Key West Premier Fishing Charters

Member since June 2014

Key West, United States

Background
Key West Premier Fishing Charters are a family owned and operated business that was first founded in 1965 by Hans Baumgarten. His son and grandson carried on the family tradition and created the current incarnation of the company in 1995. Throughout the company's history, the boats and crew have won many fishing tournaments in the Keys and beyond, and captain Mark Baumgarten has never had a problem putting his guests on trophy fish.

Key West Premier Fishing Charters

Key West, United States
Background
Key West Premier Fishing Charters are a family owned and operated business that was first founded in 1965 by Hans Baumgarten. His son and grandson carried on the family tradition and created the current incarnation of the company in 1995. Throughout the company's history, the boats and crew have won many fishing tournaments in the Keys and beyond, and captain Mark Baumgarten has never had a problem putting his guests on trophy fish.
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Our Charter Listings

 
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US$ 900
 
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US$ 175
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US$ 800

Customer Reviews

4.53 out of 5 stars from 87 reviews

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Erlanger, ky
Went fishing on Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Woodland, wa
Went fishing on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Captain John and his Mate Alex worked hard to get us in good areas to catch fish.  We had a good day of catching Mahi [email protected]

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Deep River, on
Went fishing on Monday, April 9, 2018

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Orlando, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Minneapolis, mn
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Crew was friendly and knowledgeable. Made the best of windy conditions and we caught several small fish and a large shark.

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Hialeah, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, March 23, 2018

Me and five friends booked a 6 hr charter and enjoyed every minute of it. Ten fish were landed everybody got two with one being a 76” sailfish. I would highly recommend this boat and crew to anybody. They knew what they were doing.

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Key West Premier Fishing Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad your fishing trip was successful. Hope to see you all again. Please send any photos to my email. [email protected]

Dallas, tx
Went fishing on Friday, March 2, 2018

Great captain - friendly and knowledgeable. Didn’t catch a lot of fish, but due to phenomenal weather and Florida’s Spring Break, every boat in Key West was out there.

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Munday, tx
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Sebastian, fl
Went fishing on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Had a great time got some tuna captain and crew were very professional and fun do it again as soon as I can

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Napa, California
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Great time with the Captain and Firstmate. Big seas kept us close to the islands. They put us on sharks and reef fish all day.

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Summerland Key, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, February 12, 2018

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Fort Myers, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Only complaint would be boat only went 10 mph so it took awhile to get out there

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Boca Raton, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Lexington, Kentucky
Went fishing on Friday, December 29, 2017

went 1/2 day on 12/29/17 and had a great experience with shawn (captain) & john (deck hand) . great fishing trip , caught two big amberjacks -brought fish home to ky and they were awesome to eat !!

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Walled Lake, Michigan
Went fishing on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Equipamentos otimos. Equipe ótima. Fiz uma pescaria dividida com outras pessoas. Infelizmente pegamos apenas 4 peixes. Mas pescaria é isso mesmo. Parabéns a equipe pelo profissionalismo.

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Totally awesome. We wanted to start out earlier than eight a.m. and BOOM…we agreed to a 6:30 a.m. start. We arrived at 6:35 and off we went. REALLY!  They we’re ready to go…no waiting, no delays. Michelle (wife of Mark who is the owner and captain) is the nicest and very informative.  She never made us feel it was all about the money, very easy transaction.  Although there were never any guarantees to catch fish, there was a guarantee that Captain Mark and first hand John would do all they could to give us the best chances. These two are locals (conchs) and have been in the business for forever. Within 45 minutes I reeled in a large Black fin tuna which was between 15 & 20 lbs!! WOW what fun. The day was beautiful but a little windy.  We got a number of hits from mackerel (we think) and we listened to the chatter on the radios which indicated others were not having luck. Just when Nick and I thought we were coming back with one Black fin tuna,. A huge hit occurred and OMG Nick landed a sailfish (about 70-75 lbs). BEAUTIFUL and injury free and set free at the boat.  MARK and JOHN worked hard and it was all for our beneficial experience. We highly recommend COWBOY COWGIRL Charters in Key West.  You will have the best charter experience because of the knowledge, expertice and “customer first” attitude of the entire team.  THANK YOU MARK, MICHELLE AND JOHN and your Charter Boats!

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Palm Coast, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, November 24, 2017

Slow fishing Day

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, November 24, 2017

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Nashville, Tennessee
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fish were not biting, nowhere! We lucked up last hour of the day! Crew never gave up!! If you are prone to sea sickness take Dramamine!

