Islamorada Fishing Charter

Islamorada Fishing Trips & Rates

Because of the abundance of fish off Islamorada, we offer several fishing trips of different duration, any of which can be successful for targeting fish within their range.

Offshore fishing charters in Islamorada offer some of the best deep sea fishing for mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, kingfish, snapper, and more. Venturing out into the ocean is an exhilarating, memorable experience and creates the opportunity for a larger catch.

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Catch ’em Close
A real plus when you charter out of Islamorada is that fishing for many species starts just 3 miles out. This means that if you are short on time, a partial day trip can produce plenty of fishing action.

What Works Best for Catching Fish
We use live bait when targeting most species because it has shown itself to be superior to dead bait or artificial lures. Fishing techniques we employ include trolling, kite fishing, anchoring, jigging, and deep dropping. Different fish require different approaches to be most successful.

Anyone Can Give it a Try!
We welcome families, fishing novices, and experienced anglers on the TAN MAN. Our experienced first mate will provide for your safety and comfort throughout the trip, and will assist you with all aspects of the fishing trip.

Full Day Fishing

8 Hours
Reef and Near Offshore


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Half Day Fishing

4 Hours
Reef and Near Offshore


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Full Day Fishing

8 Hours
Reef and Near Offshore


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3/4 Day Fishing

6 Hours
Reef and Offshore


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Half Day Fishing

4 Hours
Reef and Near Offshore


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Satisfied charter guest stands with their catch of the day.
Brent Novak
March 3
"A first class charter. Matt and Ryan are friendly,  professional,  timely and very good fisherman.  Both men worked so hard to put us on fish and get them in the boat. A great mixed haul of yellow fin snapper,  mutton snapper, Bonita,  mackerel and one HUGE porgy.  If you are in the keys and want a charter trip call Matt at Tan Man Charters."
Charter guests happily stand in front of their catch of the day.
Henry Wilson
January 11
"Captain Matt and his first mate Ryan were top notch and made our fishing charter an absolutely great experience.

Highly recommend this boat and crew
11 stars out of 10"
Charter guest stands with their catch of the day at Bud n Mary's marina.
Michelle Sabia
April 24
"Great morning out with Captain Matt and Ryan.

Caught a variety of fish and had just a great morning on the water."
A large dolphin (mahi-mahi) caught on the TAN MAN charter boat in Islamorada, Florida.
Spring, Summer, Fall

Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) Charters

Spring and summer months bring plenty of Dolphin Fishing in Islamorada. Dolphin are also known as Mahi Mahi. These fish are good eating and fun to catch!

From the experienced anglers to the novice, TAN MAN and her crew will be right there to assist you to make sure your Dolphin charter in Islamorada is a success!

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A very excited charter guest holds up a sailfish he caught aboard the TAN MAN charter boat in Islamorada, FL.
Fall, Winter

Sailfish Charters

Fishing for sailfish in Islamorada is one of the most exciting things one can do in the Florida Keys. Often jumping repeatedly and rarely giving up, sailfish are very acrobatic!

Sailfish fishing in Islamorada requires chartering a highly capable vessel and an experienced vessel and crew. Captain Matt Davis from Bud n' Mary's in Islamorada has consistently put anglers of all kinds onto these pelagic wonders.

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A woman holds up her dolphin (mahi-mahi) catch on the TAN MAN with the help of the mate.

Dolphin (mahi)

As beautiful in the water as they are on the plate, mahi-mahi will put on a great show & make your day when we find a big school of them!

Captain Matt Davis of the TAN MAN Charter boat helps his charter guest hold up his sailfish catch.


Considered by many scientists as the fastest fish in the ocean, they will jump all over the ocean onced hooked. A prize catch by any fisherman.

A bucket of yellowtail snapper caught on the TAN MAN charter in Islamorada, Florida Keys


Considered good eating, there are many different types of Snapper you'll catch while fishing in Islamorada. Yellowtail, Mutton & many more!

