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Fishing in Fort Myers
Fishing in Fort Myers
Fishing in Fort Myers
trip description for Fort Myers/Sanibel Fishing Trip in Fort Myers

These trips are nearshore/inshore with a maximum distance offshore of 9 miles. Most fishing will be with live bait for snook, sea trout, redfish, tarpon, jack crevalle, snapper, grouper, and permit. Fishing licenses are included with trip as well as all tackle necessary. Water and ice will also be included, as well as the fileting of fish. Read More

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Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Half Day 4 hrs. Offshore Experience in Clearwater

Book your exciting Half Day charter either a morning trip or afternoon. Our fast 34' Foot Sea Vee w/Triple 300's will give you more fishing time than any other boat in Clearwater. "Fast Boat, More Fishing" We can take you trolling offshore targeting Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, or we can target Snapper, Hogfish and Amberjack. "You choose your fishing trip" let's make some memories of a lifetime. Want to fish more? add more time for $200 an hour. #noslowboats #morefishing Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Clearwater

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Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
Fishing in Clearwater
trip description for Clearwater offshore fishing in Clearwater

Looking a fun and enjoyable charter out of Clearwater, FL? This trip with Captain Brad is a Clearwater fishing charter at it’s finest! On this trip, you can enjoy some of the world's best bottom fishing, hooking up Groupers, Snappers, Hogfish, and many other species on light to heavy tackle. If you're looking for some thrilling fishing, you can also go after iconic Florida species such as Tarpon and Sharks, both of which are a blast to catch for any angler. You'll be out there on board Captain Brad's 33' Dusky center console. She's a super versatile vessel that's ideal for mixing it up and fishing inshore, nearshore, or offshore. Plus, with tons of amenities and a twin 300-HP Suzuki engines, she'll get you out there quickly and comfortably. Captain Brad will supply everything you need for an awesome day on the water, from rods and reels to bait and tackle. Book a trip with him and see what Clearwater has to offer! Read More

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Fishing in Pompano Beach
Fishing in Pompano Beach
Fishing in Pompano Beach
trip description for #1 Offshore Charter in Pompano Beach

Welcome to Captain Brad's #1 Offshore charter, where we specialize in providing unforgettable fishing charters and boat cruises. Our mission is to turn every fishing trip into an extraordinary experience, creating memories that last a lifetime. Our experienced crew is dedicated to ensuring that each customer not only catches fish but also enjoys every moment on board. With a passion for the ocean and a commitment to customer satisfaction, we take pride in delivering one-of-a-kind adventures. Whether you're an avid angler or a leisure seeker looking for good time, we cater to all preferences. Our well-maintained vessels are equipped with top-notch fishing gear and comfortable amenities to make your trip enjoyable and comfortable. We don't just offer fishing charters; we provide an opportunity to connect with the sea, nature, and each other. Join us for an unforgettable journey on the water, and let us make your fishing trip an experience of a lifetime. Read More

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Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
trip description for Half Day - 31’ Cape Horn in Destin

Your trip starts at the docks in the Harborwalk Village of Destin. Upon arrival you will meet with your captain or one of our associates. Begins at 7am (In the spring months) that is when your charter boat will set off from the docks. Starting May 22nd, the charter leaves at 6am and the season price will be in affect until October 21st. About The Boat: 2019 Cape Horn 31T w/ Twin Suzuki 350HP This is an Near-shore Gulf or Offshore Deep Sea Fishing Private Trip with Destin Inshore Fishing Company. The Cape Horn 31T (Tournament) truly has the professional in mind. This newest design delivers a ride quality and a new standard in dryness that can only be achieved when 30 years of boat building experience meets modern technology. The 31T has more standard fishing features than any other in this professional class. Dual live wells 30/60 gal., 26 rod holders, Hard Top, Electronics box, 85 quart built-in drink cooler, Fresh water/Raw water washdowns, a marine head (restroom) and a (7') 740 qt. Insulated fish box. Great time to bottom fish for Red Snapper, Gag Groupers (seasonal season), Scamp Groupers, Red Groupers, Amberine, Almaco Jacks, Vermillion Snappers, White Snappers, Amberjacks (Seasonal season), & Triggerfish (seasonal). Also, you can Troll offshore for King Mackerel, BlackFin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Sailfish and Bonito Tuna. Off-season pricing from October 22 - May 21 Season pricing from May 22 - October 21 May 22nd: departure at 6am Read More

