Fish Key West - The Coolwater

1801 N Roosevelt Blvd
Key West FL, United States

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 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1200
    up to 6 persons
    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 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 900
    up to 6 persons
    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 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 6 persons
    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)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US$ 700
    up to 6 persons
    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 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 375
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 375
    each additional person
    Start your morning fishing and meeting some new people. The pricing works like this: one angler or a pair of anglers together pay 375 USD. Then, they're paired with another angler or another pair that also pays 375 USD. The maximum number of people on the boat is four. 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.
  • Private trip
    Split Charter - Join A Group (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 375
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 375
    each additional person
    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 375 USD. Then, they're paired with another angler or another pair that also pays 375 USD. The maximum number of people on the boat is four. 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.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon
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

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 Included
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.
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

About the Captain

Damon Santelli
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since June 2014
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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!
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 92%

Key West Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.72 out of 5 stars from 25 reviews

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From the minute our lines hit the water we were reeling them in. A full 8 Hrs. of non stop fishing. The waves were pretty rough in the morning in deep water but the boat was big enough to handle them with no problem. The shaded canopy was a life saver during the hottest part of the day. Our trip was totally worth every penny!!!

Fished July 5, 2018
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We had to wait for two guys running late that cut into our time. All we caught was yellow tail. Would have liked to go for mahi or something bigger. Talked to other people who fished that day caught lots of big fish.

Fished May 1, 2018
Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 22, 2018

Unfortunately when you pay for a split charter you are sharing the boat with two other people we do this so you only have to pay for half the boat we cannot control when the other group gets there and you have to be flexible on the type of fish as both parties have to agree on the type of fishing.  In the future we recommend you do a private charter and we would not have to wait for the other group and you can fish for whatever species you would like to target. Thank you

Fishkeywestflorida

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This is the second year in a row with Damon and Capt Corey.  AWESOME day again!  If you want to catch fish, have a good time, and enjoy the natural beauty of Key West book this trip!  The Capt is not only knowledgeable about the area and fishing but he is also genuinely happy to see his clients have a great experience.  We have s bost and do a lot of fishing back home on Cape Cod.  This operation is top notch - and that is qualified by folks who knowboats and fishing!

Fished March 6, 2018
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