Wild Bill Sport Fishing

1801 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West FL, United States

Wild Bill is a spacious 34 ft. Crusader powered by 350HP Cummins engine with a maximum passenger capacity of 6 anglers. The boat features a toilet on board and is furnished with a classic assortment of navigational and fish finding technology, including a Garmin GPS, fish finder and VHF radio. Offering offshore and reef fishing expeditions on both the Gulf and Atlantic waterways of Key West, targeting a variety of migratory pelagics including Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi and more.

Captain Art started fishing at the ripe age of 3, and has been prowling the waters of Key West for 18 years now. He’s been at the helm of Wild Bill for over a decade, and 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 skill brackets, from novices to accomplished professionals.

You can choose between fishing the waters of the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico, where 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.

All the necessary gear for tackling your target species are provided by Captain Sean for all members of your party. 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) is included in the price, along with bottled water and a complimentary filleting of the fish you caught.

Wild Bill is a spacious 34 ft. Crusader powered by 350HP Cummins engine with a maximum passenger capacity of 6 anglers. The boat features a toilet on board and is furnished with a classic assortment of navigational and fish finding technology, includ


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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
Targeted Species
 
Barracuda (Great)
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Sailfish
 
Shark (Hammerhead)

 
Snapper (Mutton)
 
Snapper (Yellowtail)

 
Tuna (Blackfin)
 
Wahoo
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Garmin
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Garmin
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano, Penn International, Ugly Stick
Live Bait
if available
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
bottled water
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 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, American Express.

About the Captain

Art Duplessis
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since May 2015
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: 3 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.71 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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Super excited about 1st private charter with my family and two friends. Booked half day Charter, boat was fine with comfortable seats ( which were needed) 1st mate Derrick hustled non stop to try and put us on Mahi. We never hooked anything and did not really see anything till 30 minutes left in trip on our way back in - we saw some small Mahi, which we paused to try and get spent about 10 minutes making a last ditch stand on not getting skunked. No luck we then came in quickly as the Capt had others waiting for the next charter. I don’t want to really complain - I think the effort was made but we didn’t bend one rod on anything. I thought maybe stopping at a reef once we realized the Mahi bite was not going to happen, so someone could have brought home something Mangrove snapper/Mutton snapper something? Would have been appropriate. $650 boat ride on a gorgeous day? 

I understand the nature of fishing but when you come to the fishing capital of the world ( you just want a fish)!

Fished May 9, 2017
Art Duplessis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 11, 2017

Sorry, it happens sometimes. I did give you options of going for snapper and sharks before we left. You wanted to try offshore. No one feels worse about a slow day than me. As far as the Mahi that we saw at the end of the trip we threw live bait and Ballyhoo and everything to get those things to eat they were just not in a feeding mood though not much more I can say. Good Luck in future trips, Capt Art

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We really enjoyed every moment onboard and after. Had our own catch grilled both for lunch (king mackerel) and for dinner (black grouper). Delicious!

Fished December 19, 2016
Art Duplessis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 16, 2017

Thanks for the great review Matti, hope to fish withe you again soon. Capt Art

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Wish we booked for a longer time. We had a blast.  We caught a lot of fish and had an excellent experience.

Fished November 20, 2016
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