Experience offshore sportfishing at its finest aboard what we think you'll agree is Key West's best, most comfortable, and most luxurious "6-pack" charter boat - "High Class Hooker." It's a beautiful, fast, 47' Buddy Davis fishin' machine!
The name Buddy Davis means only the finest in marine craftsmanship and one of the best rough water boats ever built. We can give you a nice, dry ride on days when other boats will have to consider staying at the dock, as well as comfort well beyond what you would normally expect to find in a "6-pack" charter boat! And, because of her twin 735 HP Detroit 8V92 diesel engines, we can get you to the fish fast!
Whatever month you prefer, we stand ready to show you a great time. Just want a quick four-hour trip to beautiful blue/green nearshore waters on or just off the reef? A longer and more adventurous full-day trip to the deeper, purple-blue waters around and past our famous "Wood's Wall?" We can do it comfortably and with style!
Just because we have the ultimate fishing machine doesn't mean that you have to be a serious, experienced angler to have a great time. Nothing could be further from the truth. While we'll be happy to let you do as much as you want, we'll do all the "dirty work" for you if you prefer. You can just enjoy bringing in the big ones after we hook 'em up. As a matter of fact, our favorite trips tend to be with beginners, especially females and kids. They just seem to get a much bigger kick out of the whole experience than customers who think they know it all and/or have done it all (and, quite frankly, they just tend to follow our instructions better so that we get better results.) The bottom line is that our goal is for everyone to have FUN, including the crew, and we'll do everything we can to make that happen.
However, if you are really into your fishing, we can be as serious as you want to be. Our boat, our mate and our equipment give you everything you need to catch that trophy fish of your dreams or compete in that tournament that you always wanted to enter. The top 5 photos to the right attest to our success in recent tournaments. We'll stack those tournament results the last 2 years against any other charter boat in Key West! Speaking of tournaments, we have been selected by Drambuie/Bacardi the last several years to be a "sponsor boat" in the annual Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament. We had that honor again this year July 17-20, and placed third..
Wonder what you might catch? What do you want? Sailfish? Dolphin (mahi-mahi)? Wahoo? Blackfin tuna? Blue or white marlin? Snapper? Grouper? Kingfish? All those fish, and many more, are here year-round. It's just a matter of numbers and likelihood, usually determined by the prevailing weather and current conditions at the time. Check out the pics on our "Photos" page for a great sampling of our Key West target fish.
Think you're not properly prepared? Actually, you need very little to have a great time. Just bring your own food, drink (but we do have free bottled water), and comfortable clothing. We'll supply everything else you'll need. That includes gear, bait, licenses, coolers, ice, etc. We'll even clean any legal, edible fish you catch, which you can then take to any one of many local restaurants to have custom-cooked for you that same day. (All of our "next-door neighbor" restaurants - "Alonzo's," "Boat House Bar," and "Conch Republic Seafood Company" - do a great job at that!) Or, you can take them home with you if you prefer.
If you want to learn more about our trips and lifestyle here in Key West, check out the monthly articles written by Capt. Gene for "Fishmonster Magazine," which is available at many locations throughout the Keys and Southeast Florida or by subscription. Not your typical dry, technical, fishing "how-to's," they're about the great people we meet and also cover a wide range of Keys life-style topics.Some are funny, some are serious, but never dull. Read one and we think that you'll agree and become a monthly reader. Some of his best articles are archived and available at http://fishmonster.com/author/gene-chrzanowski/
For more about us, click on the items in the menu bar above.We can be reached at 305-849-0581 and by e-mail at email@example.com.
Early November has been slow people-wise, as is the norm here in Key West. The fishing has been sporadically good with mahis and tunas, as well as the occasional wahoo and sail. Fortunately, we've got a bunch of trips already on the books for the last half of the month to go out and find them,
October meant real work! Into the boat yard for multiple projects including replacing the props, repainting the bottom and replacing the old teak cockpit floor with a new artificial teak one. Well worth the effort and expense! She now again looks as good as she rides.
On 10/12, Capt. Gene got a surprise shout-out on the scoreboard at the Bucs' game for his birthday which happened later in the month. Guess that's what happens when you catch big fish for their C.O.O.! More on that below.