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Half Day - 31’ Cape Horn

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Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
trip description for Blue Water Trip in Key Largo

Offshore fishing off the beautiful coast Key Largo, FL doesn't get better than a trip with Captain Bryon. Bryon has over 40 years of experience on the water and has been fishing his whole life. With his experience and supplied Penn equipment Captain Bryon can put you on the fish in no time at all. You can expect to be trolling the waters of the Caribbean targeting Mahi-Mahi and Blackfin Tuna. If bottom fishing is more your speed, Captain Bryon is more than willing to take you to the reefs where you can expect to hook into various species of Snapper and Grouper as well as Amberjack. Bryon captains a 30' Sea Hunt center console equipped with state-of-the-art Garmin GPS, a fishfinder, outriggers, a live bait well, and an ice chest to satisfy any fishing needs out on the water. Perfect for this environment, the boat is powered by two 300HP Yamaha engines. The boat also has a restroom on board. The only thing you'll need to bring with you is any food or beverages you might want while out as well as any sun protection you may need. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Key Largo

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Florida

What are the best fishing charters in Florida?

Why should I book a fishing charter in Florida with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 1535 trips in Florida, and the most popular trips in the area are Port St. Joe Inshore Red-Bender guided by Carl, Inshore Redfish Whacker guided by Wilkin, and Edge of the Map Trip guided by Spencer.

Our guides in Florida are rated a 4.9 out of 5 based on 3246 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in Florida? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Florida.

What types of fishing charters are common in Florida?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Florida as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Florida are: 1. kingfish, 2. redfish, 3. mahi mahi, 4. mangrove snapper, and 5. gag grouper.

The most common fishing techniques in Florida are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and bottom fishing but trolling and artificial lure fishing are popular as well.

How much do Florida fishing charters cost?

Prices in Florida can range anywhere from about $525 to $3,800, but the average price for a half day trip in Florida is $1,101. The average price for a full day trip in Florida is $2,170.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Florida?

The most popular season for fishing in Florida is summer, and most anglers book their trips 25 days in advance.

Do I need a Florida fishing license and what are the bag limits in Florida?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Florida, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Florida. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Florida.

Fishing in the Sunshine State

Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World,” and for good reason: with some of the best sport fishing year round in the Gulf of Mexico, incredible access to the continental shelf along the Atlantic Coast, and over 30,000+ lakes, Florida houses the most diverse set of species and the best fishing in the United States.

We can’t say it enough, Florida fishing is where it’s at all year round. While some migratory species (like billfish) will still have peak and ebb seasons, you will find fun on the water no matter when you visit.

Fishing Florida's Coasts

**Florida Inshore Fishing**

Inshore fishing in Florida includes everything within one nautical mile along either the Gulf or Atlantic coast. This will give you access to estuaries, bays, intercoastal waterways, and saltwater flats all along both coasts. The diversity of bays and flats across Florida make it a world-class inshore fishery. Beginners and experts alike flock here for everything from a family friendly redfish outing in the bay to a chance at a permit on the fly.

**Florida Nearshore Fishing**

Nearshore fishing in Florida will take you out to deeper waters with bigger fish, but remaining within sight of the coast. These warm waters are some of the best Florida has to offer where fish of all sizes can be found among the wrecks and reefs. Staying nearshore will reduce the travel time and increase the time you can spend fishing. Florida’s state waters are a great spot to bottom fish for snapper and grouper, fish the surf for pompano, and even troll for spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia and more.

**Florida Offshore Fishing**

Heading offshore in Florida takes you into the deep blue, federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or the Atlantic Ocean depending on which coast you’re on. If you’re staying in the Keys, you’ll even have access to both, making Florida very unique. Commonly, good fishing begins anywhere from 20 to 30 miles away from the coast. The blue waters of Florida are some of the best places to be able to catch a multitude of trophy fish migrating through such as tuna and sailfish, as well as other seasonal fish like mahi-mahi.

Top Saltwater Catches in Florida

**Inshore Target Species in Florida**

**Snook Fishing in Florida**

The warm coastal waters of Florida provide the perfect fishing for snook as they prefer water above 60 degrees. They can be found cruising the saltwater flats, patrolling rivers, and even right off the beach or under bridges.

