(please call/ email me first to confirm before you book any flights!)

Mailed Check Deposits

To reserve your date(s) I require a $100 deposit per day with either an online credit card (thru the PayPal process on the right) or a personal check. After your phone call/email (preferred) ,  I'll give you my address and I'll hold each date for 7 days. I will send a link with my mailing address or credit card payment process. If I do not receive a $100 deposit per day within 7 days, I'll open the date up again. I cannot guarantee a date without a deposit if it is less than 2 weeks until your chosen fishing date. I recommend you utilize the PayPal system if your chosen date is less than 14 days away. Call me at 305-852-6918 if you feel your deposit will be late. A personal check (US drawn) , money order or cashiers check is fine for payment of deposit or balance.


I am unable to process any remaining balance due at the end of your charter with a credit card. I DO NOT have a credit card terminal on board my skiff. Personal checks (drawn on a US bank), cash or travelers checks are gladly accepted for your balance.

my available dates for fishing can be accessed here on my calendar

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q We have three people and want to sight fish the shallow water flats.Can you help us? I am unable to perform my job properly in these very small technical skiffs with the addition of a third angler. We can however fish the deeper channels and edges in my bay boat. The "flats" boats are small and typically can only access the shallow water with one or two anglers. With three or more, it is best to stick to the deeper waters of 2-3 feet and allow us to catch more fish. I do have a larger boat that we can take up to 4 anglers

Q thought I'd call you when I arrive in the Keys to book a trip. Should I do this? A I don't recommend it, especially if you'd like to charter with me. The better guides are booked months in advance especially during peak season and if you call me last minute, most of the guides that I would recommend, if I am booked, are probably booked as well.  You'll see I get booked up in some cases, months in advance.

Q What is your cancellation policy, Do I get my deposit back? A This is my only occupation, and I am not extraordinarily wealthy, although I hope to be some day.   ;)  A deposit ensures I will be gainfully employed that day. Policy is: All deposits received are held if scheduled trip is canceled without a 30 day verbal telephone notice. No exceptions.  Deposits for charters that are canceled in excess of 30 days will be credited toward a trip within one year from original departure date if original departure date can be rebooked. Cancellations within 14 days are forefeited at my discretion.

Q What if the weather is bad? What is your refund policy then? A Sometimes we may get a little rain or encounter some cloud cover during your charter. However, if the weather is dangerous, (lightening or winds in excess of 25) I will gladly refund your deposit to you. I don't care to be out in that stuff myself and am looking forward to a lengthy stay here on earth. I've actually got a nexrad radar unit on the skiff. We can track any nearby storms should there be inclement weather and make an educated decision on a path to better weather. You can expect a breeze here of 10 to 15 mph. Most of the locations I fish are protected and sheltered from the rough seas even if it blows 20 or more.  If I've a day available later in the week (and better weather seems possible), and you are able to, I will try and accommodate you as best I can.

Q Gratuities? (i've tried to hide it at the bottom) A This is an issue I hate to discuss when my clients ask me at the end of a charter, "What's a normal tip?"I offer this as a suggestion when fishing with me or any other guide.  When clients ask me how much is it proper to tip your guide, I usually cringe and give them this piece of advice. First and foremost, It is most important that you feel your guide has worked hard to put you in front of fish (even though it has been totally overcast or very windy). Has he done his job of explaining the process of casting, seeing and hooking fish?  Has it been an enjoyable experience out on the water? Most guides, including myself, tend to judge the quality of the experience and effort provided for the day by one's gratuity.   I've received tips of $100 per day and those that have just walked off the boat. At the end of a day I tend not to look at checks written or a wad of cash handed to me to count, so as not to seem they are mandatory. I also understand the charter can be a year long savings experience for some. I can assure you, they are GREATLY appreciated. Here in the Florida Keys, where we've the highest cost of living in the state of Florida, (as well as outrageous fuel prices nowadays) they certainly help out. IF you feel you'd fish with me or another guide again, here goes.  As a guideline, full day $50-$100. half day, $30-$50. If you'd like to see a chart from a survey on tipping, based on 144 respondents, please look here

Thanks! I look forward to fishing with you.-- Barry



*NOTE!!!! IF you don't utilize the buttons below, and go thru your own PayPal account, the deposit must be made in the amount of $104 per day to cover PayPal charges... no exceptions. If you make a payment to me utilizing PayPal, you must include a 4.5% additional amount to cover PayPal's fees. no exceptions....

Make your deposit thru the PayPal service.   It is a secure deposit processed with any major credit card 
 Please note, there is a small charge (as posted below) by PayPal for this service. Any fees over and above the $100 per day deposit paid to PayPal are not refundable in your charter rate. They are taken by PayPal to cover their expenses....

 one day deposit link ($103.95)

two day deposit link ($207.35)

three day deposit link ($310.75)

four day deposit link ($414.15)

five day deposit link ($517.55)

Please note: I am unable to process any remaining balance due at the end of your charter with a credit card. Personal checks (drawn on a US bank), travelers checks and cash are gladly accepted .

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If I am already booked on your desired date.. please utilize the guide referral service here.. Please note. there is a $25 fee for this service.. As a free alternative, please do an internet search for another guide..

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Capt Barry Hoffman fishing guide

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832-429-6918 phone/text or email

Specializing in sight fishing for bonefish, tarpon, redfish and permit on fly or light tackle.

Capt. Barry Hoffman's

Florida Keys Flats Fishing

My skiff rates (1-2 anglers) are: $625 8 hrs $575 6 hrs $525 4 hrs If you've three or more, or need a more stable platform to fish from.. we'll take my bay boat.
Bay boat rates (1-2 anglers) are $725 for eight hrs, $675 6 hrs, $625 4 hrs. (add $50 for each additional angler) max of 4 anglers

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