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“If you’re planning to fish in Key West and don’t use Linda D Sportfishing, you’ve wasted your trip!”

Linda D Sportfishing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 79 years of family fishing history for the WICKERS , Capt. Billy Wickers III followed in his grandfather's and father's footsteps. Now Billy is a 4th generation captain. Captain Billy grew up working in the family charter business, working as a mate for his dad, and got his captain's license at the young age of 18 in 1990. He captained his dad's boats, Linda D III and IV, and was able to buy his own boat the Linda D V in 2003 which he owns and operates. Captain Billy has been recognized for his fishing abilities by winning numerous awards since 1990 to present , including the prestigious Key West Fishing Tournament's Outstanding Guide Award, most releases in general division, and also most Sailfish and Marlin releases, which he has won for consecutive years. He s been recognize as captain of the moth by Gray taxidermy..Also Linda D IV & V have been Awarded for the 2012 BEST OF KEY WEST AWARDS IN THE CHARTER BOATS Category by the Key West Award Program Committee. Capt. Billy Wickers III will definitely make your fishing trip a memorable event for you and your family.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“If you’re planning to fish in Key West and don’t use Linda D Sportfishing, you’ve wasted your trip!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

As part of our annual Anheuser-Busch incentive, we booked 2 full days of fishing with Captain Billy and his crew. We had a fairly large group split between multiple boats, and every single one of us considered it one of the best fishing trips ever! Not only did we catch TONS of fish including Mahi and Yellowtail, we had a great time doing it! We had Captain Jay and Matt as our crew, and both were extremely engaging, helpful and very knowledgeable. They made sure each of our experiences far exceeded our expectations.

I would HIGHLY recommend these guys to anyone from the most avid angler to the first-time fisherman. Thanks again for a great time!!!!

Visited October 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
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“Will be returning!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

I've been on a lot of fishing charters thoughout the years and none of them compare to the Linda D and Captain Billy. From the moment you shake the Big Man's hand to the last bag of fresh fish fillets given to you at the dock, Billy's team treats you right. Captain Billy takes his craft seriously and he knows those waters like the back of his hand. A truly top notch experience and I will definitely be returning!! First class.

Visited October 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Extract from "A History of Poker, Bikers, Butterflies & Sharks: Welcome to Key West”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

...............Finally, I have saved the best til last, is fishing. Far better people and fishermen than I can attest to Key West being a brilliant fishing spot. There are probably better ones if you wish to be picky. Mauii may be better looking, Cape Town is surely more glamorous, West Africa more daring and the Caribbean has that vibe but I promise you, nowhere brings the whole piece together better than Key West. It is a soul thing.

Earlier this year I ventured out with a brilliant young skipper by the name of Eric Cline of Custom Charters and I gave Eric and his mate Gerry a deservedly glowing review and I would heartily recommend them for a great day out, good fishing and supremely engaging company.
But it was time for a change and we tallied forth aboard the Linda D skippered by the mighty Bill Wickers.

Now, Captain Wickers is a very large man and not one to be trifled with that is for sure. He also ranks near the top of the reviews for fishing in Key West, a lofty perch which he richly deserves to occupy. A fourth generation skipper, it is obvious that he could navigate round the Keys blindfolded and if there is not pure sea water running in his veins then I would not be surprised if he sported gills, so effortless is his mastery of the waves.

His tremendously friendly and generous mate Joe is similarly bereft of any obvious weakness in his knowledge of the waters around the Keys and together they form a team of such fluid expertise that is a remarkable sight to see them working in harmony.

Are they any good? You betcha. A 250lbs Nurse Shark bears testimony to their vast knowledge and skill.................

Visited September 2013
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captwickers, Owner at Linda D Sportfishing, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
thank you for your review and for coming to fish with us , we hope to see you guys soon :)
please share pics if you have any from your great trip .

best regards

capt billy
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Lake Mary, Florida, United States
1 review
“AWESOME TIME!!!!”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We were recommended by a family member to use Capt Billy Wickers when we went down to the keys for a 30th birthday. Besides myself getting really seasick, everyone else had an amazing time. Billy and Joey really knew what they were doing and made the fishing trip an awesome experience. We caught 41 fish total in the 5 hours we were out there. I am sure we could have caught more but the beer drinking got in the way. We would recommend these guys to EVERYONE and will definently use them next time we are in Key West.

Thanks for such an awesome experience!!!!

Visited September 2013
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captwickers, Owner at Linda D Sportfishing, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
thank you for your review and for coming to fish with us , we hope to see you guys soon :)
please share pics if you have any from your great trip .

best regards

capt billy
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Arnold, Maryland
2 reviews
“Yellowtail, Grouper & 343lb Bull Shark”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Capt. Billy and 1st mate Joe are the real deal. If you want to catch fish then this is the boat you need to charter. As a fourth generation fisherman Capt. Billy knows the water and how to catch fish. As soon as we put are hooks in the fish starting biting. We caught Yellowtail as fast as we could pull them in and hooked a couple Grouper. After a while Sharks came around and Capt. Billy asked if anyone wanted to go Shark fishing. I volunteered and after one and half hours of the hardest fight of my life, I pulled in my trophy. A 9ft, 343lb Bull Shark. Thank you Capt. Billy and Joe for the experience of a life time.

P. S. - Thanks for sending me the article and pictures that made the local paper.

Visited September 2013
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captwickers, Owner at Linda D Sportfishing, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
thank you for your review and for coming to fish with us , we hope to see you guys soon :)
please share pics if you have any from your great trip .

best regards

capt billy
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