Our regular fishing mate - Jerry Pope - recently got engaged to a great lady - Susanna Klinefelter - whose family comes from the Lancaster, PA, area. It's our pleasure to welcome Susanna into our Hooker fishing family.
The 13 year old boy above with the big smile is Chase Mullen, who battled this 41.5 pound beast for an hour an 20 minutes on 6/5, before getting a late assist from his dad, Wayne (R), to land it. Their faces tell it all!! And check out the smile on our mate's face (L), too. Think Jerry doesn't love his job!
Then, on 6/7, 11 year-old Karaline Abney and her mom, Kerri, had a great day with us in the local VFW Fishing Tournament. Karaline finished first in the Junior Angler division and Kerri first in the Female division, both with mahis better than 20 pounds. (See photo above right.) Dad Neil caught a couple of big mahis, too, while older sis Katelyn enjoyed watching their efforts. Girls rule!!!
On 6/13, three generations of Tampa Bay Fords had a great day with us. From right to left above that's Brian I, Brian II (C.O.O. of the Tampa Bay Bucs!), Brian III and Brandon, who are brothers. Brian III caught the big boy they are holding. His mom Judy fished, too, and you can see their full catch on our "Photos" page. It was the third straight year Brian II, Judy and the boys have fished with us and, a couple of weeks later we got a card from them that read, in part, as follows"
"We just wanted to thank you again for taking us out fishing and creating memories for our family that will last forever. It was truly an amazing experience that we will never forget!"
6/28 was an epic two trip day! We caught a 37.5 pound cow in the A.M. for a group of 6 guys and, then, in the P.M., caught a 52.5 pound bull for local plastic surgeon/regular customer Scott Loessin.
Anna Piper from the Indianapolis area caught her first white marlin ever, and our second of the year on 5/30. (See our "Photos" page.) That's also Anna in the pic adjacent to that one, holding the wahoo she caught on 5/28. Luck IS a lady!!
We had a great six hour trip on March 24 with former NFL Linebacker Shawn Pavlovich and his squeeze, Kate Carnahan, catching 11 blackfin tuna. (See our "Photos" page.) Afterwards, on April 17, we received a personal "Thank You" note from them which read, in part, as follows:
"We could not have asked for a better Captain, Mate or experience!
That kind of positive feedback just encourages us to try even harder four great customers!
Last year was a great one for Captain Gene. It began with him Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, which he attended from 1962 to 1966, selecting him as the subject for a lengthy, flattering article in the 2013 issue of their alumni magazine "The Lion." Then, it ended with him being profiled by the publishers of "Fishmonster Magazine" in their December issue as part of the continuing "Cult of Personality" series they run. You can read these articles by clicking on the links provided and can also learn more about Captain Gene by clicking on the "Captain/Mate" link in the menu bar above.
Speaking of the "Conch Republic Seafood Company," one of our server friends there, Scott Leslie, and a partner own "Love in Bloom" - a flower shop just around the corner. Next time you need flowers for an event or occasion, try them at http://www.loveinbloomflorist.com.
Need a place to stay? We're excited to be able to offer something new - access to weekly rentals of a luxury condo at Truman Annex, just two blocks off Duval Street! Two bedrooms and one bath, "Papa's Catch," is owned long-time friends and customers, Paul and Alison Brown, and is available for weekly rental on a first-come, first-served basis. Capt. Gene has stayed there and it is, indeed, comfortable, luxurious and well-appointed. Just click on the condo name above for more information. Paul and Alison also opened a new art gallery in 2013 at 608 Duval St - "Adam Scott Rote Galleries." Click on the name to see a sampling of the unique, "one-of-a-kind" works they offer.
If "Papa's Catch" doesn't suit your needs, or if you are looking to purchase a property down here, several of our customers have gotten great help in finding the right house or apartment from our friend and customer Chad Burtch, a realtor who is also a singer/songwriter. ( He is one of the best, if not THE best, of our local entertainers.) You can contact him for for help finding the right property as well as for information about his music and gigs at http://www.chadburtchmusic.com.
High Class Hooker!You'll have a "reel" great time, but BE WARNED!! YOU'LL PROBABLY CATCH SOMETHING!!!
Think these fish look great? They would look even better on your wall. We can arrange to have a quality fish mount reproduction of any fish you catch made for you by Gray Taxidermy, considered by many to be far and away the best. If you're interested, just ask the mate for details.
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