Captain
Matt Bellinger

Member since May 2015

Islamorada, United States

Background
Capt. Matt Bellinger is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer emeritus and will soon finish classes to attain his Master Naturalist certificate from the University of Florida. Captain Matt loves fishing the Florida Keys, and his trips are not a typical fishing outing. He pays attention to the comfort of his guests and loves the art of fishing rather than just catching fish. He will work hard to make you trip unforgettable.
Techniques
The border of the Everglades National Park is only 5 minutes away from our dock and the prolific waters of the Flamingo area of the Park are a popular destination for flats action. Here you have a wide variety of fish on the prowl.

Hey, I'm Captain Matt Bellinger

Islamorada, United States
Background
Capt. Matt Bellinger is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer emeritus and will soon finish classes to attain his Master Naturalist certificate from the University of Florida. Captain Matt loves fishing the Florida Keys, and his trips are not a typical fishing outing. He pays attention to the comfort of his guests and loves the art of fishing rather than just catching fish. He will work hard to make you trip unforgettable.
Techniques
The border of the Everglades National Park is only 5 minutes away from our dock and the prolific waters of the Flamingo area of the Park are a popular destination for flats action. Here you have a wide variety of fish on the prowl.
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Bamboo Charters 1

Islamorada
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Bamboo Charters 2

Islamorada
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Bamboo Charters Ocean Quest

Islamorada
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trips from $600

Fishing Reports

There’s a lot of fishing going on!

January 17, 2019

Hemingway ran with the Bulls, Jordan played for the Bulls and Anglers are catching Bull Redfish in the Gulf! Bull Redfish are the Reds that can reach the size of an NFL Kicker and they are known to run… Read Full Report →


Kids fishing is our Speciality!

December 20, 2018

The crew here at Bamboo Charters excell at introducing kids and absolute beginners to fishing & catching! Our boats are large,stable and comfortable and can accommodate your family or group up to 6 passengers. We have gear that fits… Read Full Report →


Kids love fishing!

December 20, 2018

The crew here at Bamboo Charters excell at introducing kids and absolute beginners to fishing & catching! Our boats are large,stable and comfortable and can accommodate your family or group up to 6 passengers. We have gear that fits… Read Full Report →


December is looking good!

December 13, 2018

December has been interesting so far, we’ve had cold Winter like fronts followed by hot Summer days with slicked off calm sea conditions and the mix of fish out there will amaze any fisherman. This “Between Time” offers great… Read Full Report →


Family Fun starts here!

December 12, 2018

The Ocean Quest is ready today! We offer daily trips to the Reef and Backcountry waters of the Florida Keys. Let the crew at Bamboo Charters take you and your family on an adventure on your next Florida Keys… Read Full Report →


Everglades National Park Report.

October 10, 2018

The Fall fishing has been good off to a good start. The waters of the Everglades and Florida Bay are staring to cool down and fishing has been consistent lately. We have been on a good Snook bite using… Read Full Report →


Bamboo Charters more than just a Fishing

April 22, 2018

We take pride in what we do day in and day out here at Bamboo Charters, our location in Islamorada is in the Heart of some amazing fishing. This location gives us access to the Atlantic Ocean and Florida… Read Full Report →


Giant Snook on our new Bay boat!

January 24, 2018

We've added a brand new Bay boat to our Charter Service and the very first fish we caught on it was a Big Snook! We are proud to announce the addition of a 2018 Contender 25 Bay boat powered… Read Full Report →


The Snook are here, where are you?

