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Captain Dave Brucker — "FinChaser"

Captain Dave Brucker is an angler's angler. From early childhood in Washington State, Dave was on the water every possible minute. As a fresh water fisherman young Dave became an expert on Steelhead and Salmon. Making the decision to fish in the tropic's Captain Dave found himself in Key West in 2000. Since that date Captain Dave has worked very hard to hone his considerable fishing talents while becoming a well-known and respected professional guide specializing in the fabled shallow waters of the backcountry and on the flats pursuing some of the most elusive sport fish on the planet.

With an inquisitive nature and a penchant for perfection Captain Dave offers his guests an insightful fishing experience with a serious emphasis on teaching and the sharing of his limitless knowledge with the first time novice angler to veteran pro. Today Captain Dave enjoys a following by anglers from around the world who return year after year to once again target the super aggressive behemoths of the back country. A Tarpon and Shark specialist Captain Dave is a first call "Night Tarpon" guide here in Key West.

Captain Dave Brucker arrived in Key West in 2000 with a strong fishing background and a desire to make his living as a light tackle guide. The next day he was on the water and underway building an exceptional guiding career. Although Captain Dave paid his dues becoming proficient offshore he found his passion in the shallows. Drawing on his vast experience angling for Salmon and Steelhead as a child in Washington State Captain Dave possessed the insight to shallow fishing techniques that applied in saltwater as well.

Fishing the technical flats was an instant obsession for Captain Dave. Pursuing the most elusive of flats species such as the Bonefish, Permit and the awe inspiring Tarpon was just the challenge he had been seeking. Captain Dave is at home in the "skinny waters" of Key West.

Twelve years later, Captain Dave is considered one of the top pro guides in flats & backcountry fishing on the island. With thousands of productive charters and satisfied guests to his credit Captain Dave continues to patiently share his insights and knowledge with novice to seasoned anglers as they fish together on the most beautiful waters on the planet.

    Boat Information
  • 24ft. PathFinder Tournament with 225hp. Yamaha 4-Stroke
  • Calm, shallow water - No Seasickness!
  • Comfortably fishes up to 4 Anglers
  • Bait, tackle, license, bottled water & ice supplied
  • Bring only drinks, snacks, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, & camera
  • Ladies & children welcome


Capt Roc,
I just wanted to let you know what a great time my GF and I had fishing with KWPG. Although the day was kind of slow with regard to bringing fish aboard, we had a blast hooking both a Tarpon and Lemon Shark. Capt Dave Brucker was a class act and was a great captain helping both my GF and I the whole time, since neither of us had ever hooked a tarpon or shark. Hoping to use you guys again and hopefully the fish will cooperate a little more. All the best.

BTW I am attaching both pictures and links to YouTube videos from the GoPro camera we were using for above and underwater shots. Enjoy!

Shye Tzadok


Apologies to KWPG for not posting this sooner. Having booked a holiday in Key West, first visit, I decided to pre book a fishing trip and with all the competition not an easy choice, deciding to go with KWPG. Right choice! I was not disappointed! I fished with Capt Dave, targeting shark. Within 30 minutes of leaving Hurricane quay we had the first of many Lemon sharks, following up with Bull, Blacktip & Silky shark. What an AWESOME day. Thanks again Capt Dave, I owe you one! I'll be back!

Bury, UK


I booked a trip through Roc hoping to experience the flats and Florida backcountry. We got teamed up with Captain Dave and had a great time! Despite the cool temperatures and persistent wind, Dave did everything he could to put us on the fish. Between the two of us we hauled in 30-40 fish during a 3/4 day trip. Dave was very informative and modified his style base on our experience which made us feel at home immediately. He was also flexible enough and honest enough to suggest we move our charter time to help compensate for the poor weather. I would definitely recommend and re-book with Dave in the future!

Jackie Skye
Minneapolis, MN

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