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Capt. Dan's Fishing Charters

Enjoy backcountry fishing at its finest in the channels and on the flats of the expansive waters that surround Key West. We use extremely light, light, and medium tackle (6#, 10#, 12#, 15#, 20#, and 25# test line) to catch a variety of species.    

We can fish for snapper, jacks, barracuda, shark, tarpon, permit, bonefish, grouper or even mackerel. I have sat in one spot, on anchor, and caught 17 different species of fish in 4 hours. That's good action!

We use live bait, chum and cut bait depending on what we're fishing for. We may drift a live pinfish or crab down a channel for tarpon; throw a shrimp-tipped jig for snapper, jacks or even bonefish; or put a cut bait out on wire for a barracuda or shark.

Key West Shark Fishing

We have caught many types of shark in these waters, from the 12ft hammerhead on 25# test that took 1hr 25min to land, to the smaller (2 to 4 ft) bonnethead sharks that you can sight cast a shrimp tipped jig to up on the flats. Probably the most exciting species of shark to catch is the spinner shark. When you hook one of these spinners they almost immediately come flying out of the water spinning around their long axis so rapidly that it's impossible to count the number of revolutions, throwing water in every direction like fireworks.

I have seen them travel 30 feet through the air and I believe that they rival tarpon in the amount of adrenaline pumping excitement you can get from this acrobatic sport species.

Backcountry Charters leave from the Galleon Marina located at 619 Front Street in the Historic Key West Seaport. A typical fight may last well over an hour with you and the fish competing for control.

Complete tackle, bait and fishing expertise are provided.

Captain Dan is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain since 1995. Tackle, bait and expertise included.

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Contact Information
Capt. Dan's Fishing Charters

Dan Dempsey -Owner

    (305) 294-3815

Email: fish@captdans.com
Other website: www.captdans.com

    619 Front Street
    Key West, FL 33041


Photo Album


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Scott & 3 Sons
with Capt. Dan & Cobia


Scott & 3 Sons with Capt. Dan & Cobia
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13ft Sawfish


13ft Sawfish
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7ft Lemon Shark 220 lbs!!!


7ft Lemon Shark 220 lbs!!!
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Fishing Calendar for Key West


Fishing Calendar for Key West
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Another Nice Jewfish


Another Nice Jewfish
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Rates/Additional Info

1/2 Day Trips (4 hours) - $450
Additional hours - $75

Custom Key West Fishing Trips

We will tailor trips to suit your needs: big game backcountry fishing, poling the flats, chumming the channels, snorkeling for lobster, sight-seeing or just a picnic on a secluded beach. Whether you want a trophy for your wall or just to catch dinner, we can make it happen.

21' MAKO Bay Shark
200HP Mercury
New Bimini Top!

17' SILVERKING Flats Boat
90HP Yamaha
New 4-Stroke!


Charter Rates:
1/2 Day (4 hours)
$400 (1 person)
$450 (2-4 persons)
$75 for each additional hour