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Islamorada Tarpon On The Fly

100% (5) 1 - 2 People 4 - 8 Hours From $550

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8 Hours 4 Hours
2 People
$850.00
$550.00
1 Person
$850.00
$550.00
Pay 15% of the price as a deposit today, with the balance due on the day of the trip.
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About Your Trip

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Advanced

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Head out with Captain Randy to spot, stalk, and sight-cast to migrating Silver Kings on the gorgeous Florida Key's flats! This trip is not for the faint of heart! Tarpon are smart; they have great eyesight, they are very skittish, and sometimes they're flat out just not hungry! Being able to double-haul and make a good cast to the fish is just the first step—convincing a full-grown tarpon to actually eat your fly is a...

About Your Trip

Head out with Captain Randy to spot, stalk, and sight-cast to migrating Silver Kings on the gorgeous Florida Key's flats!

This trip is not for the faint of heart! Tarpon are smart; they have great eyesight, they are very skittish, and sometimes they're flat out just not hungry! Being able to double-haul and make a good cast to the fish is just the first step—convincing a full-grown tarpon to actually eat your fly is a
whole other business! Luckily, Captain Randy has spent most of his adult life throwing flies at these overgrown minnows, and knows all the best secrets, nuances, and stripping techniques to give you the best chances of hooking into the fight of your life!

On a normal day, Captain Randy will meet you at the dock behind the famed Lorelei Restaurant in the heart of Islamorada. (Note: Randy keeps his boat trailered, so he can accommodate other pickup locations as well). After you hop aboard his 18' Hells Bay poling skiff (an absolute flats fishing machine) you'll head out to either the gulf side or stay inland to scout out the flats and back bays where these migrating tarpon like to pull off and rest or feed. Stalking the flats, Captain randy will either pole you up a flat, or anchor his skiff with his pole to wait for Tarpon to push through. Keeping your eye's peeled for the flashing glimmer of a rolling Tarpon, or the dark torpedo-like shadow of a cruising fish, you'll be at the bow of the boat, 12 weight in one hand, your fly in the other, poised and ready for action!

It is always critical to spring into action quickly and efficiently when a tarpon is within range, and while this might sound straightforward and routine, wait till you feel how fast your heart starts racing when you hear Randy say: "1 o'clock. 40 feet."

Don't forget your polarized sunglasses! These are essential out on the flats to help eliminate glare and see the fish as quickly as possible. Captain Randy can provide the rest of the gear for your trip if you need it, and will have a cooler with ice, water, and soft drinks ready to rock and roll. Feel free to bring a snack or pick up a sandwich from the Trading Post down the street on your way to the dock. You can also bring any other drinks of your choice as well to be stored in the cooler on board.
Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Advanced

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Location

This guide can be flexible with the departure location.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Fish Cleaning

No cleaning service provided.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Live Bait

Live bait is not used on this trip.

Kid Friendly

This trip is best for adults.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Flexible Cancelation

The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

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About Your Guide

Captain Randy

Independent Guide
Captain Randy has been fishing nearly his whole life. For the last 14 year or so he's been guiding trips in the Florida Keys. He's a passionate fan of the sports aspect fishing provides and loves helping people make the catch of their dreams become reality. Over the years, he's become a proficient in both conventional and fly fishing.

About Your Guide

Captain Randy

Independent Guide
Captain Randy has been fishing nearly his whole life. For the last 14 year or so he's been guiding trips in the Florida Keys. He's a passionate fan of the sports aspect fishing provides and loves helping people make the catch of their dreams become reality. Over the years, he's become a proficient in both conventional and fly fishing.
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Start Location

Your guide can be flexible with your start location.
You can work with your guide after booking to set a more specific start location in the area.
Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar, 96 Madeira Rd, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
Areas Fished
  • Duck Key
  • Key Largo

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Skiff
Boat Manufacturer
Hells Bay Boatworks
Year Built
2009
Boat Length
18'

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Skiff
Boat Manufacturer
Hells Bay Boatworks
Year Built
2009
Boat Length
18'
Engine Manufacturer
Mercury
Total Horsepower
60
Number of Engines
1
Additional Amenities
GPS, Fishfinder
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Trip Details & Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Advanced

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Location

This guide can be flexible with the departure location.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Fish Cleaning

No cleaning service provided.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Live Bait

Live bait is not used on this trip.

