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Head out with Captain Jose to fish with one of the Key's foremost authorities in putting fish in the boat. Captain Jose loves to run guided trips but his full-time job is fishing commercially. This man lives and breaths catching fish!...Read More
On these Reef and Wreck trips, Captain Jose offers the opportunity to fish these abundant feeding grounds for nearly 600 species of fish just 20 minutes offshore. You’ll be bottom fishing in calm, sheltered water 10 feet to 30 feet deep for snapper, grouper, yellowtail, hogfish, porgies, grunts, jacks, mackerel and barracuda, to name just a few. Once anchored, Captain Jose will throw some chum out into the water column to create a feeding frenzy right behind the boat. The fish truly go crazy and promise to give you non-stop action as you catch fish after fish!
Captain Jose provides all the rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you will need for a successful day out over the reefs and wrecks so you needn't worry about bringing your own gear (Unless you want to!) All he recommends that you bring are you favorite snacks and drink, and the desire to catch a ton of fish!
As a young boy Captain Jose spent countless days staring out at the ocean. As a child growing up on the island of Cuba all he could do was dream, boats were strictly controlled by the government. Even at that age, he knew one day he would be a sea captain plying his craft on the waves. When Jose was just seven his parents won the citizen lottery and were allowed to emigrate to America and become citizens. With a small sense of sadness and a great sense of the wonders to come Jose and his family took their first charter. Once here Jose took to the water like a fish, literally, spending all of his free time diving in the waters offshore his new home in Miami....Read More
As he grew, he became more and more proficient in swimming, snorkeling, and catching fish. Once his prowess in the waters became known, Captain Jose was introduced and mentored in the skill and sport of spearfishing. For the next 20 years, Jose spearfished competitively, recreationally, and commercially.
At 16, he purchased his first car and first boat a 12 footer, he named “The Dream” from that, on the weekends, he could only be found diving and fishing the waters throughout the Florida Keys. As he continued to excel in catching fish either above or below the surface Captain Jose, realized his dream, he could finally make the sea and fishing his livelihood. For the next 25 years, Captain Jose has made his living exclusively from the Sea, through catching fish. While a successful Fisherman and Captain must know what is going on above the sea and must also know where the fish are, Captain Jose, having spent so many years below the surface, “living” with the fish, not only knows where the fish are but where they go, what they do, how they react to different baits, weather, temperature, and seas. At an early age, under the water, Captain Jose learned to speak fish.
However, as time rolled on, with age and wisdom, Captain Jose began fishing above the water much more than below, and over the last decade, he has worked at every level of the commercial fishing industry. He was the owner proprietor of his own retail fish market selling the fish he caught, to be being a supplier to the top suppliers who sell to all of the restaurants in South Florida.
A few years ago Captain Jose was diagnosed with cancer and underwent aggressive treatment and had a very successful outcome. The stress and uncertainty of such a diagnosis provided the motivation to focus on what he truly loves, fishing. Since that time, Captain Jose shut down his thriving retail market and dedicated his life to fishing commercially. He also passed the rigorous Professional Sea Captain Licensing process and is a Licensed Sea Captain, he is also completely United States Coast Guard compliant.
Once fishing full time, it wasn’t long that his talents attracted attention once again, namely the guests and other boaters at mile marker 38 were constantly seeing Captain Jose bringing in hundreds of pounds of fish on a daily and weekly basis. After months of fending off pleas to “take me fishing” Captain Jose decided to start a charter business and share his love, knowledge and experience.
As a commercial fisherman, Captain Jose works with guests but is not always available every day for charters. When you hire Captain Jose you are not getting a charter Captain who also fishes; you are getting a fisherman who also charters. Unlike many other charters, Captain Jose still earns a living catching fish.
Had the absolute BEST day out at sea fishing!! It was my first time ever going fishing and I wasn’t sure what to expect - but WOW, they FAR exceeded all expectations I had! Naturally as a newbie, I had SO many questions and they answered every single one with ...Read More such care and depth, it’s so clear to see how passionate they truly are about what they do. They coached and guided my friends and I every step of the way and showed us a variety of techniques, depths, and fish!
You will not be disappointed fishing with Captain Jose. He will put you on the fish. We started the day catching yellowtail snapper and then the kingfish pictured started scaring the school of fish. Jose was quick to prepare a rod with a live wait to catch it, and as ...Read More planned the fish was hooked quickly and we were able to bring it in the boat. Awesome trip and would fish with him again any day!
Best snapper fishing I’ve ever had!
What an amazing day, we caught our limit in just a few hours. Captain Jose is a captain to trust when it comes down to catching monster fish! I can assure you’ll have a cooler full of fish ??
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No meal provided.
Fishing License, Rods, reels & tackle
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
You can bring your own sunscreen and snacks while refreshments like water and soda are available onboard.
Nothing additional needed.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 3 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
6011 Peninsular Avenue, Key West, FL 33040, United States | Bodies of water fished: Florida Keys, Florida, USA