Island Lure Charters
Island Lure Charters
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Island Lure Charters is all about fishing and fun. Fishing the reef and wrecks to offshore and bay we catch snapper, grouper, mackerel, mahi, tuna, and much more. The Island Lure is a clean and comfortable boat that is owned and operated by Capt TJ and will cater to meet the needs and desires of each and every fishing trip. From the experienced angler to novice I will do all I can to provide a fun,safe and productive day on the water. Specializing in family fishing trips everybody is welcomed on the Island Lure.
Marathon, Florida
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Mike L
1 contribution
Dec 2022
We had a wonderful time with Capt. Rich. I took my 2 kids (9 & 10) as well as my wife and niece out for a half day trip. Rich took us out to the patch reefs and we immediately started catching fish. We ended up catching black grouper, yellow tail, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, grunts, pinfish, puffer fish, bonnet head shark and silky sharks. Captain Rich was very patient with the kids and answered all of their questions. We kept him busy rebaiting or rerigging, only because he had us on fish and we were constantly having bites or catching fish! He even let the kids help feed the pelicans at the fillet station while they hovered at his elbow as he filleted. I've been on many guided trips up and down the coasts. Captain Rich is a solid operator and I'll gladly go back out with him again.
Written January 2, 2023
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elizabeth w
6 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
My favorite part of this trip was being part of a family fishing trip. Captain Rich was helpful and helped each of us to bait, cast and bring in the fish. The Captain was able to identify the types of fish and even gave tips on the best way to cook them that evening. We fished both sides of the Florida Keys. The Island Lure was fun to be on the ocean and we moved smoothly and quickly to each fishing location. This trip was a birthday present for my 80 year, it was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this fishing charter business
Written January 15, 2023
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brookv1023
6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I booked TJ with Island Lure charters, because of all the great reviews. And today did not disappoint!. I went with my husband and 18 and 22-year-old children and we had a blast! He asked us what we wanted to fish for and we told him we wanted to catch fish fast that we were good to eat and by golly did we ever! We got 24 fish in nothing flat and that was even throwing back some of the small ones! He filleted and cleaned them all and I can’t wait to have a great dinner tonight tomorrow and Sunday night! If you are looking for a fun day in the Keys, I totally recommend booking with TJ and Island Lure charters None of us had ever really fished. before so he is great and patient to work with all types of experience!
Written February 14, 2020
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Joseph S
Parker, CO11 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
My wife and I was lucky enough to go out on the island lure charter, and we spent several hours catching all kinds of different fish, including a 5 foot long barracuda! Captain Rich is the best! The fishing rods, reels, and bait were top quality, and we kept casting and catching all afternoon. We look forward to returning to Marathon. I am going back out again with Captain Rich.
Written November 26, 2022
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James T
Minneapolis, MN3 contributions
Dec 2019
I had a second trip with Captain TJ in Marathon Key, and it was incredible!! Great weather and a spotless boat were fantastic, but the best part was the captain himself. TJ makes the experience personable, fun, and has an incredible knowledge of how to catch yellowtail and other Florida sport fish!! Not only was action and the size of the fish great, but we got our limit for one of the most gourmet fish available. If you like to eat your catch and go for a variety of fish, instead of sitting on a boat for hours and hours trolling for a Moby Dick who never comes, TJ is the best there is. I would never go with any other Captain in the Keys, especially since this was my second incredible experience. The fish might be gone, but the memories are forever!!
Written January 10, 2020
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Greg S
Connecticut2 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked our family fishing trip (2 adults + 2 teens) with Captain TJ & Island Lure Charters based on the great reviews. What a great day! We caught several snapper and even a king mackerel. The boat was quite clean and comfortable. TJ is very personable and knowledgeable. He even cleaned our fish afterwards. If you're looking for a fun fishing excursion, you can't go wrong with TJ!
Written February 24, 2020
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Armin Wahl
2 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
My fiancé and I came down for an impromptu long weekend. We gave Capt TJ a call too see if he had availability. Unfortunately, his boats were undergoing annual maintenance. Capt TJ was quick to refer us to three of his fellow boat captains who he trusted to take care of us. That speaks to his character.
Written October 9, 2020
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Matt T
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
My family has been coming down to the keys for 5 years now and every year we have gone on a trip with Captain T.J. He really knows his fishing! He keeps a very nice and clean boat making the experience even more enjoyable. Every aspect of our trips have been outstanding. Plenty of rod bending action at the spots the Captain has found! If you're looking for the best charter in the keys...look no further than Island Lure Charters!
Written February 13, 2020
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John L
Miami, FL4 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
I have been fishing my entire life and have gone on dozens of charters, but Island Lure and Capt. TJ stand out. Capt. TJ is extremely knowledgable and will put you on the fish you want to catch. I have been out with him on the Island Lure several times now and every trip we limit out (or come so close it doesn't matter). TJ is enthusiastic and gets everyone exited about catching and landing your fish. His fun attitude is contagious and he is an excellent teacher for both the inexperianced and seasoned fisherman. TJ knows how to instuct with being condesending and how to coach you with a fish on without yelling and he always keeps it fun an upbeat.
On Thursday, August 30th, we set out a 7am, reached our first spot before 8am and had the first of 35 yellowtail snappers in the boat at 8:15am! We also landed a beautiful mutton snapper, a cero mackeral, and several albaco jacks. We really could not have had a better day.
To finish off the trip, Capt. TJ cleans the catch with a professionalism I have rarely seen matched I have seen him fillet 40 fish (that's 80 fillets) without a single bone. Your fish is ready to cook when he gives it to you. He will even tell you the best ways to enjoy the fish you have caught.
Great fun, great results, and real pro.
J Lyon
Written August 31, 2012
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Dorota72
Plainville, CT7 contributions
May 2011
As a 12 year old boy, this was the best fishing expierence of my life. Captain TJ made me and my Dad's Florida fishing expierence the best. First off he took us Chum Balling for Yellowtail Snapper. That was more for me than my dad, but it was great. We caught at least 10 of them, on light tackle. But then something scared all of them off, so Captain TJ had me cast a line out and it turned out to be a Remora. After I caught it, he showed me and my dad what the "sneakerhead" part felt like, well that's what he called it. Now I call it that too. But after this he took us out to a shipwreck which was where the big fish were. There he cast a line out for me and it immeadiatly had a bite. I have to tell you the fish put up a crazy fight. Captain TJ was nice enough to instruct me, and help me when I needed it. Our work payed off and we caught a huge Bonito, which he told me is a relative of the tuna. Then my dad got a big bite. My dad was fighting and fighting, but the fish never seemed to tire out. It ended up being a huge Mutton Snapper, weighing 18 lbs, we also caught another one which was 20 lbs. In the end Captain TJ put me on a fighting, jumping Tarpon. Speaking for my dad also, This was the best fishing expierence in Florida that we will ever have. Go fish with Captain TJ today in Mararthon!!!!!
Written March 8, 2012
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