Shelling and Fishing Charters in the Florida Keys

Seashells in the Florida Keys? You bet! You just have to know where to go. As a native of South Florida, I’ve been visiting the Keys since I could drive (around 1981). My friends and I would pile in my dad’s souped-up Firebird and head down to catch some rays by the pool at Holiday Isle. Nowadays, I pretty much hide from the sun by wearing a big hat and a long-sleeve shirt. Ok, back to shelling charters!

Bamboo Charters is who you want to call. Captain Matt will take you out snorkeling and to check out areas known for shells on the oceanside and bayside. I have better luck on the ocean side and the water doesn’t have to be deep at all. Captain Matt also has a degree in marine biology so he knows his stuff and is just a super nice guy (and good human who truly cares about the environment). Half-day and full-day charters are available. Of course, he specializes in fishing but he loves shells as much as we do!

I hired Captain Matt for the first time several years ago, to take my sister and I out on the water. He was excited to explore and see what we could find. We ended up on a shallow reef and the goodies that we found were pretty epic. Cowries, sea biscuits, sunrise tellins, sea urchins, cones, and the most gorgeous bright yellow Antillean scallop that I’ve ever seen. (Thank you, Broward Shell Club, for confirming what type of scallop this was!) Photos of our beautiful treasures are below.

So if you want to get out on the water and go snorkeling, swimming, shelling, fishing, or just enjoy a spectacular Keys’ sunset, call Captain Matt at Bamboo Charters.

Cowries, sea biscuits, sunrise tellins, sea urchins, cones, and the most gorgeous bright yellow Antillean scallop…