Captain
Brad Simonds

Member since May 2014

Key West, United States

Background
Capt. Brad has over 30 years of recreational and tournament sportfishing experience. Apart from running a charter business, he's also spent 9 years as a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Hey, I'm Captain Brad Simonds

Key West, United States
Background
Capt. Brad has over 30 years of recreational and tournament sportfishing experience. Apart from running a charter business, he's also spent 9 years as a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
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My Charter Listings

Key West
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US$ 700

Customer Reviews

4.79 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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Went fishing on Monday, June 12, 2017

My husband and I went fishing today with Captain Brad and Shaun were great. We caught more than 20 Dolphin fish. We kept 14 that Captain Brad cleaned for us. They were always moving and changing bait to make sure we were catching what we wanted. Overall a great experience!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Not too many Dolphin around but Brad and Matt worked hard to get us 3 nice ones. Awesome boat!

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, December 30, 2016

Despite 25 knot winds, captain agreed to try to find protected waters. We are glad he did! He made our vacation. We caught numerous snapper varieties, a dozen blue tail that we released, and two large tuna. But the thrill of a lifetime was hooking a 150lb Goliath grouper. Took pictures of the aquarium worthy beast to prove it.
We have booked charters in Nassau Bahamas, and five times on Lake Michigan for fresh water salmon. Fishing the Southpaw was the largest number of catches by far.

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My family and I had a wonderful time on the South paw with Captain Simmons and first mate matt who worked very hard to make sure we caught lots of Yellowtail snapper and grouper! We felt totally safe and at home on the spacious 43 footer and the crew were very patient with us beginners but especially with my 9 year old son who had a thousand questions for Captain Simmons! He was thrilled being able to ride up on top on with the captain who later filleted our fish and told us where to go to get it cooked can’t wait to do it again someday thanks again guys for a great experience! ...

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We were planning on going to Key West on vacation with family & friends & had always wanted to fish in the surrounding waters.
Fishing party was made up of my friend and myself with his 2 teenage sons.
Both adults had fished all over Scotland whilst 2 teenagers had never fished before.
Following on from all the positive reviews on trip advisor and Fishing booker we decided to book the Southpaw with Captain Brad for our trip.
All communication leading up to the trip was excellent and there were no issues at all.
Boat was clean and in good condition with plenty fishing rods / tackle on show.
We booked a ½ day trip and on the fishing front we did catch a variety of different fish with a few nice sized snappers on show.

The downside was captain Brad’s lack of enthusiasm and lack of fishing time for all members of the party.
There were 4 of us on board and we only had a maximum of 2 fishing at any one time whilst the other 2 could spend up to 20 mins sitting watching before we swapped over.
At one stage captain Brad was fishing himself whilst his mate assisted one of our party.
It appeared to be a chore to captain Brad that we were out fishing and various times when we were trying to make conversation he did not reply to us.
The teenage boys had not fished before and his teaching techniques / manner were more aggressive that we expected.
What should have been a fun day fishing was made less enjoyable by the less than enthusiastic captain.
Caught some nice fish and will certainly fish again when in the keys but not on Southpaw with Captain Brad.

Craig Mcfarlane does not recommend Southpaw Fishing Charters

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, March 17, 2016

This was our best charter trip yet!  Captain Brad and his son Austin got us to the fish and were attentive to the conditions and our needs.  Very professional. Tell them what you want to catch and they’ll do their best to make it happen. Boat larger and cleaner than most in price range.  Even extended trip a little when fishing got good. We wanted to catch fish we could eat and they got us just that!  Snapper last night was great!  We will be back. Thanks again!

Fished March 2016

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Brad Simonds (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 18, 2016

Alan,
Thanks for your review! We work hard to deliver a great charter fishing experience, and we appreciate that you noticed. We’ll look forward to next time.
Sincerely, Capt. Brad Simonds


Went fishing on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Went fishing with my friends, five of them, so we needed a bigger boat. I decided to book Southpaw with Capt. Brad on board. We were looking for some catching, and “catching” we got. :)
Because of the weather we went to Gulf and it was a great decision. We caught about 25 King Mackerel, snapper, grouper and caught a Tiger Shark!
The whole experience was amazing, the captain and crew were great, very nice, knowledgeable and patient.
We look forwart to fishing with you guys this winter!

Thank you and I highly recommend you!

Fished February 2014

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Went fishing on Friday, August 15, 2014

My wife and I booked a full day trip with Capt. Brand on “Southpaw”! It was amazing! We were on board with our three kids and we couldn’t ask for better way to make the day special. Full day is enough time to find some great spots for fishing and to catch fish as well. We caught sooo many fish that I can’t remember all. The best part was my eleven year old son catching blackfin tuna, amberjack and barracuda! Oh what a day!
It was not just fishing, it was a Capt. Brad who helped us with everything and treated us so well. He is an knowledgeable man, very nice and he made this day for us.

Highly recommend!

Fished August 2014

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