Captain
David Moloney

Member since April 2015

Key West, United States

Background
David has been fishing all of his life and joined the Navy at a young age where he spent years on the water. He eventually came to be stationed in Key West, where he learned the waters and fisheries of the Lower Florida Keys firsthand.
Techniques
David prefers the lightest tackle available, fly fishing or spinning tackle. He uses mostly spin tackle if using bait or casting lures. He's also well versed using fly or spin; both are used in the same day depending on preference and conditions.

Hey, I'm Captain David Moloney

Key West, United States
Background
David has been fishing all of his life and joined the Navy at a young age where he spent years on the water. He eventually came to be stationed in Key West, where he learned the waters and fisheries of the Lower Florida Keys firsthand.
Techniques
David prefers the lightest tackle available, fly fishing or spinning tackle. He uses mostly spin tackle if using bait or casting lures. He's also well versed using fly or spin; both are used in the same day depending on preference and conditions.

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US$ 450

Fishing Reports

Bonefish are all over the place

October 04, 2016

Went out for an afternoon trip and had plenty of Bonefish to keep us busy, we landed 4 including my angler's first Bonefish. This fall has been exceptionally good for spin fishing Bonefish or fly fishing for them. The… Read Full Report →


Big Permit Key West

April 04, 2016

We had a great day catching big Barracuda and sharks but things really got good when we started looking for Permit. We had school after school flow towards the boat and although we only got one to the boat… Read Full Report →


Tarpon and bonefish

March 18, 2016

Had a great week of fishing here in the lower keys, the water temps finally rose and we had our big tarpon return to the flats. Hooking them on artificials and live bait all week. The fish we have… Read Full Report →


Barracuda in shallow water, sight castin

February 18, 2016

We sought out for BARRACUDA in shallow water all day long. We had some recent cold weather and that inhibits the Tarpon bite a bit in the early season so we decided to go aftr the one fish that… Read Full Report →


Tarpon are showing up in Key West

February 08, 2016

I went fishing yesterday with my good friend and found many Tarpon rolling on the surface. We were able to get a few bites but the weather kept the fish lock jawed for the most part. We ended up… Read Full Report →


Winter time fishing in Key West

February 01, 2016

We had a half day which we started after some rain passed in the morning. We left the dock at about 10 am and started our day looking for bait. We wanted fish for eating and knew that our… Read Full Report →


Big fat snook, yellow jacks, big snapper

January 16, 2016

We started our day with tough flats and hard to catch bait but when they stated biting they bit hard. We fished s fee flats looking for cudas but the cold front we had the days before washed out… Read Full Report →


Big snook, big snapper, big cudas.

December 23, 2015

Great day with non stop action. We found a honey hole today! Nothing short of epic, we caught snapper on every cast, some up to 6 pounds. We caught 4 snook all of which were big and offered great… Read Full Report →


Tarpon, Snook, Cudas, Snapper and Sharks

December 13, 2015

We had a bit of a rainy day to say the least but we made it happen. We started off getting soaked by storms and then getting soaked again. After pushing a few flats for Barracuda, which was good… Read Full Report →


Big Barracudas in Key West Winter Season

December 08, 2015

The day started with a look at an area west of Key West where bait has been gathering. When bait gathers in the shallows big fish find them and keep them busy. It is a great event to take… Read Full Report →


Lots of Permit running around

November 11, 2015

Went fishing for Tarpon and Permit yesterday. Found many Tarpon and even had some Snook chasing the fly when casting to Tarpon near the Mangrove islands. Jumped off a nice Tarpon on fly and then noticed a school of… Read Full Report →


Bonefish and Permit

September 13, 2015

Fishing has been great with large schools of Bonefish roaming the flats as well larger small groups of fish. Permit have also been great, large fish have been on the flats, many opportunities make it easy to get one… Read Full Report →


Tatpon, Permit and Bonefish

September 07, 2015

Just got done with today, we caught some monster Sharks but the best part was hooking some Tarpon and shots at schools of Permit. We did not land any today besides the Sharks which were enormous but the fishing… Read Full Report →


Stormy but fish will be thick

August 31, 2015

We are going through some stormy weather in the keys but the Permit fishing has been good and will continue to be good for a few months. Along with bonefish all over the flats, the combo with Permit makes… Read Full Report →


Bonefish on fly rod!

August 05, 2015

Fly fishing trip for bonefish, we headed to some nice sandy flats that wet the edge of the gulf and started push poling the boat. We noticed a sting ray coming onto the flat and I saw something following… Read Full Report →


Toothy critters!! Shark week special

July 11, 2015

Sharks and big Baracudas roaming the flats, we caught big Sharks in 3 feet of water all day. We caught a few jacks and cut them up for chum bait to attract Sharks. It was not long after that… Read Full Report →


Bonefish and Permit

July 07, 2015

Went on A Tarpon fishing mission on the fly rod and ended up seeing so many Permit and then Bonefish we quickly switched to the smaller fly rod . We still had a good handful of shots at Tarpon… Read Full Report →


Tarpon frenzy on flat, Permit too

July 03, 2015

Fished out of Key West with a repeat client, Chris fished with me in March and only fishes with fly rod. We want after Tarpon early and found fish in the backcountry rolling and moving on small baits, we… Read Full Report →


Big Baracudas and Tarpon

June 24, 2015

We had s great morning Tarpon fishing, we left early to get on the fish first. First bait in the water took about 2 minutes to get eaten and my guy had his first Tarpon on! We fished for… Read Full Report →


Bonefish bite is on!

June 19, 2015

Been starting most trips at 6 - 7 a.m. to look for early morning Tarpon. On this day it was an easy fish, first bait in water was eaten immediately, so we had the rest of the day to… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Bite is On!

June 12, 2015

We have been fishing Tarpon exclusively all week and the bite has been incredible. Having more fights with big Tarpon these last few days than normal, mostly on live bait with light tackle spinning gear. Throwing a crab to… Read Full Report →


Key West Fishing

May 11, 2015

Tarpon fishing in the Lower Florida Keys has been exactly what it should be, excellent. Whether throwing flies or using bait, the bite has been steady and more than enough. Using bait at the bridges and in channels has… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, February 6, 2017

Captain Dave made our Key West vacation!  Barracuda, Jacks, Sharks, Permit, Catfish, Ladyfish, Tarpon.  I would highly recommend a day or more on the water.  Fun, laid back, but super knowledgeable Captain Dave will put you on the fish!

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Great fishing experience all around. I would recommend Dave as a guide.

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Captain Dave was amazing!  He
Worked hard to put us on this fish.  Can’t
Wait to go again with Captain Dave.

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 11, 2016

My 12 year old son & I are both novice fisherman and it was our flats fishing experience. Capt Dave was patient with us both and we had an amazing experience. Will definitely come back to him.

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Captain Dave did a great job putting us on the types of fish we wanted to catch. Great guy, very knowledgeable. Will definately be going out with him again.

Fished July 2016

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 31, 2016

Chris, thank you, i had a blast with you guys.

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Captain Dave was great to work with. We had to change the original date because of terrible weather. He was very accommodating and worked hard to make sure we caught fish. Sight fishing for tarpon didn’t go well because it was so cloudy. We’ll just have to try again some other time!

Fished July 2016

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thanks, I had a great time fishing with you guys.

Went fishing on Monday, July 4, 2016

A sign of a great captian is what he does when the weather and fish don’t cooperate. Captain Dave worked his butt off today in horrible conditions and uncooperative fish. We had shots at tarpon, shark, permit, bonefish and Cuda.  All i could ask for. I really liked that he wouldn’t just wait it out, but constantly was working to get us on fish. You can tell he really wanted us to catch fish. And we did.

Highly recommend Captain Dave.

Fished July 2016

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I had a great time fishing with you guys. Thanks!

Went fishing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Outstanding captain, I came here to catch a Tarpon and he put me on the fish. Thanks Capt. Dave. I hope to get to fish with you again sometimes.

Fished June 2016

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Awesome, glad you had a great time.

Went fishing on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Captain Dave worked his butt off finding us fish. We booked for three days, but because of imperfect weather conditions on the third day, Dave made accommodations to give us the best Florida Keys fishing experience he could. We caught snook (1 caught and lost, 1 boated), tarpon (1 caught and lost), snapper, jack crevalle, and a small barracuda. My friend and I enjoyed ourselves in Dave’s company. Four thumbs up!

Fished February 2016

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, February 22, 2016

Thanks Art, had a great time hanging out with you two. See ya next time.

Went fishing on Friday, January 29, 2016

Captain Dave is Super!
His professionalism, experience and top notch equipment all led up to a great successful day of fishing. He delivered more than expected in terms of customer service, took extra time to make sure my brother who is disabled had a spectacular time. I will without a moment of hesitation recommend Captain Dave to anyone wanting to fish the flats around Key West.
Thanks Dave, look forward to meeting up again soon for some more great fishing
Take care
Curt

Fished January 2016

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Curt, I had a great time with you guys, it was my pleasure, looking forward to next time, thanks. -DAVE

Went fishing on Monday, December 28, 2015

Dave was an excellent guide he knew where to take us without hesitation, the time spent on the water was full of action. Dave has a wealth of knowledge of the fishing scene in the Keys, he was a great host all day long never a dull moment great tour guide also.

Fished December 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 4, 2016

Thanks buddy, had a great time with you guys.

Went fishing on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

It was my first fishing experience with Captain Dave.  He put me on my first 3 tarpon, each weighing somewhere between 60-110lbs.  He had fly, light and heavy tackle available.  We could have caught more, but I wanted to head to the flats where he showed me an amazing time fishing mangrove islands on the flats.  My only regret was not taking my girlfriend for the second half of the trip, as she would have appreciated the beauty of the places we visited as much as I. 

Captain Dave was a terrific guide, and a fun guy to spend a day fishing with.  Thanks!

Fished June 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thanks buddy, see you next time!

