Captain
Damon Santelli

Member since June 2014

Key West, United States

Background
Before becoming a full time charter captain, Damon Santelli was a commercial fisherman in Key West for 10 years. Making a living catching fish with rod and reel has given Damon experience which cannot be matched. He has caught Snapper and Grouper in the summer and spring, and then puts 1250 lbs of king fish in the boat almost every day throughout the winter months. Giving up a full time office position to pursue his passion of a life on the water has proven to be a great decision 15 years ago. Damon has great patience and a calm demeanor to help guide you to a great fishing trip for your family and friends. With many commercial fishing records such as 1232 lbs of yellow tail snapper caught in one day, Damon’s trip is not one to miss! Please come join Fish Key West Florida and Damon for a fishing trip of a lifetime.
Techniques
Live bait, light tackle sport fishing.

Hey, I'm Captain Damon Santelli

Key West, United States
Background
Before becoming a full time charter captain, Damon Santelli was a commercial fisherman in Key West for 10 years. Making a living catching fish with rod and reel has given Damon experience which cannot be matched. He has caught Snapper and Grouper in the summer and spring, and then puts 1250 lbs of king fish in the boat almost every day throughout the winter months. Giving up a full time office position to pursue his passion of a life on the water has proven to be a great decision 15 years ago. Damon has great patience and a calm demeanor to help guide you to a great fishing trip for your family and friends. With many commercial fishing records such as 1232 lbs of yellow tail snapper caught in one day, Damon’s trip is not one to miss! Please come join Fish Key West Florida and Damon for a fishing trip of a lifetime.
Techniques
Live bait, light tackle sport fishing.

My Charter Listings

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Fishing Reports

Snappers on the Menu

August 02, 2016

A fun morning 1/2 day on the reef today with Capt. Nick Diorio and his clients from Texas. Mr Hill said "it was the best charter he's ever been on". Thank you for fishing with us and we look… Read Full Report →


Snapper on the Menu

August 02, 2016

A fun morning 1/2 day on the reef today with Capt. Nick Diorio and his clients from Texas. Mr Hill said "it was the best charter he's ever been on". Thank you for fishing with us and we look… Read Full Report →


Snapper on the menu

August 02, 2016

A fun morning 1/2 day on the reef today with Capt. Nick Diorio and his clients from Texas. Mr Hill said "it was the best charter he's ever been on". Thank you for fishing with us and we look… Read Full Report →


Snapper on the Menu

August 02, 2016

A fun morning 1/2 day on the reef today with Capt. Nick Diorio and his clients from Texas. Mr Hill said "it was the best charter he's ever been on". Thank you for fishing with us and we look… Read Full Report →


Groupers and Big Snappers

June 14, 2016

An awesome 3/4 day charter of bottom fishing for Fishkeywestflorida & his clients. Great job on day 1. Two more days to go. Read Full Report →


Groupers and Big Snappers

June 14, 2016

An awesome 3/4 day charter of bottom fishing for Fishkeywestflorida & his clients. Great job on day 1. Two more days to go. Read Full Report →


Groupers and Snappers

June 14, 2016

An awesome 3/4 day charter of bottom fishing for Fishkeywestflorida & his clients. Great job on day 1. Two more days to go. Read Full Report →


Black Groupers, Muttons and More

May 25, 2016

We limited out on Black Groupers, had plenty of Mutton Snapper, Margates, Yellowtail Snapper and More Read Full Report →


Black Groupers, Muttons and More

May 25, 2016

We limited out on Black Groupers, had plenty of Mutton Snapper, Margates, Yellowtail Snapper and More Read Full Report →


Black Groupers, Muttons and More

May 25, 2016

We limited out on Black Groupers, had plenty of Mutton Snapper, Margates, Yellowtail Snapper and More Read Full Report →


Black Groupers, Muttons and More

May 25, 2016

We limited out on Black Groupers, had plenty of Mutton Snapper, Margates, Yellowtail Snapper and More Read Full Report →


Sails, Snappers and Groupers

May 06, 2016

Our last day of fishing with our clients from the UK was great. A nice Key West mixed bag of pelagic & bottom fish. Sailfish, Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjacks. It was a great & busy 2 weeks. See you… Read Full Report →