**Tarpon Fishing in Florida**

The silver kings of the sea, tarpon, are a prehistoric fish that have been around for 125 million years, and now reside in the warm waters of Florida's shoreline. These beautiful, metallic fish are known for being stubborn, strong, and highly acrobatic, and will test any angler’s skills.

**Bonefish Fishing in Florida**

Bonefish, or gray ghosts, are elusive fish that are highly regarded by anglers in their difficulty to catch. Florida, especially the Keys, are one of the most renowned locations to fish for them, as they cruise the flats at up to 40 mph.

**And more!**

Florida’s coasts are full of a diverse range of fish, giving you access to permit, pompano, mangrove snapper, and more.

**Nearshore Target Species in Florida**

**Grouper Fishing in Florida**

There are several species of grouper that live in Florida, including the black and gag groupers. They are stocky, stubborn, and often territorial. Florida water’s are a perfect environment for them to hide amongst rocks, reefs, and wrecks waiting for some bait to drop by.

**Snapper Fishing in Florida**

Red snapper, vermillion snapper, lane snapper, yellowtail snapper, if you want snapper, Florida has them. With over 12 species of snapper around the state, there are plenty to choose from. Although they can often be found among the reefs and wrecks in statewater, different species will travel both inshore and offshore, so if there’s a particular species you’re seeking, it’s important to check where they’ll be at that time of year.

**Tripletail Fishing in Florida**

Tripletail can be found in great numbers in the nearshore waters of Florida gathering around free floating masses in the water such as grass mats and even trash. This makes them great for sight casting, and will put up an acrobatic fight full of long runs.

**And more!**

Although these three make up the nearshore grand slam for Florida, there are some other great fish to be found along the reefs and wrecks like Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, and more.

**Offshore Target Species in Florida**

**Mahi Mahi Fishing in Florida**

Mahi mahi literally means “strong strong” and when you get hooked on a line with one, you’ll discover that first hand. In the late spring and summer months, Florida is the place to find these dolphinfish, dophin, dorado, whatever you want to call them, you’ll find them.

**Sailfish Fishing in Florida**

The cheetahs of the ocean, sailfish, are a highly prized target for trophy fishing in Florida. Atlantic sailfish can be found cruising the deep waters as they migrate along the Gulf and Atlantic coast November through February, and sometimes even as late as April.

**Wahoo Fishing in Florida**

Wahoo are fierce predators, favored by anglers for their leap, jumping clear out of the water when on the line. They are even known to make last minute attacks on lures right at the edge of the boat. Wahoo can be found around the coasts of Florida year round, but are best in the summer months. It is rumored that they thrive after a full moon, giving you the chance to say you really caught a monster.

**And more!**

Catching these three big guys will give you the title of the Florida deep water grand slam, but there’s plenty more to catch out there. From amberjack, tuna, and more there’s plenty of water to search and big fish to be found.

**Top Freshwater Catches in Florida**

**Peacock Bass**

The lakes and canal banks of Florida are one of the few places that give you access to some exotic freshwater fish like peacock bass and clown knifefish. These bucket list fish are prime at dusk and dawn, and will give you a chance to see their golden halos shine in the sunshine.

**Hybrid Striped Bass**

Hybrid striped bass, or stripers, are another bucket list fish that have been stocked in freshwater lakes and rivers across Florida. They can be found in deep water of the lakes, and cruising river channels throughout the day, depending on the time of year, and are a finicky fish but well worth the reward.

**Largemouth Bass**

Largemouth bass are an iconic freshwater fish of the United States, and are known to Floridians as the “Florida bass.” They don’t claim these bass as their own for no reason, Florida is home to some excellent largemouth fishing, and tend to be much larger than their northern brothers.

Best Places to Fish Florida’s Saltwater

**The Emerald Coast**

**Destin**

Some of the best fishing to be done in the world is in the Panhandle of Florida, and Destin is the perfect location to seek it. Originally founded by fishermen, Destin is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” due to having a wide selection of fish variety, access directly to the Gulf of Mexico, and having one of the nation’s largest commercial fishing fleets. The “100-fathom curve” is just 12 miles offshore, which is some of the deepest of the Gulf. With year round fishing for snapper, shark, tarpon and more Destin offers everything from inshore fishing to offshore, as well as plenty of tourism activities to enjoy if you can get yourself off the water long enough.

