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SAILFISH 30’06 RATES
This 2007/2018 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 new freshwater toilet for the ladies! That means no stinky rotten egg smell coming from the toilet. This boat is ideal for all the activities I offer and is set up very nicely for night fishing trips for July/August. I am in my 8th 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 the 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: $600.
4 Hours Family Fish & Snorkel $600
7hrs Reef & Wreck Fishing: $850.
Offshore fishing is not a good fit for all groups. It is an advanced trip with additional customer requirements. Experience is helpful. Understanding the activity is a must. Active participation is essential for success. You are my crew.
6hrs Offshore:* $900.
8hrs Offshore:* $1,100.
Lobstering 4 hours: $600/4ppl-max 6ppl includes basic equipment (nets, tickle sticks etc.) Do NOT book this trip if all participants can’t meet the basic requirements clearly outlined.
Lobstering Mini Season July 29, 30 $1200/4ppl Fill out my contact form to book the date. Trip will leave early and we finish when you are done. Probably 6-8 hours, depending on conditions.
Shark/Tarpon: $600/4ppl(mid April-mid July for tarpon)
Night Snapper Fishing: $600/4ppl(June-August)
Spearfishing: I no longer offer spearfishing. The privilege was flagrantly abused by my customers for years. The answer is no.
Snorkeling: $350/6 people/3 hours**additional time can be added
Add Mermaid Tails to ANY Snorkel Trip: $50
Snorkel Sets:$10/per set
Sunset Cruise or Ash Scattering: *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.
$300/2 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. Not included is spearfishing equipment, snorkeling equipment, food, sun protective clothing and gratuity. I catch a ton of fish, so sometimes I ask you help me clean fish if you have experience. I can teach anybody!!
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 app, but cash is preferred. Thanks!!
A deposit 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.
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.
Gratuity is not included, yet very appreciated. 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.
Fishing trips usually involve getting fish blood on your clothing to some degree. Bring a sacrificial long sleeve shirt 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.
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 and 2020 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 2020, I have removed spearfishing from my activities.
Always take motion sickness medications (Bonine or Non-drowsy 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. 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 and vertigo 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.
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.
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.
A very small percentage of my 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 whatyour 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. 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.