A charter guest holds up three grouper after catching them on the TAN MAN charter boat in Islamorada.


Like snapper, there are several different types of grouper caught in Islamorada. Black, Snowy, Gag, red, strawberry & more!

A family stands in front of their catch and holds a kingfish at Bud n Marys Marina after a day of fishing aboard the TAN MAN.


Very fast and strong with razor sharp teeth, Kingfish or King mackerel can get upwards of 50 pounds!

Charter guests on the TAN MAN boat hold up their tuna catch.


Strong fighting skip jack, beautiful bonita, and sushi-grade black fin that can be eaten right off the filet table!

Charter guest and TAN MAN charter mate show off their impressive wahoo catch off the waters in Islamorada.


Considered the zebra of the sea, Wahoo is great prepared cooked or even as sushi. Strong, long & fast runs.

A charter guest holds up their cobia catch of the day in front of the TAN MAN vessel.


Won't burn off all your line but will make you work for every inch. It's all worth it once on the grill.

TAN MAN charter mate realeases a sailfish in the offshore waters. Charter guest takes a photo of his catch.


You never know what your next bite could be, anything could happen out there in the deep. Pelagics, sharks, billfish, or even the sight of a whale or porpoise.

Charter guest holds up his grouper catch on the TAN MAN charter boat in Islamorada.


Some of the best tasting fish come from the deep and you never know what will come up next. From a large warsaw grouper to a stringer of snappers.

Husband and wife charter guest holds up their snapper catch on the TAN MAN charter boat in Islamorada.


Beautiful, colorful water teeming with great tasting fish. Only miles from the marina, there is a lot of action while reef fishing. Great for a half day of fishing.

Captian Matt Davis' daughter stands with her catch in front of the TAN MAN charter boat.

kid friendly

TAN MAN enjoys taking family charters; there is nothing like spending a day on the water with your loved ones. Air-conditioned salon makes for a comfortable day.


What should I bring?

For a fun-filled day of fishing, we recommend bringing the following items to help protect yourself from the skin, and stay properly hydrated and nourished the whole day:
-Polarized Sunglasses
-Beverages of choice
-Snacks / Lunch
Note: Like most service industries, it is customary to tip the captain / mate 18 - 20% for excellent service.

What is included?

Fishing Licenses
If you are fishing with a licensed captain on one of our charter boats,  you will not need a license. All licensing costs are covered as a part of your trip costs.

Bait & Tackle
Our fishing charter bookings include all necessary bait and tackle to help prepare you for a successful day out on the water.

Professional Rods & Reels
Our crew provides Penn rods and reels for all fishing expeditions as part of the cost of your trip. You are welcome to bring your own equipment.

Expertise and Local Knowledge

Cooler with Ice

Cleaning/Fileting your catch

What Species of Fish will we target?

The offshore waters here hold hundreds of different species of fish. The two most popular fish we target are Dolphin (spring, summer) and sailfish (fall, winter); both are so popular and bountiful that they are referred to as dolphin season and sailfish season. However, there are many other types of fish we target and many we catch as a by-catch when targeting something else. View our fishing calendar of commonly caught fish and the optimal times to target them.

A fishing chart that shows what fish are targeted during a particular season.

How Many people can fit on the tan man?

There is a maxiumum 6 persons per boat. We cater to families and can also arrange to reserve another boat for larger parties that may require two or more boats.

What if there is severe weather?

In case of severe weather, the captain will decide to either delay, reschedule, or cancel the trip. In the event the trip is cancelled, the deposit will be refunded.

Deposits, payments, refund policy

A $400 deposit is required at the time reservations are made. Balances due will be charged to the card on file on your reservation date.

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel outside the 48 hour window of your reservation date your deposit will be refunded.

If reservations are cancelled inside the 48 hour window of your reservation date your entire deposit is non-refundable.

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Captain Matt Davis

Bud n' Mary's Marina
79851 Overseas Highway
(Mile marker 79.8) Oceanside,
Islamorada, Florida Keys