Sails, Snappers and groupers

May 06, 2016

Our last day of fishing with our clients from the UK was great. A nice Key West mixed bag of pelagic & bottom fish. Sailfish, Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjacks. It was a great & busy 2 weeks. See you… Read Full Report →


sails, snappers and groupers

May 06, 2016

Our last day of fishing with our clients from the UK was great. A nice Key West mixed bag of pelagic & bottom fish. Sailfish, Groupers, Snappers, and Amberjacks. It was a great & busy 2 weeks. See you… Read Full Report →


Huge king fish

May 02, 2016

Todays B team [care in the community] consisted of Crispy, Tim the cuda kid and Harry the hammer. For the first time this week Roy and Keith thought it might be just possible to allow Crispy and the cuda… Read Full Report →


Huge king fish

May 01, 2016

Todays B team [care in the community] consisted of Crispy, Tim the cuda kid and Harry the hammer. For the first time this week Roy and Keith thought it might be just possible to allow Crispy and the cuda… Read Full Report →


Huge king fish

May 01, 2016

Todays B team [care in the community] consisted of Crispy, Tim the cuda kid and Harry the hammer. For the first time this week Roy and Keith thought it might be just possible to allow Crispy and the cuda… Read Full Report →


Huge king fish

May 01, 2016

Todays B team [care in the community] consisted of Crispy, Tim the cuda kid and Harry the hammer. For the first time this week Roy and Keith thought it might be just possible to allow Crispy and the cuda… Read Full Report →


Snapper fishing at its best

April 09, 2016

Loaded up on all the good eating fish in our ocean, we caught and released all the red snapper but kept all the yellowtail and mutton snapper. We also released plenty of Amberjack and Grouper but not after May… Read Full Report →


Snapper fishing at its best

April 09, 2016

Loaded up on all the good eating fish in our ocean, we caught and released all the red snapper but kept all the yellowtail and mutton snapper. We also released plenty of Amberjack and Grouper but not after May… Read Full Report →


Snapper fishing at its best

April 09, 2016

Loaded up on all the good eating fish in our ocean, we caught and released all the red snapper but kept all the yellowtail and mutton snapper. We also released plenty of Amberjack and Grouper but not after May… Read Full Report →


Snapper fishing at its best

April 09, 2016

Loaded up on all the good eating fish in our ocean, we caught and released all the red snapper but kept all the yellowtail and mutton snapper. We also released plenty of Amberjack and Grouper but not after May… Read Full Report →


February fishing at its finest!

February 24, 2016

We caught every type of fish in key west you could imagine with our great customers from the UK. Read Full Report →


February fishing at its finest!

February 23, 2016

We flat out caught everything this month in Key West, these customers are our friends from the UK and are incredible anglers Read Full Report →


February fishing at its finest!

February 21, 2016

We caught every type of fish in key west you could imagine with our great customers from the UK. Read Full Report →


February fishing at its finest!

February 19, 2016

We caught every type of fish in key west you could imagine with our great customers from the UK. Read Full Report →


Kingfish and Snapper on the Reef

December 23, 2015

The Hargrave family from Alabama with a nice mixed bag of fish from the reef today. Yellowtails,Cero mackerels, kingfish. Tough fishermen blowing 30kts. Read Full Report →


Muttons, Groupers, Lanes and YT

December 23, 2015

Long time client of Fish Key West Florida, Chris Spurlock had a great day on the water with Capt. Cory Shepardson. We shallow water bottom fished with live pilchards and had non stop action all day Read Full Report →


Sunset Tuna bite going off in December

December 23, 2015

Sunset Blackfin Tuna bite on the Coolcast today with Capt. Nick Diorio also caught some nice size Mahi for this time of year. We also had a huge Wahoo sky rocket our flat line close to the boat but… Read Full Report →


Mutton Snapper on the patch reefs

December 23, 2015

It was a Mutton Snapper kinda day on the Outcast with Capt. Colin Barr. Also caught some nice yellowtail and mangrove snapper as well as hogfish and porgies. Read Full Report →


Snapper and grouper inshore

November 23, 2015

The Wood family from Lancaster Pa fishing with Capt. Cory on the Coolwater had a nice day in the Gulf. They wanted fish for dinner and ended up with fish for many dinners. Read Full Report →


November fishing inshore patch reefs

November 23, 2015

Capt. Derek on the Coolwater & his clients from Chicago the "Windy City"  didn't let 25 to 30 knots of wind ruin their fishing trip. That is one of the many beauties of light tackle boats, being able to fish… Read Full Report →


