Early Bird Fishing Charters

Early Bird Fishing Charters

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Early Bird Fishing Charters is an offshore charter fishing business. Our boat, the EarlyBird is a 45' Alex Willis boat and is docked at Bud-n-Mary's Marina in Islamorada, FL. We take groups of up to 6 people on board with our captain and mate to fish for sailfish, marlin, mahi mahi, grouper, snapper and other pelagic fish. The boat has a head and full a/c in the cabin so you will be comfortable.
Islamorada, United States
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2022

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(84 reviews)
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LARA S
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
One of the best fishing charters ever. Captain Ross and Mate Cooper were fantastic! They worked so hard putting us on the fish. They secured an enormous amount of bait. Highly recommend!
Written 26 November 2022
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Melissa J
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Ross and Trentin were GREAT! They made the trip so enjoyable and it was certainly the highlight of my son’s graduation trip to Islamorada. The waters were pretty rough that day but they managed the waves well and we all managed to keep it together. We caught several beautiful mahi and we are still eating it 3 months later. We purchased a EBF logo shirt that my son loves. I wanted a short sleeve one but they didn’t have any of the ones like Ross was wearing so he gave me the one off his back!!! Now that’s service! Would highly recommend.
Written 29 October 2022
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Kim B
5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We have a very successful fun fishing day !!!!! The captain and crew was awesome and we caught so many fish !!! Highly recommend!!!!! Very professional and friendly !!!! We got a ton of Mahi-mahi and black fin tuna! The Captain filleted our mahi-mahi for us and we are at an amazing restaurant right next to the marina ! Thank you so much for a great day and memories we will never forget !
Written 25 October 2022
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April
7 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Captain Ross and First mate Cooper did a great job. They were friendly and knowledgeable. 22 fish!!!
Written 7 October 2022
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Amanda D.
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Friends
Our trip was suppose to be for Mahi Mahi and Tuna but ended up as a yellow tailed snapper trip. Our captain put little to no effort in putting us on Mahi and Tuna. To start he wasn't even ready with bait when we got on the boat. I have been on other fishing charters and the others always had bait on hand when we boarded. Also, the captain never even introduced himself and only made an effort to be upbeat and personable when it was time to pay. I still don't even know his name! While at sea, the captain made one quick run and said that he didn't see anything but, that if WE did see anything, to let him know. He was more interested in critiquing the way we fished then putting us on Mahi and Tuna. One good point was our deckhand; HE was awesome and was working really hard. The captain however, didn't seem interested in tracking down the fish we wanted and said there was no sign of Mahi and that no one else was having luck catching them that recently. When he finally put us on some fish (snapper), We could only fish one at a time. Not sure why he was doing this since in my past experiences multiple people (5) were all casting together. He was also trying to get us to go back and dock early which was frustraing since not everyone in our party even got a chance to fish. We were all so frustrated and annoyed by the lack of effort and rude behavior of the captain, that a few of us decided to dig a little deeper. When we first booked the charter we saw a 4.8 Google review and were pleased. Upon calling other charters after and reviewing their recent hauls online, we found that they all had been catching Mahi and our captain lied. When we spoke to other charters, we kept getting the same story about this captain and it wasn't a good one. Apparently he doesn't have the best reputation. No one bad talked anyone else, just Early bird. I definitely would NOT recommend this charter service and I am really disappointed with this past experience. To sum up how I feel, we definitely threw away a good chunk of money ($1400.00) on a crappy old boat and even worse captain. Once again Kudos to the deck hand and hopefully he was paid the full amount of the tip and finds a better charter to work for.
Written 26 September 2022
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Taylor R
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Just a overall waste of money plus forced tip didn't enjoy the trip, trip was for mahi and tuna it quickly turned into just measly yellow tail just to appease, conditions were right and tuna was in the water but for some reason we got out of there im assuming its because one in our party didnt get the fish to the surface before a shark ate it and from that point captain got frustrated and we left then states we can go for mahi but no one has caught any in the area and it wasn't really a option it was a hard " if you wanna do that we can but" You will spend your time catching bait before you actually start fishing even tho that should have been handled before clients step onto the boat and you will get to watch them catch ballyhoo during the last hours of your trip that you won't be fishing with for there next trip on your time with the we will try to catch a sailfish on the way back in
they never even rigged up and put a line in the water. You will be required to tip 20% no matter what that's the most talkative and upbeat time the captain will be is during the paying process. The inside of the boat looks like a college kid lives inside, stuff thrown everywhere unorganized and dirty the small things to do such as simple cleaning apparently isnt a priority or has ever been. As a business owner myself i would never feel anytype of pride running a operation like what i witnessed and as a floridian who has fished my whole life i know there was much more that could have been done to catch the fish we Paid to do there are plenty of fish in the sea and plenty of charters and this isnt the one.
Written 23 September 2022
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MerrittSpeech
Jacksonville, FL17 contributions
May 2022
Captain Early found us Mahi and Tuna, but it took a lot of work. He was very good and going up and down the Tuna tower to find where the birds were gathering to get us into the bite We enjoyed it. Trenton is excellent at casting a 14 foot net to bring in the bait. We had fun. We caught Mahi and Tuna. They did a good job finding the fish.
Written 1 June 2022
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Thank you very much for the review! We are glad you had a fun day with us! The mahi have been really far out so far this year, so yes it has been a lot of work. It takes dedication and persistence for sure! Thank you for hanging in there and glad found the fish for your charter! Hope to see you next time you're in the Keys!
Written 24 June 2022
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Dee Morgan
5 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Great morning trip with Captain Ross, Trent, and Bill. Captain Ross took time to explain things to us and worked hard to get us on fish; the guys hustled non-stop and were super patient with our young anglers. Highly recommend this boat and crew.
Written 17 March 2022
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Thanks so much for the nice review and for fishing with the EarlyBird! Trent and Bill are great coaches with young children. We hope to see you again on your next trip to the Keys!
Written 22 March 2022
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Jay C
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Captain Ross, and Trent were amazing! We had an excellent time and they worked extremely hard to keep us on the fish! Trent was exceptional with a 6 year old on the boat and kept him entertained all morning! Highly Recommend The Early Bird!
Written 6 February 2022
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Thank you for the review! We are glad you and your son had a great time on the EarlyBird. We hope to see you all again soon!
Written 7 February 2022
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Alicia M
4 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
These good completely take care of you!! And move fast to make sure your penny is well spent. Good time had by all! These guys bust their butts every second to make sure you get max fishing time!! And they're incredibly helpful, fun and knowledgeable! They know the waters and it shows. Highly recommend Early Bird! Also wanted to highlight mate Trentin for taking such detailed fast care of us on our trip!! Felt like he really cared about our time on board. Ask for him, wont dissapont! Highly recommend.
Written 4 February 2022
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Thank you for posting the review and for fishing on the EarlyBird! We are glad you enjoyed your time on the water with us. Trent has been doing very well and an asset for us for sure! Thank you again and we hope to see you again next time you're in the Keys!
Written 7 February 2022
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