Chef Charles The Fishing Chef

Chef Charles The Fishing Chef invites you for an exciting fishing trip in Key Largo, Florida! Together with Captain Charles Maloney, you’ll explore inshore and offshore waters, reefs, as well as flats and have lots of fun fishing for many different prized species. Captain Charles isn’t only a lifelong angler but also a skilled cook with professional experience who can cook the fish you catch after the trip and send it to wherever you’re staying. Pay him a visit and have a terrific time on the water in Key Largo!

Your adventure starts on a restored 26’ World Cat catamaran that can sit up to 4 guests. The boat runs on twin 200 HP Suzuki engines, uses full-featured navigation technology, and has got a portable toilet. There’s also an ice-box to store your fish and drinks and a livewell to supply you with live bait. The captain’s son Jay is a first mate and he’ll be joining your trip as well.

The species you’ll target include Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Mangrove and Yellowtail Snapper, Bluefin Tuna, Great Barracuda, as well as Jack Crevalle. You can attract them by light and heavy tackle bottom fishing, deep sea fishing, trolling, and drift fishing, and you’ll keep the fish you catch. Kids are more than welcome to join in.

Captain Charles will provide all the rods, reels, tackle, lures, as well as fishing licenses, and he’ll even clean and fillet your catch for free. Before you leave, just make sure you have your snacks and drinks.

Come to Key Largo and have a memorable time fishing with Chef Charles The Fishing Chef!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Early Tuna Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $650
    You're catching Tuna in the early morning right at daylight. Come join the crew and get hooked up. It will be epic!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Spearfishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    Have 4 hours of fun as you spearfish the waters of Key Largo. You'll depart at 8:00 a.m. and fish in the permitted zone 15-30 feet deep. Remember that you'll need to bring your own spearfishing gear on this trip. Up to 6 people can come aboard.
  • Private trip
    Shark / Barracuda
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Have fun catching and releasing Some big ones.
  • Private trip
    Shark/ barracuda afternoon
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    Bring in shark or barracuda fun to catch and release
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Kids Teach 'n' Catch
    In demand! Last booked: 19 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    The crew teaches kids and frist-timers how to catch fish.
  • Private trip
    Half day afternoon reef
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $750
    Bottom fishing at its best Live ballyhoo and cut bait on the bottom for snapper, hog fish,grouper and much more
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Backcountry
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    When it's too windy offshore, the crew can still take you out in the backcountry to fish for Snapper, Snook, Tarpon, in its big boat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Reef Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    Experience bottom fishing at its best and have lots of fun chasing various species for 4 hours. The trip starts at 8:00 a.m. and the captain will provide you with all the fishing gear, licenses. as well as catch cleaning and filleting.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Rock Pile (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Fish on a secret rock pile that the captain found, it's on fire. You can chase Yellowtail, Mutton Snapper, and catch and release large Parrotfish, Hogfish, Grouper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Rock Pile (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $800
    Fish a secret rock pile the captain found for Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper and catch and release Hog Snapper, Grouper, large Parrotfish, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Spearfishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    You and the captain will head out to the permitted zone and have fun spearfishing 15-30 feet deep. This trip is available for up to 6 guests. Just remember that you'll have to bring your own snorkeling gear for this trip as it isn't included in the price.
  • Private trip
    Afternoon bite
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $850
    Troll for two hours and reef fish for Two
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Morning Reef / Wreck
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $900
    Come watch the beautiful sunrise and get on the early bite.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Slamming Bite
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $900
    You will troll at sunrise for Wahoo and after that fish a wreck on the bottom for Mutton Snapper, Grouper, Yellowtail, and Hogfish. A bite that's unbelievable.
  • Private trip
    Key largo grand slam
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Trolling for 2.5 hours And reef fishing for 2.5 hours
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Reef Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
    This trip will see you visit the reefs and have 6 fun hours of bottom fishing. You and the captain will leave the dock at 8:00 a.m. and you'll have all the fishing gear and licenses provided by the captain. Also, he can clean and fillet your catch totally free of charge.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
    You and Captain Charles will start the trip at 8:00 a.m. and have fun trolling for 4 hours. The captain will provide you with all the fishing gear, licenses, and he'll also clean and fillet your catch. You just remember to bring some snacks and drinks before you leave.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    Come aboard and have a great time trolling the waters of Key Largo together with Captain Charles. You'll leave the dock at 8:00 a.m. and will chase various species for 6 hours. The trip comes with all the fishing gear, licenses, and catch cleaning.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Reef Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    8 hours on the water give you plenty of time to enjoy nature and fill your coolers. Starting at 8:00 a.m., you and Captain Charles will head out to reefs and have lots of fun bottom fishing. He covers you for all the gear, licenses, as well as catch cleaning, so just bring your snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,800
    With 8 hours on the water, you can enjoy fishing to the fullest. With lots of time both for chasing fish and watching beautiful nature, you're bound to create lovely memories and you'll have the biggest chance of reeling in a big catch. As always, Captain Charles covers you for the fishing gear, catch cleaning, and licenses.
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About the Captain