Inshore patch fishing

November 22, 2015

Nice day of bottom fishing for Capt. Nick Diorio and his clients aboard the Coolcast. Nothing like Grouper and Snapper for dinner. Read Full Report →


Mahi, Tuna and Wahoo in August

August 26, 2015

What an unbelievable offshore month of fishing we have had this past August. Every day we have gotten into loads of Mahi from 5 lbs to 38lbs. Gulf Stream has been close and with the light southeast wind we… Read Full Report →


Mahi, Tuna and Wahoo in August

August 25, 2015

What an unbelievable offshore month of fishing we have had this past August. Every day we have gotten into loads of Mahi from 5 lbs to 38lbs. Gulf Stream has been close and with the light southeast wind we… Read Full Report →


Mahi, Tuna and Wahoo in August

August 24, 2015

What an unbelievable offshore month of fishing we have had this past August. Every day we have gotten into loads of Mahi from 5 lbs to 38lbs. Gulf Stream has been close and with the light southeast wind we… Read Full Report →


Mahi, Tuna and Wahoo in August

August 22, 2015

What an unbelievable offshore month of fishing we have had this past August. Every day we have gotten into loads of Mahi from 5 lbs to 38lbs. Gulf Stream has been close and with the light southeast wind we… Read Full Report →


snapper & lobster hard to beat the eats

August 13, 2015

We have been crushing the Snapper on the reef limiting out every day this past week. The live bait wreck fishing has been great as well with a ton of action, we have caught greater amberjack, cobia, yellow jacks… Read Full Report →


snapper & lobster hard to beat the eats

August 13, 2015

We have been crushing the Snapper on the reef limiting out every day this past week. The live bait wreck fishing has been great as well with a ton of action, we have caught greater amberjack, cobia, yellow jacks… Read Full Report →


snapper & lobster hard to beat the eats

August 13, 2015

We have been crushing the Snapper on the reef limiting out every day this past week. The live bait wreck fishing has been great as well with a ton of action, we have caught greater amberjack, cobia, yellow jacks… Read Full Report →


snapper & lobster hard to beat the eats

August 13, 2015

We have been crushing the Snapper on the reef limiting out every day this past week. The live bait wreck fishing has been great as well with a ton of action, we have caught greater amberjack, cobia, yellow jacks… Read Full Report →


Red Hot Reef Fishing

July 16, 2015

This week here at Fish Key West Florida we have experienced some red hot reef fishing. With a good running west tide the Yellowtail Snapper has been really good. Along with the Yellowtail we have been doing well on… Read Full Report →


Gulf of Mexico Wreck fishing at its best

July 15, 2015

Usually Summer months can be slow in the Gulf of Mexico but not for us the past two weeks. We have hit many different wrecks with much success this week. Mangrove Snappers up to 7 lbs tons of Gag… Read Full Report →


Slammer Mahi, Huge Muttons and Monster T

July 14, 2015

How can you beat the month of July in Key West. Huge Mahi offshore this week on the Coolwater 2 and The Outcast both bull dolphin in the 40 lb range. The full moon in June produced again with… Read Full Report →


Mangrove & Yellowtail Snapper Spawn

July 10, 2015

Here at Fish Key West Florida we are finding the Mangrove Snapper on the reef. This is the time of year they start to spawn. The spawn usually last about a month and its a great time to target… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 23, 2017

To start, Corey contacted both parties to see what kind of fishing we want to do.  We agreed on snapper fishing out at the reef.
Corey was very professional and a great leader on the boat.  He picked up and dropped both parties up at our respective hotel docks. 
He was personable and good with instruction, but didn’t over-do it as some captains do.
We caught lots of snapper and a 6ft lemon shark. 
Overall great trip and everyone was happy.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Went out with Jeremy and was an amazing experience!  We certainly kept him busy catching fish and he was up for the work. We caught our limit and probably double that that we released! I took my daughter for her 21st Birthday along with 3 of her friends and no one left without fish or disappointed. Would recommend and would definitely fish with Jeremy again! Thank you, Jeremy!  We hope you had fun, too!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Didn’t catch what we really set out to, and overall we didn’t take home a lot of fish. But had a ton of fun catching and releasing a Goliath Group. I can cross that one off my bucket list; couldn’t have done it without the coaching of Capt. Corey who we highly recommend

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 25, 2017

Captain Corey was great. Little rough trip heading out, but Corey was professional and friendly. Tried for mangrove snapper but only got into blue runners. Corey took us to another spot and we got into a great yellowtail snapper bite. Plenty of keepers plus one dolphin . We also had incredible action with huge bull sharks attacking the yellowtail. All in all, great first time fishing in the Florida Keys. Made for a happy wife on her birthday trip. Thanks. JIm and Marlene Inverness,Fl

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Actually we had Capt. CORY…Great guide..knowledge of the waters..and a great personalty. Will use him again when I return.I have his cell phone and have texted him my Cheviche for the evening..

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Best trip ever hands down!!!  For $350-400 you get an excellent Capt. With the know whats up eagle eye to spot the fish!  I know sounds crazy but this dude is part bird at spotting the action in the water and he nails it!!  Bottom line If your going to go out do it with Ryan nick-name (Ryno!).  Anything else is second place and a set of steak knives!  Love this guy!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful day…Very choppy all morning. Nevertheless we fished as hard as we could. Never stopped! Definitely get your money’s worth!

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 20, 2017

It was a difficult day for fishing with 20 mph SE wind, but Robert worked his tail off to catch fish.

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Went fishing on Monday, May 8, 2017

Captain Damon was great but we wanted to have a chance to try catching a bigger fish.

Fished May 2017

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Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank you for coming out with us on our half-day split charter hope you enjoyed all the great eating snappers you caught.


Went fishing on Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We caught so many fish we lost count.  These guys know what they are doing!  Half of what we caught had to go back since they weren’t in season.  I like following rules.  We still had way more than expected.  Shark, grouper, jacks, grunt, yellows, porgies, and three hogfish!  The photo below is less than half of what was landed in 4hours.  Awesome job!!!!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Half day with Nick he put us on the fish and our lines stayed bent!! I would highly recommend them and will book with them again

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Went fishing on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great trip. Left on schedule, boat well equipped. After about half hour to the fishing grounds Rob put us right on the fish. This guy is a “Fish Whisperer,” not kidding. He can see the fish. Demonstrated many baits and techniques. Very professional for being so young. Last 20 minutes of the trip we caught and landed a 53” Barracuda that the Fish Whisperer had under surveillance all morning. He was deliberate in the tactics and baits to lure this monster close then closed the deal. Amazing. Would recommend Capt Rob all day long.

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Went fishing on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Had a great time and caught a pile of fish. Probably going to book another trip this week

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Captain Cory was very nice. He was quite patient.  Bite was a bit slow here in mid to late March, and it was a little windy, but Captain Corey was able to put us on some reef fish including yellowtail snapper which was enough for dinner. We also caught some American red snapper as well, but they were out of season. Overall we had a fun time and I would recommend this trip

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Great time

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We arrived on time for a morning trip but the forecast was for rough seas. Cpt Chris was very honest with my partner Judie & I about conditions we wud likely encounter(wind & possible 5 ft waves.) I thanked him for his honesty and told him we wud rebook for a later time!

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, March 13, 2017

Excellent experience!  I don’t normally write reviews, but this trip certainly exceeded expectations and felt appropriate.  Rob immediately put us on fish and truly set us up for success.  He was very easy-going and yet focused on fishing at the same time.  We caught a variety of fish including:  Kingfish, yellowtail, & yellowjack—-not to mention the occasional shark viewing ;o)

Would absolutely book another trip with the captain.

Thanks again!
Clay

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, March 10, 2017

Four of us booked a trip with Capt. Damon on line.  You know what is said - pay your money and take your chances…..  Well, Capt. Corey was assigned our trip and Damon shared with him what we were interested in - catch and eat fishing with everyone holding a rod - no trolling.  He listened to us and brought us to the reef for bottom fishing and yellow tail.  What a fantastic trip!  We all caught plenty of fish - a variety of species, landed a 35+/- amberjack and hooked into either a goliath grouper or some other leviathan that nearly spooled the reel once he realized he was hooked.  After plenty of laughs and action our Capt. suggested a quick troll for tuna as the bite was on.  Oh boy - how about four rods going off at the same time?!?!?  Bonita, keeper blackfin tuna.  We all had a fabulous time - go get em!

Fished March 2017

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Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thank you Kara for the excellent review we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and got to eat some of the excellent fish you caught.

Damon

Went fishing on Monday, February 20, 2017

Great time!

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Went fishing on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Corey was an excellent captain looking forward on returning in april.

