Emerald Water Charters

If you’re looking for a professional backcountry fishing guide with a warm and laid-back attitude, Emerald Water Charters is the way to go. Captain Andy Downs specializes in small groups of all skill levels and ages. He can take serious anglers to target a bucket list species or load the kids up and get you that photo of them holding their first catch.

Capt. Andy will take you out on his 24’ Lake & Bay bay boat, which can get you to the fishing grounds in a matter of minutes. The boat can accommodate 5 people, 4 of whom can fish at the same time.

Top-of-the-line equipment will be provided, including Shimano and Daiwa reels and Saint Croix rods, as well as live bait and artificial baits and lures. The captain can accommodate fly fishing, just make sure to let him know in advance. He can provide fly fishing equipment for 2 people.

These beautiful waters are home to a variety of fish species, so there’s something to target year-round. You’ll try reeling in Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Permit, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, and even Shark. After the trip, Capt. Andy will clean and fillet your catch, so you can get it prepared for dinner.

Capt. Andy is especially great with families and is known for being a patient local guide, knowledgeable of these waters. You can bring your family on a trip of a lifetime and make some unforgettable memories with your kids! Children of all ages are welcome, and there are life jackets on board for their safety.

All you need to bring is some kind of sun protection, polarized sunglasses, and some snacks to get you through the day. There will be water and a large cold cooler on board.

Come on out and let Captain Andy guide you through the beautiful waters of Islamorada and help you capture your very own National Geographic moment!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Book this trip to spend a whole day exploring the waters of the Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. It allows for the most flexibility in your fishing. The target species include Trout, Tarpon, Bonefish, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Permit, and even Shark. All the fishing gear will be on board, just bring some snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, and some sun protection, and get excited about your newest fishing adventure!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Go on a 6-hour trip for your chance to explore the waters of the Everglades National Park. Expect to go after Trout, Tarpon, Bonefish, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Permit, and even Shark with a lot of fishing opportunities available. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear, as well as bait. You should bring snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, and sunblock. This is the trip for you if you're a more experienced angler, so come and enjoy great fishing!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This is the trip for you if you want to explore the backcountry, inshore, and Gulf waters in the Islamorada area. You'll go after a variety of species like Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Permit, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, and even Shark. All the fishing equipment will be provided, so just bring snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, and some sun protection, and get ready to explore the pristine waters of Islamorada.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Get a little more sleep and head out in the afternoon to explore the Islamorada backcountry, inshore, and Gulf waters. There's a variety of species you can target, including Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Permit, and even Shark. The captain will provide all the equipment, so just bring some snacks, drinks, a camera, sunglasses, and some sunscreen, and you're set to have a great fishing adventure in these productive grounds!

About the Captain

Andrew Downs
Islamorada, Florida, Estados Unidos
ID & License verified
Response time within an hour
Member since Noviembre 2019
Captain Andy has been fishing since he was 6, so he has been fishing for 30 years and has had a captain's license since 2010. He is local to the area, and he knows all the best fishing spots and honey holes. He enjoys spending time on the water, and his favorite part of his job is meeting new people. He loves putting smiles on people's faces by helping them catch big fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish Bonefish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Lake & Bay (Bay boat) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 350HP Mercury Verado engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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