First Choice Charters in Islamorada, Florida

Guided by Larry Wren

Deep Sea

About Your Guide

Certified Damn Good Guide
21 Years of Experience

Captain Larry and his charter offer charter fishing in a relaxed, professional, fun-filled family atmosphere!

They offer the finest Sportfishing Florida Keys Trips that sail from Islamorada & Key Largo, Florida. The Florida Keys are known to many anglers as The Sportfishing Capital of The World. Islamorada fishing charters & Key Largo fishing charters are highly productive because of the warm waters that surround the Florida Keys.

First Choice Charters Trips

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Launching from Whale Harbor with Captain Larry puts you a mere 30 minutes ride offshore to the Gulf Stream's premier hot spots. Captain Larry and crew won’t waste a moment taking you to the action either. On these trips, you will head out up to 20 miles offshore to troll for Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, Amberjack, Wahoo, Shark, Marlin, Sailfish, King Mackerel, and more, or stay a little closer to shore to bottom fish/jig the reefs for Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Amberjack and more! If your interest peaked at dolphin/mahi-mahi, you should book your trip from May to October when the population explodes! The charter boat trolls rigged baits and lures to locate schools of dolphin that range from 5 to 50 pounds. Once a school is found, their voracious appetites and abundant numbers result in a feeding frenzy you’ll never forget. And, since Mahi is excellent table fare, you’ll want to keep them for dinner. Your boat’s mate will gladly fillet them and you can arrange to have your catch prepared at any of the local restaurants. From November to April, Captain Larry primarily targets sailfish, using live bait on light tackle. Catching the baitfish (ballyhoo) on the way out to the deep water is a super fun way to start off your adventure (Especially given the prospect that those fish will turn into even bigger fish!) The ballyhoo are chummed up to the surface, where they are caught by cast net or by fishing for them using tiny hair hooks. Once the bait well is full, the boat runs to the outside edge of the reef and the action begins. If you’ve never hooked into a 7-foot-long tail-walking sailfish on light tackle, you’re in for a thrill of a lifetime! We practice catch and release for all bill fishing and ask about no-kill fish mounts. Florida is the only state in America with easily accessible coral reefs. Join us for the amazing opportunity to fish these abundant feeding grounds for nearly 600 species of fish just 20 minutes offshore. You’ll be bottom fishing in calm, sheltered water 10 feet to 30 feet deep for snapper, grouper, yellowtail, hogfish, porgies, grunts, jacks, mackerel and barracuda, to name just a few. Once anchored, chum is put out to create a feeding frenzy right behind the boat to give you non-stop action as you catch fish after fish. Captain Larry's charter rates cover the “First Choice Merritt Sport fishing vessel” guaranteed clean, fueled, and stocked with baits, spare gear, and a clean ice-filled cooler, as well as two expert crew members trained to ensure you have the best fishing experience possible. This way all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, and Captain Larry will make sure you have an incredible time! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Reef To Offshore: Fishing Frenzy

100% (5)
1 - 6 People From $225 / person
Damn Good

Launching from Whale Harbor with Captain Larry puts you a mere 30 minutes ride offshore to the Gulf Stream's premier hot spots. Captain Larry and crew won’t waste a moment taking you to the action either. On these trips, you will head out up to 30 miles offshore and to target Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, Amberjack, Wahoo, Shark, Marlin, Sailfish, King Mackerel, and more! If your interest peaked at dolphin/mahi-mahi, you should book your trip from May to October when the population explodes! The charter boat trolls rigged baits and lures to locate schools of dolphin that range from 5 to 50 pounds. Once a school is found, their voracious appetites and abundant numbers result in a feeding frenzy you’ll never forget. And, since Mahi is excellent table fare, you’ll want to keep them for dinner. Your boat’s mate will gladly fillet them and you can arrange to have your catch prepared at any of the local restaurants. From November to April, Captain Larry primarily targets sailfish, using live bait on light tackle. Catching the baitfish (ballyhoo) on the way out to the deep water is a super fun way to start off your adventure (Especially given the prospect that those fish will turn into even bigger fish!) The ballyhoo are chummed up to the surface, where they are caught by cast net or by fishing for them using tiny hair hooks. Once the bait well is full, the boat runs to the outside edge of the reef and the action begins. If you’ve never hooked into a 7-foot-long tail-walking sailfish on light tackle, you’re in for a thrill of a lifetime! We practice catch and release for all bill fishing and ask about no-kill fish mounts. All you need to bring for your trip with Captain Larry are your favorite snacks, drinks, and lunch if you'd like. Captain Larry will provide everything else from a captain & crew that cares, all the licenses, rods, tackle & bait, a clean & spacious vessel, and a filleting and bagging service for your catch! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Hot Pursuit In The Gulf Stream

