Bamboo Charters- Go Fish I

Capt. Matt Bellinger Islamorada, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured
Bamboo Charters- Go Fish I-Person
5 out of 5 stars

A unique island among the Florida Keys, Islamorada has treasures all to its own. Bamboo Charters and Captain Matt Bellinger will give you an unforgettable rod bending experience you can only get on the Florida waters!

Islamorada, Florida is the perfect family vacation destination. It’s also home to Captain Matt Bellinger and Bamboo Charters. Captain Matt owns and operates Bamboo Charters. He has been fishing the waters of the Florida Keys since 1989. Fishing with family is important to Capt. Matt. His love of fishing, family, and the Florida Keys environment is the driving force that influences his life and charter guide service. Because of this, he welcomes children of all ages aboard for what’s sure to be a fun time on the water.

Bamboo Charters and Captain Matt have a fleet of boats that can accommodate 4 guests to 6 guests. The Go Fish I is a 25’ Bay Boat that’s powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine. This vessel is equipped with USCG approved safety gear. It also has modern navigational equipment, a fish finder, and a live well for fresh bait. It has a casting platform as well as snorkeling equipment.

On your trip with Bamboo Charters all rods, reels, terminal tackle, lures, and fresh bait is included. The fishing license for you and your guests is also included. You’ll be fishing the backcountry of Florida as well as other fishing locations such as nearshore, inshore, offshore, reef, and flats. Captain Matt offers bottled water and sodas on your trip with Bamboo Charters. After your fishing adventure on the beautiful Islamorada waters, ask Captain Matt about the Family Trip he offers for a day of sightseeing and snorkeling.

Islamorada, Florida is the sport fishing capital of the world. Your rods will be screaming with Barracuda, Bluefish, King Mackerel, Mutton Snapper, Red Grouper, Snook, Tarpon, Black Drum, Hogfish, Redfish, Pompano, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Black Grouper, Yellowtail, Wahoo, and Sharks!! After your very adventurous and productive day on the water with Bamboo Charters, Captain Matt will clean and fillet your catch ensuring you won’t leave your trip empty handed.

Book your trip today with Bamboo Charters and Captain Matt Bellinger. They’ll give you a fishing experience that will have you coming back year after year!


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  Launch Location

80500 Overseas Highway, Islamorada

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Trips start at $500

4 Trips

1-6 guests

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2018 25' Bay Boat

300 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Illegal Substances



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Includes 2 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 2 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 12:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This trip is designed as a quick getaway. We can snorkel the shallow reefs or fish the backcountry waters for Redfish, Snook, Sharks, and Tarpon.


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Includes 2 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 2 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This trip is designed as a quick getaway. We can snorkel the shallow reefs or fish the backcountry waters for Redfish, Snook, Sharks, and Tarpon.


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Includes 2 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 2 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 2:00pm (6 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Fish or snorkel on this trip. 


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Includes 2 guests
+$50 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 2 guests (+$50  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 4:00pm (8 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

On this trip we'll target Snapper, Hogfish, Barracuda, and variety of Shark species. 


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Fish Species

Black Drum
Black Grouper
Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel
Mangrove Snapper
Mutton Snapper
Red Grouper
Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew
  • Flares
  • VHF Radio


  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Boat Features

  • Cooler


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Boat Gear

  • Casting Platform
  • Livewell
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Fishing Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Illegal Substances

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fresh or Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Minimum Age

  • No age limit

Fishing Location

  • Backcountry
  • Flats
  • Inshore
  • Nearshore
  • Offshore
  • Reef

About the Vessel


Capt. Matt Bellinger

Boat Type

Bay Boat

Boat Length


Year Built


Engine Manufacturer


Number of Engines


Engine Horsepower

300 HP

Customer Reviews

Bamboo Charters- Go Fish I-Person
5 out of 5 stars
  • Had a Blast!

    Created Raymond Olejniczak

    Capt. Joe was great! We had a blast out on the water and he knew the great spots to go! A pleasure to talk to and tell jokes with as well. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

  • Half Day Trip

    Created Bryan Gedbaw

    My father booked a half day trip for him, myself, and 3 of my sons (ages 8, 6, and 4) with Capt. Matt. Given that this business attracts competitive fishermen looking to hook large fish like tarpon I was amazed how Capt. Matt was able to get the kids attention as well. He told jokes and let the kids get to know him so they were comfortable and could really have fun. He then picked the perfect spot for us and made sure all the kids were fully engaged and having fun. Our chosen bait was live shrimp which the kids thought was awesome, and Capt. Matt took the time to make sure everyone knew how to bait their hook. We would consistently get a bite as soon as we dropped a line and probably caught 25-35 fish within 2 hours, of which a dozen or so were kept. I know some people may not be sure about bringing kids on a fishing trip, but I have to say, Capt. Matt's years of experience work for all ages and levels of fishing. I would recommend this business to anyone, whether it's a full scale trip for tarpon or 12" snapper with your kids.

