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.
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.
Our Valuable Team Members
Capt. Taylor Williams literally grew up in the charter fishing industry. His dad was the owner of the charter fishing boat Miss Kasey. Taylor started out washing his dad’s boat everyday after school as a young boy. From there he became the 1st mate on weekends and holidays. Taylor got his Captain’s license at 18 years old and has never looked back. He has been fishing professionally in Key West for the past 16 years and has spent three years commercial fishing for Snapper, Grouper, and King Mackerel. His years of experience and knowledge are second to none. Captain Taylor puts everything he has into every single charter. He knows where the fish are and how to catch them. Captain Taylor is also extremely laid back and patient, and he invites everyone from beginners to experts to join him for a day on the water.
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.
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 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 you won’t soon forget.