Southpaw Fishing Charters

5950 Peninsular Ave
Key West FL, United States

Capt. Brad Simonds owns and operates Southpaw Fishing Charters, a 43’ custom-built Torres Sportfisher, constructed in 2002 by Claude Torres, a distinguished boat builder. The boat is powered by a 700HP Lugger diesel engine, and comes outfitted with a comprehensive package of navigational and marine electronics, which includes a GPS/Chart plotter, multiple fish finders and depth sounders, several VHF radios and a radar by Northstar and Simrad.

The vessels’ two-tiered livewell system enables the crew to maintain large quantities of live bait throughout the trip. Inside the cabin, there’s a comfy seating area surrounding a dinette and a spacious cushioned bench. One of Southpaw’s more prominent features is its Tuna tower, which the crew utilizes for a variety of fishing techniques all throughout the year, and which they feel gives them the edge over many of their competitors that don’t have a tower on board.

Born and raised in Massachusets, Capt. Brad first started working as a Captain over 30 years ago, running a 55’ Holton out of Key Largo, and spending the spring months on the Yucatan Peninsula. After being at the helm of several private and corporate-owned charters, Brad decided to go independent and started the Southpaw Fishing Charters in 2002.

The Southpaw crew specializes in light tackle live bait fishing, trolling, kite fishing, bottom and wreck fishing for a variety of pelagics and resident game fish inhabiting the area, including Billfish, Tuna, Dorado, Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper and many others. Custom fishing charters can also be organized upon request, such as bluewater fly fishing, live bait kite fishing, tournament sportfishing, night Snapper or Swordfish trips, as well as fishing excursions to the Tortugas and other long range trips.

Capt. Brad Simonds owns and operates Southpaw Fishing Charters, a 43’ custom-built Torres Sportfisher, constructed in 2002 by Claude Torres, a distinguished boat builder. The boat is powered by a 700HP Lugger diesel engine, and comes outfitted


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Boat Specs

Torres (Convertible) originally built in 2002. Powered by a 700HP Lugger engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 19 knots.

Length
43 ft
Capacity
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Amberjack
 
Barracuda (Great)

 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
 
Grouper (Black)

 
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
 
Sailfish

 
Snapper (Mangrove)
 
Snapper (Mutton)

 
Snapper (Red)
 
Snapper (Yellowtail)

 
Tuna (Skipjack)
 
Wahoo
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Penn, Shimano, Daiwa
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Soft drinks & 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 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
 
Disabled Accessible
Payment

15% 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, Checks.

About the Captain

Brad Simonds
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since May 2014
Capt. Brad has over 30 years of recreational and tournament sportfishing experience. Apart from running a charter business, he's also spent 9 years as a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Response time: 9 hours
Response rate: 81%

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Customer Reviews

4.76 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

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Not too many Dolphin around but Brad and Matt worked hard to get us 3 nice ones. Awesome boat!

Fished May 4, 2017
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Despite 25 knot winds, captain agreed to try to find protected waters. We are glad he did! He made our vacation. We caught numerous snapper varieties, a dozen blue tail that we released, and two large tuna. But the thrill of a lifetime was hooking a 150lb Goliath grouper. Took pictures of the aquarium worthy beast to prove it.
We have booked charters in Nassau Bahamas, and five times on Lake Michigan for fresh water salmon. Fishing the Southpaw was the largest number of catches by far.

Fished December 30, 2016
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My family and I had a wonderful time on the South paw with Captain Simmons and first mate matt who worked very hard to make sure we caught lots of Yellowtail snapper and grouper! We felt totally safe and at home on the spacious 43 footer and the crew were very patient with us beginners but especially with my 9 year old son who had a thousand questions for Captain Simmons! He was thrilled being able to ride up on top on with the captain who later filleted our fish and told us where to go to get it cooked can’t wait to do it again someday thanks again guys for a great experience! ...

Fished July 26, 2016
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