This is a joint product/service and restaurant review. My buddies and I booked a small charter fishing trip off of Key West. For four hours it cost about $800 all-in (with tip and everything). While this is super expensive, it is worth every penny if you happen to be able to keep and eat everything that you catch.
We started off catching all the bait we would use on the trip. Captain Brad threw out his net and picked up minnows and shiners. Then we went out about five miles for some yellow fin snapper and yellow jackets. One of my buddies even got a mackerel at this spot. I had a shark hooked at one point, but the fucker bit through the line and took my bait.
After a bit, we went to a second location off the shore where we picked up some bonita and tuna.
Over all we had a really successful day. I caught the most fish, while my buddy got the biggest (a 15lb tuna).
Captain Brad filleted about half of our catch, which came out to roughly 14lbs.
That’s a lot of fish! We could have packed it on ice and shipped it home, but we figured we may as well gorge on it and give the rest for chum and whoever else wanted the meat. We probably caught over $1000 worth of fish.
The restaurant at the dock will cook up all your food for $12 per person, and you get sides to go with it. We fed our whole gang of eight people with tons to spare.
They did some fried snapper, tuna tataki, blackened tuna and buffalo mackerel. Everything was really good.
The conch fritters here were pretty good too, which we ordered in addition to the fish feast.