Saltwater Cracker Charters

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 spacious, 32’ Century, offshore sportfishing boat, powered by twin 250 HP Yamaha engines. Onboard equipment includes key navigation and communication electronics, all the necessary safety equipment. and a fishfinder. The boat features a small private toilet, a shower, and a fighting chair for the most intense battles. 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
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $799
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    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
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $599
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    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
1 Reports
4 Customer Reviews
Response time 8 hours
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)
Grouper (Goliath)
Lobster
Shark (Blacktip)

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

Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Century (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
8 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Kenneth G.
Key West, FL
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Shawn

VERIFIED   July 11, 2019
We schedule a fishing trip with Captain Shawn and First Mate Levi for one adult and four teenagers.  It was a wonderful...
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Satellite Beach, FL
 5.00
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Awesome Experience

VERIFIED   July 19, 2019
We were a boys church group on a high adventure. It was perfect! Fished everyone caught stuff and the Captain knew we were...
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Vickie W.
United States
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Captain Shawn

VERIFIED   August 5, 2019
We tried several techniques and he had multiple locations to get us on the fish.  We even tried out snorkeling on a reef...
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New York, New York
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