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, February 4, 2017

Great time was had..  Lot’s of fun.

Enjoyed our captain.  He was great.

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, December 24, 2016

I got an e-mail that said that i was booked for a trip with damon and that we should meet at 7:30.
First there were no signs of Coolwater (they had changed them without telling) so it was hard to find the right spot. A few minutes after 7.30 captain Robert arrived´. I asked him if he was Damon and he explained to me like a was an idiot that Damon does not run the tours, they do, Then I asked if he was going to runt with me, then he said no and turned his back on me. I had to ask him again if he knew where our captain was. He said that our captain would arrive in a few minutes.

15-20 minutes late our captain finally arrived and took us on for the trip. We told him we didn’t want to go on the windiest parts since we were afraid of seasickness (it was quite windy, 22 mph).
Before we could go out and fish we had to catch live bait and transport out to the windiest part of the sea ( i guess that the fish was there?!). We started fishing with shrimps as bait and caught two fish each. My girlfriend and the two other guys that went with us got live bait and i asked to get that aswell. it took a long time before i got to have live bait and it was hard to fish when the boat swang from one side to another. After some time i got to fish with live bait aswell, then I caught another fish. After this captain corey said we were gong to try to fish for some barracudas. We went for 15-20 minutes in the windy sea and he tried to catch some barracuda that we were supposed to take in turns to reel in. After 20 minutes no barracuda was caught and we had to start going home again. The transportation took in total something like 1h 45min during the tour so it was almost half the fishing trip. I was not aware of this since i don’t remember reading anything about in in the description. All in all there were very little discription about the trip so you didn’t know what to expect. when we got back in port the captain sliced a total of 7-8 fishes that 4 guys managed to catch and we got a few fillets that we could cook. I don’t know how much fish you are supposed to cath but it seemed a bit few. We caught more that we threw back in again but there weren’t that many.

After this we were supposed to pay so I paid the remaining amount of 280 dollars (330 dollars in total). When we had paid, the captain explained that he worked on tip and that we were supposed to tip him around 20 percent (i.e. 65 dollars). I explained to him that i didn’t think he had deserved this much amount and that the experience was not what I had expected. I Also thought is was already very expensive with 330 dollars so I didn’t wish to add another 65 dollars for him slicing up 4 fished and hooking of the same besides driving the boat. I mean, what did I pay 330 dollars for ? I also told him that his working conditions wasn’t my problem.
Then he got honestly upset and I felt that we had bad feelings abou each other. Finally I tipped him 7 dollars or something which was all the cash I had left in my wallet just because it was christmas. (we just used credit card).

Summary:
There was a nice trip but the fishing didn’t in any way live up to my expetations, the captain helped my girlfriend but not me and then he wasted a lot of time trying to catch barracudas without result.
For the price I am not satisfied. I booked the trip before we got there and when we were down in the keys I saw i lot of adverts on other boats that were much cheaper. I also spoke to a bunch of americans that said that it was seriously overpriced with 330 dollars. My advice is, choose another firm and book when you are down there instead!

Linus Öberg Emma Tideman does not recommend Fish Key West - The Coolwater

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, December 30, 2016

Captain Derek was very professional and very experienced. He made sure we all had a great time even though the weather conditions were the not the best. Captain Derek was very enjoyable to be a round and made sure there was never a dull moment. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to fish in key west

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Great day, boat was in great shape… 30+ foot boat.  Left from the Hyatt, very convenient.  Capt. filleted fish, we cooked them fresh for lunch that day.  Capt. Derek had extensive knowledge of the good fishing spots, and was a great guide.

Fished December 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Had a great time with the cool water, very professional and fun. Would recommend to anyone!

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Went fishing on Thursday, December 29, 2016

Great morning on the water. Captain Rob put is on fish early and we had plenty of action. Shark, barracuda, cobia, king, grouper, snapper and blue runners kept us busy.

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Went fishing on Friday, November 4, 2016
Sukwon Yang does not recommend Fish Key West - The Coolcast

Fished November 2016

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Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, November 5, 2016

Let me start by saying Mr Yang did not fish with me it was my Capt Colin. Unfortunately we blew a lower unit on the way out, but we keep a spare $5000 lower unit. My Capt was able to come back in and we pulled the boat out at our local marina and within two hours we changed out the blown unit with our spare while mr yang and the other split charter group waited patiently. We were able to head back out and save the day and get the charter in while most companies would have just cancelled. Mr Yang did not speak English so I think the language barrier was part of the problem today as he did not understand what was going on. We pride ourselves on the effort we put in for each and every charter that fishes with our company.  The fishing can be slow at times but myself and everyone of my captains will always give 100% effort, thank you.

