If you are like me, you research your pre-planned activities to make sure that you are getting a quality experience. That's what I had read about this outfit....KeyWest Fishing Connections or Second Nature, they are the same charter. Unfortunately, even with all the other positive reviews, our experience with them was very different and left us wanting our money back. We originally booked a full-day because we love fishing, wanted to do Tarpon fishing and then wanted to fish the reefs. We both decided on a 10-12 hour adventure that would cost 1400, plus deckhand tip, which you will find a sign on his boat telling you exactly how much tip should be included. Our day started at 6:30 am and by 7:00 we were pushing off from the dock. About 10 minutes later we are fishing for Tarpon amoung and in between the sailboats that are anchored in Key West. We are no more than 3/4 of a mile from the dock. Who cares? As long as we catch fish right? Garrett and Dan start the morning off and both are cutting fish to attrack the Tarpon. We catch one and thats where the trip begins to turn. They both start complaing about the "south wind", and how much it is effecting our fishing. The morning continues with off and on showers and us still in the harbor catching nothing. Dan tells us that the "south wind" is to blame. I ask if there is any other fishing spots that he knows of that we can try..."no, not with the south wind" he responded. What fishing Captain doesn't have more than one spot for every type of wind? Garrett stays with us in the back of the boat, while Dan is laying down on his smartphone, eating our chips. Apparently, after we caught the 1 Tarpon, Dan feels the pressure off and he is done for the day. Officially Dan is not going to call off the trip, but he is going to let you know that its a helpless situation. "We can go back now and call it a half day" he tells us. Sure, you work four hours and make $750, plus tip or work 10-12 hours and make $1400, which would you rather?
So, half a day fishing, we caught 1 fish and cost us $900, tip included.
I wanted to see what the other fishing charters fishing luck was so I returned to the dock at 4:00 to see the boats come in and what they caught. Yep, we had heen dupped. Lots of fish was caught that day despite of the "south wind". I spoke to one other fishing captain about our experience and that fishing was no good due to the south wind and he laughed, handed me his card and told me "I'll put you on fish in any kind of wind". And the next day he did, lots of them, with the rain blowing in our face and the wind blowing from the south.
Pass this fishing charter up. I have been on fishing charters in Cabo, Cozumel, all along the Gulf Coast, Belize, Grand Cayman, Destin,and Puerto Rico, worst fishing charter ever.
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