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United States
Went fishing on Saturday, November 4, 2017

Jerry was Taking good care of everything and Body.  so every of our 6 People Had at least one nice catch. thx For that wonderful experiance. It was very n joyable on Board the weather was Fine and the Fish Hungry.

greetings stephan

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Venice, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, November 3, 2017

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Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, October 12, 2017

Had a great day of fishing.  Caught a hammerhead shark, mahi-mahi, barracuda, skipjack tuna, black fin tuna and yellow tail.  Captain Tom and John are the best!  They made our fishing experience fun and informative.  Anybody coming to Key West to fish, highly recommend you call them.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Went fishing on Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, October 8, 2017

Experienced friendly knowledgeable and added an hour to our trip to get the fiah we wanted. First charter after Irma. Thanks for the great day

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, August 25, 2017

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Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, August 21, 2017

On fish as soon as bait hit the water, caught fish all day

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Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Off shore conditions were rough for August and fishing reports were slow for everyone. We were able to snag a Barracuda and nearly landed a shark, but my wife and son became sick as seas picked up. Our crew desperately wanted all of us to be happy so we did some bottom fishing nearer to shore. My young son had a blast catching grunts, grooper, and yellowtail. The crew were so friendly and accommodating they even gave us extra time without us asking. We will definitely fish again with Capt Tom and Lucky.

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Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Perry, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, July 28, 2017

Was one of the most awesome things I’ve ever done I caught a trophy barracuda Sean was an excellent excellent Mate and our captain was awesome too

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Pompano Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

1st mate John was great. Showed us every thing we ask about and then some. Very well versed on all things we wanted to know about our charter. Let us know what to expect and when to expect it. Will ask for him on our next charter.

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Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It was a great day Gil and Jerry were great I would do it again. Thank you for everyone involved.

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mate Jerry makes the trip. Even on a slow day he kept things going on the boat and put us into a couple good schools of Bonita and mahi. I’ll do another trip, but I’m gunna ask for whatever boat Jerry is working mate on.

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Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, July 21, 2017

Great experience. Caught fish. Wife and daughter enjoyed very much. Will book again.

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United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great experience fishing on a trolling charter for the first time.The captain and mate made sure that we caught some fish and kept their eyes out for anything floating in the water and birds.We caught 3 Mahi Mahi and one of the other guys caught a tuna.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, July 17, 2017

Nice finish on our Key west vacation!
Great crew and we did catch both Barracudas and Mahi-Mahis…

Thank you very much!
Vildma family

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Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, July 3, 2017

We did a shared charter and the other 4 people we went with were great. The crew was fantastic and as a boat we caught about 15 bonitas and 2 mackerels. Great experience. Would highly recommend

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Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, July 1, 2017

We had an awesome time!! Josh worked like a fiend getting the lines out and setting us up and no one was more excited to hook a fish than he was.  His enthusiasm was wonderful.  And Sean was cool and collected but had the eye and magically spotted the fish.  They were a great team and they love fishing which was evident.  I was a bit hesitant when I saw the boats the day before, as they are older, but once I got on board it didn’t matter as the fish and salt and sunscreen were everywhere, so who cares!  There was no a/c but the breeze and shade on the upper deck by the captain were more than enough. The only reason I would not recommend this for kids is it was too long a day for smaller children.  But teens looking to fish would be fine.  The owners, Mac and Michelle, were around before we left and when we got back and that was a nice touch too.  I would recommend this company and especially this team of Sean and Josh again any day.  They ROCKED it!  Did I mention we caught a sailfish ???

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great crew and great experience . My son landed a 25-30 ib mahi mahi and it was a great experience for him . Lasted at least 30 minutes . Michelle was great to deal with on setting this trip up and hope her new grandbaby fills her up with joy !!

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Atlanta, Georgia
Went fishing on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

We did not go on the trip. They delayed it due to weather. They then called and said they would be picking us up in 10 minutes. There was a crazy storm that we could see t the lightning on the ocean. We dod not feel safe fishing in the storm. They did not return our deposit. Very disappointing.

Denise Lott does not recommend Cowboy Charters - Cowboy

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, June 18, 2017

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Winter Haven, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, June 12, 2017

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Springfield, Illinois
Went fishing on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lots of action.  John and Shane excellent captain and crew.

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Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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United States
Went fishing on Thursday, June 8, 2017

Great crew, very professional. Got us on fish will definitely be back! Ride’em Cowboy!

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Decatur, Georgia
Went fishing on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I was completely satisfied with this trip. The weather was a bit up and down but the Captian kept us South of the hard rain. Sean the Deckhand did an amazing job of keeping 5 of us pulling in fish and baiting the hooks. Thanks for a great fishing trip.

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Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, June 5, 2017

Lots of fun and a couple of fish. Overall a successful trip.

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Burlington, New Jersey
Went fishing on Monday, May 29, 2017

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Delray Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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United States
Went fishing on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, May 14, 2017

Real good guys stayed on the spread clearing weeds etc. Was happy with capt and crew

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St. Joseph, Missouri
Went fishing on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Let’s start by saying that these two and Michelle were absolutely amazing. My morning started off with my car getting towed and fighting with the lot to get the car and my luggage. Not only did they provide me with space to keep what I had with me on the boat but Michelle offered to have the luggage dropped off at her house while we were off shore. The fishing started a little slow but Captain Mike and Lee are experts and doing what they do and had us on the fish and unfortunately I had to catch a plane otherwise I would of fished with these two for the rest of the week! Thank you for such an incredible first time experience and for getting me on the plane in time. I will be back again soon and will only book with these amazing people.