Went fishing on Saturday, October 15, 2016

Super experienced captain put us on fish and gave both my friend and myself a new perspective on fishing. We have over 100 years of fishing experience. Most importantly “There is always a bigger fish”

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, September 30, 2016

I was fortunate to be the only fisherman, but Rob kept me reeling most of the time.  after the first couple hours, it was all I could do to keep pulling up the snappers from the deep!!  All together, we caught over 25 fish, most were keepers.  Great company and very savvy fisherman, captain and guide.  I highly recommend this operation and Captain Rob for the best of Key West fishing, especially the open-minded experienced angler.  Thank you for a great time. We will be back.  Thanks, Tutela Joe

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Captain Collins is awsome!!!! Bumpy ride but we,I had a blast.

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, September 19, 2016

We did a split charter which turned out great. Had 4 people total on boat just happened to be on another boat in the fleet which was as not as new or nice. But was equip well and was great for the money. Had a really great trip and caught many fish and captain did great job putting us on fish and Awsome job on cleaning our catch. Would live to do this again on my next trip to the keys.
Gary

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, September 16, 2016

Expensive trip compared to others! Did catch a Wahoo but no other takes. Lots of travelling and not much catching!

Les Francis & Kevin Page does not recommend Fish Key West - The Coolcast

Fished September 2016

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Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dear Mr Francis, I would like to say thank you for fishing with us and giving us an above average review. However we work very hard to try to always provide 5 star service. I see you had some concerns about the price of the charter. That is a shocker to me because of the fact that you booked a two person split charter for $375. (A split charter is sharing the cost of a full price private charter with two other people).  Even though the other two people did not show up, we still took you by yourselves. We are the only company in Key West that guarantees split charters with two people. You got an offshore private charter for half price. You caught a 45 lb Wahoo which is an unbelievable pelagic sport fish on light tackle. My captain Cory filleted the entire fish for you to take home. Again thank you for choosing us and hopefully we can meet your expectations next time.


Went fishing on Thursday, August 18, 2016

We had a great time, learned some great tips and enjoyed our captain and our split charter “mates”.  Highly recommend this charter. Took my dad for some fun…..Really enjoyed the experience…catching fish and spotting a shark (who stole some of our fish!)....it was great!

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

We had bad weather 10-15 winds, captain did a great job picking best spot , gulf side to protect of from the wind . We had great experience catching fish in bad conditions . Got into a little rain coming in , little ruff ,  captain out ran the rain for a save trip ... I would book another trip with the cool cast crew .  Denise & Walt Dockery

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, July 29, 2016

Had a great time, weren’t real lucky with fish but overall nice experience.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Capt. was awesome! Everyone on board had a great time fishing with him.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, July 11, 2016

The day began a bit dicey and the wind was kicking up pretty nicely. Caleb was our captain for the day and we were aboard the 28 whitewater, he showed great finesse with the boat in getting us out to the wrecks with minimal spray and a soft ride. The weather cleared up and was great the last two hours of the trip, we were on top of a few schools of mangroves and a few grouper here and there. Only reason for a four star overall review was that the day could have been better had the weather not kicked up and we had more time to catch our limits but then again it was a four hour charter and I am used to running my own boat and fishing hard until the box is full.  Great trip, excellent captain who were very considerate and a happy girlfriend. I cannot recommend this company and this captain enough. Money well spent.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I had an unexpected medical complication the morning we went out on the charter trip and had to return to the dock.  The captain rescheduled us for the next morning which was a huge relief to me and my wife and were thrilled with their flexibility and willingness to provide us with a great fishing experience.  We went out the next day and had a beautiful 1/2 day of fishing.  The charter boat was very clean and well kept, as was all of the gear.  We highly recommend Fish Key West for any trip and will schedule a longer trip with them the next time we are vacationing!  Thanks so much guys!!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our family of four was picked up right at our hotel’s marina, the Hyatt.  It was a wonderful day on the water with Captain Rob.  We caught a ton of fish, including a tuna, mutton snapper, yellow tail snapper, amber jack, bonitas, and a couple of shark just to name a few.  Would definitely use these guys again!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Our split charter with Captain Derrick was great. After the other party cancelled at the last minute, and we were directed to another marina, we needed up having the boat and the captain to ourselves. We had about 2 and a half hours of bottom fishing with a bite on just about every drop. Hooked into a few groupers but they were just shy of being legal so had to put them back. We did however get our cooler full of some really nice Porgies, so we’ve got enough fish for a while. Will definitely be back for a longer charter

