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Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure in the Florida Keys? Islamorada, and the whole Florida Keys, is the perfect backdrops for fishing charters with Captain Mark. Captain Mark offers guided fishing charters in the Florida Keys that are sure to leave an impression for a lifetime. No matter if you’re an experienced angler looking to hook a big fish or you’re a beginner and want some rod bending action and tasty table fare, Captain Mark can cater your trip to your goals! Kids are always welcome!...Read More
Inshore fishing the Florida Keys attracts anglers from all over the world who are looking for the “grand slam” of shallow water fishing as you can target numerous prized species in the Florida Keys! Backcountry fishing is done in the inland waters of the Florida Keys and Key West. Flats fishing and backcountry Fishing are done in the same place, as the backcountry holds all the flats.
The shallow waters in the Keys are home to plenty of fish feed, such as shrimp and crab, making it a hotspot for larger fish to prey. You will come into contact with prized monster inshore fish that call these waters home or are just passing through. Water depth in the backcountry can range from 0 to 30 ft of water with massive cuts and channels between the shallow flats and also includes the mangrove ilands. It's all part of the “backcountry”.
Back up in the Everglades you can expect to catch Redfish, Speckled Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Blue Runners, and Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon as well!
Book a trip above and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience traveling through and fishing in this unique coastal environment. Captain Mark will make sure you have an experience you'll be talking about for the rest of your life.
Captain Mark is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain and a disabled service-connected U.S Navy Veteran....Read More
Captain Mark has been saltwater fishing his whole life. After many years fishing the Gulf in the Tampa area, he decided to move down to the Florida Keys and share his experience with as many veterans as he possibly can. Although he enjoys fishing with everyone, thirteen years ago he began taking out other vets, with and without disabilities, to share the fun and camaraderie of fishing. These veteran-oriented trips have proved to be very rewarding for everyone involved. It's Captain Mark's goal to share the Florida Keys' beauty and fun with everyone who's served their country!
Couldn’t have asked for a better guide. Captain Mark gave us the options of what to go after and he put us on the fish! Can’t wait to go back!
I wish I could give Captain Mark more than 5 stars! My two sons and I caught a ton of fish -- mackerel, snapper, trout, bluefish and more. Captain Mark knew the area, took us right where we needed to be and made sure we were set up ...Read More for success. We wanted enough for a dinner, and we needed to buy a cooler to bring it all home. Captain Mark is a class act, we'll definately be back again, and will refer to friends who visit the Keys.
Captain Mark is incredibly knowledgeable and knew all the right spots to make this the most memorable fishing trip ever! He took us further than most Captains will go to ensure we found a great spot. We caught 99 fish on our trip! Captain Mark took the time to review ...Read More the techniques for each type of fish we were looking for. It made all the difference in our experience! We’ll absolutely book him again for any fishing we do in the Keys! Thank you for an amazing day! It’s a trip our son will never forget!! We also appreciate your support for wounded veterans and all you do for them!
We met captain Mark at the marina and he was ready to go. We traveled through the islands and bays to his selected spots. He put us onto fish and wasn’t hesitant to move to another spot if they weren’t biting or the conditions weren’t favorable. He ...Read More know the waters and has a wealth of knowledge regarding the fisheries he was pursing along with how to catch them. The captain was very personable and if your coachable you will catch fish. We caught snook, spotted trout, snapper, redfish and other species. If you want to catch fish, enjoy a day on the water with a nice captain, this would be a great choice. I would not hesitate to book another charter with the captain.
I took my 8 and 11 YO daughter and son on their first “big” fishing trip into the backcountry with Captain Mike and I consider us very fortunate to have connected with him. As a guide, Mike was very knowledgeable and immediately put us on some fish despite some ...Read More odd tides and weather patterns. As a captain, he made my kids (and me) feel very comfortable on the water and with boater safety. He briefly stopped on the way out to point out dolphins and other nature related things. Once we arrived, he quickly got us set up with the right size tackle and fishing strategy for my smaller 8 YO daughter and my more experienced 11 YO son. He was patient with both of them and taught them all sorts of things about fishing, the backcountry, boating, etc. We caught a mixed bag of 10+ different kinds of fish using different techniques which kept it interesting for my kids (and me). He went above and beyond to help my son catch a large shark which was his goal all along and he got my daughter hooked on fishing. In the end, we ended up extending our trip from 3/4 day to full day at the request of my daughter who was having so much fun. Overall, as a parent, I cannot recommend Mike enough in this regard. While the above focuses on Mike being a great guide for kids/families, I was also very impressed with Mike’s skills and services as a guide for adults and experienced fisherman. He was great to talk with and provided lots of good advice on strategy and technique. Plus we caught a lot of fish which is always the goal. In closing, I will be going back to the Keys at some point in the future and using Mike again for hopefully multiple days of fishing. I have already recommended him to multiple friends and families and truly appreciate the experience we had with him.
Capt Mark was awesome! Covered all our questions before we asked them & before we left the dock. Kept us on fish all day in areas where fish bit as soon as the bait hit the water. Capt Mark was a lot of fun with our kids (ages 9 and ...Read More 13) as well as us parents. Great pointers, easy to follow instruction & guidance. We easily caught over 100 fish of a variety of species. Aside from catching fish we also saw other marine life. Capt Mark was incredible & we would HIGHLY recommend booking with him.
We were novice level and Captain Mark showed much patience with us. He was very informative about the environment and shared interesting facts throughout the trip. My boys wanted to get a big fish and we ended up hooking a two hundred pound sand shark! It was an amazing catch!! ...Read More We caught fish non-stop. We highly recommend Captain Mark!
Inshore, Nearshore, Flats
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
This trip has multiple pickup locations.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No meal provided.
Rods, Reels, Tackle, Bait, Fishing licenses, Cooler and Ice
At an Additional Rate
Snacks and Drinks, Rain Jacket, Polarized Sunglasses, Hat
Nothing additional needed.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
World Wide Sportsman Bayside Marina & Boardwalk, Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL, USA | Bodies of water fished: Florida Keys, Florida, USA