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SAILFISH 30’06 RATES
This 2007/2022 updated Sailfish offers comfortable seating for +6 (6 passengers is my max, no exceptions), more shade, more room to move about, much more storage for personal items and the biggest plus…. a freshwater toilet for ladies only! That means no stinky rotten egg smell coming from the toilet. Re-powered with twin 2021 300hp Suzuki outboards, my boat is fast, quiet and reliable. This boat is ideal for all the activities I offer and is set up very nicely. I am in my 14th year of operation of private custom charters. Be very honest with yourself and me when making a reservation. Provide me with tons of information in my “Notes” section of your booking to help me plan for your trip. Do not leave it blank. I have seen it all. I can work with just about any group. I’ll figure out the reality of your situation usually within a few minutes of meeting your group. Please don’t make me react to your reality that affects how I run my trip. I prepare thoroughly for every trip to make it successful. I have a formula that works great when you work with me. The other half of our partnership is how you prepare yourself and your group so it works as planned. Preparation is success.
Rates listed are for up to 4 passengers. Please add $50 for passenger 5 and 6. ANY trip can be customized exactly to your needs for a minimal additional cost to cover equipment and fuel. These are 100% private custom trips. Gratuity is not included, yet appreciated.
4 Hours Reef Fishing: $750.
4 Hours Family Fish & Snorkel $750
6hrs Reef & Wreck Fishing: $960.
Offshore fishing is not a good fit for all groups, young children or beginners. It is an advanced trip with additional customer requirements. Light winds at 15mph or less is needed. Experience is helpful. Understanding the activity is a must. Active participation is essential for success. You are my crew. You will be working. This is a physical trip with lots of teamwork.
6hrs Offshore:* $1,200.
7hrs Offshore:* $1,300.
Lobstering 2022 Season 4 hours: $850/4ppl-max 6ppl includes basic equipment (nets, tickle sticks etc.) 2022 Rates have gone up because it is not working for me at all. Do NOT book this trip if all participants can’t meet the basic requirements clearly outlined. I offer trips from August 6 to around Halloween when the water gets cold. Lobster Info
LOBSTER MINI SEASON 2023: Nope! My customers from 2022 Mini Season have dictated that it is no longer even remotely worth my time. Don’t book it. I’m not interested. Find somebody else.
Shark: $750/4ppl(mid April-mid July for tarpon) I can do tarpon, but not a fan of these trips.
Night Snapper Fishing: $800/4ppl(June-July) My boat is rigged so nicely for night reef trips. Keep in mind, wind needs to be light(10mph or less). Rough seas at night is not your friend.
Spearfishing: Nope! I no longer offer spearfishing. The privilege was flagrantly abused by my customers for many years. The answer is no. Nobody else locally does it. End of story. Lobster trips are about to get axed next. Stop being so silly that it is no longer worth it to me.
Snorkeling: $400/6 people/3 hours**additional time can be added per availability
Add Mermaid Tails to ANY Snorkel Trip: $50
Snorkel Sets:$10/per set
Sunset Cruise or Ash Scattering: $400 *per availability* private trip up to 6 people. Large iced cooler with water/sports drinks provided. Bring whatever you want to drink. Have a great time. Customize this to suit your group, call for details. 2 hours or so, depending on conditions.
The price of the trip is for 4 people (add $50/pp for 5, 6th passenger) ((6 people max))includes fuel, fishing equipment, fishing licenses, bait and chum, ice, light drinks and fish cleaning. Many charters are charging fuel surcharges. I am not. Look into your charter cost details if you shop around.
Not included is snorkeling equipment, food, sun protective clothing and gratuity. I catch a ton of fish, so sometimes I ask you help me clean fish (15 or more) if you have experience. I can teach anybody!! Seriously. Learning to clean fish can be a great part of your experience. You would be surprised at who is good at this!
The maximum boat capacity is 6 paying customers. Please, ask lots of questions to get the custom trip you desire. All trips can built to your specific needs to provide you the best possible experience. These rates are guidelines to establish a competitive base price for the most popular activities I offer. Credit cards are accepted via Square(tap, chip and slide) , electronic payment accepted through Venmo, PayPal and Zelle apps, but cash is preferred. No checks. Thanks!!
A deposit “retainer”is required to hold your reservation. Please visit my “RESERVATIONS” page to see my current availability (online calendar) and place your reservation. This is the ONLY way to book a trip/see my schedule when I am on the water. I do not answer my phone when I am with customers on a charter. Don’t repeatedly call me when I am working. Just leave a voicemail. I do not book charters over the phone.
All trips are subject to weather conditions, seasons and availability. All attempts will be made to accommodate the trips as booked, but cancellations will be made with the safety and success of the trip in mind. Please try to plan your bookings with a day or two on either side of your trip to slide your booking in the event of a weather or conditional cancellation. You are REQUIRED to make a check in call 48 hours before your scheduled trip. I don’t prepare the boat or leave the dock until you are checked in by phone call.
Gratuity is not included, yet very appreciated and customary. If you feel your captain has gone above and beyond a standard service, 15%-20% is common fare to compliment the custom effort provided for your enjoyment. All tips go back into keeping the boat updated with the best equipment to make your
FUEL IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP. Many other operations are charging you fuel costs in addition to their advertised charter rate. You better know or your wallet will take a $300 hit that you didn’t look into. People get tricked ALL OF THE TIME! I don’t do that. I earn my money and manage my operational costs with efficiency. That’s why you are my mate/crew. It saves you money.
