Key West Fishing Charters Reviews

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When in Key West, do as Floridians do: go fishing!

On a trip to Miami with the bf, we decided to drive on down to Key West. While we really wanted to go deep sea fishing, we were a little hesitant because rates on some websites were around $400/person. Luckily, our hotel works exclusively with a company that offers a bunch of activities: snorkeling, and of course, fishing trips with Fish Key West! We were able to get two spots on a split, which fits four people, for $350 for the two of us. To be honest, I don’t know the difference between the different types of fishing, so ours was most likely not the same as the ones we looked up. For the record, we did light tackle reef fishing. Fish Key West has 1/2 day, 3/4 day and full day options. We did morning fishing, which was 8 am-12 pm, with check in at 7:45 am.

The boats are at the Key West City Marina and there is plenty of parking. Our captain, Nick, has been fishing for 12 years and was amiable and very knowledgable. Fish Key West provides all the fishing licenses, rods, bait, tackle. Since we were newbies, our captain taught us everything and answered any questions we had. When we finally got out to our fishing spot, we tossed a block of chum and waited for fish to gather around us. We caught a bunch of yellowtail snappers, bonito, as well as a few game fish, but no luck with the deep sea bottom fishing rods.

When our trip was over, we went back to the marina where the captain filleted the fish for us to take home. We didn’t have time, but there are restaurants right next to the marina that can cook up the fish for you too! All in all, an amazing fishing experience!

FYI: It’s customary to tip the captain! 15-20 percent recommended. Also, if you pay with credit card, there’s an additional $10 charge.

Regina H.

We did a private offshore charter for five people with Captain Derek. He knew his fishing spots and taught us exactly how to get each type of fish.

We ended up with at least a dozen legal fish including yellowtail snapper, three grouper and a barracuda. We threw back many more snapper as well as a couple sharks and those pesky blue runners. 

Quite an experience! We loved it.

Rebecca K.

My son and husband went out with captain Ryan today and absolutely had a blast!!!!! They’ve been out with other chartered boats before but they mentioned Ryan was very personable. Which is always good.

Captain Ryan made sure my son had a great time on his boat which was greatly appreciated

Winchelle R.

Captain Damon found the fish, guided us on how to get them to the boat, and did  a fantastic job at cleaning them. Three beginner fisherman managed to land nearly 100 lbs of snapper and grouper, highly recommend.

Dwight M.

We went out with Capt. Colin and had an awesome day. We took a half day charter and let him decide the way to spend it. The water was a little rough so we didn’t go out as far as we may have but we still had a great trip. We snagged an elusive monster grouper three times but he just wanted to tease us so we kept doing our thing and reeling in dinner.

My husband hooked a hefty sized shark but he broke the line before we got him to the boat. So yes, I have some stories about the ones who got away, but we didn’t go home disappointed. Colin cleaned and fileted our fish and recommended restaurants where the chef would prepare it for us. We took our catch to Southernmost Cafe and chef Kevin came to our table and talked about some options and soon delivered a beautiful spread.

It was an amazing experience all around and I highly recommend Captain Colin.

Honor C.

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