Saltwater Cracker Charters

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Saltwater Cracker Charters is calling all anglers who are vacationing in the busy Florida Keys resorts! If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, come down to Cudjoe Key and let Captain Shawn take you on a trip you won’t forget. You’ll be able to do it all. Fish for the best prize species offshore, explore the backcountry flats, go snorkeling at the reefs, or catch tasty Lobster during the season!

You’ll be doing all this from a 22’ Mako center console, bay and backwater boat, powered by a 200 HP Mercury engine. Onboard equipment includes key navigation and communication electronics, all the necessary safety equipment. and a fishfinder. You’ll also have access to an ice-box for any drinks and snacks you choose to bring along.

The captain will provide you with Penn and Shimano rods and reels, as well as any terminal tackle you need for the fish you’re targeting. If you’d like to go snorkeling as a part of your trip you will also have access to snorkeling equipment, as long as you let the captain know beforehand. Those with prior spearfishing experience can also test their skills using this technique if they discuss it with the captain ahead of time.

There are many options for you to choose from when it comes to how would you like your trip to go and what species you’d like to target. The unique advantage of the Florida Keys is that longer trips can allow you to troll for Mahi Mahi and Tuna, fish the flats for Tarpon, or bottom fish for Goliath Grouper all on the same trip. Discuss your wishes with the captain and embark on the trip of a lifetime!



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  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    The ocean is the limit on this full day adventure exploring one of the premier fishing locations in the world! Fish the in the beautiful nature and pristine waters of the Florida Keys, trolling for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Amberjack. Explore the back country flats fishing for Snook and Tarpon or try out netting for Lobster. If you want to take a break and cool off, the captain can even take you snorkeling amongst the exotic fish at the nearby reefs.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Spend a relaxing half day basking in the Florida Keys sun, targeting some of the most popular fish species in the world! Troll the nearshore waters for Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack, fish the reefs and wrecks for Snapper and Grouper or go snorkeling inshore for delicious Lobster.
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About the Captain

Shawn Ives
Cudjoe Key, Florida, United States
6 Fishing Reports
14 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since July 2019
Captain Shawn has been running fishing trips for nearly 20 years and it’s something he takes great pleasure in doing. Since he was really young he has had a boat and fishing has been both his passion and a source of enjoyment. Eventually, he succeeded in being able to fully dedicate his time to fishing and hasn’t looked back since. For him, the best part of being a captain is seeing people have fun and get excited about fishing. Being a host comes naturally to him since he has experience in the entertainment business as well. He enjoys showing his customers a good time.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Lobster Lobster
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Mako Bay boat (Center console) originally built in 2008, and restored in Sele. Powered by a 200HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Ice Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.59
out of 5 stars from 14 reviews
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Half day with capt. Shawn
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
83%
Friendly captain
92%
Recommend this charter
79%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
45%
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VERIFIED   July 18, 2020
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Joseph T.
Marathon, FL
 5.00
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Half day with capt. Shawn

VERIFIED   December 26, 2019
Great trip with capt. Shawn and salt water cracker charters. Shawn went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and...
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Jonathon W.
Knoxville, TN
 5.00
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Half Day with Shawn & Cody

VERIFIED   November 10, 2019
I can’t say enough about Shawn & his son Cody. They worked with us to reschedule our trip due to poor weather, took...
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Thomas K.
Charlotte, NC
 5.00
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5 hour fishing with Capt Shawn.

VERIFIED   July 27, 2020
Took a stab in the dark for a charter and came up fabulous.
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Jonathon R.
Tampa, FL
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Fishing with Shawn

VERIFIED   November 15, 2019
Captain Sean was awesome. More than willing to customize the trip based on what your group wants to experience.  Will...
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