November 01, 2017

Its just 8 days short of two months since Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys and life is back to normal here in the Upper Keys. There are patches of roadside debris waiting for final pickup but once you… Read Full Report →


October and Hurricane Irma

September 28, 2017

Irma brought change to the Florida Keys in many ways and more change will come. For me it began as I was driving out of my neighborhood Plantation Key Colony. I was looking in the rear view mirror and… Read Full Report →


July 2017 Fishing Forecast

June 16, 2017

July is here and with it comes hope for a drier month. Yes we needed June’s rains, but every day brought wind & rain and enough is enough! June also brought a phenomenal Dolphin migration, I speak with offshore… Read Full Report →


Big Fish, No Rules! Islamorada

May 29, 2017

Brett Stevens and his son Cole came looking for a fight! They wanted big fish and fast action and we found both. Using live mullet for bait and Star Rods in the 30 pound class with Avet LX6 reels… Read Full Report →


June Fishing Forecast 2017

May 27, 2017

June brings us the official start of Summer. We here in the Keys deal with Summer like conditions nearly year round but we look forward to this time of the year none the less. Calmer weather and more consistent… Read Full Report →


Spring into Summer May 2017

May 25, 2017

May has been a wild month of weather and fishing. Tarpon have been very active when the weather has been cooperative, the problem has been that the weather has had a blustery temper and the winds have been blowing… Read Full Report →


February Fishing Forecast 2017

January 24, 2017

Winter Season really begins here in February, the coolest weather usually hits this month as do the North winds. This month holds great promise of some outstanding fishing action on both sides of the Keys! The unique thing about… Read Full Report →


Fishing Forecast for February 2017

January 24, 2017

Winter Season really begins here in February, the coolest weather usually hits this month as do the North winds. This month holds great promise of some outstanding fishing action on both sides of the Keys! The unique thing about… Read Full Report →


December 2016 Fishing Forecast

November 22, 2016

Too many fish and not enough time! That will be my memory of 2016. December has come too soon! My Islamorada Boatworks 24 Morada Bay edition was delivered the first week of January and I’ve already hit 1000 hours… Read Full Report →


Cool Weather Hot Fishing

November 21, 2016

Cooler weather came into the Florida Keys and with it came the Winter fish we love. Spanish Mackerel and Seatrout love cooler water temps and now that the Bay temps are around 70f the feed is on! We fished… Read Full Report →


Sharks and Spanish Mackerel are active.

November 04, 2016

Cooler weather here in November has moved plenty of bait into Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. When this annual migration begins the apex predators aren't far behind and they are hungry! Capt Keith here at Bamboo Charters… Read Full Report →


November is here and the fish are happy.

November 01, 2016

November is a time of change here in the Florida Keys, winds shift to the North Northeast and this cooler breeze starts to drop water temps into the mid-70's and pushes a good mix of baits and fish into… Read Full Report →


August 2016 Fishing Forecast

July 28, 2016

August here in the Florida Keys is a Waterman’s dream come true and it is also a Foodie’s delight as well. It is very simple, August 6th is the opening of Lobster season and along with a great haul… Read Full Report →


July Fishing Forecast

July 01, 2016

I usually start out this Fishing Forecast with a bit of commentary on the weather for the up coming month and then I delve into the possibilities for the month’s fishing opportunities. With this year’s El Niño event buggering… Read Full Report →


June 2016 Fishing Forecast.

June 01, 2016

June is here and its about time! So far this year has been a funky thing, the first few months were windy, wet and chilly. The past few months have been a mix of a little bit of everything,… Read Full Report →


June 2016 Fishing Forecast.

June 01, 2016

June is here and its about time! So far this year has been a funky thing, the first few months were windy, wet and chilly. The past few months have been a mix of a little bit of everything,… Read Full Report →


Barracuda up to 22 pounds were biting!

May 22, 2016

Variety is the spice of life and today we caught a great mix of fish. It started with a good bite of speckled Seatrout up to 3 pounds we caught these on artificial . After a short move we… Read Full Report →


May 2016 Fishing Outlook

May 01, 2016

May has in the past been a wonderful month here in the Florida Keys and this year will be no different. But I’ve gotta tell ya, as I’m writing this fishing outlook for May 2016 that I’m doing so… Read Full Report →


The April Fishing report for the Keys

March 17, 2016

April is the month where you'll just have to wait and see what will happen with the weather and coming off one of the strangest Winters that we've had in years its anybody's guess. March came roaring in with… Read Full Report →


Family Fishing in the Florida Keys

March 10, 2016

March is Spring Break season here in the Florida Keys and our location here in Islamorada is very popular with family vacationers. We had 3 year old Lars and 6 year old Ana out for a half day trip… Read Full Report →


Fast Action & Fun Fishing in the Keys!

