Grateful Dave Charters

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1801 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West FL, United States

Captain David Moloney operates the Grateful Dave Charters, offering inshore fishing excursions in the lower Florida Keys (from Big Pine Key to Key West) for a variety of species congregating on the flats and nearshore waterways. The crew utilizes both spin and fly fishing gear for tackling the likes of Bonefish, Snook, Tarpon, Permit, Barracuda, Sharks and more. Custom and personalized charters are available and the crew is more than happy to accommodate your specific fishing preferences and desires.

You’ll be fishing from a 17’ Hell’s Bay Biscayne flats boat, designed for shallow water fishing, with a maximum capacity of 2 passengers per trip. The vessel features a conventional range of Raymarine navigational gear including GPS, radio and fishfinder, and comes equipped with an anchoring system as well as a push pole. Grateful Dave Charters take pride in putting people in unique environments and making fishing memories for everyone on board.

There’s a large variety of species you can target in the waters surrounding the Keys depending on the season. The regular Tarpon migration occurs between early spring throughout late summer when large schools roam through the area, while Snook seem the most active during the winter months. Big Barracudas are a regular on the flats virtually throughout the year, although fall, winter and oftentimes spring appear to be most productive. Bonefish are abundant spring thru late fall, although winter time often attracts the bigger specimen. Most of the species can be targeted all year round though, including Redfish, Sharks, Snapper, Grouper and many others, so feel free to inquire about the recent fish count.

All the appropriate Shimano fishing equipment, live and artificial bait, licenses and beverages (bottled water and soda) are provided by the crew. If you’d like to have your catch cleaned and filleted following the trip, just let Captain Dave know.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    A full 8 hour day is usually the best way to attain multiple catches of multiple species. The full day can offer sportfishing in the morning and Snapper for dinner in the afternoon. A completely custom set up, the full day will give you the best chance to catch the most fish. With a lunch break on a Sandy beach it can also turn out to be a relaxing day combined with productive fishing.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip AM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 2 persons
    This is a 6 hour trip and can be custom tailored to your wants.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip PM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 550
    up to 2 persons
    This is a 6 hour trip and can be custom tailored to your wants. Departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM
    Just booked!
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    This is a 4 hour trip, morning or afternoon and can be custom tailored to your wants. Targeting early morning Tarpon and then Sharks. Maybe targeting big Barracudas then getting dinner for a couple hours, catching Snappers. Departure times will vary as well as departure place, usually leaving from where the bite is best, between Big Pine Key and Key West.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    This is a 4 hour trip, morning or afternoon and can be custom tailored to your wants. Targeting early morning Tarpon and then Sharks. Maybe targeting big Barracudas then getting dinner for a couple hours, catching Snappers. Departure times will vary as well as departure place, usually leaving from where the bite is best, between Big Pine Key and Key West. Departure time may be flexible.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish
Cobia
Grouper (Red)

Jack Crevalle
Permit
Pompano
Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Mutton)
Snook
Speckled Trout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hell's Bay Boatworks (Skiff) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 60HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. 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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 1% fee.

About the Captain

David Moloney
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
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David has been fishing all of his life and joined the Navy at a young age where he spent years on the water. He eventually came to be stationed in Key West, where he learned the waters and fisheries of the Lower Florida Keys firsthand.
Response time: 6 hours
Response rate: 92%

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Customer Reviews

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4.94
out of 5 stars from 33 reviews
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Fredrik Kinnunen
Houston, TX
 5.00
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A great day with a hard working Captain

VERIFIED   March 29, 2018
We fished back country out of Key West. The weather conditions were poor with strong wind and general poor sight in the water....
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Jan Leon
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 5.00
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4 H Trip with Dave

VERIFIED   February 24, 2018
The Trip was really nice. Fishing was also great, saw a lot of fish in the Flats and got a really big Barracuda and a small...
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Barry Deacom
United States
 4.67
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Full day flats fishing

VERIFIED   February 7, 2018
Caught Bone fish and barracuda. Dave was very knowledgable of the fishing areas . He made a difficult fishing day fun.
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Curtis Skoog
United States
 5.00
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Grateful Dave Charters

VERIFIED   January 29, 2016
Captain Dave is Super! His professionalism, experience and top notch equipment all led up to a great successful day of...
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Steve Williams
Pompano Beach, Florida
 5.00
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Great Guide

VERIFIED   July 4, 2016
A sign of a great captian is what he does when the weather and fish don’t cooperate. Captain Dave worked his butt off...
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