Fish Key West - The Coolwater II

Fish Key West takes you on a fishing trip around one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. The actions is great year-round, both inshore and out on the open waters. Based in the Key West, the crew onboard ‘Coolwater II’ knows the hot spots and how the fish bite. These captains have spent hours and years on the local waters. If someone knows how to cater to both novice anglers and more experienced fishermen, it’s these guys.

‘Coolwater II’ is a versatile boat that can take on both inshore species and offshore game. She is a 33’ Sea Vee center console that can take up to six people. Powered by two 300 HP Yamaha engines, ‘Coolwater II’ can reach speeds of up to 45 knots. She features a hardtop with a lookout tower. The boat is fitted with top-notch electronics to help you find your prey. She stores all the gear you need, as well as tackle, bait, license, and ice. There is a bathroom onboard. ‘Coolwater II’ is a top choice whether you want to fish a tournament or hire a charter.

If you go on a full day trip, you could be fishing far offshore, all the way up to the 90 mile mark. Or stay inshore, and scout around backcountry waters to land Tarpon. ‘Coolwater II’ can get you where you want, with speed and stability. It’s going to be a dry ride, packed with action. Also, you can combine your fishing trip and do some snorkeling on the side. This option is available on all private trips.

These trips can work with absolute beginners or full pros. Either way, the crew will help out so that you can have an enjoyable day on the water. Depending on the season, you can get Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, Permit, Cobia, or more exotic fish, like Mahi, Sailfish, Kingfish, and more.

Pack a camera, sunglasses, a cap, sunblock, 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 free spots on the rest of 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
    A full day trip onboard 'Coolwater II' lets you explore the rich waters of the Key West. You could be fishing backcountry waters looking for Tarpon or Permit. Another option is to head offshore, in search of Sailfish and big game, as well as Snapper, Grouper, and Mackerel. The crew will supply all the gear, bait, ice, tackle, and license. You should pack non-marking shoes, a cap, sunblock, sunglasses, food and drinks, as well as a camera. This trips works best for more experienced anglers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    On this six hour trip, you will have more time to explore the local fisheries. Depending on the season, you can target Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, Tarpon, Permit, Sailfish, Amberjack, and more. The crew will bring all the gear. Onboard, you'll also find all tackle, bait, ice, and license. You'll get the fish cleaned. Bring a camera, a cap, sunblock, non-marking shoes, and sunglasses, as well as food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    This morning trip lets you explore the rich fisheries of Key West. You can get a variety of fish here, including Tarpon, Permit, Grouper, Snapper, Mackerel, Amberjack, Sailfish, and many more. If you're a less experienced angler, this trip is good starting point. Depending on the season and what you want to get, you could be fishing backcountry waters, or head out. 'Coolwater II' is flexible enough. The crew will provide all the gear, bait, license, tackle, and ice. Pack a camera, sunblock and come along.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $900
    Afternoon is a great time to go fishing. The sun, the heat, and the variety of fish will make the trip even more exciting. It's good for those with little experience. You can explore the backcountry waters or head a bit further out. Tarpon, Permit, Sharks, Snapper, Grouper, and Sailfish - the list goes on. The crew will bring rods, reels, tackle, bait, license, and ice. You should pack food and snacks, sunglasses, a cap, sunblock, non-marking shoes and a camera.
  • 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
    $450
    Come for some nice morning fishing around the Key West. 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 captain will furnish the gear, tackle, ice, and bait. Pack a camera, food and drinks, non-marking shoes, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses. If your group has more than 2 anglers, feel free to book the private half day trip.
  • Private trip
    Split Charter - Join A Group (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $450
    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 crew will furnish all the gear, tackle, ice, and bait. Pack a camera, food and drinks, non-marking shoes, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses. If your group has more than 2 anglers, feel free to book the private half day trip.
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About the Captain

Damon Santelli
Key West, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
45 Fishing Reports
604 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

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Permit Permit

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

Tarpon Tarpon
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Sea Vee (Center console) originally built in 2015. 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
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

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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Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on June 3, 2021
I’d like to thank our captain, Ryan. He took us out and put us right on the mahi. I can’t say enough good things about...
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Great half day fishing trip with Captain Joey

VERIFIED   Split Charter - Join A Group (AM) on April 8, 2021
My wife, another couple and I spent the morning fishing with Captain Joey on the Coolwater 2. Joey put us right on some fish...
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3/4 (6 HR) Day Trip w/ Captain Damon

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 16, 2021
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VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on June 7, 2021
All catching!!! From the moment we hit all (3) spots, all we did was kill it!  Captain brought us out on 22knot day, which...
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VERIFIED   Split Charter - Join A Group (AM) on May 19, 2021
Went on a four hour trip on a very windy day. Due to the wind we stayed in shore. We quickly ended in an area populated by...
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FAQs about Fish Key West - The Coolwater II

Fish Key West - The Coolwater II 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 II, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

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

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

Fish Key West - The Coolwater II 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 II include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Permit
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tarpon
  • Wahoo