Captain Chris Garcia
Captain Chris GarciaFounder
Capt. Chris is a 4th generation native of Key West, yes born and raised here in Key West. Chris has been on the waters of Key West all his life. He started commercial fishing stone crab when he was 12 years old. Chris had 50 stone crab traps that he used to pull by hand every few days after school. From there he spent many weekends commercial fishing with his friend Alex. Together they caught and sold lots of Snapper, Grouper, and King Mackerel. After high school Chris got his Captains license at 19 years old and started his light tackle charter business in 2000. Capt. Chris has been featured on ESPN, magazine articles, and has won numerous fishing tournaments in Key West. He is the only guide to ever win the Key West Shell Classic back to back 2005 /2006. Captain Chris has a long list of repeat clients that fish with him every year.
Captain Damon Santelli
Captain Damon SantelliFounder
Before becoming a full time charter captain, Damon Santelli was a commercial fisherman in Key West for 10 years. Making a living catching fish with rod and reel has given Damon experience which cannot be matched. He has caught Snapper and Grouper in the summer and spring, and then puts 1250 lbs of king fish in the boat almost every day throughout the winter months. Giving up a full time office position to pursue his passion of a life on the water has proven to be a great decision 15 years ago. Damon has great patience and a calm demeanor to help guide you to a great fishing trip for your family and friends. With many commercial fishing records such as 1232 lbs of yellow tail snapper caught in one day, Damon’s trip is not one to miss! Please come join Fish Key West Florida and Damon for a fishing trip of a lifetime.
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Captain Jeremy Loercher
Captain Jeremy LoercherCaptain
Captain Jeremy Loercher grew up on Tampa Bay. Fishing has always been his passion. He started fishing professionally right out of High School. Being the youngest on a very experienced group of guides was a huge jump start into guiding. After 5 years in his home waters of Tampa Bay, he was hired to do Bonefish and Tarpon fly fishing guide in the Cayman Islands. Within 3 years in the Caymans, Capt. Jeremy started incorporating blue water fishing for Tuna, Wahoo and Billfish on a regular basis. He was in charge of the entire fishing operation at Little Cayman Beach Resort. After 7 years (full term work VISA) there in Little Cayman, it was time for a change.

While spending time in the Florida Keys during the “offseason” from the Caymans, he fell in love with the area and fishing opportunities. Key West would be his new home. While back in the USA he got the call to work as a fishing guide in Alaska. Jeremy spent two summers guiding in Bristol Bay and Ketchikan AK. In the first 2 years back in the states, he expanded his fishing and guiding skills with a whole new type of adventure. Now a full time guide in Key West, Florida he is putting all those skills to work to provide his clients the very best fishing experience possible. Lets go fishing!

Captain Cory Shepardson
Captain Cory ShepardsonCaptain
Capt. Cory Shepardson is like fishing with a friend. He will have you laughing and enjoying yourself from the moment you step on his boat. Captain Cory has been fishing the surrounding waters of Key West for over 15 years, knowing exactly where to go for all kinds of excursions and all varieties of fish species. He has a strong and dedicated clientele that have discovered the perks of fishing in Key West with such an experienced and friendly charter captain. Captain Cory is known as one of the best TARPON captains in Key West. He literally catches hundreds of Tarpon every year for his customers. After a day on the water with Captain Cory you will want to come back year after year to fish with him.
Captain Nick Diorio
Captain Nick DiorioCaptain
Capt. Nick Diorio has been fishing professionally in Key West for the past 14 years. Capt. Nick is a bottom fishing specialist. For years Nick was the Captain of the famous Florida Fish Finder. The Fish Finder was a 105′ 3 – 4 day excursion head boat that bottom fished the Dry Tortugas and surrounding areas. Capt. Nick now runs the Coolcast 36′ which is the largest boat in the Fish Key West Florida fleet. Along with bottom fishing Nick is very good offshore and has incredible eye sight that allows him to see birds and fish that no one else on the boat can see. From monster Mahi Mahi to Wahoo Capt. Nick has caught them all. Capt. Nick has become an excellent inshore Tarpon guide as well. Nick has a knack to capture some of the biggest Tarpon caught year after year. Fish with Capt. Nick and experience a day you won’t soon forget.
Capt. Colin Barr
Capt. Colin BarrCaptain
Capt. Colin is young and aggressive with a fish-anywhere attitude. At 33 years old Colin runs the Outcast which is the hybrid boat in the Fish Key West Florida fleet. Capt. Colin is an expert fly fisherman who grew up fishing in the Northeast. Colin has guided in Alaska and has now made Key West his permanent home for the past few years. Capt. Colin is an incredible inshore Tarpon Guide. I would say that Colin has probably spent more time in the world famous Key West Harbor the past 4 years than any guide in Key West. With one trip, two trips, and at times three trips a day, you will see Capt. Colin and his clients catching Tarpon. Capt. Colin and the Outcast is no stranger to fishing the reef as well. The Outcast has had more Snappers in its fish box over the years than any other boat at Charter Boat Row. This is due to the fact that it’s the only boat at Charter Boat Row with an unlimited south Atlantic Snapper / Grouper permit. The Outcast is quite simply a fish catching machine. You would have a difficult time finding any Captain who loves fishing more than Colin. He is the type of guy that will be fishing with friends on his day off. From novice to expert come join Capt. Colin for a day on the water that will last in your memories for years to come.
Captain Caleb LeMasters
Captain Caleb LeMastersCaptain
Capt. Caleb LeMasters has been fishing professionally in Key West for the past 10 years. Capt. Caleb is a reef fishing specialist. For years Caleb spent some of his time commercial fishing the reef for Yellow Tail Snapper and Grouper. With many days of all different types of conditions he had to produce Snapper and Grouper for the many markets and restaurants waiting for his fresh catch each day. Capt. Caleb has also spent plenty of time offshore catching Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna and Sailfish as he worked for several years at Bakers Bay Bahamas on a sport fish boat. Wanting to be a well rounded fisherman Caleb has worked on many different styles of boats around the world. From reef fishing to offshore, deep dropping or Sword fishing Capt. Caleb can flat out put you on any type of fishing we offer here in Key West. Capt. Caleb now runs our newest boat the Coolwater II out of the beautiful Hyatt resort at 601 front street on the water in downtown Key West.
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