Captain Billy Wickers III "Linda D V"
Captain Bill Wickers III, a fourth generation conch fishermen is considered one of the absolute best light tackle and offshore fishing guides in Key West, Period!
Capt. Billy and his father have kept a four generation tradition of quality fishing in the waters off of Key West for more than 60 years. Capt. Billy's dad remembers back when his son Billy scrambled on the deck below to ready lines and hooks. Reaching into a bait bucket, he withdrew a silver ballyhoo, threaded a hook through its belly and wrapped a line around its nose. It's a procedure he'll repeat dozens of times over the day as he jumps across the deck, replacing bait and handing hooked lines to charter guests. It's also one he learned from his grandfather. "It's all I ever wanted to do," he said. "Never thought about anything else and I probably never will. "Since graduating from high school, 18 year old Billy has become the youngest licensed captain in Key West. As the boat eased over the two foot seas on the Gulf Stream, Billy rolled with the familiar rhythms. Since he was a child, he's been running these waters searching for fish.
Capt. Billy runs both the beautiful "Linda D V", a 40' Offshore, Twin Engine Diesel, Air Conditioned Sport fisher and the versatile 28ft "Total Package" light tackle center console.
Tuna, Trigger and Sharks.....Oh My!!!
What an amazing experience we had on the Linda D V with Captain Billy and first mate Joel!!
First, the boat is the nicest on charter row. It has AC, provides shade during a hot FL day because it is tall and is so fast it allows for more fishing time.
Second, Captain Billy and First Mate Joel know what they are doing.....within minutes of setting up, we were already catching fish....there were tons behind the boat. Although, my husband and I have fished many different places, Joel provided us guidance on the technique to catch as many fish as possible. They were AWESOME!
Third and most important, we caught a boat load of fish and 3 sharks!! When we were on the yellow fin tuna and 1 trigger fish, sharks started to go after our hooked up fish. Captain Billy and First Mate Joel quickly set-up the rod, reel and bait to catch the sharks....and it worked! 3 sharks were caught, we took pictures and released.
When we talked to them the day before, they said we were going to catch fish and have a great time....and they delivered!! Thank you for an unforgettable day....looking forward to our return trip!
Key West, Florida
These Guys Are Amazing---Capt Billy is the best in the Key's!!
We were exploring the charter docks for an offshore trip for a few of us guys and our wives. We were promised a great trip by second generation charter Captain Billy Wickers. We were told that the boat was fast, air conditioned and plenty of room for everyone. We headed out on the morning of September 1st and quickly realized how fast the boat was as we were passing all the other boats as we headed out to the fishing grounds. We arrived at the grounds quickly and they immediately got us on the fish and the fun began. About half way thru the trip we realized that an air conditioned boat is a huge plus when trying to avoid the hot Florida sun. Billy and Chuck took extra effort to make sure that our wives were a part of all the action throughout the entire trip(if the wives are happy...everyone's happy). As you are doing...we went to check out Trip Advisor for reviews and these reviews don't lie. We are already trying to work out a weekend trip to fly in and go out with Billy and the crew!!---Thanks for the great trip Billy and we will be seeing you again in the future!!
First time deep sea fishing...what an experience!
Went on a full day trip with Captain Billy with Larry was our mate. These guys are truly awesome! Very courteous and respectful at all times. I've been fishing freshwater all my life so I really had no idea what I was doing, but Larry was ON POINT about getting our lines in and out of the water asap, as well as helping out with any other requests. Both Billy and Larry know a heck of a lot about this business, and it showed when we pulled into the harbor with a 51 lb wahoo, 45 lb wahoo, a tuna, and some great pictures of a 70 lb White marlin, especially when no one else was getting anything! Thanks again guys, I'll be back to catch the one(s) that got away!
A Great Family Fishing Experience
I just returned from a 1/2 day deep sea fishing trip (August 4, 2013) with Captain Billy Wickers on the Linda D. I have been deep sea fishing in Key West before, as well as many other locations off of the Florida coast. After fishing with Billy, I have concluded that he is the best fishing outfit in Florida.
This most recent trip to Key West, I went fishing with my two sons, ages 8 and 10. Billy and first mate Larry made the trip a pure pleasure. They really helped my boys with understanding the sport of fishing and gave them all kinds of tips. My boys were always busy, catching 24 snapper in all.
Besides catching a ton of fish, and being great with kids, I'd also like to note that the Linda D is one of the nicest boats at the dock in Key West. The boat has an air-conditioning downstairs, along with ample seating around a lunch table. They also have a very nice refrigerator and nice bathroom too.
Overall, if you are considering deep sea fishing charters in Key West, then you should look no further than the Linda D! I highly recommend them.
Wonderful Day of Fishing!!
We had a great time fishing with Captain Billy and his Mate Larry. They both were so helpful and did everything they could to make sure we caught plenty of good fish! Thanks for the suggestion to go to Camille's for them to prepare our fish. It was literally one of the best meals we have ever had. After the day of fishing, Captain Billy was even kind enough to give us a ride back to our hotel. Thanks again for a wonderful adventure...we will be back!
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