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If you want to experience the best fishing while on vacation in the Upper Florida Keys, look no further than Captain Dave Perkins Fishing Charters. With over three decades of experience fishing these waters, Captain Dave knows exactly where to go for the biggest catches and most enjoyable experiences. From novice fishermen to experienced anglers, everyone aboard his boat will be in for an unforgettable day of fun on the water.

Captain Dave is an experienced and passionate angler who has been fishing for the past 45 years in the waters near Tavernier and worldwide. He specializes in backcountry, inshore and flats fishing, providing his guests with an opportunity to explore a wide range of stunning natural settings while pursuing their adrenaline-filled adventure. He is an expert at finding hidden gems other anglers can’t access. His expertise encompasses light tackle and fly tackle techniques, allowing him to share his knowledge to teach others. He also welcomes any new ideas and techniques from his clients.

My 18′ Action Craft skiff is the perfect vessel for fishing charters in the upper Florida Keys and Everglades National Park. This boat is equipped with a powerful Yamaha four-stroke engine that provides a quiet and smooth ride. Its shallow draft offers excellent stability and allows it to pole into waters as shallow as 10 inches, ensuring access to the most remote areas of the backcountry. Captain Dave takes great care to ensure his boat is always in perfect condition, providing safety and performance on every outing.

The waters off Tavernier, Islamorada, Key Largo and Plantation Key, Everglades National Park and Florida Bay are teeming with various species of inshore fish, creating a paradise for those looking to make their fishing dreams come true. On any given day, one may find an abundance of tarpon, snook, bonefish, pompano, redfish, speckled trout, snapper, pompano, tripletail, jacks, ladyfish and shark. And if you’re lucky enough to catch a tarpon, bonefish and permit all in the same day – then you can register for the Grand Slam (adding a snook will make it a Super Grand Slam)!

Captain Dave Perkins Fishing Charter offers a wide variety of professionally guided fishing techniques. From beginner to expert, Captain Dave will provide quality spin or fly casting instruction. Using only the highest quality tackle and equipment, anglers are sure to have an enjoyable time out on the water. With his years of experience and expertise, Captain Dave can help everyone learn how to make the perfect cast accurately and effectively.

Captain Dave Perkins Fishing Charter offers three charters (4,6,8 hr) for anglers of all ages and skill levels. The most popular trip is the 6-hour charter which allows plenty of time to reach the fishing grounds for a successful outing. The maximum capacity is two anglers; however, exceptions can be made. Ask Captain Dave. Catch and Release is our policy. If you want to take some home for dinner, snapper, trout, tripletail, and mackerel can be brought home. Whatever your fishing needs, Captain Dave has the charter to suit you! For dog lovers, all of the charters are dog friendly.

When you go on a Captain Dave Perkins Fishing Charter, the captain and his team will provide the necessary gear for a successful day on the water. However, you should bring a hat and sunglasses with ample UV protection and sunscreen. Wear appropriate clothing, and remember to pack drinks and snacks. Captain Dave is an avid photographer who can capture unforgettable memories of your trip (He will email them), but bring a camera for your own amazing shots. Finally, bring along a cooler with ice to store any catches that may come your way.

Fishing with Captain Dave Perkins Fishing Charters is the perfect choice for anyone looking to enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience on the water. With his passion for fishing, professional knowledge, and years of experience, Captain Dave will lead you on an incredible journey through some of the most beautiful waters. He offers customized trips tailored to meet your individual needs, so whether you’re an experienced angler or want to relax in nature, he has something for everyone. With Captain Dave’s expertise, you can be sure that your time spent outdoors will be memorable and rewarding.



Fishing Charter Rates

  • Half Day Fishing Trip (4 Hours )
    $ 600.00
  • Three Quarter Day Fishing Trip ( 6 Hours)
    $ 700.00
  • Full Day Fishing Trip ( 8 Hours)
    $ 800.00


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34 reviews
  • Max
    2 months ago

    It’s always a pleasure fishing with Dave. It’s quite apparent that he knows the bay like the back of his hand. His ability to read the water is unmatched. It was one of those days where the fish just aren’t biting too strong. But these are the days that make you work, and work we did. I easily learned more about inshore fishing from this experience than any other trip I’ve been on. Dave taught me how to use a popping cork, which allowed me to catch my personal best speckled trout. I also got to try live baiting in a narrow mangrove creek, learned various techniques for spotting signs of fish, and caught my first Goliath grouper. 7 hours on the water goes by way too fast, and I hope to be back on board soon.

  • Pam Mac'Kie Walker
    Pam Mac'Kie Walker
    a month ago

    Stop searching - this is the trip you want to book. Seriously our trip was The Perfect Day — we caught lots of fish, from small trout to powerful sharks that wore us out! But the joy of the trip was bc of Dave’s inside knowledge - of the ecosystem and the political forces shaping it, to the currents, the wind and the stripes of color in the water that he correctly read as hungry fish! We experienced stunning scenery; even spying the recently “blown in” flock of over 50 spectacular flamingos!! We saw manta rays and needlefish, and Dave even knew to circle back when we came upon a pod of dolphin to allow them to swim alongside our boat and enjoy the bubbles of our wake! I can only say “wow!” And “see ya next time!”

  • Laurie Emerson
    Laurie Emerson
    a year ago

    Awesome day with Capt Dave!! My husband caught his first tarpon!! We were on fish all day-not to mention having a pod of dolphin play with the boat!! We will be fishing with Capt Dave again.

  • Jeremy diefenthaler

    Captain Dave Perkins knows his fishery! He is a great captain. He is also super friendly. I called him last minute for a charter, and luckily he had a cancellation. We caught a bunch of speckled sea trout, lady fish, and a dozen snook. I also hooked a huge shark, but it got off. We also saw a bunch of Dolphins. I am an avid angler but my friend had never fished before. Captain Dave was able to put us both on fish. Regardless of your skill level, Captain Dave Perkins should be your go-to backwater fishing guide. Fishing aside, it was breath-taking to be out on the water where we went.

  • John B
    John B
    a year ago

    Had such a great trip! Dave provides a great, private expedition into Florida Bay and Everglades, just what me and my newlywed wife needed. Dave was personable, and the trip from booking to finish was laid back. Beyond the fishing, which was great (first Snook and Bull Shark we ever caught!), Dave provided so much knowledge and a keen eye to point out the many wonders of the Florida Bay. Beyond being a guide, Dave and his blog proved a great resource in all of the local spots to hang and eat. Looking forward to booking another trip in the future. This is a 10/10 recommend!

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