February 26, 2016

Capt. Keith of Bamboo Charters has been racking up great catches of Spanish Mackerel in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico and topping off the day with big numbers of Sea Trout. The Gulf borders the Western… Read Full Report →


Family Fishing Fun Feb 23 2016

February 23, 2016

We have had warm weather in the mid-70s for the past week and the fish are reacting well. Fishing on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico in the Everglades national Park has been red hot. This time of… Read Full Report →


March 2016 Fishing Forecast.

February 16, 2016

"Beware the Ides of March” a Sooth Sayer once warned Caesar, but nowadays we look forward to the arrival of mid March. Generally speaking by the 15 th of this month we are well into our Tarpon season here… Read Full Report →


2016 Bartenders Sailfish Tournament

February 15, 2016

Dillon’s Pub and Grill reclaims Bartenders Perpetual Trophy ​The 35th Annual Islamorada Bartenders Sailfish Open kicked off with great food and fun at the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar. 52 anglers, who are bartenders or restaurant employees representing 16… Read Full Report →


You shoveled snow. We caught fish!

January 25, 2016

The country has been snowed on we have had a cooler than normal weather conditions here in the Florida Keys. Despite overnight temperatures in the low 50s and high temperatures barely reaching 66° we have been able to put… Read Full Report →


Cooler weather Cooler water good fishing

January 25, 2016

The country has been snowed on we have had a cooler than normal weather conditions here in the Florida Keys. Despite overnight temperatures in the low 50s and high temperatures barely reaching 66° we have been able to put… Read Full Report →


Windy Monday but the bite is on!

January 11, 2016

Capt Keith Tucker is on the action despite a blustery day here in the Florida Keys! Here is his quick report just texted to me "So I have Tracy (Clint's wife) on the boat today, and she has never… Read Full Report →


Florida Keys Fishing report for 1/03/16

January 03, 2016

We are three days into the new year and fishing here in the Florida Keys is nothing short of spectacular. This time of the year we do a good bit of family fun fishing in other words people want… Read Full Report →


January 2016 Fishing Forecast

January 01, 2016

Winter is here in the Florida Keys, well in a way its Winter, we may not see sharp drops in temperatures but we will see a good push of fish headed South for the season. Both sides of the… Read Full Report →


September Fishing Forecast

August 24, 2015

September is here, the kids are back in school and its still Summer! To top it all off, Islamorada and the rest of the Florida Keys is going through an amazing streak of great fishing. We’ve been on a… Read Full Report →


August Fishing Forecast

July 20, 2015

August brings up thoughts of drawn butter, lemon wedges, drawn butter and Florida Spiny Lobster tails. Pop the top on a Islamorada Ale and get to grillin’ & chilling’! Its seafood season here in the Florida Keys now more… Read Full Report →


Junes Fishing for the Florida Keys

May 28, 2015

June is here and we are half way through the year already and so is great summertime action! The offshore waters have settled into a nice pattern with the constant East - South East winds that keep the Gulf… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.78
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6 hour back country trip
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
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Bernie M.
Reading, MA
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Afternoon trip with Captain Keith

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We had an amazing fishing trip - lots of action. Captain Keith was terrific, knowledgeable and helpful. We caught plenty of...
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Bolingbrook, IL
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Half day trip with Captian Matt

VERIFIED   April 10, 2018
Excellent experience. After engine issues on our original day, Matt did all he could to make sure we were able to get out on...
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Key Largo, FL
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6 hour back country trip

VERIFIED   NEW  February 26, 2019
They call it fishing not catching however on this day we did both.  Had a really great trout bit and jumped to tarpon...
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Tampa, FL
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Captain Anthony Vargas

VERIFIED   June 15, 2018
So, I asked to target tarpon specifically, which Captain Anthony agreed to. He took me to several spots and the bite just wasn’t...
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Thorofare, NJ
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Half day with Captain Keith

VERIFIED   February 7, 2019
What a wonderful start to our day! Beautiful ride through the mangroves and we headed out..Captain Keith had us on the fish...
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