Fish Key West - The Coolwater

Running fishing trips around the Key West is what the crew of the Fish Key West do best. They are not only experienced and have fast, flexible boats, but are professional and know how to cater to your needs. Whether you’ve just picked up fishing, want to try something fun on your vacation, or a pro, they have you covered.

So, what kind of fishing will you find here? Depends on what you want to target and when. You can stay inshore and fish for Tarpon, Permit, some Cobia as well. You could do bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper when in season. Trolling nearshore or offshore for Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel is also great. If you head far out, 20 miles and more, you’ll be able to target Mahi, Sailfish, Amberjack, Wahoo, and more.

If you’re here with your family, you can also combine fishing with snorkeling. It’s a popular pastime here, as you can explore the rich marine life up-close.

You will get the fishing rods, reels, tackle, bait, and ice on all the charters. The trips run year round and the crew also provide fishing licenses. Minors are welcome to join the action and there are life jackets for them onboard.

‘Coolwater’ is a 33’ Sea Vee center console, with some custom add-ons. The boat can take up to six people. She is powered by a Yamaha 250 HP twin engine and will give you a fast, smooth and dry ride. There is plenty of room for seating, and enough storage to keep the catch. Boasting a T-top, the boat give you not only enough shade but also comfortable seating space. The vessel has top-quality electronics, including chart plotter, bottom machine, fish finding gear made by Garmin and Furuno, as well as VHF radios, a cell phone, and a CD player. There is also a private bathroom onboard.

You should bring a camera, sunblock, shades, a cap, and light clothes. Prepare your favorite food and drinks, and come along.

If you can’t find a spot here, just scroll down and click on Capt. Damon’s name to see other vessels in the fleet.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    Full day trips aboard ‘Coolwater’ lets you explore the fisheries and target numerous species. From Permit to Mahi, you name it. The crew will take you where the fish are, depending on the season, and what you want to catch. You will get all the fishing gear, bait, tackle, ice, and licenses onboard. Pack your food and drinks, put on sunblock, and come along! Make sure to bring a camera. It’s a perfect trip for more experienced anglers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    This ¾ day trip will see you fishing around the Key West’s waters. You can stay inshore and target Tarpon and Permit, go bottom fishing Snapper and Grouper, or head out to target Mahi, Kingfish, or even Sailfish. All the gear is waiting for you onboard, alongside bait, ice, and licenses. You should bring a camera, a cap, sunblock, sunglasses, food and drinks, and non-marking shoes.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Mornings are a perfect time of the day to fish around the Key West. Many species are biting, and depending on the season you could target anything from Permit to Kingfish. It’s a perfect trip for starters so that you can see how fishing works. It’s a great way to add that little something to your vacation. The captain will get you the gear, tackle, bait, ice, and license, and will clean your catch. Pack a camera, food, drinks, sunblock, and a cap.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $900
    If you like a late start, you’re going to love fishing afternoons aboard ‘Coolwater’. The action is hot and great for novice anglers. Find your spot and go target Tarpon, Permit, Snapper, Grouper, or some Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel. The crew will supply all the gear and will bring the license, ice, tackle, and will clean your catch so that you can have a nice dinner. Make sure to bring a camera, sunblock, a cap, light clothes, and non-marking shoes, alongside food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Split Charter - Join A Group (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Start your morning fishing and meeting some new people. The pricing works like this: one angler or a pair of anglers together pay 450 USD. Then, they're paired with another angler or another pair that also pays 450 USD. The maximum number of people on the boat is six. The captain will furnish the gear, tackle, ice, and bait. You'll want to bring a camera, food and drinks, non-marking shoes, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses. If your group has more than 2 people, feel free to book the private half day trip.
  • Private trip
    Split Charter - Join A Group (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    Why not use your afternoon for some fine fishing with new fellow anglers you meet onboard? The pricing works like this: one angler or a pair of anglers together pay 450 USD. Then, they're paired with another angler or another pair that also pays 450 USD. The maximum number of people on the boat is four. The gear, tackle, ice, and bait are included. Just bring food, drinks, non-marking shoes, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses. If your group has more than 2 people, feel free to book the private half day trip.
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About the Captain

Damon Santelli
Key West, Florida, United States
45 Fishing Reports
571 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
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

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon
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
33 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
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
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

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Friendly captain
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92%
Appropriate for children
79%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Half day split trip with Captain Ray

VERIFIED   NEW  Split Charter - Join A Group (AM) on May 11, 2021
We went out on a morning split trip. The other 2 people we fished with were awesome and a lot of fun. Our Captain Ray took...
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Half Day with Joey and Zach

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 3, 2020
After a nice cruise out to the fishing hole they had us on the yellowtail almost immediately! Seemed like every time we reeled...
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Happy 50th

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 30, 2021
My wife planned a trip to Key West for my 50th birthday with an added fishing excursion. Capt Ryan (Coolwater) got us on the...
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Half Day Trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 26, 2021
Captain John was a very nice conversationist and super helpful with tips and techniques that led us to catching a lot of fish!...
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Half day with captain Ryan

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on May 1, 2021
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FAQs about Fish Key West - The Coolwater

Fish Key West - The Coolwater offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $450 per person after 2 guests - Split Charter - Join A Group (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $450 per person after 2 guests - Split Charter - Join A Group (PM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fish Key West - The Coolwater, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fish Key West - The Coolwater include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Fish Key West - The Coolwater offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Fish Key West - The Coolwater offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fish Key West - The Coolwater include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon
  • Wahoo