Kekoa Charters operates out of the sportfishing paradise of Islamorada, right in the heart of the Florida Keys. They offer a range of trips, targeting the A-list cast of table and sportfish that call the area home. Whether you’re after delicious food fare or hard-fighting game species, you won’t be disappointed fishing with these guys!

Spend your day aboard a 27’ WorldCat catamaran. The boat is rock-steady both on the move and anchored up thanks to her twin-hull design. She has a covered top to keep Sunshine State’s tropical heat at bay, and a head for extra convenience on longer trips.

Kekoa Charters offers trips ranging from four to eight hours, either hitting the reefs or heading further out in search of bigger fish. Reef & wreck trips will bring in a huge range of Snappers, from Yellowtail to Yelloweye and from Red to Vermillion. You can also find bigger game like Goliath Grouper and Greater Amberjack if you really want a workout.

Fancy taking on the ocean’s top predators? Head offshore to battle Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, and more! No matter the depth, these are some real monsters you’ll be taking on!

All trips come with tackle, bait, lures, and licenses. There is a first mate onboard who will work himself to the bone to get you on the fish and will even clean and fillet your fish at the end of the trip (15-20% gratuity greatly appreciated).

The fishing is always good in the Keys, so pack your sunscreen, sunglasses, cooler, and camera, and climb aboard for a trip you will never forget!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    A full day offshore offers eight hours to run to the underwater mountains that are plentiful with pelagic fish. We will be looking for Mahi Mahi/Dolphin, Tuna, Marlin, and Sailfish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $995
    Spend the day offshore, targeting Tuna and Mahi Mahi (Dolphin). We can also target some very yummy table fare living in the deep, cold waters.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Reef & Wreck
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $895
    This trip is designed the same as the half day reef and wreck, only we have a little more time to bounce the wrecks and increase the chance of getting that trophy fish on the line for you. Target Grouper, and a huge variety of Snappers (Yellowtail, Vermillion, Mutton, and everyone's favorite, Red Snapper, as well as rarer fish like Yelloweye and Button Snapper).
  • Private trip
    Shark/Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 3 (Wed)
    $800
    This is your chance to catch the Tarpon and/or Shark of a lifetime. If you've wanted to step up to the challenge of battling one of these bruisers, here's your chance!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Reef & Wreck (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $750
    This is a trip for both beginners and seasoned anglers. We typically start the day off getting some fresh or live baits on the way out. The reefs here are close, so your fishing time is maximized. We can typically target Grouper, Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Vermillion Snapper and several other species. If you are looking for a beast to catch, we can get you hooked into Goliath Grouper, Sharks, and Greater Amberjack up to 100 lbs.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Reef & Wreck (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $750
    Spend the afternoon pulling in tasty fish around the local reefs. Grab some bait along the way, then drop your lines for Yellowtail, Mutton, and Vermillion Snapper, as well as bigger fish like Goliath Grouper, Sharks, and 100-lb Greater Amberjack.
  • Private trip
    1/4 Day Reef Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Just the right trip to go bend the rod and not get worn out. The reefs in the Florida keys are close so this trip will get you to the fishing spots in under 10 minutes. You will have the opportunity to catch all the same reef fish as on the longer trips. These trips are booked around other trips daily. Get in on the action!
  • Private trip
    1/4 Day Reef Trip (Noon)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $450
    Just the right trip to go bend the rod and not get worn out. The reefs in the Florida keys are close so this trip will get you to the fishing spots in under 10 minutes. You will have the opportunity to catch all the same reef fish as on the longer trips. These trips are booked around other trips daily. Get in on the action!
  • Private trip
    1/4 Day Reef Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $450
    Just the right trip to go bend the rod and not get worn out. The reefs in the Florida keys are close so this trip will get you to the fishing spots in under 10 minutes. You will have the opportunity to catch all the same reef fish as on the longer trips. These trips are booked around other trips daily. Get in on the action!
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About the Captain

George Proenza
Islamorada, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
199 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since March 2018
Capt. George (Doc) Proenza has spent over 40 years following his passion for catching fish. He grew up fishing with his father and grandfather, then followed his love of the sport and started running charters. Capt. George has been living down in Islamorada for almost 20 years, and knows all the best spots for each fish species.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

Hogfish Hogfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper

Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Swordfish Swordfish
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna

Boat Specs

Hydrocat (Catamaran) originally built in 2006, and restored in 2018. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Reef & Wreck (AM) on January 6, 2022
Boat Captain Doc and his first mate George are amazing. We chartered a private trip because of our three kids who had never...
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AM trip with Doc and George

VERIFIED   NEW  1/4 Day Reef Trip (AM) on January 18, 2022
We did the 2 hour fishing trip at 8am.  The seas were rough on the original date so we pushed a day. The trip was very fun! ...
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GREAT 1/2 Day on Kekoa

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Reef & Wreck (AM) on December 20, 2021
We booked a 1/2 day (4 hour) trip with Captain George and absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone. It was...
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3/4 Day Cut a little Short

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Offshore on December 18, 2021
We took the early morning trip out and they got us on a lot of fish! Not quite the kinda fishing we are used to in Wyoming,...
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3/4 day reef and wreck

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Reef & Wreck on October 7, 2021
Our family had an awesome day with Doc and George. Especially with our two young boys.They put us on fish right away. We caught...
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FAQs about Kekoa Charters

Kekoa Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - 1/4 Day Reef Trip (AM) (2 hours)
  • $450 per group - 1/4 Day Reef Trip (Noon) (2 hours)
  • $450 per group - 1/4 Day Reef Trip (PM) (2 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip - Reef & Wreck (AM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip - Reef & Wreck (PM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - Shark/Tarpon Trip (4 hours)
  • $895 per group - 3/4 Day Trip - Reef & Wreck (6 hours)
  • $995 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Offshore (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip – Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Kekoa Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Kekoa Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Usually prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (15-20% gratuity is expected)
  • Fishing License

Kekoa Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Kekoa Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Kekoa Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Hogfish
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Swordfish
  • Tarpon
  • Tuna (Blackfin)