Fishing the Backcountry Flats of Islamorada
and the Florida Keys since 1970

Islamorada fishing is the best of the Florida Keys – and the world. Known as the
“Sport Fishing Capital of the World”, Islamorada offers you some of the most exciting tarpon, bonefish, snook, permit and redfish fishing you will ever experience.

All anglers welcome from the smallest [6 and up] to oldest from novices to "experts". Capt. Cliff can provide on the water instruction from knowledge accumulated from his 40 years of fishing experience. All Tackle and licenses provided and also a cooler of ice for your things.

Need more than one boat? ---A family or corporate charter fishing trip can easily be arranged.

Capt. Cliff Tatje has been a licensed fishing Captain since 1970. He holds a US. Coast Guard's Master of near Coastal, Steam or Motor Vessels license and has run fishing vessels up to 125'. Capt Cliff has fished extensively throughout the Northeast, Bahamas, Dry Tortugas, not to mention the fabulous Florida Keys. The past 23 years however, Capt. Cliff has concentrated his expertise on fishing the famous backcountry flats of Islamorada in the beautiful Florida Keys.

The Gottago II

The Gottago II is a 24 foot Vip Bay Stealth, powered by a Mercury Optimax of 225 horsepower, it has an 8 and a 1/2 foot beam , this flats boat is very roomy and fishes up to 4 people comfortable. The Gottago II is one of the most stable fishing platforms on the Islamorada backcountry waters. While the Gottago II can go into very shallow water, it also has the capability of fishing the inshore patch reefs for Yellowtail, Mangrove and mutton snappers and It can go into the Gulf of Mexico for Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Tripletail and Sharks!--Big Sharks! There is also lot's of dry storage for your fishing and non-fishing gear. So don't forget to bring your Polarized sunglasses, deck shoes[no black soles please] sunscreen[no spray bottles], long-sleeved shirt and pants, camera and film, lunch and drinks [beer is fine]

So come aboard the Gottago II, streak across the Florida Bay and spend an unforgettable day fishing in the Everglades National Park. All anglers are welcome: from novice to the expert. Capt. Cliff can also provide you with on-the-water instruction. All tackle and licenses provided with a cooler of ice. Need more than one boat? A family or corporate charter fishing trip can be easily arranged.
Captain Cliff Tatje

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Captain Cliff Tatje


Evening Shark fishing---4-8 pm--- starting March 1st.

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