Fish Key West - The Coolwater II

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Florida 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.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    up to 6 persons
    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
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
    up to 6 persons
    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!
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    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
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    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!
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $375
    up to 2 persons
    + $375
    each additional person
    Come for some nice morning fishing around the Key West. 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. You can share the how-to on fishing with the anglers onboard, and maybe even make some friends. The captain will furnish the gear, tackle, ice, and bait. Pack a camera, food and drinks, non-marking shoes, sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses.
  • Private trip
    Split Charter - Join A Group (PM)
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $375
    up to 2 persons
    + $375
    each additional person
    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. This is a good chance to make some new friends or exchange the fishing knowledge. 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.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Permit

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

Tarpon
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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:
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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: within an hour
Response rate: 99%

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4.84
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96%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Jesse D.
San Juan
 5.00
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Great Time With Captain Josh!

VERIFIED   NEW  July 19, 2019
My wife and I had a six hour fishing trip with Josh; it was great. My wife had only been fishing a few times and I had more...
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Michael O.
Orlando, FL
 5.00
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Nice Half Day trip

VERIFIED   April 23, 2019
Nice clean boat. Captain John was very nice, educational, and attentive to my wife and I and the other couple on board. ...
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John S.
Tampa, FL
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6 hour trip with Capt John

VERIFIED   May 4, 2019
Went out on Saturday 5/4 with Capt John. My wife and I did a backcountry trip and it was excellent. She has minimal fishing...
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Plover, WI
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Half day trip (afternoon) with Captain John

VERIFIED   March 3, 2019
Beautiful afternoon to be out fishing. Captain John took us to a variety of locations during the trip. We caught 7 different...
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Atlanta, GA
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Asa and Dad back to school 2019!

VERIFIED   NEW  August 1, 2019
Great day fishing with captain John.  Game on all day! Rob and Asa from the ATL.  Go falcons tonight in first...
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