**Pensacola & Pensacola Beach**

Pensacola and Pensacola Beach (PCB), are known for excellent reef fishing, with both natural and artificial reefs providing the area with plenty of grouper, snapper, triggerfish, sharks, and more. In fact, it was once known as the “Red Snapper Capital of the World,” only now beaten by Orange Beach, AL. With access to the river channel, three bays, and the Gulf of Mexico, there are many different ecosystems to explore inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing.

**The Gulf Coast**

**Tampa**

The Tampa area has hot summers and moderate winters, making for excellent weather with a year-round bite. From half-day Tampa flats fishing, to multi-day deep sea trips, and everything in between there’s plenty of fishing to be done once you escape the crowds of the theme parks.

**St. Petersburg & Clearwater**

St. Petersburg is considered to have a medley of fertile flats, mangrove-lined shores, canals, and barrier islands that provide excellent inshore fishing. Further to Clearwater adds all of these and shallow bayous. When you combine this amazing inshore fishing, to the area’s access to the Gulf and remote reefs, a prime fishing spot is created.

Sarasota

With access to Sarasota Bay, full of grass flats, oyster bars, and mangrove shorelines, as well as Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass that lead to the Gulf of Mexico, there are a variety of fish to be caught in Sarasota. The mix of salt and freshwater creates an estuary that is prime for both bait and gamefish to flourish.

**Fort Myers**

Way down yonder on the Caloosahatchee, the prime inshore waters of Fort Myers can be found, with just a short boat ride to the Gulf of Mexico. With the Caloosahatchee River, Estero Bay, miles and miles of canals and intertidal creeks, combined with great weather, there are some excellent fisheries to catch tarpon, snook, shark and more.

**Florida Keys**

**Islamorada**

Islamorada is about one third of the way down the Keys, and is considered the “Fishing Capital of Florida.” Being next to Florida Bay, as well as having access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean gives anglers in Islamorada the advantage of being able to fish nearly every species that swims. The Gulf Stream is also only around 10 to 20 miles offshore, bringing sailfish, marlin, tuna and more closer to shore.

**Key West**

The Gulf Stream also travels close to Key West, making deep-sea fishing easily accessible from there as well. However what’s really special about Key West is the gathering of Atlantic tarpon, the silver kings. When waters warm during the late spring, tarpon will make their yearly migratory stop. This is the perfect time to get the Key West grand slam - tarpon, bonefish, and permit.

**Key Largo**

Key Largo is a great place to fish because it is a great place for fish. This is because warm, nutrient-rich water from the Caribbean Basin, mix with water flowing from the Everglades and Florida Bay. Key Largo is also the unofficial entrance to the keys, being only an hour away from Miami, making it an easy fishing destination to go to.

**Marathon**

The ability to go fishing year round in Marathon is just one of the reasons that fishing there is so popular. With beautiful, warm weather year round the fish are always biting. The other big draw is the ease of fishing in so many different environments. From fishing flats for tarpon and bonefish, to heading offshore for everything from mahi-mahi to sailfish, Marathon has it all.

**Gold Coast**

**Miami**

Usually when people first think of Miami they think of the big city with high-rise condos and a booming nightlife, however just a short boat ride away there’s an escape from the busy city into the blue waters of the Atlantic coast fisheries. Between Biscayne Bay and the Bahamas only an hour away, there’s plenty of fishing to be done inshore and among the reefs offshore. Spend the day in the bays and flats for snook and redfish, or head out to catch the current sailfish cruise.

**Fort Lauderdale**

Fort Lauderdale is a special spot for fishing because within a 20 minute drive, you can fish both fresh and saltwater. The Atlantic waters surrounding Fort Lauderdale are teeming with life, and heading right off the beach or Hollywood Boardwalk into the crystal waters to do some inshore fishing snook or tarpon, or offshore for some billfish is the perfect place to start.

**West Palm Beach**

There is great fishing both inshore and offshore in West Palm Beach, however one of the biggest highlights is the direct access to Sailfish Alley. Sailfish Alley is a submerged canyon where billfish cruise right by West Palm Beach and is the best hotspot to hit to target your trophy. Mahi, wahoo, and more can also be found here and in the surrounding waters, making your day sure to be action packed.

