Key West Fishing Charters:
- No website trip broker, booking agent, concierge, fuel or credit card charges to deal with. We always catch fish 100% guaranteed. Save up to 30% by booking direct.
Rates are for private trips for up to 6 people. Credit cards are accepted. If you have a group over 6 people, I can arrange a multi boat trip with other owner/operator guides like myself. There is no sales tax or credit card charge on fishing trips. If you book through a booking service or concierge, expect to pay 10-30% more. Ask about military and multi day discounts.
Split charters can be arranged given some time before hand. Cost is half of the trip for up to 2 people. I'm currently looking to fill a split trip for Feb 19-21.
Call Capt. Taylor Williams at 305-923-6977 or send an email with the day or dates you are interested in. You can email me with the form below to get started.
Types of fishing trips
Offshore: Key West's offshore waters provide some of the best fishing in the world. Species such as sailfish, dolphin, tuna, wahoo, and marlin can be caught by trolling, drifting live baits, or anchoring and chumming with live pilchards. People come from all over the world to fish Key West's offshore waters. Mild temperatures and a consistent gulf stream current make it one of the best places to fish in the world.
Reef and Wreck: Fishing with live and dead bait, at anchor or drifting for grouper, snapper, jacks, mackerel, barracuda, and sharks. Also, spawning fish congregate at certain times of the year on the main reef line or the bar, Key West's second slightly deeper reef. This can be an excellent way to target permit, mangrove and mutton snappers. This type of fishing provides the best opportunity to catch a variety of species.
Shark fishing: This involves anchoring and chumming. The most important part of Shark fishing is current. If there isn't current offshore, I time shark trips to coincide with strong tides without a change in the middle of the trip. You don't want the tide to slack and have to wait for it to turn around and start running again. Types of sharks include blacktip, bull, lemon, tiger, hammerhead, and a variety of others.
Kite fishing: Kite fishing is one of the most exciting ways to present live baits to a variety of fish. It is awesome to see a Sailfish, Dolphin or big Kingfish circle a struggling live bait and decide to attack. It is probably my favorite type of fishing in Key West, and is extremely effective in the spring and fall when baitfish, a color change, and predators congregate on the outside edge of the reef.
Tarpon fishing: Catching a tarpon in Key West is a lifelong goal for thousands of fishermen from all over the world. Schools of tarpon migrate into the harbor in the springtime, and fisherman line up to get a chance to do battle. The fish range in size from 30 to over 200 pounds. It is an awesome sight to see a 6 to 8 foot fish jump on the end of your line. You can't help but smile. Tarpon fishing involves either chumming with shrimp boat trash, herrings or fish carcasses and drifting baits into the chumline or drifting livebaits such as pinfish, pilchards, herrings or crabs.
Long Range trips: Trips to the gulf towers and shrimp boats, far wrecks, and towards tail end and the Dry Tortugas are considered long range trips. Trips are usually 10 hours. Fishing far from Key West for bottom species and black fin tunas can be fantastic in the springtime.
This is just a basic breakdown of a few types of trips I offer. There are many other techniques and we can always do a few different types of fishing, even on a half day.
Prices include all licenses, tackle, bait, ice, bottled water and fish cleaning service. Ziploc bags are provided. I operate out of Garrison Bight, centrally located in Key West. If you are staying at the Casa Marina, Pier House, Marriott Beachside, Sunset Key, The Westin Resort or Hyatt Harborside, I can come to your dock. I do recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, light food and drinks, and a small cooler or cooler bag to take fillets if you plan on taking fish home. Taxidermy services can be arranged through Grey Taxidermy, the largest taxidermy service in the world.
Why should I book a light tackle boat?
Time is a big factor on most trips. You don't want to spend 2-3 hours of your trip chugging along trying to get to where the fish are. Having the speed to comfortably get you to the fish is key. This gives you a huge advantage in the amount of area you can cover on your trip. This is particularly important in bottom fishing. Draft is also important. The big boats can't get into shallow water areas that are key to fishing Key West. Pilchards, mullet and other baitfish live here. There are channels and basins these boats just can't reach. Also, these shallow areas always stay calm and make for a comfortable trip when the waters get too rough to fish offshore. Fishing light tackle is also just more fun. Sitting in a chair cranking in a fish with a big reel that overpowers them isn't my idea of fun. Fishing 12-25 pound line is so much more interactive and challenging. I like the fish to fight back and my customers to feel like they did more than crank in a fish on a winch. Having a more fuel efficient boat lowers my prices. I do not charge a fuel surcharge. Not having to pay commissions to booking booths, concierges, or online booking websites passes the savings on to you. These can increase your trip cost by up to 30%. It's always better to book directly with the person who is actually taking you fishing. Not a broker, not a consierge, the actual guide.