Matecumbe Sportfishing – Keys Style

Matecumbe Sportfishing – Keys Style offers a selection of trips exploring the stunning Everglades National Park. Captain Mark Byrnes is a native who has been fishing the Keys for 50 years, and knows every nook and cranny of these winding waters.

His 17’ Back Country Ghost flats boat is the perfect tool for the job – a solid and well-built vessel with a nice shallow draft, so even the skinniest waters won’t be an issue. It comes with an anchoring system, Lowrance GPS, and a fishfinder. There’s a wireless trolling motor to get you on the fish without the fearful ones noticing, and keep you in place as you start enticing the bite and reeling them in.

You’ll be fishing using top-of-the-line rods and reels, for a choice of light tackle or fly fishing. Prepare for a thrilling experience trying to reel in a Tarpon or Snook, some of the trickiest around! You’re also in for a test while fishing the flats and mangroves, with the Snapper and Trout not letting up easily.

You’ll get your reward, though, with Capt. Mark’s cleaning and filleting service preparing your catch to take home for a delicious meal. You’ll not only get to witness the area’s extraordinary beauty, but you’ll hunt fantastic game fish, and some mouth-watering specimens.

Take a trip through one of the most beautiful and unique environments in the country and catch some amazing fish – what more could you want? Let Capt. Mark show you these rich waters and stunning beauty, not to mention a fantastic day’s fishing. Get booking, hop aboard, and get hooked!

With Matecumbe Sportfishing, you’ll get a real Keys experience, which is surely what you came for!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Backcountry
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
     price breakdown
    An 8-hour trip is the best way to experience this little piece of heaven. If the goal is big fish, you'll usually anchor or drift to target Tarpon and Sharks. If you want to cast, use very light spinning gear for Trout, Jack, and Snapper. Snook and Redfish require a little more patience, working the mangrove islands and shorelines. Whatever you seek, this trip has it!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Backcountry
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
     price breakdown
    Spend 6 hours drifting gently along the shallow waters of the Everglades' backcountry waters. You'll chase after excellent inshore game fish, such as Tarpon, Sharks, Snapper, Trout, Snook, Redfish & many more, providing a great challenge and even greater rewards.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon (Evening)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Jun 30
    $500
     price breakdown
    From mid-March to late June, you'll get an unbeatable opportunity to enjoy the sunset while battling it out against the 'Silver King.' Tarpon is usually very active during this time period depending on tides/current. Please note that purchasing live Mullet as bait will incur an extra charge of $35 payable to the supplier.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Flats
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
     price breakdown
    Wind your way around the stunning waterways of the Everglades National Park. You'll be in awe of the magnificent nature around you as you gently creep up to the Tarpon, Sharks, and other excellent game fish before reeling them in.
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About the Charter Operator

Matecumbe Sportfishing/Light Tackle Keys Style
Islamorada, Florida, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
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16 Customer Reviews
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Member since Abril 2016
Capt. Mark Byrnes is a Florida native fishing guide, born in Miami in 1953. He started fishing in the Keys when he was 6 yrs old,. As soon as he was old enough to drive (but unable to afford a decent boat) he was spending weekends fishing day and night on the old rickety wooden catwalks attached to the old Keys bridges. He was usually tasked with bringing home snapper and grouper for his family to eat. For his own enjoyment he discovered the thrill of jumping tarpon and of seeing these monsters explode out of the water. In the 70's and 80's his passion was Offshore Fishing in small center console boats...However, he always liked to explore the Keys flats and backcountry of Florida Bay and the Everglades every chance he got in his flats skiff. Slowly but surely he became hooked on the shallow water inshore scene and has fished inshore/flats/backcountry exclusively for more than 20 years now. Capt Mark expertly navigates the Islands, banks, creeks & channels in Everglades National Park.

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Targeted Species

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Lemon) Shark (Lemon)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Back Country Ghost (Flats boat) originally built in 2002, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha VMAX SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
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
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
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94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Robert H.
Cedar Springs, MI
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Worth every penny

VERIFIED   Mayo 21, 2019
My wife and I had an amazing time with Capt Mark.  His patience and experience made the trip one we will not forget. It...
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Ryan K.
New York, New York
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This was the fishing trip of a lifetime (until next year!)

VERIFIED   Abril 15, 2017
Words cannot express how much appreciation we have for Mark, his knowledge of the Florida Bay numbers, ability to put us onto...
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Dave B.
Boca Raton, Florida
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Febrero 25, 2017
Had a great adventure with Capt. Mark.  He is laid back and has a knowledge of all things related to this trip. ...
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Cantlon F.
Aurora, Colorado
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We’ve now fished the Florida Keys with Mark for 15 years. We started with Mark because we wanted (and it was critical)...
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Chris D.
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Great Experience as Always

Enero 5, 2017
I have been fishing with Capt. Mark for over 20 years. Always a great experience! From bonefish to tarpon & permit, to...
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