Fish Key West - The Coolcast

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Fish Key West runs year-round fishing trips around the rich fisheries of Key West, FL. Here you can find a variety of species, techniques, a comfortable boat, and a professional crew. Novice anglers and seasoned fishermen will get the chance to enjoy these fertile fisheries and have an enjoyable day on the water.

The crew has plenty of experience and skills to make your trip worth the while. These fishermen are on the water each day. Numerous repeat customers have landed their dream catch thanks to the help of the Fish Key West crew. They know where the fish bite and how to tailor the trip to your skills and wishes.

You will be fishing from a 36’ Sea Vee center console named ‘Coolcast’. She is an all-round stable boat, fit to take you around shallow waters and look for Tarpon or weather the waters up to 90 miles out in search of Marlin and Tuna. ‘Coolcast’ can take up to six anglers and give them a fast, dry ride. She is powered by two 300 HP Yamaha outboards.

The vessel features modern electronics including TR-1 auto pilot, Ray Marine 12’ color fish finder, two VH radios, Garmin chart plotter, a CD player, and a cell phone. She stores all the gear you need, as well as bait, ice, tackle, and reels. You will find comfortable seating and a T-top to give you shade. There is a clean bathroom onboard.

The fishing is consistent throughout the year, but depends on the season, water temperature, currents, and sea conditions. The target species include anything from Tarpon and Permit inshore on a half day trip, to big Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Cobia, Kingfish, and more on longer trips.

You should bring a camera, sunglasses, sunblock, a cap, non-marking shoes, and food and drinks. The fishing license is included in the trip rates. And, if you can’t find a spot here, worry not. Fish Key West has a whole fleet at their disposal. Just scroll down, click on Capt. Damon’s name and see available spots on other boats.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    This full day trip is a great way to spend a day on the water and target a variety of fish. Whether it's Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Tuna, Marlin, Kingfish, Permit, Bonito, Tarpon, and many more, the crew will work to put you on fish. You will get all the gear, bait, lures, and a cleaned catch. Bring a cap, camera, sunblock, and sunglasses. It's great for more experienced anglers. The boat can access shallow waters and weather choppy seas while it gives you a dry ride. You're in for a fine trip!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    On this six hour trip, you can explore the shallow waters or head a bit further out. These fisheries offer incredible fishing through the year. You can get Bonito, Permit, Amberjack, Snapper, Kingfish, or maybe even some game fish comes around. The crew will provide all the gear and bait, as well as ice, tackle, and license. Pack a camera, sunglasses, a cap, and sunblock. Anglers with a bit more experience will love it, but the boat can take up even less experienced fishermen and give them a safe ride.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    This half day trip is a good option for less experienced anglers. You will still have enough time to get some nice fish. The target species include Snapper, Tarpon, Amberjack, Mackerel, Kingfish, Grouper, or might even reel in some bigger game. All the fishing gear, as well as bait, tackle, license, and ice are waiting for you onboard. You should bring a cap, sunblock, food and drinks, non-marking shoes, a camera, and sunglasses. The crew will clean your catch.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    Use your afternoon and have a blast around the Keys. You will join the professional crew and go after the likes of Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Mackerel, Tarpon, and many more. The crew will furnish all rods, reels, and tackle, as well as ice and bait. You should bring food and drinks, a cap, sunglasses, sunblock, non-marking shoes, and a camera. This package is great for novice anglers who want to try out fishing. The boat is stable and safe and will give you a dry ride.
  • Private trip
    Split Charter - Join A Group (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    This is a unique shared charter experience. The pricing works like this: one angler or a pair of anglers together pay 400 USD. Then, they're paired with another angler or another pair that also pays 400 USD. The maximum number of people on the boat is four. The crew will supply all the gear, tackle, ice, and bait. Bring your camera, food and drinks, non-marking shoes, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses.
  • Private trip
    Split Charter - Join A Group (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    This is a unique shared charter experience. The pricing works like this: one angler or a pair of anglers together pay 400 USD. Then, they're paired with another angler or another pair that also pays 400 USD. The maximum number of people on the boat is four. The crew will supply all the gear, tackle, ice, and bait. Bring your camera, food and drinks, non-marking shoes, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses.
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About the Captain

Damon Santelli
Key West, Florida, United States
45 Fishing Reports
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375 Customer Reviews
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Member since June 2014
Capt. Damon Santelli runs fishing trips out of the rich Florida Keys. Damon spent a decade working as a commercial fisherman in the Key West. During that time, he learnt a great deal about fishing, using rod and reel to make a living. Having earned a lot of experience and skills, Capt. Damon went on to become a captain of his own charter. He now has a fleet of boats and takes out numerous customers each year. The decision to leave behind his office career and become a captain proved to be the right one. Capt. Damon is patient and likes taking both novice anglers and seasoned fishermen out on the water. Damon has landed many commercial fishing records, such as 1232 lbs of Yellowtail Snapper. You don't want to miss a trip with him. It's going to be pure action!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Permit Permit
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Sea Vee (Center console) originally built in 2014. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.78
out of 5 stars from 202 reviews
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Experience
Fishing with Damon
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Half Day with Captain Ryan
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Angler Rating
175
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Jon M.
Miami, Florida
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Half day trip with Capt. Chris "Caveman"

VERIFIED   NEW  August 29, 2020
Captain Chris gave us and the other couple on our split charter an unforgetable experience. He got us on fish straight out...
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Gig Harbor, WA
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6 Hour Trip with John

VERIFIED   June 23, 2020
I booked a six hour trip to get some much needed time out on the water.  John was awesome!  He reached out the night...
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McHenry, IL
 5.00
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AWESOME half day fishing g trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   November 29, 2019
Today we went on a half day fishing trip with Captain John, and it couldn’t have been any better.  The boat was immaculate,...
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Cleve J.
Denham Springs, LA
 5.00
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Fishing with Damon

VERIFIED   NEW  September 7, 2020
Captain Josh was outstanding and put us on them!  We cannot commend him enough and we would highly recommend!
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Half Day with Captain Ryan

VERIFIED   NEW  September 2, 2020
We had the best trip and Ryan went out of his way to make sure we were in all the best places! Highly recommend!
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