Want to Go Fishing?

Hi!  I’m Capt. Ryan – Good Karma Sportfishing. Are you planning a trip to the Florida Keys?  Do you love fishing as much as I do?  Some clients say I’m obsessed.  Or, are you itching to go fishing for the first time?  Well, I specialize in offering high quality fishing charters in The Upper Keys – which includes Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada.

I take extreme pride in offering a high end charter fishing experience. We are based at Tavernier Creek Marina and provide first class fishing gear, electronics and a customized charter boat.

Good Karma does not work with a fishing mate.  You will get to reel in your own fish which makes your experience so much more fun. When you book with Good Karma Sportfishing, you will not get a booking agent.  I will be the one taking your reservation and taking you fishing for the day. I like to target big fish and go the distance on every trip to find one or many!

I look forward to fishing with you in the Florida Keys.

Whenever You’re Fishing – It’s All Good!

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Good Karma offers private fishing charter trips (no open boat or split charters).

We are limited to 4 People and do not carry a fishing mate.

I cater to all levels of fishing experience and work very hard at making sure your Florida Keys fishing charter is action packed and I especially enjoy working with beginning anglers and families from all over the world.

Capt. Ryan Van Fleet has been featured in Florida Sportsman magazine June 2018 & December 2018.

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Dec. 2018

Good Karma Sportfishing Podcasts

    • What are you going to get? Lots of tips, conversations with other anglers and/or clients, fishing topics such as weather, gear reviews and even mistakes.
    • When? Every Wednesday (and it’s Free). Also sign up on my home page for my Free Monthly Newsletter that recaps the podcast (on my home page).  That may come in handy for the tips or gear reviews.
    • Why? Why not- Fishing is fun and quite frankly a necessary escape for a lot of anglers- me included.  My pod casts are meant to withstand so you can go back and listen and try tips again or quite frankly just have something else to listen.
    • Connect? Would like to hear from you as well so feel free to reach out- Facebook, Instagram or email me. goodkarmaryan@gmail.com

Episode 046: Ballyhoop Secrets and Tips for Catching More Bait (Part 2)

Learn how to fish Key Largo by listening to the Good Karma Sportsfishing Podcast. In this podcast learn how to catch speedos using the Ballyhoop. Speedos are the best bait for groupers, mutton snappers, mangrove snappers and Yellowtail Snappers. Also I share a secret technique for catching large Mangrove Snappers.  Each week I include weekly Good Karma Sportfishing insider fishing report Key Largo, Islamorada and Tavernier. 

Episode 045: Ballyhoop Secrets and Tips for Catching More Bait (Part 1)- How to Make Homemade Chum for Catching Bait with the Ballyhoop

In this podcast I reveal how to catch more bait using the Ballyhoop  using a homemade chum recipe. I have been using this recipe for many years to make frozen chum, chum clouds and chum balls. Save money and catch for more bait and big snappers without sacrificing the quality of your fishing trip by making your own chum, with out all the mess of grinding up fish parts with a wood chipper or hand grinder. This is Part 1 of a 2 or 3 part Ballyhoop podcast. Selecting the right frozen chum and creating a soft chum mix is the most important part of bait fishing with the Ballyhoop. In part 2 I will talk about how I modify the Ballyhoop and decoy shy ballyhoo and speedos into the Ballyhoop. It is not as easy as it looks on the videos and practice makes perfect.  If you are in a location where you use a cast net, then I would highly recommend switching over to a Ballyhoop! Also check out our new Florida Keys insider fishing report. Elliot London owner of Bait Strips (aka Legendary Slayer of  Hillsboro Inlet,Wahoo) provided a detailed fishing report for his area.

Episode 044: Slow Days, Good Karma Insider Fishing Report and a Dead Bait that is Working for Mutton Snappers on Tough Days

In this podcast I share story about slow day I experienced on a fishing charter I booked with a legendary South Florida Day Time Swordfishing Charter Fishing Captain and what I learned. I provide a Key Largo Fishing Charter insider fishing report and talk about a dead bait that is working very well for Mutton Snappers right now. Also special thank you to Dan and Elizabeth for booking a charter with me. Make sure to check out their YouTube Fishing channel, Florida Fishing Couple. Here this link to the channel channel and the video of our Key Largo fishing trip. Make sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel and tell them Capt. Ryan sent ya!  Also check out the Ballyhoop in action! Make sure to order a Ballyhoop! It is the easiest way to catch all types of bait.   Get free Shipping on a Ballyhoop! To get free shipping on a Ballyhoop call 305-676-9577. To get the free shipping offer you must mention Good Karma Sportfishing. 

Fishing Reports

Client Reviews/Testimonials

I’ve been coming down to the Keys for years, and have fished with a number of guides over this time. It was around 2012 when I first fished with Captain Ryan aboard the Good Karma, and he’s been my go to guide since.  During my recent trip to the keys I spent two days fishing with Capt. Ryan. On our first day we were joined by my 12-year-old daughter, and on the second it was just Capt. Ryan and me.

Jeff from VT

I’ve been fishing all my life so when I came to the Key Largo for the first time I knew I couldn’t leave without doing some fishing. I chose Capt. Ryan based on a recommendation from a local tackle shop and not only did he put me on the fish, we had an excellent time as well. He has excellent knowledge of the fishery, a great feel for changing conditions and the ability to put the two together to make things happen.

Scott from NY

Capt. Ryan is truly are a remarkable charter captain, this was my second charter with him. This time around I brought my long time friends for a guys weekend. I consider Capt. Ryan the “King of the Snapper Fishing” as his techniques are something you will not on Sportfishing TV show or magazine, best yet he will teach you every detail about his style of fishing during the trip. On this trip my friends and I caught a box full of quality Mutton Snappers.

Marcos from Miami