**Space Coast**

**Cocoa Beach**

Cocoa Beach has great fishing in the Intercoastal Waterways and deep water for kingfish, marlin, and more, however the real gem is the access to Indian River Lagoon System. This system is made up of the Banana, Indian, and Mosquito Rivers and are prime for targeting many inshore species, but especially redfish. It is also right on the northernmost border of the snook population.

**Riviera Beach**

Whether you’d like to deep drop along the reefs and wrecks, or go kite fishing for trophy billfish, Riviera Beach is the place to go. It is a sport fisherman’s paradise for targeting big fish like tuna, sailfish, and more.

**Melbourne Beach**

Melbourne Beach is one of the world’s premier locations for surf fishing. While relaxing with your toes in the sand, you can wet your line and have direct access to snook, pompano, shark, and more. With over 15 miles of pristine beach, there’s plenty of space to find the perfect spot and catch your next personal best.

**Palm Beach**

Palm Beach has excellent inshore fishing for snook, tarpon, and more, but what makes it special is also its namesake. Palm Beach is named after the Providencia, a ship that wrecked with over 20,000 coconuts that washed ashore and grew into palms. That wreck, along with other sunken boats, reefs, and rocks make it an excellent place to fish for amberjack, barracuda, and more.

Best Places to Fish Florida’s Freshwaters

**Fort Lauderdale**

Although Fort Lauderdale is known for their sailfish fishing, it also provides access to a plethora of lakes and waterways of the Everglades and more full of bass, including the exotics. Whether you’re after a giant Florida largemouth, or the opportunity to make memories, Fort Lauderdale has it all.

**Delray Beach**

Nestled on the Southeast side of Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach, Delray Beach offers saltwater and freshwater fishing. On Lake Ida and the surrounding brackish canals, exotics , largemouth, panfish, and more are just waiting to be caught. All of these combined provide a unique fishing experience only to be found in Delray Beach.

**Lake Okeechobee**

Lake Okeechobee is a world-famous bass fishery covering 448,000 surface acres of water holding some monster largemouth bass. With plenty of vegetation and structure, species like bluegill, catfish, sunfish and more can thrive.

Does Florida have good fishing?

Florida is a top destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a vast array of fishing opportunities both in freshwater and saltwater environments. The state boasts an extensive network of rivers, lakes, and freshwater springs, including famous fishing spots like Lake Okeechobee, the St. Johns River, and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. These waters are abundant with species such as Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish, making it a paradise for freshwater anglers. Florida's warm climate and well-managed fisheries contribute to year-round fishing, ensuring that anglers can enjoy productive fishing trips at any time of the year.

In addition to its remarkable freshwater fishing, Florida is renowned for its exceptional saltwater fishing opportunities along its extensive coastline. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico offer diverse fishing experiences, from inshore fishing for species like Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout, to offshore adventures targeting Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, and various species of Snapper and Grouper. The Florida Keys, in particular, are famous for their rich marine biodiversity and unique fishing experiences, including the chance to catch Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit in the flats. Whether you're fishing from a pier, a kayak, or a charter boat, Florida's coastal waters provide endless possibilities for anglers of all skill levels.

Florida's fishing culture is robust and well-supported by a wide range of resources, including fishing guides, charter services, tackle shops, and numerous fishing tournaments and events. Annual events like the Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Tournament and the Destin Fishing Rodeo draw anglers from around the world, fostering a sense of community and competition. Additionally, the state's commitment to conservation and sustainable fishing practices ensures that Florida's waters remain healthy and productive for future generations. With its diverse and abundant fishing environments, year-round fishing opportunities, and supportive fishing community, Florida is undoubtedly one of the best states for fishing in the United States.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Great time with a great guide enjoyed the trip, the music and the captain very much. Fishing was a little slow but that’s because it’s fishing.

    Gary S. with Max W. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Alex, was great! Very personable and friendly. Fishing was tough, but it can be when it’s hot. He got us on some fish and got my wife a shark! That was all she asked for on her birthday! Thanks Alex!

    Matthew S. with Alex H. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip, captain was very accommodating for me and my friends. He made the day fun even though the fishing wasn’t great. Kept trying to get us on the fish even though the bite was tough.

