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Showtime Charters Backcountry Fishing

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Key West, FL, USA
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About Showtime Charters Backcountry Fishing
Capt. Sam take you on a fishing trip of a lifetime in Key West! All you have to do is book a trip on Showtime and we can promise you will be back to fish with us for many years to come. We are family friendly and offer trips inshore, nearshore and offshore (deep sea).
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Bill Gillespie wrote a review Mar 2020
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Preface, I have been fishing in the lower keys for 12 years and have fished with many of the local guides. Recently 2 friends and I fished with Sam on the 23rd of February. We had been down for the week and had fished out of my boat 5 of the 6 previous days. We had limited success compared to how the locals typically do. We decided to use a guide for our last day of fishing and since we saw Sam at our marina unloading his catch everyday we decided to talk to him about taking us out. Sam is very knowledgeable about fishing in this area and it became apparent very quickly that this is not a hobbie for him. After a short conversation we decided to hire him for our last fishing day ( should have called him on the 1st day!) and we are glad we did. We left the dock ahead of the fleet and made our way to the shallows to net some bait. We had all we needed and were ready to leave when the rest of the locals showed up. We traveled a short distance to a main channel and set up for some live bait Tarpon. The fish were there and our mullet were as fresh as could be but all we could do is hook sharks. We spent a few hours fighting these aggressive fish but ultimately decided to try elsewhere for Tarpon. We made a short move and caught many Jack's snd were harassed by sharks again. We set up for and caught/released a nice sized bull shark but decided we needed to change plans again. We moved about 5 miles and used our live pilchards to load up on huge mutton snapper. We kept our 1st 5 and let the rest go all the while dealing with huge packs of barracuda (fun!). We had a great time and caught a ton of fish but it had to end at some point so we left the fish to make our way back to reality. We took our catch upstairs to Thia Island and had one of the best cook your catch dinners I've had on the island. I'll be back in May and plan to hook up with Sam again.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from showtimecharters, Owner at Showtime Charters Backcountry Fishing
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! I look forward to seeing you over the summer.
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Gregg wrote a review Jan 2020
Birmingham, Alabama3 contributions
My wife and I have fished with Sam Shaw a couple of times, he may be the best guide in the keys. We loved the way he taylors your day based on what you want to do not what he wants to do. Our first trip he picked us us at our hotel and after introductions he ask me if I had a "bucket list" fish we needed to target? I said PERMIT, he said "we'll check that box today" and boy did we! We caught four or five, at one point Sam spotted a pair swiming together, Sam positioned his fantastic boat and the next thing you know we have both "fish on". GREAT DAY! We can't wait to spend the day with Sam again.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thank you Greg for taking the time to leave a review!
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pamlico3 wrote a review Jan 2020
Washington, North Carolina4 contributions1 helpful vote
I have been fortunate to fish with Sam many years in a row! Every trip was better then last. If you want a true Key West legend to take you fishing and learn about the fishery Sam is the Man! We have had some incredible experiences and even when weather was not the best he found the fish! Looking forward to another trip this year too!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thank you Pam for taking the time to leave a review!
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Suzanne M wrote a review May 2019
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We love fishing with our Sam! He’s family to us❤️❤️❤️ He works himself to pieces making sure to put us on the fish. Not one time have we EVER left disappointed! Thank you... as long as you keep fishing, we’ll keep coming down❤️
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thank you Suzanne for taking the time to leave a review!
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Barbara W wrote a review Jul 2016
Troy, Illinois17 contributions14 helpful votes
We caught 2 mammoth skarks, barracuda and a grouper. Sam is the BEST!!! We will definitely be back! If you are looking for a boat to charter, look no further! Professional and friendly staff!!
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Thank you Barbara for taking the time to leave a review!
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