If you have never been on one of my charters, let me paint a picture for you. You’ve just spent the day fishing aboard the Outer Limits, and the crew is preparing to back the boat into the slip. A great day of fishing has just ended and now its time to clean up the catch. As the boat backs in, the sounds of live music in the background makes you realize it is “happy hour” and the dock is very busy. On the right, Alonzo’s Oyster Bar, on the left, the Conch Republic Seafood Co., and 25 feet behind the boat is the Boathouse Restaurant, all of which are packed. You step off the boat and an outside table just feet away from the boat opens up and your group sits down. As the fish are being cleaned you get a show from the resident Tarpon as they almost “fight” each other for the filleting scraps. Minutes later, as you snack on delicious appetizers, the catch of the day is given to the waitress, and is taken to be prepared. As the spread of food comes out, everyone’s mouths water from the sight of the presentation. What a bonus!, to be able to step right off the boat and be so close to such great cuisine and libations. This truly is the “place to be” when it comes to the best fishing experience that Key West has to offer.
If you have experienced this, odds are that you are one of our many return clients who come back time and time again to take advantage of such a bonus.
The truth is that many restaurants around the island will cook your catch, each giving their own style to the dish. Yet, no waterfront area of the island is so lively than the surroundings of A&B Marina. Located on the Historic Seaport Harbor Walk, the marina is surrounded by great restaurants and bars for all tastes. From fine dining like the famous A&B Lobster House and the Commodore Steakhouse, to bars with live music like the world renowned Schooner Wharf Bar and the Conch Republic Seafood Co.. Almost all of these establishments offer some amazing “happy hour” specials such as 2 for 1 drinks, and half priced appetizers. The cook your catch is awesome to say the least though. These places really know how to make your experience that much sweeter, by offering different ways to have the fish cooked, such as blackened, grilled, or fired, and a multitude of different sauces and side dishes. Some will even do certain fish like Tuna or Wahoo, in a sashimi or sesame seared presentation, which is out of sight delicious. Believe me I am a big fan of this style.
If dinner isn’t going to work, or you can’t wait until the evening, lunch is served! From noon until happy hour each of these restaurants will cook your catch for lunch as well. More times than not, our clients who fish with us for a 1/2 day charter step off the boat just in time to set down for a fresh catch lunch.
Whether its lunch, dinner, or “happy hour”, you need to experience the added bonus of fishing out of such a spectacular marina with the best charter outfit in Key West.
Capt. Jay Miller