Charles Maloney
Key Largo, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
23 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
43 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2021
After fishing in the Keys for 22 years, Captain Charles decided to make it his home fishing out in the ocean. You don't know what you might catch but it's always fun and putting people on the fish is exciting. The captain is also a chef who has worked professionally and he started a food truck barbecue business. He loves to cook and he offers his guests a catch-and-cook option. While his son and first mate Jay is cleaning the boat, Captain Charles will clean your catch and cook it for you. Whether you like it grilled, blackened, or fried, you'll have freshly cooked fish delivered to your hotel, campground, or wherever you're staying! The captain would be grateful if you tipped the first mate because the young man works hard to keep the boat pristine for you. See you soon and tight lines!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cero Mackerel Cero Mackerel
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper

Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

World Cat (Catamaran) originally built in 1999, and restored in 2020. Powered by 2 200HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 41 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Half day with Captain Charles
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Angler Rating
37
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Joseph C.
Huron, SD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
Overall

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VERIFIED   Key largo grand slam on December 20, 2021
We booked a day that gave us beautiful weather conditions, but the fish were not overly active.  Charles put us in the spots...
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Tampa, Florida
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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NEW  Half Day Trip – Reef Fishing on May 11, 2022
I would recommend Captain Charles to anyone: he is very knowledgeable of the local fishing spots, a talented chef, and a great...
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Jill M.
Seattle, WA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Absolutely the best!

VERIFIED   Afternoon bite on April 7, 2022
My son was SO excited for fishing in Florida, and Captain Charles made it everything we could have wanted. He is extremely...
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Matthew D.
Alpharetta, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip with Captain & Chef Charles

VERIFIED   Sunset cruise on February 26, 2022
Organized a last minute half day trip for my son and I to do some deep sea fiching.  Captain Charles was easy to book with...
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Michelle G.
Wheatland, Wyoming
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Day trip with Chef Charles

5 Hour Trip – Morning Reef / Wreck on February 10, 2022
Chef Charles provides an amazing and unique experience not only fishing but with his culinary skills as he prepared our catch...
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FAQs about Chef Charles The Fishing Chef

Chef Charles The Fishing Chef offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Early Tuna Trolling (3 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip – Spearfishing (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Shark / Barracuda (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Shark/ barracuda afternoon (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Kids Teach 'n' Catch (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half day afternoon reef (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Backcountry (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Reef Fishing (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Rock Pile (AM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Rock Pile (PM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Spearfishing (6 hours)
  • $850 per group - Afternoon bite (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Morning Reef / Wreck (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Slamming Bite (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - Key largo grand slam (5 hours)
  • $950 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Reef Fishing (6 hours)
  • $950 per group - Half Day Trip – Trolling (4 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Trolling (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip – Reef Fishing (8 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Full Day Trip – Trolling (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Chef Charles The Fishing Chef, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (Live ballyhoo / pilchard fish)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Chef Charles The Fishing Chef include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Chef Charles The Fishing Chef offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Chef Charles The Fishing Chef offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Chef Charles The Fishing Chef include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cero Mackerel
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack