Flats Fishing

Boned Up Fishing Charters

Captain Mike Venezia
Captain Mike Venezia


Islamorada’s back country has some of the best Tarpon, Bonefish, Snook, Red fish, Permit, and Trout fishing in the world. Welcoming first timers and kids to come fish in the Everglades National Park & Florida Bay give Captain Mike Venezia a call for an unforgettable day on the water.

If you are a guest at Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost’s Bayside Townhomes, we’ll pick you up right at your dock. Expert fly fishermen to first time anglers with spin rods welcome !

Captain Greg Poland

Captain Greg Poland


Whether you are seeking that once in a lifetime trophy fish or looking to get your Family out for a fun day on the water with rod bending action, Captain Greg Poland can tailor a trip to fit your needs. Every excursion is a new adventure, weather we are Shark Fishing in shallow water or off with the Family to catch dinner you’re sure to enjoy a fun-filled fishing experience with Captain Greg Poland as he guides you through the pristine fishing waters of the Florida Keys. Fishing and exploring the Gulf, estuaries and mangrove jungles of the backcountry is a great experience that shouldn’t be missed. Snook, redfish, tarpon, trout and sharks are a few of the species that can be caught plus dolphins, manatees, and a huge variety of birds such as bald eagles, roseate spoonbills, egrets, and peregrine falcons can be seen.

Captain Greg Poland is a patient, full-time, Florida native fishing guide. Fishing is not just his career, but a lifelong passion. Located out of the Lorelei Marina with both a Family Style Bay Boat 25ft long (brand new in 2016) & an 18ft Flats Skiff with a specialized casting platform with netting for fly fishermen. Greg welcomes both beginner and experienced anglers. Teaching is a major part of his job, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge of fly and light tackle fishing with his anglers. So if you’re a seasoned tarpon fly angler, someone looking to learn more about the sport of fishing or just want to get the family out on the water….your adventure starts here!

Skins & Fins – Backcountry Sportfishing Charters

Captain Ted Benbow and Captain Donnie Benbow
Captain Ted Benbow and Captain Donnie Benbow

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When fishing the Florida Keys, fishing the Everglades, or Fishing Islamorada, ”The Sportfishing Capital of the World”, Captain Ted Benbow can assure you an enjoyable, interesting and fun day on the water. He specializes in families and trips with kids.

Flip Side Charters

Flip Side Charters
Capt. Chris Daly


Capt. Chris Daly has over 20 years of both inshore and offshore experience. His fishing career has taken him from the north east US to florida, Bahamas, Caribbean and central and South America, with the last 15 years spent in Islamorada fl.

Passionate about sight fishing, Capt. Chris enjoys assisting anglers with catching tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish, snook and other species that swim in the beautiful waters of the florida keys!
Capt Chris operates a pristine 17′ Hewes flats boat with a reliable 115 yamaha providing a comfortable and fast ride to the fishing grounds.We welcome anglers of all skill levels from beginners and family’s to seasoned professionals.

I look forward to making memories that last a lifetime!


Captain John Johansen
(305) 522-4342
P.O. Box 11697
Islamorada, Florida 33036


For over 20 years I have been an Islamorada fishing guide specializing in light spin tackle and fly fishing on the waters surrounding Islamorada and its neighboring islands in the beautiful Florida Keys.

For years this area has been the “go to” destination for the serious saltwater angler. More world record saltwater fish have been caught here than any other place in the world. New records are being set by fly fishing anglers in the Islamorada area to this day.

Still, nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing new and upcoming anglers test their saltwater fishing skills against our local saltwater game fish. All you need to bring is the desire to fish and something to drink! Everything else is supplied.

Whether you’re a novice or world class angler and fly fishing expert, there is no better place to learn or hone your saltwater fishing skills than here in the pristine waters off Islamorada in our Fabulous Florida Keys. Come join me on a fishing adventure in the beautiful backcountry waters of Islamorada and the surrounding Florida Keys.