    Trent H. with Nathan S. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jake was an awesome guide. He knew his shit about the area and got us on fish on a fun bay trip to take our son out and see how’d he do with bigger water fishing. We will for sure be back to go out deep sea fishing with him next time.

    Jordan K. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an absolutely amazing time deep sea fishing with Captain Anthony! He is a fun and knowledgeable fisherman with LOTS of experience and great stories (ask him about how he’d dive for lobsters to impress his dates). He does all the work but lets you learn and participate as much or as little as you want. We knew we had an expert when we heard the radio chatter of all the other guides complaining that nothing was biting, while we pulled in six (only four mahi in pic). The other two were a small tuna and a ~32” barracuda). We highly recommend Kilo Whiskey Charter & Captain Anthony!

    Dan W. with Anthony D. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Heather, we feel you are very fortunate to have people like DJ and Tyler working with you. They were absolutely amazing and instrumental in making this fishing trip with our granddaughters a "REEL SUCCESS"! These guys went about their business with true dedication and diligence, all while keeping things easy going and friendly for us. Cool, cool deal. Also, we were very happy to go out on the REEL DEAL. It worked well for us. Many thanks.

    Ricky M. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Heather sent my wife and I and our two granddaughters out for a 6 hour combination trolling and bottom fishing trip with Captain DJ and Tyler. We can't say enough about how enjoyable it was. Both DJ and Tyler were fantastic guys to be around and put us on plenty of fish, both trolling and bottom fishing. It was very impressive to watch them as a team work to keep our granddaughters busy reeling in fish. They made every aspect of the trip friendly, comfortable and fun. It was all we had hoped to experience. Many thanks to Heather, DJ, Tyler and Captain Experiences.

    Ricky M. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a really good trip. Caught several shark and other types of fish as well. John and Drew were fun and knowledgeable.

    Jeffrey R. with John C. of Panama City, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Greg put us on the fish all day and we had a great time!

    Adrian W. with Greg M. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    On time and very helpful

    Joshua J. with Justin R. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Ike is a first class person very polite very nice guy me and my son had a great time will do it again when we come back.

    Chris H. with Ike C. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Josh was very professional and accommodating. Very good with the kiddos!

    Jerry S. with Josh C. of Marathon, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Kids learned so much on their first ever Charter! Lots of fish caught and fun times were had!! Captain Mike knew where to catch today!!

    Robbin C. with Michael W. of Sebastian, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip with great captain...Lots of fish on a cloudy morning.

    Ken S. with Tim R. of Naples, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely the highlight of our trip. Mike and his crew were fantastic teachers, patient and focused on helping all of us catch terrific fish. They are great with kids of all ages - 5 years to 16 years. Everyone had a great time and we caught a lot of fish.

    Vicki L. with Mike W. of Stock Island, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Matt was great. The crew managed to not only we engage positively with our 4-person party, but Matt ensured that our daughters had fun throughout. He left the course mainly up to us, since we had 2 younger children with us. I'll definitely come back to this charter service!

    Joshua R. with Matt G. of Port Orange, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely will be back. Super day out catching fish. Great crew, great boat. The day went way too fast!

    Brian M. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Scott is simply amazing!!!! He totally enjoyed his sense of humor and it was so awesome to interact with him during our fishing trip. When a storm popped up and we had to cut our fishing trip 2 hours short it was refreshing to not be nervous on the rough seas as Captain Scott remained calm and talked to us all the way back to shore!! Can NOT wait to go back and book again with Captain Scott!!!!

    Kimberly K. with Scott H. of Daytona Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Carlos was awesome! He provided us with a great time on his boat for our iguana hunt. He had a great attitude, was very informative, and had a lot of patience since we were newbs to shooting iguanas. He definitely knows the area and what to do, but most importantly knows how to make the trip memorable. We would for sure book another tour/trip for a different adventure with him if we decide to come back to Florida. Thank you Captain Carlos! You’re the man.

    Sang H. with Carlos I. of Lantana, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had 2 adults and 4 kids (2x11 and 2x16) and had a great day with Captain Teddy. We caught huge redfish and several black drum. He took us to a spot where we could pull a bunch of little guys up as well. The kids all rated it an A+.

    Michael R. with Teddy S. of Crystal River, Florida

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