Experience the adventure of Florida Keys Fishing!

Welcome aboard Best Bet Sportfishing, your source for a memorable Florida Keys fishing experience.  Docked in Key Colony Beach (Marathon), in the heart of the Middle Keys, Best Bet Sportfishing offers reef, wreck, offshore and tarpon trips for anglers of all ages and skill levels, specializing in live bait, light tackle techniques.

In business for over 15 years, Best Bet has earned a reputation throughout the Florida Keys for catching big fish, while offering an honest, fun and safe environment.  When you step aboard one of our boats, it becomes your boat for the day.  Our captains and crew all love to teach beginners and will go the extra mile to find experienced anglers that once-in-a-lifetime fish.

Please browse our site and learn about our captains, boats and the variety of fishing trips we offer.

Best Bet Sportfishing is easy to find at Key Colony Beach Charter boat row, just before Sparky’s Landing Restaurant. Just show up, have fun, and let us put you on the fish!



Jason Long

Captain Jason Long

Born and raised in Marathon, fl.  Jason is an FSU graduate who has fished the Fl Keys waters personally and professionally his entire life.  He and his wife Ann purchased Best Bet sportfishing in 2005.


Captain Mike Nealis

Mike grew up fishing the inshore waters of the keys.  Capt Mike has been charter fishing for the last 8 years and joined the Best Bet team in 2009.


Captain Brian McMahon

Brian is a captain and certified dive master. He retired in 2015 as a FDNY firefighter. After visiting and Fishing in the keys for 10 years he joined the Best Bet team as soon as he retired from the fire department.

Our Fleet and Rates

Choose a boat below to view our rates

38' Bertram

TYPES OF TRIPS: Reef, Offshore, Wreck, Marathon Humps Tuna Trips. AMENITIES: Air Conditioned Cabin, Private Restroom, Stable in Rough Seas, Great Boat for Tournaments

Reef Rates:
1/2 day (4 Hours) $900
3/4 day (6 Hours) $1,375
Full Day (8 Hours) $1,550

Offshore Rates:
1/2 Day (4 Hours) $1,000
3/4 Day (6 Hours) $1,475
Full Day (8 Hours) $1,700

Anglers: Up to six (6) people per trip

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30' Island Hopper

TYPES OF TRIPS: Reef, Offshore, Wreck, Marathon Humps Tuna Trips. AMENITIES: Spacious open deck, private restroom, tuna tower, stable in rough seas

Reef  / Offshore Rates:
1/2 Day (4 Hours) $700
3/4 Day (6 Hours) $950
Full Day (8 Hours) $1,200

Anglers: Up to six (6) people per trip

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24' Pathfinder

TYPES OF TRIPS: Reef, Tarpon, Bridge, Backcountry, Light Tackle. AMENITIES: Fast and easily passes under bridges for Atlantic or Gulf inshore fishing. Lower cost trips.

Half Day (4 hours) $575
3/4 Day (6 hours) $700
Full Day (8 hours) $825
Tarpon $575

Anglers: Up to four (4) people per trip

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Available Types of Trips

Fishing Photos

Making great memories one trip at a time!

muttons napper
Snapper and Dolphin
Mutton Snapper
Rack of Dolphin

Map and Directions


    Take US-1 South to Mile Marker 54. Turn left at the Sadowski Causeway light (just after the Holiday Inn Express and Circle K). Best Bet Sportfishing boats are located in the middle of charter boat row 1/2 mile ahead on your left.


    Take US-1 North to Mile Marker 54. Turn right at the Sadowski Causeway light (1/2 mile past Vaca Cut Bridge). Best Bet Sportfishing boats are located in the middle of charter boat row 1/2 mile ahead on your left.

  • Having trouble finding us? Call us! 305.3951376


Remember island weather can be unpredictable during certain times of the year! It is best to book your trip and the day before your charter we will advise if any delays or rescheduling needs to occur.

Get In Touch With Us

Phone: 305.395.1376

Email: bestbetsportfishing@hotmail.com

F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

No, you do not need a fishing license while fishing aboard on of the Best Bet boats.  (Note, you will need a valid Florida saltwater license if fishing on your own boat, a friend’s boat or fishing from shore or bridge.)
By law you can bring up to six (6) people, including yourself.  This includes children.  If you have more than six people in your party we can arrange for multiple boats for your group.
There are several types of fishing trips that you can enjoy when conditions are unfavorable including fishing the shallow reefs, Hawks Channel, the Seven-Mile bridge and Florida Bay.  Please note that you can do a lot yourself to prevent seasickness.  Most importantly, don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol the night before your trip.  Taking one seasick tablet before bed, and half a tablet the morning of your trip, has worked for many of our customers.  (please follow all directions and check with your doctor before taking any medications)
Bring whatever you wish to eat or drink. For 3/4 and full day trips we recommend that you pack lunch so you can refuel your energy for reeling in lots of big fish. In addition, we recommend you wear
sunglasses (preferably polarized) and light breathable clothing. Also, bring sunscreen and a camera.
All Bets Bet boats have coolers onboard packed with ice, so you do not need to bring a personal cooler. Although if you have  a long drive home you might want one to transport your fish fillets.
Yes, both of our reef and offshore boats (the Island Hopper and Bertram) have private toilets on-board.
Yes, after your trip is complete we will clean and bag all of your fish so that it’s ready to cook and enjoy!
Please check out our Types of trip section to see all the exciting species of Florida Keys fish that you can catch on your trip.
There’s no bad time to fish in the Florida Keys, however some months are better for targeting certain species.
We offer 1/2 Day (4-hours), 3/4 Day (6-hours) and Full Day (8-hour), as well as custom swordfishing and morning/evening tarpon-tide trips.  Please review our types of trips page for more details.
It is customary to tip the mate and captain 15%-20%.  Remember that mates work for tips so your tips are greatly appreciated.
No, all Best Bet boats are equipped with top-of-the line Shimano and Fin Nor gear.  Usage is included in the price of your trip.