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, June 3, 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What an awesome day on the Coolwater fishing charters Captain Derek put us right on the fish first thing this morning. He found out it was my birthday and said you want a big fish here you go Big Daddy Happy Birthday & put me on a big Barracuda. My buddy John had a nice size shark that got off around the anchor line. The other people on the split Charter with us caught yellowtail, red snapper & a big jack. I highly recommend going on this boat if you’re ever in Key West

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Everything is great if you realize that you are going on a 2 hour fishing trip.  Leave at 8:00am, cruise 10 minutes to get to the open water, 40-50 minutes to the fishing spot.  Start fishing around 9:00am.  Up lines, move to anther spot, fish some more and then up lines at 11:00am to head back.
Total fishing time around two hours. Back at noon.  My lawyer also charges about $200 an hour, same as this was with tip.  Did not catch much but had fun.

Victor Van Dyke does not recommend Fish Key West - The Coolwater

Fished May 2016

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Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, May 16, 2016

We fished at a spot 12 miles away, my boat cruises 30 knts if you do the numbers I have no idea what you’re talking about timewise. Yes the fishing was a little slow but we left the fishing grounds at 11:30 to return home.  I spoke with other group and they had a great time thank you for coming out on our split charter. We are the only company in Key West that does split charters to make it more affordable for people on a light tackle center counsel boat.

Went fishing on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

After we figured out who our real captain, Cory, we got into fishing. Being our first time salt water fishing I didn’t realize I was going to start fishing for bait. While interesting, may not be best use of a 4 hour trip. Once we got fishing for the real fish Cory did his best to accommodate our group of two and the other group of two. Overall great experience despite the weather. I’d definitely go out again and request Cory as my guide.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, April 4, 2016

We had a great trip in marginal weather. Great equipment, Capt Cory did an excellent job fishing and dodging storms…and we caught great fish! Released a nice Caribbean Reef shark. See pix of some others.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, March 18, 2016

Very nice clean boat with great gear.  The surface bite recently has not been great so we were all good with fishing the bottom on the gulf side.  As soon as my girlfriend got rid of the banana she brought on board (never do that) the bite was non stop.  Got probably 20 keepers between us and the other two on our split tour.  It was a great half day out on the water.  The fish were cleaned for us, and our hotel coooked them up.  Great experience and we would do it again.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spent a half day fishing the reef with light spinning gear and brought in a number of delicious yellow tail snapper.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, February 22, 2016

Great experience. Met a really nice couple from Alanta. Brought fish back to my hotel and had them for dinner that evening.. They were delicious.

Fished February 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, February 8, 2016

Fished February 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fine fishing and various fishes thanks Mr. GRANT

Fished January 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Nice small trip lots of fish from the first minute to the last. My wife and I are used to fishing but the other couple on board were new to it and the captain was awesome and very patient and knowledgable.

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We chose them because they do a split charter, and we thought we were going to have to cancel because of storms. Capt Grant was able to get us out in the afternoon. We caught plenty of yellow tail snapper which is some good eating! It was a great trip with a great Capt! He is extremely helpful, polite and tells some decent jokes, too!

Fished September 2015

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Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thank you for coming fishing with us hope to see you again in the near future

Went fishing on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Corey was excellent.  Made sure we had a good time.  Plenty of fish.

Fished May 2015

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Damon Santelli (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 5, 2015

Hello Gary, thank you for coming fishing with us hope to see you again in the near future

Went fishing on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We chartered “Coolwater I” for a full day. We chose this boat becase of the reviews we’ve read on internet and facebook. To be honest, we couldn’t pick better!
It was an amazing experience. Knowledgeable captain, very nice staff and the whole “package” was absolutely perfect! We went out fishing and caught many fish while other captains and boats didn’t, or didn’t as much as we did. After the trip we enjoyed the catch and captain stopped by to see how satisfied we are - very personable.

What else to say that you can’t go wrong with this choice!

Fished August 2014

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