Saltwater Cracker Charters

Capt. Shawn Ives Summerland Key, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured

Saltwater Cracker Charters is one of the best fishing charter experiences in Summerland Key, and the surrounding Florida Keys. We offer inshore and offshore fishing trips so you can experience the Florida Keys how it was meant to be.

The term “Florida Cracker” is used informally by some Floridians to indicate that their families have lived in the state for many generations. It is considered a source of pride to be descended from “frontier people who did not just live but flourished in a time before air conditioning, mosquito repellent and screens”. A time when hunting, gathering and fishing were sole sources for food. Our experience at Saltwater Cracker Charters will have you fishing like a true “Florida Cracker”!

We are family owned so when we go out it’s convenient for you to have a great experience and a great time. A 5-hour trip could turn into an 8-hour trip if everyone is having a great time and the weather is nice.

Your marvelous fishing excursion begins on the beautiful 32-foot Century center-console boat that’s been running since 2005. She runs on two 250 HP Yamaha engines that can take you to all the best fishing spots in the Florida Keys. The vessel can accommodate up to 8 guests for sightseeing tours, 6 guests for fishing, and there’s enough room for everybody to fish and have a great time.

We have all the necessary navigational and safety equipment to give you peace of mind while out on the water. We carry a fighting chair to help you pull in those heavy prize catches and snorkeling equipment for you to hop in the water and meet some exciting species close up. We also have a cooler, and a toilet for your convenience. We carry spearfishing equipment as well for another fun way to enjoy the “Florida Cracker” fishing experience.

We like to target Wahoo, Tuna, and Red Snapper, but we would really love it if we saw you reel in a beautiful Mahi Mahi or a massive Goliath Grouper! The Florida Keys are amazing, and the weather is gorgeous most of the year. We are near many great vacation spots as well, so after the trip you’ll always be a short drive from where you’re staying to unwind or continue your awesome vacationing!

At Saltwater Cracker Charters, we love to make sure you have a great family trip. Come join us and get your “Florida Cracker” stripes and have a saltwater cracker of a day! SEE YOU SOON!

833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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  Launch Location

248 Spanish Main Drive, Summerland Key

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Trips start at $450

5 Trips

1-8 guests

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2005 32' Center Console

250 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Hard Liquor. Beer Allowed.



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Includes 4 guests

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

3 Day Cancellation Policy

A six hour trip to fish the flats in Capt. Shawn's skiff. This is the perfect trip for going after lobster! If you are dive certified, we can fish and dive in the same day. You group can also target sharks in the shallows, now that's a real adventure!! Book today.

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Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 7:00pm to 12:00am (5 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This trip starts as the sun goes down, so start time is flexible. We'll fish the shallows for sharks and lobsters. Trip is aboard Capt. Shawn's skiff, the perfect boat for fishing the backcountry.

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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 1:00pm (5 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Spend a relaxing half day basking in the Florida Keys sun, targeting some of the most popular fish species in the world! Troll the nearshore waters for Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack. You can also fish the reefs and wrecks for different species of Snapper and Grouper. 

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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 8 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 8 guests)

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

3 Day Cancellation Policy

We can accommodate 8 passengers for a scenic tour around the keys. If you are dive certified we can visit the nearby reefs for an incredible close-up view. There's so much beauty to see here in the Florida Keys, and Capt. Shawn is happy to show you around. 

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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

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

3 Day Cancellation Policy

The ocean is the limit on this full day adventure exploring one of the premier fishing locations in the world! Fish the in the beautiful nature and pristine waters of the Florida Keys, trolling for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Amberjack. Explore the back country flats fishing for Snook and Tarpon or try out netting for Lobster. If you want to take a break and cool off, the captain can even take you snorkeling amongst the exotic fish at the nearby reefs.

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Fish Species

Mahi Mahi
Mangrove Snapper
Mutton Snapper
Red Grouper
Red Snapper
Spiny Lobster
Yellowfin Tuna

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Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • Flares


  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Boat Features

  • Cooler


  • Toilet

Boat Gear

  • Fighting Chair
  • First Mate
  • Livewell
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Fishing Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Light Tackle
  • Spearfishing
  • Spinning
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Hard Liquor. Beer Allowed.

Price Includes

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

Fishing Location

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

About the Vessel


Capt. Shawn Ives

Boat Type

Center Console

Boat Length


Year Built


Engine Manufacturer


Number of Engines


Engine Horsepower

250 HP