  • Delightful Day on the Water

    Created Jenny Moore

    Captain Matt took my husband and I back country fishing on February 20, 2019. He is very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna, and the insights that he provided were very fascinating. He kept a close eye on the weather conditions and kept in good communication with us for a few days prior to our trip. We had to make some adjustments, because it was very windy that day, but he still managed to find us plenty of fish to catch. We also saw a small group of bottlenose dolphins, which was incredible. Matt cleaned our fish for us and recommended local restaurants that would cook our catch. Delicious! Overall this was an amazing day that we will not soon forget. We highly recommend Bamboo Charters for an absolutely delightful day on the water!

  • Great Experience!

    Created Kenny Mills

    We had a great experience fishing with Captain Matt from Bamboo Charters. He was very friendly and understanding with the kids. He continued to put us on fish after fish. He stopped to to show us some of the grass in the shallow waters to educate us on how the ecosystem works. I can't wait to bring some of my other family members down to fish with him again. If you want a great guide who listens to you and finds fish then I would highly recommend him and his team.

  • 6 Hour Trip!

    Created Elizabeth Finch

    My husband and I went out with Captain Joe for a Sunday 6-hour charter. We had so much fun. We felt our comfort and fun was his #1 priory!! It was very cold and windy (very rare cold front). Captain Joe worked very hard so we didn't get wet and stayed out of the wind as best a possible. He also brought us to spots where the water wasn't rough, I didn't feel sick at all! Captain Joe was very knowledgeable about back country fishing areas and brought us to many spots to keep the fishing biting! He taught us how to cast and work the line to catch a fish. Any level of fisherman can be successful with their professional guidance. We caught over 25 fish! We caught a black tip shark. We caught lots of; snook, red fish, sea trout, lady fish and Jaxs. Joe prepared our fish so we took our trout to a local restaurant for dinner later that night. We can't wait to bring our kids back for a wonderful time!

  • Amazing Day!

    Created Alexis Mercado

    What am amazing day with Capt. Keith. A first Class captain and convervationist. We went with our 2 young boys, 8 and 5 yrs old, and they had the best time ever fishing (their words not mine). Keith is absolutely great with kids and shows them how to fish and protect nature. We caught 11 different species and the boys are still talking about it. We will definitely come back as soon as possible. A great operation and you cannot go wrong booking Bamboo and Capt Keith.

  • Great Fishing Trip!

    Created Carolyn Alexander

    Perfect weekend of fishing with Bamboo Charters! Saturday, we had a great time with Captain Keith catching some really good size Snapper and Sea Trout. Keith cleaned and filleted the snapper for us, so we could have it for lunch! We had such a great time, we called to go back out Sunday. Sunday, we requested great photo ops from Captain Matt, and wow did he deliver! Started off with 2 snook and then went out to the channel, where we caught 3 sharks! We cannot wait to get back down to Islamorada to do more fishing with these guys!

  • One of the best fishing trips!

    Created Jacob Cropley

    One of the best fishing trips I’ve ever been on! Matt took care of us and talked with us like we were lifelong friends. His stories were awesome and the locations for fishing were perfect!

  • Amazing Day!

    Created Neal Schroeder

    Captain Matt and our guide Captain Joey did an incredible job of taking my family out this past week. We have a four, six, and eight year old. We went out and caught lots of fish, including shark, snappers, jacks, permit. Captain Joey was super passionate about the kids having a great time both catching fish and laughing. He did a great job explaining the different parts of the ecosystem and why we were fishing in each area. We had multiple dolphin sightings as well, which at a couple points were right next to the boat. I also would not hesitate to hire these guys without kids, I’m a fishing guide in WI and cannot wait to come back with some buddy’s to venture out a bit further and into some more complicated areas to fish. Thanks again Guys, truly an amazing day fishing with you all and my family.

  • 6 Hour Fishing Trip

    Created Milli Andersen

    Trip was a 6 hr back country fishing trip with mom and two sons (13 yrs old and 10 yrs old). Joe was our guide. I can not say enough good things about this trip. The biggest thing was Joe was absolutely fantastic with my boys. He was patient, silly, fun, engaging, and helpful. He made my 10 yr old actually like fishing! Honestly my kids can not stop talking about him! We caught snook, red fish, trout, and Joe even caught a huge sting ray and battled it in just so the kids could see it! As a mom I felt comfortable with his handling of the boat, the fish (cat fish!), and every aspect of this trip. After fishing we were hoping to do a little snorkeling but the waves didn't cooperate, so Joe headed to a nice little sand bar. The kids and I loved it. Water was crystal clear and bottom was sandy. Not too many other people so I didn't have to worry about the kids playing in the water. They got to snorkel around and were super happy. I would highly recommend this company and specifically Joe if you have kids that want to give fishing a try! I was nervous coming in from Minnesota and having to book online but I am so glad that I choose this company. They were also very fast at responses and helpful in booking. 5 stars for every aspect, from beginning to end!

  • Half Day Reef Trip!

    Created Dan Beal

    My wife and I had the pleasure of spending some time in the keys. Part of this stay was a half day trip reef trip with Bamboo Charters. We were greeted by Captian Matt who was an exceptional captain and an experienced fisherman. I would highly recommend Bamboo Charters to anyone who wants to have a great day fishing and a ton of fun on the boat.