Make some memories in Key West and go fishing with Key West Charter Fishing. With Captain Blake at the helm, you’re in knowledgeable and experienced hands.

These waters are known for Lane Snapper, Spotted Seatrout, Mutton Snapper, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Pompano, and more – with any luck, you’ll find out for yourself! Depending on the species you’re after, you may find yourself light tackle fishing, jigging, or maybe something more specialized in this area. Capt. Blake also offers fly fishing, but you may need to bring your own fly gear.

Any fish caught on these trips will be released.

Thinking of bringing the whole family? Kids are absolutely welcome! If you don’t have a child-sized life vest of your own, be sure to ask if there’s one on board. Feel free to bring your own snacks so that everyone stays happy and energized!

Your boat for the day is a 19’ Xplor skiff with room for 2 passengers. It comes with everything you need for a productive day on the water. Capt. Blake has rods and reels for you, along with lures. Live bait is on offer, but you should ask the captain whether you’ll be catching it yourself.

Your fishing license for the day is covered by the charter boat, just show up ready for some fishing! Keep in mind that some fish may have harvest limits or closed seasons. Simply ask and your captain can tell you more. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen (non-spray), and bottled water. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, just avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles.

Now, come aboard with Key West Charter Fishing Shallows and get hooked!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Back Country Basins 4 hr (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $500
    How about a day in the back country? Lets explore and look for trout, snapper, and perhaps a tarpon! Memories of a lifetime to be made out there. These trips are great for beginners! *Depending on the day we can move times around if need be, also please request a booking and we can likely accomadate either the day or time that fits your schedule
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Night Time Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    US $500
    Explore the night and catch a dinosaur! Tarpon feed best at night and they LOVE everything from live bait to artificial lures. It’s definitely a fishery you must try for yourself. These high-flying fish will test your limits!
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    TARPON and all that is holy
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    US $550
    Move over Coelacanths, Tarpon are real life dinosaurs. Lets chase them around and search for the Megalops of the Lower Keys. These wonderful beasts are a testament to resilience, strength, and agility. Are you up for it? *time is adjustable via inquiry
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    Back Country Plus (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $700
    The range of our fishing increases and so do the odds of landing targeted species. The peace and quiet “Out Back” as we call it, is truly a joy! We will poke around for snapper mainly, but all types of fish can get in on the action too, from pompano to ‘Cudas to tarpon. These trips are great for beginners. *Depending on the day we can move times around if need be, also please request a booking and we can likely accommodate either the day or time that fits your schedule
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Back Country Plus (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $700
    The range of our fishing increases and so do the odds of landing targeted species. The peace and quiet “Out Back” as we call it, is truly a joy! We will poke around for snapper mainly, but all types of fish can get in on the action too, from pompano to ‘Cudas to tarpon. These trips are great for beginners. *Depending on the day we can move times around if need be, also please request a booking and we can likely accommodate either the day or time that fits your schedule
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Permit on the Wrecks!!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $800
    Permit are by far one of the most sought after fish here in the Keys and also much Central America. Try your hand and fishing these hard fighting and world class fish. We will be fishing live bait, but anglers can bring flyrods if they wish. If we do well on them, we can pole around for other species as well and try for your Grand Slam! ***Please note this trip is highly weather dependent so please request the booking first
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
  • Private trip
    TARPON and all that is holy PLUS
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $800
    Tarpon are a testament of resilience; they are powerful, graceful, and captivating. This trip starts off with spending time trying for some other bites of various species and working our way into the Tarpon bite. Plus we dont have to wake up early
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Full Day of Fun!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $900
    We got all day to explore and find a range of species! The beauty and adventure of the backcountry awaits for us! Inquire for more information or instant book so you know you will be ready to roll
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
    Snapper (Yellowtail)
    Yellowtail Snapper
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Snapper (Lane)
    Lane Snapper
  • Private trip
    Permit on the Wrecks!! PLUS
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,000
    Permit are by far one of the most sought after fish here in the Keys and also much Central America. Try your hand and fishing these hard fighting and world class fish. We will be fishing live bait, but anglers can bring flyrods if they wish. If we do well on them, we can pole around for other species as well and try for your Grand Slam! The PLUS equates to time and potenial. ***Please note this trip is highly weather dependent so please request the booking first
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Bonefish
    Bonefish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mutton)
    Mutton Snapper
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Customer reviews

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4.8 / 5
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4.8 / 5
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Brendan K.
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Awesome Experience

VERIFIED   Back Country Basins 4 hr (AM) on March 29, 2024
Captain Blake took my Son (10yr) and I on an afternoon/night backcountry shallows fishing trip. The captain did an...
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Rob C.
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Great experience with wonderful guide

VERIFIED   Back Country Basins 4 hr (AM) on April 1, 2024
Spent a half a day private charter with Captain Blake and enjoyed every moment of it. From the fly fishing instruction to the...
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Darla W.
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Great fishing Guide!

VERIFIED   Back Country Basins 4 hr (AM) on May 15, 2024
This was an awesome fishing experience.  Captain Blake turned us on to fish as soon as we started fishing.  We started catching...
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Mark M.
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Bucket list!

VERIFIED   Back Country Basins 4 hr (AM) on May 23, 2024
A dream fishing trip with a skilled captain, sight fishing for bone fish with captain Blake was an incredible experience. ...
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Awesome Captain and Boat

VERIFIED   Night Time Tarpon on May 20, 2024
Captain Blake did an excellent job at putting me on a huge tarpon and was an experience I’ll never forget! He’s very knowledgeable...
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FAQs about Key West Charter Fishing – Shallows

Key West Charter Fishing – Shallows offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group - Back Country Basins 4 hr (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group - Night Time Tarpon (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group - TARPON and all that is holy (4 hours)
  • US $700 per group - Back Country Plus (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $700 per group - Back Country Plus (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $800 per group - Permit on the Wrecks!! (6 hours)
  • US $800 per group - TARPON and all that is holy PLUS (6 hours)
  • US $900 per group - Full Day of Fun! (8 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - Permit on the Wrecks!! PLUS (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Key West Charter Fishing – Shallows, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Key West Charter Fishing – Shallows include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Fishing License

Key West Charter Fishing – Shallows offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing (Not my strong suit. Will happily try though )
  • Backcountry Fishing

Key West Charter Fishing – Shallows offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing (Not my strong suit, welcome to try though)

Top targeted fish species with Key West Charter Fishing – Shallows include:
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Blake Kalk
Key West, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & license verified
18 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since December 2023
The sea has always been awake in me, its where I find deep comfort. I studied the ocean in college and began my work on the it immediately after graduation as a commercial fisherman, diving to catch critters for researchers and aquariums. Fishing was always apart of my upbringing, as a teenager I was constantly fishing. I love all fishing styles from rod and reel, to fly, spear, and everything in between. I believe customer servicer is everything and I owe it to you, the clients, to work my hardest and achieve an exciting and memorable day on the water! Our customer service goes beyond the boat too, anything we can do to ensure your trip is a success, we will go above and beyond to accomplish

About this listing

Targeted species

Snapper (Lane) Lane Snapper
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper

Boat specs

Xplor (Skiff) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Not my strong suit. Will happily try though
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Not my strong suit, welcome to try though

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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
Snapper and Yellowjack make great dinner
Catch and Release Mandatory
Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit must go back

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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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