Hooked up with pepe by recommendation by a family friend. My bothers and our dad went down to key west for a guys weekend trip. Haven't tried any other key west charters but I already know pepe provides the best experience by far. He's a genuinely nice guy and a fishing expert. He knows all the popular spots where he brought us early in the morning before anyone else got there. Then brought us to his secret spots once the other boats started to arrive. We only went home with 4 keepers but I myself lost 3 good snappers. we caught a few good groupers but had to throw them back since its not grouper season. That's the best thing about pepe; he respects the ocean. We pulled in a nice cobia that was borderline legal size to keep. Pepe pulled it on by hand instead of gaffing to be sure it was legal. Ended up being half an inch short. Although it would be good eating, it felt good to be with a captain who respects the ocean enough to take those measures to follow the rules. And even though we only went home with 4 keepers (that pepe cleaned for us in minutes right on the boat) the experience was priceless. Pulled in a baby shark, watched a 9 foot tiger shark swim right by the boat as we pulled in a snapper, and hung out like he was a long time friends who happened to know a lot more about fishing than any of us. We brought our own sandwiches and drinks but he had snacks and a cooler full of gatorade and soda ready to go. One of the greatest memories I'll ever have with my dad and brothers. Ended up seeing pepe and his wife and kids at a restaurant in town later that night. Bottom line: charter with pepe. you'll have the time of your life, catch some dinner, and leave key west knowing you have a friend there for the next time you visit. And you'll want to visit again.