Wild Bill Sport Fishing

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:

  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 22 - Apr 24 (Tue)
    $330
    This is a shared charter with other guests. Perfect for those looking to meet other anglers with similar passions, exchange fishing stories, and hit the open waters for some exciting action!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 21 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    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
    3 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $650
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $800
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $800
    Wild Bill is inviting all rookie anglers to come and explore the rich Florida fisheries! You'll be targeting numerous species of Shark, including Blacktip, Hammerhead, Lemon, Tiger, and 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'll also clean your catch. You should bring a camera, sunblock, a cap, non-marking shoes, food and beverages.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,000
    This 6-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
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,250
    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.
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About the Captain

Art Duplessis
Key West, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
124 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since May 2015
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna
Wahoo 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 124 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Dinner and a show
Dinner and a show
Great Capt & Mate!
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Angler Rating
101
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Rey A.
Miromar Lakes, FL
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Boat
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Crew
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Dinner and a show

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on May 5, 2022
From the moment we arrived at the marina, Jerry, the First Mate, welcomed us and made us feel at ease.  The Captain showed...
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Brian G.
Chicago, IL
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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3 hour inshore trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on April 14, 2022
After a previous trip (different charter) was cancelled due to weather, we decided to do a shorter trip and stay closer to...
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Corrie M.
Bowman, GA
Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Amazing experience

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 19, 2021
We came from a long distance for a summer vacation and was checking out the many charters available on the island and Wild...
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Nate G.
Gorham, Maine
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Art and Jerry

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 17, 2022
My family and I had a great time fishing with Art and Jerry on Easter. The weather and and ocean cooperated as well as the...
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Tracy L.
Harrah, OK
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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3/4 day with Captain Art

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 5, 2021
Great day! We were first-timers and can hardly wait to return. The mate (Mason) was so quick and efficient, at one point we...
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FAQs about Wild Bill Sport Fishing

Wild Bill Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $165 per person - Half Day Trip (Shared) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (3 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (3 hours)
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Wild Bill Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Wild Bill Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn International, Ugly Stick)
  • Live Bait (if available)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (bottled water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Wild Bill Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Wild Bill Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Wild Bill Sport Fishing include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo