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Willie Howard

Member since October 2016 Riviera Beach, United States
Background
Captain Willie has been fishing the ocean off Palm Beach County since the late 1980s and absolutely loves the thrill of it. He was a journalist before that, and still regularly writes for publications such as The Coastal Star and Florida Sportsman magazine. He spent 12 years as a full-time outdoors writer for The Palm Beach Post.
Techniques
Capt. Willie enjoys drift fishing along the reefs with live and dead baits for kingfish and snapper and running well offshore into the bright blue Gulf Stream waters (weather permitting) to troll and pitch baits around current edges, weed lines and floating debris for dolphinfish (mahi mahi).

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Riviera Beach, United States
Background
Captain Willie has been fishing the ocean off Palm Beach County since the late 1980s and absolutely loves the thrill of it. He was a journalist before that, and still regularly writes for publications such as The Coastal Star and Florida Sportsman magazine. He spent 12 years as a full-time outdoors writer for The Palm Beach Post.
Techniques
Capt. Willie enjoys drift fishing along the reefs with live and dead baits for kingfish and snapper and running well offshore into the bright blue Gulf Stream waters (weather permitting) to troll and pitch baits around current edges, weed lines and floating debris for dolphinfish (mahi mahi).
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Fishing Reports

Spring kingfish are here; blacktip shark

March 13, 2019

We've been catching kingfish up to 25 pounds using simple dead-sardine rigs on spinning rods as well as live baits such as threadfin herring and goggle-eyes rigged on wire leader. Expect the spring king action to continue as the… Read Full Report →


Mixed bag of fish taken off Palm Beach i

February 06, 2019

Wilson shows a nice kingfish he caught during a half-day trip with friends off Palm Beach. They also caught a 21-inch mutton snapper and a mahi mahi...a nice mixed bag of fish. Read Full Report →


Fall blackfin tuna

November 02, 2018

Marcus had never been ocean fishing before, but he and his wife caught eight blackfin tuna on trolled feathers off Palm Beach in early November. Read Full Report →


Steven releases his first sailfish taken

September 22, 2018

It was a slow day of fishing when a sailfish appeared in the trolling spread, waving its bill above the surface. Steven dropped back the lure and the fight was on. After about 15 minutes of reviving the tired… Read Full Report →


Sailfish action off Boynton Beach today

April 10, 2018

Logan caught and released his first sailfish while fishing with his dad and his brother off Boynton Beach today. Nice job, Logan! Read Full Report →


Wahoo hitting around full moon

February 26, 2018

We caught wahoo trolling ballyhoo and bonito belly strips off Palm Beach on two trips just before the full moon in late February. These are beautiful fish that make excellent table fare. Read Full Report →


Wahoo!

November 09, 2017

Adam from New Hampshire caught this 38-pound wahoo that hit a trolled ballyhoo along a color change off Palm Beach. Adam is a charter captain accustomed to catching 400-pound-plus bluefin tuna, so this 'hoo was no match for him. Read Full Report →


Leaping sailfish

September 28, 2017

Nate saw this sailfish "free jumping" around floating debris about 10 miles off Juno Beach following Hurricane Irma, then caught it on a trolled ballyhoo. The fish was released. Read Full Report →


Mahi mahi showing up off Palm Beach

June 18, 2017

Josh and his buddy, also named Josh, caught a nice bull dolphin (about 17 pounds) while trolling in 1,700 feet of water off Palm Beach on a Father's Day trip booked by their wives. We dodged a few small… Read Full Report →


Big blackfin tuna off Boynton Beach

May 06, 2017

Ed shows a 22-pound blackfin tuna he caught on a live pilchard (after a 15-minute fight) while fishing just south of Boynton Inlet on a cool, breezy morning with choppy seas from a northwest wind. Read Full Report →


Mahi are showing up

April 29, 2017

Fished off Palm Beach in rough weather Saturday to catch 22-pound and 15-pound mahi on swimming mullet and ballyhoo trolled below the surface. Read Full Report →


Spanish mackerel are here

December 02, 2016

We fished the Peck Lake reefs south of St. Lucie Inlet on Dec. 2, despite somewhat lumpy seas. We caught good numbers of Spanish mackerel up to 22 inches using Gulfstream Flash Minnow jigs in white, chartreuse/white and blue/white… Read Full Report →

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4.92
out of 5 stars from 70 reviews
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3\/4 day trip
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Thomas B.
Santa Monica, CA
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Had a great 1/2 Day Inshore fishing Trip

VERIFIED   October 12, 2019
Captain Willie turned a potential bad day of off-Shore heavy seas to an absolutely perfect day of fishing the large Intercostal...
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Erika M.
Miami, FL
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Fishing trip with Captain Willie’s

VERIFIED   December 29, 2019
Willie was phenomenal. We couldn’t stop catching fish, he was so knowledgeable and made the experience incredible. We caught...
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Brook S.
Orlando, FL
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6 hour trip with captain Willie

VERIFIED   March 14, 2020
Great trip with Captain Willie. Just me and my 13 year old son and Willie worked hard to ensure we had a great day. Highlight...
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Christopher E.
West Palm Beach, FL
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Half Day Trip with Captain Willie

VERIFIED   June 7, 2019
Hands down the best day of fishing ever.  Willie Howard knows how to find fish, is incredibly knowledgable about the history...
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Krystan M.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   March 6, 2020
This was the first time ever doing something like this! Capt Willie was exceedingly accommodating, knowledgeable, helpful and...
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