Went fishing on Monday, August 3, 2015

Difficult week of fishing with the new moon and incredibly warm water. However Captain still managed to find plenty of fish including Permit, Tarpon, Grouper and Bonefish. Caught everyday and he was great company as usual. Highly recommend this guide.

Fished August 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, August 7, 2015

Thanks Dave, see you soon

Went fishing on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amazing guide I had a awesome time with Dave . if you want to catch the fish of your dreams this is the guy you need . he knew exactly where the fish were and had me hooked up in no time . he really knows how to make dreams come true . A +++ experience one of the best adventures in my life.

Fished July 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Great time buddy!

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We had a great time, hooked into a few 50 + pounders and got a great Video,  the action was all around us,  our guide Jason is on top of his game.

Fished July 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 23, 2015

Glad you enjoyed it!

Went fishing on Saturday, July 11, 2015

With Gratefull Dave Charter’s you will get an one on one experience at Key West fishing. I took my son along for his first salt water fishing, and what a great day it turned out to be with Capt. Dave. He is personable and truly cares about you getting a good day of fishing in. Capt. Dave is relentless in finding where the fish are bitting. Dave truly knows the Key West area and will not stop until all that can be done has been done. You can’t control nature when it comes down to fishing, but if there is an oportunity to find fish, Capt. Dave is the one I would be with. Our day was great and we did indeed land some great catches. I will look forward to my next trip down to the keys, in setting up a trip with Gratefull Dave Charters. Highly recommend you will not go wrong. Thanks for the great fishing day you gave to my son and I.

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Had a wonderful time!!! Could have asked for a better fishing trip!!

Fished June 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Had a blast! See you two next time.

Went fishing on Thursday, March 5, 2015

Great captain; very professional and knowledgeable. It was fun.

Fished March 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 6, 2015

Great time bro, we will see you soon!


Went fishing on Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A very passionate captain with lots of knowledge. Learned allot, feel more comfortable with fishing gear and knowing how to fish better Thank you do much Captain Dave. From all us Veterans Thank you.

Fished February 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 22, 2015

Koi you bet buddy, always a pleasure to take you out. I am sure I will see you soon bro, I had a great time. Thank you


Went fishing on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Deciding who to go fishing with in the Florida Keys can be stressful. There are so many choices and for the most part, everyone seems to know what they’re doing. Captain Dave is a great representation of the fishing community down in the Keys. You can tell he loves what he does and that he has taken the time to learn his trade. I was excited to go tarpon fishing but had tamed by expectations because it is called fishing, not catching. However, within minutes, I hooked the first one of the day. It was the biggest fish I had ever hooked and without his help I wouldn’t have landed it. He gave me some pretty good pointers as I reeled it in. Less then halfway through the trip I had reeled in three huge tarpon (the picture I attached is of the third one). I was so tried that I actually had to take a break.
Captain Dave has definitely set the bar high for my next trip. I still know its fishing but after such an experience, it is a bit harder to tame my expectations. I highly recommend him. Yes, he knows quite a bit about fishing and the area. However, he is also very personable. A very important trait when there are only two of you and you are waiting for the fish to bite.

Fished May 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 22, 2015

Jose that was an amazing day we had bro, cant wait to do it again. Tarpon addiction is tough to beat.

Went fishing on Monday, March 23, 2015

One of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had in the lower keys. To finally catch a great size fish more than once was an overwhelming and awesome experience. What made the experience even better was finding out he was a veteran and was able to relate to a retired marine veteran. I would definitely comeback again!

Fished March 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 15, 2015

Thanks Jose!

Went fishing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

All around, an incredible experience! Dave helped me to land the biggest fish I’ve ever caught; a 130lb Tarpon!! His handling of the boat, knowing where the fish was, keeping track of boat traffic and our position, relative to the flats, helped get the tarpon to the boat! Extremely well done!

Fished May 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 15, 2015

Great trip, catching the big Tarpon of Key West is not easily done but we got him.

Went fishing on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Third time and it was another great fishing trip in flats of Key West with David Moloney at Grateful Dave Charters
Tarpon, Snapper, jacks, barracuda, and sharks!
If your headed to Key West and want to fish the flats David Moloney at Grateful Dave Charters is your guy!

Fished April 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 15, 2015

Thanks Frank!

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I would highly recommend Dave for your next flats guide. I would rate him in the top 5 best guides in the lower keys. Not only will he put you on the fish, he will make the entire trip a once in a life time experience!!!!

Fished June 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thanks!

Went fishing on Friday, June 5, 2015

Capt Dave put me on the Tarpon when the fishing was slow for all the boats. Got my first tarpon! He is not afraid to try different things when fish and weather present challenges. I even took my kids 10yrs and 7yrs out with him and the boat was comfortable and Capt Dave was very accommodating . We caught a lot of fish;jacks,grouper and brought several Lemon sharks and nurse sharks to the boat. It was great fishing. Overall, a competent guide and we will be fishing with him again. Highly recommended.

Fished June 2015

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David Moloney (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Great time!!