Kid Friendly

This trip is best for adults.

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Flexible Cancelation

The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

Potential Target Species

  • Tarpon

Techniques

  • Fly Fishing

Everything Else to Know

Sunglasses (Polarized is essential!). Fishing License, Rods, reels, tackle, and flies included.
You're all set! You don't need to buy a license for this trip.
We use a cashless autopay system. We'll send you a boarding pass, and on the day of the trip, your guide will scan your boarding pass to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is to tip your guide (we recommend 20%).
The deposit for this trip is non-refundable (but if the weather is too bad to go out, you will still receive a credit back to your account).
If the weather doesn’t cooperate you’ll be covered by our 100% weather guarantee and you won’t lose your deposit.

Reviews

5.0
based on 5 reviews

Dave

Verified Review

May 26

Captain Randy comes highly recommended. This was a retirement trip for my brother and it was truly amazing!! Captain Randy went above and beyond to make sure our 2 day trip was full of action, and adventure. His love for The Florida Keys is contagious. He will put you on the fish! If you seriously love fishing, he’s your guy! Captan Experiences made booking and paying our Captain so much easier...

Dave

Verified Review

May 26

Captain Randy comes highly recommended. This was a retirement trip for my brother and it was truly amazing!! Captain Randy went above and beyond to make sure our 2 day trip was full of action, and adventure. His love for The Florida Keys is contagious. He will put you on the fish! If you seriously love fishing, he’s your guy! Captan Experiences made booking and paying our Captain so much easier than doing it over the phone. Everything was seamless and I look forward to booking with them and Captain Randy again.
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Dave

Verified Review

May 24

Captain Randy was kind, very knowledgeable of the area as well as where to find the giant Tarpon. We had a wonderful time talking about everything, getting to know one another and We appreciated his extensive knowledge of fishing the Islamorada waters. His equipment is new and tackle is spot on and we enjoyed every moment of our trip.

Dave

Verified Review

May 24

Captain Randy was kind, very knowledgeable of the area as well as where to find the giant Tarpon. We had a wonderful time talking about everything, getting to know one another and We appreciated his extensive knowledge of fishing the Islamorada waters. His equipment is new and tackle is spot on and we enjoyed every moment of our trip.
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Rick

Verified Review

April 10

Fishing with Captain Randy was a blast caught plenty of bonefish and some sharks Randy is a cool dude really enjoyed my trip

Rick

Verified Review

April 10

Fishing with Captain Randy was a blast caught plenty of bonefish and some sharks Randy is a cool dude really enjoyed my trip
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Lee

Verified Review

November 6

Randy was great! Highly recommend.

Lee

Verified Review

November 6

Randy was great! Highly recommend.
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Bailey

Verified Review

May 3

A group of fisherman with whom I have fly fished in the Keys for 25 years was short a guide during peak of Tarpon season. Captain Experiences "hooked" us up with Randy, who, as luck would have it, captained out of the Lorelai, which is the launch all our favorite guides use. Randy is a seasoned professional. He located fish in all light conditions, busted his butt to position boat for good angle...

Bailey

Verified Review

May 3

A group of fisherman with whom I have fly fished in the Keys for 25 years was short a guide during peak of Tarpon season. Captain Experiences "hooked" us up with Randy, who, as luck would have it, captained out of the Lorelai, which is the launch all our favorite guides use. Randy is a seasoned professional. He located fish in all light conditions, busted his butt to position boat for good angle shots, and did everything other than feed the fish for us. I recommend him without reservation. In fact, I booked him for two more days in early June!
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First Time Booking with Us?

Captain Experiences is the home of over 1500 Damn Good fishing and hunting guides. Our mission is to unlock the outdoors for everyone, and we want to help you get out there through our no-hassle online booking experience and our team of outdoors experts.
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only put you on 'em, but show you a great time, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR Code boarding pass. Just show your guide your boarding pass on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to get out there. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a credit for the full deposit of the trip to be used on any of our trips across the country. Your safety is our top concern.
Each trip’s price is set by the guide and factors in all of their costs. A big determinant of cost is often the type of boat and associated fuel costs, but other guide costs include leases, marina / slip fees, bait costs, and the cost to provide and maintain all of the gear you’ll need on your trip.
Once you book the trip, we will connect you directly with the guide to go over any additional details. In the meantime, our team is always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!