Fishing trips usually involve getting fish blood on your clothing to some degree. Bring a sacrificial long sleeve shirt that you don’t care about if you want to be worry free. Your shoes/feet are likely to get wet at some point too. A pair of flip flops are appropriate for 80% of my trips. Fishing and fashion are not the best of friends, so leave your fancy clothes at home. Prepare for the elements you may encounter on your trip. A towel or 2 is always a good idea. Trust me, bring a few towels. Trip Tips is a resource to help you.
Lobstering has additional customer requirements. DO NOT BOOK THIS TRIP IF YOU OR YOUR PARTICIPATING GUESTS ARE NOT 110% PREPARED. All participants must understand and meet a minimum breath hold requirement and know the laws and species identification very well. A thorough understanding of techniques and background info is a must for this activity. All trips are custom and arrangements can be made for any level of experience to ensure a successful and safe trip. ALL PARTICIPANTS for in the water activities must sign a liability release waiver to protect my business. Parents/guardians must sign for minors. The less invested you are in your trip, the more difficult you make this activity for you and me. I am one of the last guides in the middle keys to offer these trips. The trend for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 is my customers don’t care, don’t prepare and I am left to deal with an impossible situation. I’m just about done with the nonsense I keep encountering, so don’t ruin it for others that do put the time in to participate respectfully. For 2021, I have removed spearfishing from my activities. Lobstering is about to get cut based on 2022 inquiries, bookings and time wasted dealing with common sense issues that waste too much of my time making it worth my time. I just raised my rates for the issues I have already had for the 2022 season that hasn’t begun. I don’t know who else offers lobster trips. I completely understand why. I’m close to the last person offering these. Act like an adult and get your self together and read the information provided. The internet is full of information. I do not sell these trips. I strongly dislike them as a whole right now. Don’t ruin this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Always take motion sickness medications (Bonine or Dramamine) the night before and the day of your trip. Yes, two times! There are many other alternatives available to prevent motion sickness that work differently for everyone. Ask your family doctor! Do your research. Taking meds when you are feeling sick never, ever works. Always bring sunblock, sun protective clothing, a camera, drinks and small snacks. Smiles are guaranteed!
It is mandatory that I am fully aware of all medical issues or injuries before you book a trip. I have the right to refuse any trip on the spot if I determine that there is any chance of worsening a medical issue/condition by participating in the charter. If you are sick, hungover, have any chance of worsening a medical condition or have a condition that is aggravated by being on a boat, the charter will not go out. Obesity, back surgery, blown knees, recent surgery, incontinence, covid, flu and god knows what are a few of many medical issues my customers have presented me after the fact. Do not come on my boat if you have major medical issues period. If there is green snot coming out of your kids nose…. I will be leaving and not with you on board my office. Do not flagrantly contaminate my bubble. I’m good with germs. I just have a limit at some point that is often crossed. Use common sense. Whatever you are sick from, it will be on every surface we share via handrails, grabrails, reel handles, passing fishing rods, touching surfaces and touching eyes and moth contact. That’s how it happens, so don’t make it happen. I live in a germ world successfully within reason. I can’t defend myself from extremely poor selfish judgements you make and bring to me. Just use good adult judgement. Sometimes, you have to leave somebody behind because they are sick. That’s life. Deal with it so I don’t.
Your personal GPS devices are not permitted on my boat at any time. Any attempt to copy or steal my numbers I use for my business operation is justification for the immediate end of your trip. I know my spots very well. I know who fishes them. Don’t play a game that has no winner. Just don’t do it. I farm my spots. My business spots are not for your recreation. I promise you that you will do it wrong because you don’t know the intimate relationship I have with my reef fish. I raise my fish and they are my pets. I farm them and I know their schedule. You do not, so don’t cheat what you don’t know. How you saw it will not work for you if you try. I promise you.
All photos and videos taken by Kevin Johnsen’s cameras are the property of Kevin Johnsen and are likely to be used for promotional or public use. By booking a charter, you are giving consent to being photographed or filmed and authorize my right to ownership and use. Any privacy issues will be respected with great sensitivity and common sense. The privacy of my customers comes before the promotion of my business and activities. Simply put, you will be aware of me taking pictures/video and I will ask you during filming for additional verbal consent to publicly display your images out of respect and privacy. It’s easy to figure out.
A very small percentage of my HAPPY customers write reviews of their experience with me, maybe 5% or less. I understand not every trip will be A+ because of conditions or variables beyond my control, but it is important to share with others what your experience was aboard my charter. This keeps me at the top of my game and educates others on the possibilities of what I offer. I encourage all customers to write a simple TripAdvisor, Yelp or Google review that takes 5 minutes max. It is appreciated greatly by me. CHECKING IN AT MY BUSINESS AND SHARING PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA REALLY, REALLY HELPS ME It is a privilege and an honor that you spend a day of your vacation with me and I take it very seriously and I give my best effort to you. Advertising is expensive. Please advertise for me to keep my rates moderated. I discontinued all of my 2022 advertising. You are my real world advertising. It is organic advertising that made my business and will keep me alive for years to come.
Thank you for reading. All of this information is designed to help you have the best possible experience because I truly care to create the best outcome for every trip. If I didn’t care, none of this extra info would be here.