Grateful Dave Charters

(26) In high demand!
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.


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About this listing

Boat Specs

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

Length
17 ft
Capacity
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
Popping
rapala
Fly Fishing
Top of the line equipment, clients may bring own
Drift Fishing
live bait
Targeted Species
 
Barracuda (Great)
 
Bonefish

 
Cobia
 
Grouper (Red)

 
Jack Crevalle
 
Permit

 
Pompano
 
Shark (Blacktip)

 
Snapper (Mutton)
 
Snook

 
Speckled Trout
 
Tarpon
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Raymarine
Fly Fishing Equipment
G-Loomis, Tibor, Hatch
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
All baitfish and shrimp and crabs
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
ice chest under seat
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Raymarine
Fly Fishing Equipment
G-Loomis, Tibor, Hatch
Live Bait Well
All baitfish and shrimp and crabs
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Soda and Water
First Mate
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
G-Loomis, Tibor, Hatch
Policies
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 your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

20% 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, Mastercard, Checks, 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: 8 hours
Response rate: 92%

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Customer Reviews

4.94 out of 5 stars from 26 reviews

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Great fishing experience all around. I would recommend Dave as a guide.

Gale Bower  • Fished February 9, 2017
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Dan Hartwig  • Fished February 8, 2017
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Captain Dave made our Key West vacation!  Barracuda, Jacks, Sharks, Permit, Catfish, Ladyfish, Tarpon.  I would highly recommend a day or more on the water.  Fun, laid back, but super knowledgeable Captain Dave will put you on the fish!

Andrea Siroky  • Fished February 6, 2017
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