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Ellenton, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Moore, South Carolina
Went fishing on Saturday, May 6, 2017
William Venneri does not recommend Cowboy Charters - Cowboy

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North Hampton, New Hampshire
Went fishing on Monday, May 8, 2017

John the mate did everything but make the fish bite. Worked his butt off. Tried a deep drop that the captain wasn’t real happy with. Getting bites, time to troll. Make sure you designate catching instead of chasing “trophy” fish. Good trip overall. No fish.

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Helmetta, New Jersey
Went fishing on Friday, March 31, 2017

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United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Captain and 1st mate were excellent at what they do but above all they were both good people. We had an excellent time and caught many fish

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Oldsmar, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Captain and crew A for effort. Fishing was a little slow

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

You could give the females, who control the money a little extra attention, we are the future.

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Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great day on the water. Very knowledgeable crew and the trip was a great success!

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Atlanta, Georgia
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Czechia
Went fishing on Sunday, March 19, 2017

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, March 24, 2017

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Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tom and Ricky were excellent as Captain and Mate.  They made the trip fun and were very helpful and shared their knowledge. We trolled for a while and didn’t catch a whole lot but then my son ended up reeling in a 300 lb. 9 foot hammerhead shark!  That was so exciting for all of us!  Didn’t get a picture of him out of the water because the line broke just as Ricky was pulling him up beside the boat.  Bummer. We did end up bringing some fish home as well.  The only complaint I would have were the broken chairs that made it difficult to reel in a big fish. My 18 yr old son kept sliding forward and had trouble staying in the chair. But Ricky and my older son both helped him. Overall it was an awesome day!

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Key West Premier Fishing Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Awesome thank you for your feedback. If you don’t mind, we would appreciate if you shared your review on TripAdvisor snd yelp.

United States
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nice 1/2 day out on the water We caught quite a few fish-mostly eating size
We did have a hard time finding them!  We had to call to get directed in.

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Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, March 10, 2017

My first fishing trip Awesome!! FUN!! trip I am hook!! Can’t wait to come back.  Ricky and Bobby were fun!!

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Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

We had a brilliant morning we were made very welcome and every bit of our trip was enjoyable
Thank you Donna and mark

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Stewartville, Minnesota
Went fishing on Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Handen, Stockholm
Went fishing on Monday, February 20, 2017

It was my second fishing trip in key west, this one was perfect.
A nice trip, professional captain and deck hand, very polite and nice to be around.

To summon it up we had a great day and will surely use them again for our next fishing trip.

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Cromwell, Connecticut
Went fishing on Thursday, February 16, 2017

Had a great time caught 4 fish 2 got a way will be back this Summer to fish for Marlin and Sail Fish
Eddie the First Mate was bar none the very best.

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Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, February 6, 2017

It was great to have a very experienced, fun crew.  We went out for a hammered and got a hammerhead.  Ecellent trip for anyone! Thanks!

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Key West, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bobby and Ricky were great! We had a blast and I’ll bet all 5 of us caught over 20+ fish a piece! We didn’t have to many photos because we were catching fish the entire time! We caught Snapper, Grouper, Trigger, Grunts, and various other types of fish. The fish tacos that night were awesome!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Went fishing on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

fun and good experience

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Stockholm, Stockholm
Went fishing on Thursday, January 5, 2017

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Went fishing on Friday, January 6, 2017

Captain Bobby and mate Ricky got the full boat of six each several chances at fish, as a boat we ended up catching mostly Blacking Tuna with a few Bonita, and a King Mackerel.  The material Ricky filleted the Blackfins at the dock.

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Fort Myers, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, December 3, 2016

We had an excellent time and caught more fish then we had planned!  It was awesome!  It was the most incredible experience ever!

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Ellenton, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The weather was nearly perfect. The sea was very choppy. First mate Danny was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He stayed very busy making sure each of us had a chance to catch fish. While he was doing that our captain did an amazing job of maneuvering the boat. All in all it was a great trip.

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Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, November 21, 2016

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thankyouverymuch

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Florida, Fort Lauderdale
Went fishing on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Didn’t catch anything worth keeping. Tried but not hard enough. Not all crews fault.

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United States
Went fishing on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Even when weather conditions did not help, crew did everything possible to ensure we catch fish. Will return for more next year. .thanks.

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United States
Went fishing on Friday, September 16, 2016

Lots of experience took us trolling and bottom fishing to guarantee fish.

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Gibsonton, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The morning started out very slow, no activity. We finally started catching Bonita about 2 hours into the 4 hour charter. It was my wife’s birthday and this was something she was looking forward to. She ended up catching the last fish of the day which was a 48 inch Wahoo and we’re having it mounted. She was so excited, so it turned out to be a great day in the end!

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