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Do you offer discounts?

Key West Pro Guides in general has never discounted trips during the 22 plus years we have been in operation here in Key West. Understand…to discount a trip by ANY guide means the expenses for that trip must also be reduced. Not surprisingly the profit margin on a private, all-inclusive light tackle charter is very small. To discount would require that we cut corners we are not willing to do.

For example…We fully expect to run to the most remote and distant therefore productive fishing grounds for you, not stop well short and fish lesser waters that are highly pressured daily by other guides and locals alike just to keep fuel costs down. Many charter operations in Key West today due to high fuel costs limit their travel distances to maintain their profit margin. Not us! We certainly expect to provide you with whatever it takes for an outstanding day on the water. From fuel to fresh live baits, attractants, top of the line equipment in perfect working condition, etc. Our pledge to you is to provide you with all the necessary tools to ensure your very best opportunity for success and ultimately world class fishing action. Never would we “take a shot” by using frozen or cut baits left over from yesterday. Never would we think of not rigging the equipment you will be fishing with from top to bottom new and fresh…hooks, lines, leaders, tippet, etc. vs. leaving on yesterday’s left-overs to reduce costs chancing that potential “fish of a life time” to tired or worn gear and equipment. This list goes on forever…

As the largest and clearly most productive charter fishing outfit in Key West for several years now, we only know how to give our guests 110% every time off the dock. We do not cut corners, we never stop working for you and we never take a “good enough” attitude for you…this is exactly why we enjoy the reputation of being the “very best of the best” in the Florida Keys. We earn it by providing you with the “best of the best” start to finish. You could ask yourself if a discount is actually saving a few dollars or maybe wasting all your money on a far lesser experience. After all how often does one get the opportunity to fish in one of the premier fishing locations on the planet? Is it worth the risk?

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Should I bring my own gear?

We provide absolutely everything for our guests with respect to fishing gear. From conventional equipment to light tackle spinning gear to level winds to fly gear, all top of the line and in perfect working condition. Bait caster type reels are not typically used much in Key West as many times our super clear waters and wind conditions require smaller live bait presentations so spinning gear is king here. However, we understand many anglers prefer to fish with their personal gear and we welcome you to bring it along.

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How many people are allowed onboard?

In Key West, ALL private charter fishing vessels must operate under a Coast Guard regulation, that absolutely limits the number of passengers onboard ANY vessel to 6 maximum. There is simply no way around this regulation either. It does not matter if the person is fishing or watching, does not matter if the person is 6 or 60, does not matter the size of the boat, it reads “six souls onboard” however this does not include staff.

Light tackle vessels operate with a captain only, no deck mates are onboard so with the duties of operating the boat, baiting hooks, rigging tackle, landing caught fish, etc. regardless of how talented, one pair of hands can only achieve so much in a timely fashion. For this reason, we suggest 4 passengers as a maximum for the ultimate fishing experience. We are most happy to accommodate your group up to 6 guests per vessel on our reef & wreck and offshore charters, as we have a few larger boats that can accommodate that many.

Backcountry charters can comfortably accommodate up to 4 passengers. In general the backcountry is calm very shallow water and therefore by design our typical backcountry or “Bay Boats” at 24′ in length are 4 passenger vessels allowing us to access 100% of these remote and isolated fishing grounds. Larger center console boats are somewhat limited to the areas we can safely fish.

Clearly as the largest and certainly best equipped charter fishing operation in Key West for the past 26 plus years, we long ago refined the art of running multiple boat outings for larger than 6 passenger groups. We are recognized as the “go to outfit” for larger groups, family outings and corporate affairs and for good reason. We have the staff, fleet of boats and understand the idiosyncrasies of providing great customer service ensuring that 1 big group ambiance so important to most large group outings.

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Do you provide food and what about alcoholic beverages for our trip?

We provide complimentary bottled waters and ice in our coolers for every guest/charter. We do not provide food although you are welcome to bring anything additionally to eat or drink onboard with the exception of hard liquor. Our warm tropical sun, motion of the water and hard liquor just don’t blend well! Beer however is like plasma in Key West… you must have it! We welcome it aboard and expect you to enjoy a victory beer during your trip. We do ask that you drink responsibly and remember to keep yourself properly hydrated by including water with your alcohol consumption. It should be a given if you or anyone in your party becomes inebriated during your charter it is at the captains discretion to ensure safety first by returning to port. In the event our captain feels this is necessary no refund will be issued for poor behavior on the water.

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What makes you directly involved in Key West fishing?

 

This business and website is owned by and operated by active, local Key West guides, not booking agents. We are intimately involved in our services as we earn our living daily from the water. Many companies have found it easier to merely book charters for commission by simply contracting your reservation out to any available hired captains, rather than actually guide themselves. Most of these businesses are not operated by experienced fishermen or professional Captains at all. They have zero actual knowledge of our local waters and fishing grounds, fishing seasonal patterns, migratory pelagic species, technics, etc. They are very gifted “talkers” working from a written script in many instances. Is this who you want to trust your charter to? We think not!

We produce our services. Every individual at Key West Pro Guides you come in contact with from your initial email or telephone call throughout your entire experience with us will be a true professional with years in the private charter fishing business IN KEY WEST! From reservations to front office to guide team and support staff, you will see us the morning of your trip, all day long and when the trip is compete. We truly take our business full circle and in house to provide you the best possible charter in Key West.

 

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Will I know who my guide is before my trip?

Yes! Of course… we inform you exactly who your guide will be and what boat you will be fishing from when you book and on your confirmation letter! Our Captain’s biographies are posted on this website along with their boats and its features. If you would care to request a particular guide we welcome this. Guides are always reserved based upon their availabilities. We recommend securing your reservation well in advance if you would prefer to fish with a particular guide.

We never subcontract out our trips to guides not in our group and never book guides under our name to simply collect a commission.

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Do you offer “Packages” for Fishing and Hotels, Etc.?

Here at Key West Pro Guides, we focus on one thing, fishing. It’s what separates us from commission driven companies that are only looking at making a commission. A major problem in this business that unfortunately started a few years ago, are the “online concierge services”. While they offer “free services”, they are simply hiding their commission in the rate they quote you with a “sale at all costs” mentality. We offer you links to some of the best hotels in Key West, where you actually get a better deal. We endorse only those properties that we know to be safe, clean and well managed. Our guests are important to us, it should never be about a commission driven decision when it comes to you and your family’s well-being. Please ask for our FREE recommended accommodations list to be emailed.

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Do you stand behind your guides and their experience?

YES! Absolutely we do! Our guide team consists of only hand-picked seasoned veteran guides, the most respected in the business. All are United States Coast Guard licensed and fully insured Captains. Most are native to the Florida Keys born and raised on the water. Many are second and third generation Key West captains. Our staff averages fifteen years plus professional fishing/guiding experience in Key West. 142 International Game Fish Association “World Record” catches speaks volumes of their ability on the water. Most importantly…all are highly trained in customer service skills to ensure you of a safe, pleasant and enjoyable trip. On the water it is always respectfully “yes sir”. We have not lost our passion for sport fishing. We have not forgotten that without you, our guests and friends, we could not “live the dream” of fishing professionally in paradise. We truly appreciate the opportunity to become friends while fishing together in our world class waters. This is exactly why Key West Pro Guides enjoys the largest repeat clientele of any operation in the Keys. Anglers from around the planet return to our island and to fish with their favorite guides every year.

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Do your guides own their own boats?

Yes! All of our guides are independent owner/operators of their boats. In this way we ensure our guests the highest quality charter possible every trip off the dock. Our guides take a vested interested in your day, we want you to have a great time, tell others about it and come back to see us again and again. We would never trust your safety, comfort or the experience of your day on the water to a “hired guide” with little or no interest in your outcome.

Hired guides are after all working merely for wages and/or tips. It has been our experience that most hired guides are part-time, seasonal and/or straight out of Captains School with limited knowledge or our local waters. Therefore there is no comparison of your success between these two approaches to booking a guide.

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What if I experience seasickness or motion discomfort on our charter?

 

Everyone is differently affected by the motion of being on the water and the unfortunate truth is a very small percentage of our guests do experience motion discomfort more commonly referred to as “sea sickness”. It is certainly nothing to be embarrassed about should it happen to you and there is little than can be done to make you feel better once you become sea sick or while you remain on the water. This is an effect typically of offshore fishing with the open ocean waves and swells bringing the discomfort on. Our recommendation for those who are concerned or have experienced this condition in the past is to fish the calm, protected waters of the flats and backcountry where there is absolutely no such thing as a wave or seasickness. If you choose to fish offshore there are a number of excellent precautionary drugs such as Dramamine or Bonine available everywhere over the counter. To receive the full affect these aids suggest at least 45 minutes in your system prior to your charter’s departure. They will not work if you wait until your become sea sick before ingesting. Sorry but we do not refund due to seasickness.

 

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