100% (5)
1 - 6 People From $250 / person
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Are you ready for an offshore fishing adventure that will leave you with stories to tell for years to come? Look no further than this offshore deep dropping trip with Captain Larry down in Islamorada, FL! This isn't your typical fishing trip. You'll be targeting all kinds of deepwater trophy species, including Blackbelly Rosefish, Queen Snapper, Yellowedge Grouper, Snowy Grouper, Tilefish, and more! Captain Larry's 37' Merritt sportfisher is specially designed for deep-sea fishing, and you'll be heading out over blue water to catch the big one. As you make your way offshore, you'll be surrounded by crystal-clear waters teeming with life, so keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, sharks, and maybe even a pod of dolphins! Once you've reached the fishing grounds, Captain Larry will give you the rundown on how to "deep drop". You'll have access to top-tier heavy gear so that you can pull up massive bottomfish! When you finally hook a big one, the real work begins. You'll need to use all your strength and skills to bring one on board. But the sense of accomplishment you'll feel when you finally haul in a massive trophy will be worth every second of the battle! Don't settle for an ordinary fishing trip—join Captain Larry and experience the thrill of a lifetime! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Offshore Deep Dropping

100% (5)
37 ft 1 - 6 People From $333 / person
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Are you ready for an offshore fishing adventure that will leave you with stories to tell for years to come? Look no further than this offshore Swordfish trip with Captain Larry, down in Islamorada, FL! This isn't your typical fishing trip. You'll be targeting Swordfish, one of the ocean's most impressive and challenging fish. Swords are know to be extremely difficult to catch, both because they swim at great depths and for their fighting abilities. Captain Larry's 37' Merritt sportfisher is specially designed for deep-sea fishing, and you'll be heading out over blue water to catch the big one. As you make your way offshore, you'll be surrounded by crystal-clear waters teeming with life, so keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, sharks, and maybe even a pod of dolphins! Once you've reached the fishing grounds, Captain Larry will give you the rundown on how to "deep drop". You'll have access to top-tier heavy gear so that you can pull up trophy-sized Swords! When you finally hook a big one, the real work begins. You'll need to use all your strength and skills to bring one on board. But the sense of accomplishment you'll feel when you finally haul in a massive trophy will be worth every second of the battle! Don't settle for an ordinary fishing trip—join Captain Larry and experience the thrill of a lifetime! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Extended Swordfish Trip

100% (5)
37 ft 1 - 6 People From $350 / person

Recent Reviews of First Choice Charters

Vicki L.

Fishing

Had a great morning fishing with Captain Larry and his first Mate Peter - who were both friendly and knowledgeable. The weather beautifully cleared up as we were heading out to sea. My son’s each got to catch several fish of different varieties and using different methods. It was overall a great experience for our first time deep sea fishing. Thank you!

Hunter W.

Fishing

If you want to catch great fish and have a great time doing it, come see Larry! Very knowledgeable!

Frank G.

Fishing

Captain Larry and our mate Travis were awesome! They put us on fish and helped us catch. We had a great day on the water catching a variety of fish, including some big Mahi and a number of nice black fin tuna for the dinner table! The boat was super comfortable, too! They did everything to make sure we had a great time. Thanks guys!

Fred W.

Fishing

Captain Larry was wonderful. They worked hard to find the fish despite tough conditions. I have a young son, and Captain Larry was very nice and talkative with him and willing to listen and teach.

Steve E.

Fishing

Good day on the water, very nice boat and knowledgeable Capt and crew! We’re keeping his name and number handy for future trips!

Species

Barracuda, Blackbelly Rosefish, Blue Marlin, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Queen Snapper, Sailfish, Snowy Grouper, Swordfish, Tilefish, Wahoo, White Marlin

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Deep Dropping, Fly Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Kite Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea

Start Location

83413 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, United States | Bodies of water fished: Duck Key, Key Largo

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