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.

Matecumbe Sportfishing/Light Tackle Keys Style

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
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Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 5, 2017

I have been fishing with Capt. Mark for over 20 years. Always a great experience! From bonefish to tarpon & permit, to snapper and sharks, we always see new things and I’m constantly learning something new from him. He’s a true professional and his knowledge of the Keys and backcountry is second to none. 

Whenever possible, I take advantage of the opportunity to fish with Capt. Mark and am grateful for the many great trips and experiences that I’ve been fortunate enough to experience with him over the years.. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a real FL Keys back country experience and who wants a true professional to guide them, whether your an experienced angler or a beginner.

Chris Deveso

 

Fished January 2017

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Replied to this review on Friday, March 24, 2017

Thank you Chris.  Those were some very kind words to hear. I always have fun with you and your family. We have caught some good fish and had some exciting (and sometimes heartbreaking experiences when we found them but couldn’t get them to eat) over the years. Those photos bring back some great memories. Hope to see you again soon Buddy! Mark

Went fishing on Saturday, 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.  Not only did we catch fish, we got a first hand view of the “back country” which is full of wildlife like osprey, rare white pelicans, dolphin, sharks and more.  Just the trip alone is exciting navigating through shallow water at times and narrow passages to get to some great fishing areas.  We caught a variety of fish and there was never a dull moment.  I plan on fishing with Capt. Mark anytime I’m fishing in the area, and highly recommend him to die hard anglers or any family looking for a true adventure!

Dave Brookmyer

Fished February 2017

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Replied to this review on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hey Dave I appreciate the review. You forgot to mention that good sized tarpon that kicked your butt! We only had one tarpon bite that day up in the ‘Glades but we made the most of it. See you next time. Mark


Went fishing on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

We’ve now fished the Florida Keys with Mark for 15 years. We started with Mark because we wanted (and it was critical) for our son Chris (age 12) to have a great first experience on the flats. I’ve used numerous guides throughout the world and many have a tendency to ignore the beginning, even average fisherman. Having caught numerous permit, tarpon, bonefish, and a few snook on a fly rod, I could deal with the personalities of most guides. However the guide I needed for Chris had to be exceptional. My search for an outstanding guide for Chris paid off but, quite frankly, Mark was also great for my wife and myself.  Mark has been fabulous for the family over the years including Chris (now 27) catching Snook and Sharks during the cold February of 2017. Sharks were his targeted fish for our trip. The Tarpon shown in the photo was caught by Chris when he was 12….

Fished January 2017

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Replied to this review on Friday, March 3, 2017

Thanks Roger it was great to spend some more time on the water with you and your family.
Water temps were not quite conducive to an influx of Tarpon but they should be here en masse pretty soon. Look forward to next time. Taks Care!
Capt Mark Byrnes

Went fishing on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I have been fishing for decades and this trip with Mark was by far the best. We were on the tarpon within 45 minutes after leaving dock. Also on other fish too. This guy knows what he is doing. Great boat. He even gave me more time than booking. Also great fishing gear. I would book him again in a New York minute.

Fished May 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, March 3, 2017

Thanks again Mike. We had some pretty good action and the big one you got to the boat was well over 100 lb! I will never forget the one that free jumped and glanced off the gunwale as we were cruising at 25 mph! That was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences! (I hope…) See you again in May.
Capt Mark Byrnes