The “Capt. Michael” is a fully rigged, 65-foot deep-sea fishing vessel. Robbie’s of Islamorada operates its offshore partyboat from our Islamorada marina. Partyboat Fishing gives the thrill of Offshore Sportfishing at an affordable price. Our professional, courteous crew provides every assistance from helping you bait your hook to netting your fish to bring it aboard. Back at the dock, the mate will clean, filet or make steaks of your catch; the Hungry Tarpon is happy to cook your catch to your liking!
The morning charter casts off the dock at 9:30 a.m., returning at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. the boat heads back out for an afternoon charter, which returns at 6:00 p.m. Robbie’s also offers night trips, which leave the dock at 7:30 p.m. and return at 12:30 a.m. Half-day adult is $45; half-day child (12 and under) is $24.50; these rates include bait, tackle and fishing license. Half-day rod rental is $5. Night trip adult is $50; night trip child is $26.50; night rod rentals are $5. Stern spots for all trips are $10 extra (limited spots available). Taxes not included in all rates. Military discounts available (with valid I.D.) of 30% for active duty and 10% for retired or inactive.
Capt. Ed Freeling
I grew up fishing off the shores of New Jersey, in the bay of Strathmere and off shore around Tuckerton. My dad had me fishing when I was so young that he had to tie a rope around my rod and off to the boat so I could not lose it during the excitement of catching a fish. I remember being mesmerized by the minnow bucket and all the bait fish swimming in it. Helping my dad clean our catches was the coolest thing, I would dissect the fish to learn more about how to catch the next, even bigger one. From an early age I was hooked, no pun intended. Then as luck would have it I came to the Keys in 2010 and worked on the party boat, I quickly fell In love with it. I enjoyed helping people catch fish and helping them catch memories like I had growing up with my family. My stay was unfortunately short lived, but life has a way of working out for the best. Something just didn’t feel right driving back north to New Jersey. Physically I was heading to Jersey but mentally my heart stayed in the Keys. I had gotten the Keys Disease. (note: it is not an actual disease) Not a day went by without wishing I was still in the Keys. I missed being around the fish, sea life, the people, and the amazing colors. In June of 2014 I took the leap and came back to the Keys. During my brief stint in 2010 I made some great relationships with the likes of Captain Bj, Captain Galon, Captain Anthony, and most importantly Captain Tony. With their help, in short order I was able to go from party boat mate to party boat captain. It is truly an honor to be a captain in the fishing capital of the world. I feel very lucky to be able to wake up and take people fishing on a daily basis. It is inexpressible to explain how awesome it is to work within Robbies Marina, I feel at home here. If you do what you need you’re surviving, if you do what you love you’re living. I love what I’m doing right now so come on out to the party boat and let us help you catch some dinner. Hope to see you on the boat soon!
Capt. Tony Narvaez
Meet Captain Tony, our night Captain on the Captain Michael. Tony has been working his way up thru the ranks here at Robbie’s for the last 4 years, he started as a mate and proved his skills by providing outstanding customer service skills with his ability to catch fish, he was taught the ropes of Party boat fishing by his mentor Captain Ron Howell. Captain Tony started fishing in Cuba as a young man; he often fished with his great grandfather on a small skiff and has been hooked ever since. He came to the United States in the ’60s and has held many water-related jobs. He has worked as a commercial fisherman and lobster man and runs his own crab traps in the winter. His love of people and fishing shows, as he is creating a steady following of regulars on the night trips.