Grateful Dave Charters

1801 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West FL, United States

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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.

17 ft
2 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats, Channels, Basins
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
All flats, mangrove islands, basins, channels
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
All spinning gear, clients may bring rod if desired
Heavy Tackle
shimano, Goliath Grouper
Fly Fishing
Top of the line equipment, clients may bring own
Drift Fishing
live bait
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Great)

Grouper (Red)

Jack Crevalle

Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Mutton)

Speckled Trout

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.

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
G-Loomis, Tibor, Hatch
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Tank
All baitfish and shrimp and crabs
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
ice chest under seat
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
G-Loomis, Tibor, Hatch
Live Bait Tank
All baitfish and shrimp and crabs
Trip Includes
Rod, Reels & Tackle
Live Bait
Catch Cleaning & Filleting
Soda and Water
First Mate
Fishing Licence
Fly Fishing Equipment
G-Loomis, Tibor, Hatch
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on trip and number of days booked

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Master Card, Check, American Express.

About the Captain

David Moloney
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
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: 3 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.97 out of 5 stars from 22 reviews

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My 12 year old son & I are both novice fisherman and it was our flats fishing experience. Capt Dave was patient with us both and we had an amazing experience. Will definitely come back to him.

Nabeel Tanveer • Fished Aug 11, 2016
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Captain Dave did a great job putting us on the types of fish we wanted to catch. Great guy, very knowledgeable. Will definately be going out with him again.

Chris Taddeo • Fished Jul 27, 2016
David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 31, 2016

Chris, thank you, i had a blast with you guys.

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Captain Dave was great to work with. We had to change the original date because of terrible weather. He was very accommodating and worked hard to make sure we caught fish. Sight fishing for tarpon didn’t go well because it was so cloudy. We’ll just have to try again some other time!

Robert Floyd • Fished Jul 20, 2016
David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 21, 2016

Thanks, I had a great time fishing with you guys.

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Fishing Reports

Bonefish are all over the place

October 04, 2016

Went out for an afternoon trip and had plenty of Bonefish to keep us busy, we landed 4 including my angler's first Bonefish. This fall has been exceptionally good for spin fishing Bonefish or fly fishing for them. The… Read Full Report →


  • 1801 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
    FL 33040, United States