/Light Tackle Keys Style

Member since April 2016 Islamorada, United States
Background
Capt. Mark Byrnes is a Florida native fishing guide, born in Miami in 1953. He started fishing in the Keys when he was 6 yrs old,. As soon as he was old enough to drive (but unable to afford a decent boat) he was spending weekends fishing day and night on the old rickety wooden catwalks attached to the old Keys bridges. He was usually tasked with bringing home snapper and grouper for his family to eat. For his own enjoyment he discovered the thrill of jumping tarpon and of seeing these monsters explode out of the water. In the 70's and 80's his passion was Offshore Fishing in small center console boats...However, he always liked to explore the Keys flats and backcountry of Florida Bay and the Everglades every chance he got in his flats skiff. Slowly but surely he became hooked on the shallow water inshore scene and has fished inshore/flats/backcountry exclusively for more than 20 years now. Capt Mark expertly navigates the Islands, banks, creeks & channels in Everglades National Park.
Techniques
Capt. Mark Byrnes specializes in Tarpon Fishing...but he also tailors trips to his client's desires and targets bonefish, permit, snook, redfish, trout, snapper and sharks. Captain Mark is very patient with beginners and kids of all ages but also has the skills & intensity to pole the flats & sight-fish with expert casters with spin or fly gear.

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Islamorada, United States
Background
Capt. Mark Byrnes is a Florida native fishing guide, born in Miami in 1953. He started fishing in the Keys when he was 6 yrs old,. As soon as he was old enough to drive (but unable to afford a decent boat) he was spending weekends fishing day and night on the old rickety wooden catwalks attached to the old Keys bridges. He was usually tasked with bringing home snapper and grouper for his family to eat. For his own enjoyment he discovered the thrill of jumping tarpon and of seeing these monsters explode out of the water. In the 70's and 80's his passion was Offshore Fishing in small center console boats...However, he always liked to explore the Keys flats and backcountry of Florida Bay and the Everglades every chance he got in his flats skiff. Slowly but surely he became hooked on the shallow water inshore scene and has fished inshore/flats/backcountry exclusively for more than 20 years now. Capt Mark expertly navigates the Islands, banks, creeks & channels in Everglades National Park.
Techniques
Capt. Mark Byrnes specializes in Tarpon Fishing...but he also tailors trips to his client's desires and targets bonefish, permit, snook, redfish, trout, snapper and sharks. Captain Mark is very patient with beginners and kids of all ages but also has the skills & intensity to pole the flats & sight-fish with expert casters with spin or fly gear.
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Matecumbe Sportfishing – Keys Style

16 reviews
Islamorada
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
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Good experience
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Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Ryan K.
New York, New York
 5.00
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This was the fishing trip of a lifetime (until next year!)

VERIFIED   April 15, 2017
Words cannot express how much appreciation we have for Mark, his knowledge of the Florida Bay numbers, ability to put us onto...
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Dave B.
Boca Raton, Florida
 5.00
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February 25, 2017
Had a great adventure with Capt. Mark.  He is laid back and has a knowledge of all things related to this trip. ...
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Cantlon F.
Aurora, Colorado
 5.00
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We’ve now fished the Florida Keys with Mark for 15 years. We started with Mark because we wanted (and it was critical)...
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Chris D.
United States
 5.00
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Great Experience as Always

January 5, 2017
I have been fishing with Capt. Mark for over 20 years. Always a great experience! From bonefish to tarpon & permit, to...
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Robert H.
Cedar Springs, MI
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Worth every penny

VERIFIED   May 21, 2019
My wife and I had an amazing time with Capt Mark.  His patience and experience made the trip one we will not forget. It...
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