Wild Bill Sport Fishing

1801 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West FL, United States

Wild Bill Sportfishing runs offshore fishing trips out of Key West. Whether you want to explore the Gulf waters or the Atlantic side of Florida coast, you got it. Will Bill Sportfishing is exactly the type of charter you need to scout around these fisheries. With an experienced captain, a stable big boat, and rich waters around reefs and further out, your day will be a spot on.

At the helm of the Wild Bill Sportfishing you will find Captain Art. He started fishing at the age of three, and has been exploring the waters of Key West for over 18 years. Wild Bill has been cruising and running fishing trips for over a decade. Capt. Art has tested the waterways from Alaska to Costa Rica in his sport fishing career. He and his First Mate Stevie have worked together for over 13 years, catering to anglers of all skillsets, from novices to accomplished professionals.

Wild Bill is a 34’ Crusader powered by 350HP Cummins engine with a maximum passenger capacity of six anglers. The boat is furnished with standard navigational and fish finding technology, including a Garmin GPS, fish finder and VHF radio. It features a toilet on board, as well as outriggers, a live bait well, and a fighting chair.

Depending on the season, you’ll be able to target a variety of offshore forage, including Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and many others.

The local reefs and wrecks also provide lots of sportfishing potential, dominated by Barracuda, Mackerel, Jacks, sharks and a large Snapper and Grouper variety. Shark fishing trips can also be made available per request.

The captain will supply all the necessary gear. On board tackle mainly consists of rods and reels by Penn International, Shimano as well as Ugly Stick, with several custom rods available as well. Artificial bait as well as live bait (if available) are included in the price, along with bottled water and a complimentary filleting of the fish you catch. Bring a camera, pack snacks and food, and come for a fun day out.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 950
    up to 6 persons
    This full day trip is great for more experienced anglers. You will have plenty of time to target the likes of Shark (many species, including Blacktip, Hammerhead, Lemon, Tiger, Blacknose), as well as Grouper, Snapper, King, Spanish, and Cero Mackerel. The crew will provide the fishing gear, license, bait if available, bottled water, and will clean your catch. You should pack a camera, sunblock, a cap, non-marking shoes, food and beverages.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 800
    up to 6 persons
    This six hour trip gives you a bit more time for fishing, and you can still get back in time to run some errands. Target species include Shark (many species including Blacktip, Hammerhead, Lemon, Tiger, Blacknose). Grouper, Snapper, King, Spanish, Cero mackerel. The crew will supply the fishing gear, license, bait if available, bottled water, and will clean your catch. Bring a camera, sunblock, a cap, non-marking shoes, food and beverages.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 6 persons
    This half day trip is a great way to spend your morning. If you're a novice angler, start with this one. You will go after Grouper, Snapper, King, Spanish, and Cero Mackerel, as well as a variety of Shark, including Blacktip, Hammerhead, Lemon, Tiger, Blacknose). The crew will provide the fishing gear, license, bait if available, bottled water, and will clean your catch. You will want to bring a camera, sunblock, a cap, non-marking shoes, food and beverages.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 650
    up to 6 persons
    Come along, rookie anglers, and go explore the rich Florida fisheries. you will target numerous species of Shark, including Blacktip, Hammerhead, Lemon, Tiger, Blacknose. You can also go after Grouper, Snapper, King, Spanish, and Cero Mackerel. The captain will supply the fishing gear, license, bait if available, bottled water, and he will clean your catch. You should bring a camera, sunblock, a cap, non-marking shoes, food and beverages.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 6 persons
    This 3 hour trip is great for families with kids. If you want to have a relaxing time on the water, try some fishing and see whether you like it, this trip is the one to book. You will stay around the inshore waters. The captain will provide the license and the fishing gear. You may want to bring some snacks and drinks. Also, pack sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, and footwear. You can target some Sharks, and have a casual day out to enjoy the day and time on the water.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 6 persons
    This 3 hour trip is great for people looking for a relaxing, casual day on the water. You will target some Sharks, and maybe Snapper. It's great for families or rookie anglers. The captain will supply the license and the fishing gear. You should pack snacks and drinks. Also, pack sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, and footwear. The accent is on having fun on these calm waters and try out some moves. Bring your young ones, and enjoy.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Sailfish
Shark (Hammerhead)

Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Crusader (Performance fishing) originally built in 1981, and restored in 2005. Powered by a 350HP cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Kite Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

About the Captain

Art Duplessis
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since May 2015
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Captain Art is a veteran guide that took his passion for fishing from Alaska all the way down to Costa Rica. He considers himself not old enough to be grumpy, yet young enough to do all he can to ensure a fun and memorable trip for Wild Bill's guests.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 99%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.63
out of 5 stars from 35 reviews
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93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Rob Weber
Tampa, FL
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Half Day private charter- Almost landed the big one!!

VERIFIED   June 16, 2018
I booked a private charter for my son and myself for his 16th birthday gift.  We told the captain that we would love to...
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Magnus Stromblad
Glimakra, Skåne
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VERIFIED   July 1, 2018
Thanks Captain Bill and First mate Mason for a fantastic day at sea. We had as goal to have a nice day with lots of fishes...
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Chris Gordon
Spring, TX
 5.00
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58” Wahoo and Mahi - Great day with Capt Bill and Mason

VERIFIED   June 27, 2018
Second time we have fished with Mason on Wild Bill. He works his tail off every day and absolutely loves what he does and it...
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Chris Gordon
Spring, TX
 5.00
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Sailfish, Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi

VERIFIED   June 29, 2018
Wild Bill Charters is the BEST on Key West. We have fished with Wild Bill - Captain Art and Mate Mason once and Captain Bill...
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Maria Nedvidek
Nashville, Tennessee
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Half Day morning trip with Art

VERIFIED   February 24, 2018
Great time had all around, and fish caught by everyone in the group! In just a half day trip we caught 4 King Mackerel and...
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