Purple Heron Charters runs angling trips out of Key West and offers to show you what the local fishery is all about.

Capt. John will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. He specializes in fly fishing, drift fishing, popping, and spinning, all to get you on that bite. This involves 4 to 10-hour trips, mainly fishing for Barracuda, Tarpon, Snapper, Permit, Jack Crevalle, and Grouper, depending on the season and conditions of the day.

Your adventure begins on board a 17’ Flats and Bay boat that can fit a maximum of 2 anglers. The boat is fitted with an ice box.

All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. The captain will supply all the needed fishing licenses for your trip. You can keep anything you catch, as long as it’s legal to do so.

The boat will be supplied with drinks for your pleasure, be sure to let the captain know if you have any questions or want to bring your own.

Up for a family trip? This is a children-friendly business, so bring your loved ones to share these memories with.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Purple Heron Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    A 6-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
There are 9 people looking at this charter.

About the Captain

John Hoover
Key West, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
14 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2022
Lifelong Floridian raised in central Florida started fishing full-time in the Lower Keys and Key West in 2007.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonefish Bonefish
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Grunt Grunt

Boat specs

Flats and Bay (Flats boat) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2022. Powered by a 90HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
If requested we can use live bait
Ice Box
A 45qt. Rtic Cooler is onboard with ice and waters

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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.

Key West Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 14 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (4)
Purple Heron Fishing
December fishing trip
Early morning trip Dec. 13th
+1
Angler Rating
13
1
0
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
70%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 14 reviews
Nancy B.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half Day Trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on January 16, 2023
John was great. I had some questions beforehand and responded quickly and provided the information I needed before our trip....
Nancy B. recommends Purple Heron Charters
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
  John Hoover Captain replied

Richard M.
Northfield, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

John Hoover Purple Heron

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on January 27, 2023
Knowledgeable and personable. Very patient with two novices. Highly recommended.
Richard M. recommends Purple Heron Charters
Mark review as helpful
1 person finds this review helpful
You and 1 other person found this review helpful
  John Hoover Captain replied

Jeff J.
Westford, MA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day capt john

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on January 18, 2023
Great morning of fishing, captain John was friendly,  knowledgeable,  and got me on the fish.
Jeff J. recommends Purple Heron Charters
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
  John Hoover Captain replied

David R.
Helmetta, NJ
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Captain John Hoover

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on January 10, 2023
John was great ,  had a blast.  get trip !!
David R. recommends Purple Heron Charters
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
  John Hoover Captain replied

Zac N.
Murfreesboro, TN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

January fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on January 24, 2023
Zac N. recommends Purple Heron Charters
Mark review as helpful
You found this review helpful
  John Hoover Captain replied

FAQs about Purple Heron Charters

Purple Heron Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Purple Heron Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well If requested we can use live bait
  • Ice Box A 45qt. Rtic Cooler is onboard with ice and waters

Trips booked with Purple Heron Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Purple Heron Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Purple Heron Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Purple Heron Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grunt
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Lemon)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon