Southbound Charters
Southbound Charters
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Professional sport fishing charter on the waters around Key West Florida. Offshore, inshore, Gulf of Mexico, Shark, Reef and Wrecks. Southbound believes on allowing customers to be as "hands on" as possible. Taking people fishing is a lot of fun,but teaching people how to fish is even more fun. We like to cater our trips to the experience and desires of our customers. If it's fun for you, it's fun for us. The Southbound is a large comfortable platform to fish from with plenty of room for groups of up to 6. Come join us for a great day on the tropical waters of Key West and the Carribbean!
Key West, Florida

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Victoria C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We could not have asked for a better trip. Captain Richard and his First Mate Ben, worked very hard to make sure we had a great time. We booked the package that included 2 full days of fishing and three nights in a cabin. The cabin was close to the marina, comfortable, and perfect for us. We caught tons of fish - Cero Mackrel, King Mackrel, Yellow Jack, Yellowtail Snapper, and Barracuda. We saw manatees, dolphin Nd hammerhead shark too! Ben cleaned and filet all the fish, organized them by type, and packed them on ice for us. He even set aside a special bag of filets for us to take to a local restaurant so they could cook it up for dinner. Richard let us borrow his vacuum sealer so we could get the fish prepared to take home. I could go on and on! We will definitely be back!
Written March 1, 2020
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Alexandra T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Capital Richard and his first mate Edward have done an exceptional job taking my husband and I on a private 6-hour fishing trip. During the reservation process, they promptly responded to my email and phone call, answered all of my questions, gave an honest feedback on the fishing situation at that time.

Upon arrival, they were there on time, greeted and oriented us to the boat, provided a safety brief, and asked us about the exact type of fishing we desired. We ended up having a great deep sea fishing trip, caught several Mahis, lost several Mahis, and caught a gigantic barracuda that we let go. Edward has been very accommodating and informative. If you want to learn or get hands-on experience - this is the place. Other than that sit back, enjoy your refreshments, and wait for something to bite.
P.S. We have never seen anyone reel in 3 rods so fast when the 4th one had a bite.

If you have a successful fishing day and want to eat what you caught, these guys will cleaned and prepare the fish for you, and will recommend you some restaurants in the area that will cook your fish.

When confirming the reservation details I asked about extending the trip time and was told it is possible if no other reservations were made that day. When we asked about extending our time one hour prior to the end of the trip the Captain said he had already turned back and headed to shore. If you want to extend your trip, it's better to ask about it before you begin your trip.

I was in my second trimester and the trip was completely safe. There's also a head on the boat. I also received a very cute baby shirt for my baby as a gift to remember.

Overall, great job!
Written August 25, 2021
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Jrawson88
Hoboken, NJ7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Booked a last minute charter for myself and 5 friends while down here for vacation and was not disappointed. 6 amateur fishermen were made to feel like pros. Each of us was able to reel in at least 1 fish and we caught a bunch of different types. Yellowtail, Grouper, Sharks, Mackerel and a few Barracuda. The captain did his best to move us around and put us on fish when some spots were slow and the first mate did great keeping lines in the water for us. Will absolutely book with them again if I’m ever down here.
Written October 14, 2020
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You and your group made our job easy with your great attitude and enthusiasm! One of the best parts of my job is when we get folks like you on board. You made it fun for us too! Hope you had a great fish dinner and Please come back if you get to KW again! Capt. Rich
Written October 20, 2020
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Michael B
Plymouth, MA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
What better way to celebrate a 15th anniversary than spending four full days on the water with family and friends!

Our group has a long history of fishing on the Southbound with Captain/Owner Rich Houde. We first met 15 years ago on a 3/4 split charter targeting mutton and lane snapper. We shared the charter with three total strangers, who have now become our dear friends. Phil & Stacey from Oklahoma and our buddy Geoff from Arkansas. Our first mate on that trip, Ben, was a great surprise addition to our crew and even worked one of our recent full days. We also got to enjoy some fishing and quality hang time with another former mate John, who now travels with us on our annual fishing adventures.

This year's crew included fisherman from Plymouth, MA. and the above mentioned friends that we have met along the way. We enjoyed four full days on the water and some fantastic cook your catch at Dante's. Our catch over the four days included Blackfin tuna, Skipjack tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Kingfish and assorted snappers. Overall we counted 12 different species of fish.

Captain Rich always puts us on the fish!!!!

A special thank you to our mate Barbie! She welcomed us to the boat each morning, worked tirelessly during every long day and she was a fantastic addition to our crew!

NOTE: Take a minute and read Captain Rich's blog on the Southbound web-site. In the narrative you will find mention of clients becoming friends and family. We are living proof!
Written February 26, 2023
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Jhtarheel
Greenville, NC53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Great trip with Captain Rich. My wife, two daughters and I did the 6-hour trip. Not sure the ladies were as excited as I was for the trip, but they all loved it, which is testament to Rich and the conditions. We caught five nice keepers that have already provided several meals and will provide more. The mutton snapper and cero mackerel are delicious and were lots of fun to catch. My wife caught a gorgeous bonita and she and one daughter each caught a 6-foot sailfish. That was an unexpected pleasure and they fought hard to get them to the boat. We hooked two more sailfish but lost them. Also caught 7-8 small yellowtail that we threw back. For four hours of fishing (after an hour ride out and another hour back) that was a solid haul. We will hire Captain Rich again if/when we are back in Key West. You can never predict if the fish will bite, but Rich did everything right to put us in the best position to catch. On this day, it worked out great.
Written December 23, 2020
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Cody H
Burnet, TX15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
My wife and I took our 9 year old daughter and 6 year old twin boys out with Rich and Ben. Rich and Ben were very good with the kids and worked very hard to put us on the fish while being cognizant of the little ones and the need to keep the waves to a minimum. We had a blast and caught yellow tail, parrot fish and mackerel. These guys are professional grade and work hard for the angler. We enjoyed their company as much as we did the fishing. Rich is a Key West veteran and we strongly encourage anyone looking for a charter to give Southbound Charters a chance. Great day of fishing!
Written December 27, 2020
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Stu S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Went out for 4 hours with 4 buddies from college and I wish we would have booked more than 4 hours. We had a blast. Caught plenty of mahi and had it fried, blackened, and grilled at a restaurant they recommended that night. Barbie was great company with lots of stories and information, and her sarcasm fit in really well with our group. And now I have a new nickname that seems like it's going to stick for a while. Rich and Barbie, thanks for a great time!
Written October 26, 2022
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james n
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Southbound Sport Fishing was a great experience. Captain Rich and mate Barbie were extremely knowledgeable and professional throughout the days fishing! We had a blast and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys catching sport fish. Check out their package deals too that include a free stay at their personal cottage! We will be returning again soon for another exciting trip!!! Thanks Rich and Barbie!!!!
Written July 26, 2023
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Julia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Our group had an amazing time fishing with these guys. Very impressed with their knowledge and experience as they helped us bring home 11 great sized mahi-mahi along with recommendations, fishing tips, and an amazing recipe for cooking up our fish. Would give a hundred stars if I could!
Written July 12, 2022
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Garrison S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
By far one of my favorite fishing experiences I’ve ever done. Not only was he super friendly and helpful and knowledgeable. But he gave us one of the best fishing recipes to make our own fish when we got home. And it was extremely delicious. Highly recommend to anyone. We also caught a ton of fish on what appeared to be a slow fishing day for other boats.
Written July 9, 2022
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