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Dream Catcher Charters

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Key West, FL, USA
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About Dream Catcher Charters
The Pioneers of organized private fishing, boating, sight seeing and eco charters since 1993. What We offer: Backcountry fishing on board our Yellowfin Bay Boats that can carry 4 persons easily some with bathrooms and shade -- Flats Fishing on board our state of the art flats boats with veteran professional flats fishing guides -- Tarpon Fishing specialists in the harbor, out in the backcountry or on the flats -- Deep Sea Fishing charters for groups of 6 or less -- Wreck and reef fishing out to the Dry Tortugas -- Fun Snorkeling AND Fishing combo charters -- Sight seeing, eco tours, island hopping and more of What You Want To Do -- We are also Fly Fishing instructors and fly fishing guides. Dream Catcher Charters has set the standard for the Key West fleet with incredible customer service, impeccable clean new boats and talented guides that is seldom seen anywhere. Dream Catcher Charters is directed by veteran Key West Fishing guide Capt. Steven Lamp who has a philosophy that Only The Best Will Do.
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Joe C wrote a review Jul 2022
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We had a wonderful trip with Captain Tommy!! He put us on the tarpon. I still would have given the experience a 10 out of 10 even if we would not have landed a fish. This group takes pride in the quality of their boats and tackle. We will absolutely do this again on our next trip to the Keys!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Travis Hinson wrote a review Jun 2022
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I booked two 1/2 day tarpon charters with Dream Catcher. While the tarpon fishing was poor for most of the charters that we heard about (full moon?), we were disappointed with our charters. In particular, we were displeased with the lack of bait. For example, Captain Tommy told us we couldn't fish with live bait ourselves, because he didn't have enough live bait to provide reels/rods for my dad and me. As such, my father didn't even hold a rod or make one cast the entire trip. I was only allowed to throw an artificial lure. Frankly, I was told that the previous anglers screwed up the "new" line, and Capt Tommy was hesitant to even let me cast. It came across as rude and not consistent with what I would expect from a charter trip. Frankly, I was a bit surprised that we paid for a charter and there wasn't sufficient bait for allowing both my father and me to throw a line out. One cannot help but think that we would have had more bites if we had enough bait to have three lines in the water. This charter group is professional otherwise, but you couldn't help but think they were cutting corners (e.g., not preparing enough bait, not allowing customers to cast rods out as examples), rather than doing everything possible to catch fish.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from TheKeyWester, Owner at Dream Catcher Charters
Responded Jun 23, 2022
Thank you for your assessment of our charter service. While there is never an excuse for anyone on any of our boats to feel like we were rude, often times things come across poorly in a haste to achieve the ultimate goal - Putting our clients on fish.. The live bait thing is a constant struggle. We get bad reviews for spending too much time getting bait..then we we cut the time to get bait we get slammed for cutting corners. Bait has been a huge challenge for all the fishing guide in Key west the week you went out for several reasons, mostly cyclical with moon phases. typically we back up our live fish bait selection with crabs this time of the year with over whelming results.. We have not seen our crab guy with crabs in over 2 months. Not to add on excuses but.. With fuel prices the way they are its easier for our crab delivery guy to sell everything he has WAY before he gets to any of us in Key West without having to travel. Supply chains have hurt all of us.. Im sure Tommy was trying to make the most of the short supply of bait with his skills as not only a fishing guide but a fisherman to try and insure a great shot at catching. Not a good way for your trip apparently and more consultation prior may have helped that. Since 1994 Dream Catcher Charter captains have done everything in their power to show folks a great time.. I will assure you many steps are taken daily to make sure we have EVERYTHING we can possibly get to do it.. Some things are just out of our control.. Sadly.. We hope your next visit to Key West finds a better service so you can continue to enjoy our fishing.
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John H wrote a review Jun 2022
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We have fished allover the world on all kinds of boats with all kinds of crew so we know a good boat/crew from a not so good boat. We recently booked a 6 hour off shore trip thru Dream Catchers on the INXS with Capt. Steven and it was the best day of fishing we have had in years. The boat was clean, comfortable and exactly as advertised. Capt Steven and First Mate Paulette were very professional and went out their way to make sure we hade a good day. Both Capt Steven and Paulette took the time to coach my wife, who doesn't exactly have a lot of fishing experience on proper technique and by the end of the day she was reeling in her own fish with no help. We had a great day catching Mahi but the highlight was catching a big sailfish. Capt Steven even sacrificed his communication headset to make sure we got that fish in the boat! We will definitely be booking another trip with Dream Catchers next time we are in Key West. Highly Recommended!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from TheKeyWester, Owner at Dream Catcher Charters
Responded Jun 23, 2022
All I have to say is.. What A day.. that was great fun! The headset was a sad moment watching it drift away in the seas.. BUT we Got em.. Thanks for going out with us.
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L C wrote a review May 2022
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My friend Claire and I had the best fishing day ever with Captain Karl T from Dream Catcher Charters! He found the fish (we saw multiple schools of tarpon), he was an excellent captain and teacher, and most importantly he was friendly and super FUN to fish with! I highly recommend him and plan to book him again in the future!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from TheKeyWester, Owner at Dream Catcher Charters
Responded Jun 1, 2022
Karl does an amazing job for his people here at Dream Catcher Charters.. Thank you for your kind words..
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Legsi1970 wrote a review Apr 2022
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Just back from a second deep sea day with Captain Rod. Rod never lets you down and we were delighted with 9 Mahi between the 3 of us. Rod works hard to catch you what you want . He has even filleted a fish for us what more can you ask for. We have also had a great day with Captain Andrew on the flats and another 2 to come. Further review to follow next week.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from TheKeyWester, Owner at Dream Catcher Charters
Responded Jun 1, 2022
What a great review and reflection on our services here at Dream Catchers.. Capt. Andrew and Capt. Rob strive to do a great job..
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