Captain Clyde Upchurch
(305) 664-9653
Bud N Marys Marina
P.O. box 1674 Islamorada, FL. 33036


Captain Clyde grew up on the beaches of North Carolina, fishing both offshore and inshore . After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he left North Carolina to fish the Yucatan and Grand Cayman. He returned to the Florida Keys in the fall of 1980, where through today, Captain Clyde still fishes out of Bud n Marys Marina in Islamorada. Clyde owned and chartered the “Otter”, a 43 foot Guthrie for two decades. .After selling the Otter, he has run his charters on a beautiful old Rybovitch and most recently on a very nice 46 ft.Whiticar. His new 48 foot Monterey is by far, the top of the line of his charter boats. Clyde can also be found in the keys back-country, where he has fished since arriving in Islamorada, 30years ago.

Reel Deal Charters

Captain Bill Bassett
Captain Bill Bassett
Bud N Mary’s Marina
131 Sioux St.
Tavernier, FL. 33070
Business: (305) 522-4762
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Captain Bill Bassett, formerly of Sachem Charters, and a Florida Keys Native, has had the privilege to fish both inshore and offshore throughout his career. He’s been able to fish both fly and a bait, with a dozen world records under his belt. He’s traveled the fishing world, but there is no other place like fishing the Florida Keys.

Some of his fondest memories involve watching his kids catch some of their first fish in the Everglades National Park. Capt. Bill offers fly fishing lessons and Eco tours throughout the Everglades and surrounding areas as well!

Capt. Rick Stanczyk

Capt. Rick Stanczyk
Bud N Mary’s Marina


Capt. Rick Stanczyk is a born and raised native of Islamorada, Florida Keys. His family has owned and operated the world famous Bud n Mary’s Fishing Marina since 1978, which has been a mecca in the sportfishing community since 1944. His father, Capt. Richard Stanczyk Sr, grew up in Miami and started offshore fishing there back in the early 1960s. He moved down to the keys in the late 70s, bought the marina, and began fishing much of the backcountry water. He guided Capt. Gaspeny to the one-time fly world record bonefish of 14 lbs 6 oz. Rick spent his childhood weekends and days after school fishing with his father, as well as many summers in the bahamas fishing for blue marlin on his uncle Scotts boat “Catch 22″. He worked on and around many of the offshore charter boats at Bud n Mary’s while growing up and did leave for school for a few years. He attended University of Central Florida for business administration, and returned home in 2003 finishing his degree online while working at the marina, helping manage the store, website, and other goings on. He has been a professional backcountry fishing guide since 2007, growing a tremendous business in a short amount of time with his business and internet skills, as well as helping the marina as a whole have some of its busiest years to date. He is a calm, cool, collected guide that doesn’t scream or yell at his customers. He has a passion for catching a variety of fish and loves showing his clients different things, as well as having fun on the water. He also has a vast fishing knowledge passed down by the collective guides at Bud n Mary’s who have been fishing the waters of Islamorada for decades, and is rare to find in such a young guide. Come fishing with Capt. Rick Stanczyk and your sure to have a great day on the water!

Captain Vinnie Biondoletti

Captain Vinnie Biondoletti
Bud N Mary’s Marina
Web: http://budnmarys.com/vinnie_biondoletti.html

Captain Vinnie Biondoletti is a true Key’s native. He grew up in Tavernier and has been fishing his entire life. His passion for fishing came at a young age, where he would fish in the early mornings before school and into the late evenings after school. In 1986, he joined the ranks of the best fishing guides in the Keys at Bud n Mary’s Marina.

While guiding over the past 23 years he has raised 3 sons, who he loves spending time fishing and hunting with.

Whether it’s stalking bonefish on the tranquil flats, fly fishing in the Everglades Nationals park, or live bait fishing around the channels and bridges, Vinnie has the knowledge and expertise to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.


Captain Chris Barron
(305) 852-4506

Plantation Key, FL 33070

Captain Chris Barron is a shallow water sportfishing guide aboard the Stray Cat, an 18′ Maverick skiff powered with a 150 HP Mercury engine. If you would like an exhilarating day of fishing in the Florida Keys, he can make it happen with chartering from Key Largo to Marathon, including the Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park.