|About the Offshore Boat and Crew
The Gold Reserve is a 40 ft. custom built sport fisherman. She has twin
turbo-charged diesel engines, full sized tower, two running stations and
is fully equipped with two sets of electronics - radios, lorans & bottom
machines. She is geared to the teeth with the best top of the line tackle.
She has three live bait wells capable of holding a thousand or more live
baits of various types. Remember you are fishing in Islamorada "Live Bait
Capital of the World" and this will make the difference between catching
fish or not and how many different kinds of fishing you can do in one day.
The crew is professional and courteous. They fish for a living twelve
months a year and put out 110% every trip, first to make sure you have an
enjoyable time and second to load the fish box!
Split Charters (Off-shore)
While in the Keys, if you want to go fishing, but it's not in your budget,
consider a split charter. The crew of the Gold Reserve will take the time
to find other people who wish to share the cost of the charter and get you
out fishing at a more affordable price. We have put together hundreds of
charters like this and it is a nice way to make new friends.
Family Package - evening trips 4:00 to 7:00 only $425
FAMILY PACKAGE TRIPS - are very
popular and there is a tremendous amount of repeat customers I highly
recommend you book this trip well in advance thank you Capt Kevin Brown
We go out 5 minutes from the dock and anchor the boat in six feet of
water. It is never rough, guaranteed, no seasickness. There is white sand
under the boat so you can see the sharks, stingrays, barracuda, and tarpon
swimming under the boat up to 300 hundred pounds. It is wild, most nights
you have three rods hooked up the whole time you are there. No problem for
kids, they can sit in the chairs and fight the fish. We use light tackle
so they have no problem. Up on the bridge, Mom can read a book and relax in
the breezes and watch the sunset (sunset depends on time of year). This is
a great inexpensive trip and there is something there for everyone,
whether you're an avid fisherman or it's your first time out.
Swordfish Trips - available overnight fishing. Call or
email for information
About the Captain
My name is Kevin Brown and I grew up in southern California. I
did alot of fishing there growing up. I then traveled to the west coast
of Mexico for 3 years. I have spent the last 18 years fishing in the
Keys. I have also fished in Hawaii, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico,
Turks and Caicos ect, ect. The great thing about the Keys is you can fish
year around for many different species of fish, it is unbelievable. I
guarantee you I will put 100% out for you and I will show up to the boat
in good shape. There are so many questions and answers about fishing here
that I can't put them all on paper. Please call or fax me, I would be
more then happy to call you back and answer all your questions.
We leave at 7:00 am and head offshore to one of the bait patches
that is producing that week, and cast net fresh live bait then we head
offshore for the fishing grounds. Wintertime we fish the edge of the reef
3 to 4 miles offshore we do what we call slow trolling. The live baits are
on top of the water.. waiting to be engulfed by a Sailfish or Kingfish. We
bump the boat in and out of gear. When the fish comes up, the bait usually
will start to jump.. the action is about to begin!. The reels are in set
in free spool you pick up the rod .... and let the fish eat. The captain
will tell you when its time to wind down and set the hook ... IT'S ON!!!
Hang on and wait until the fish tires and stops taking line.. some fish
will nearly dump the reel and we will have to back down and chase them.
You will also see Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna, Dolphin (mahi-mahi), Cobia,
Grouper, Snapper, and other species this time of year. this type of
fishing is very personal, you have an 8 foot sailfish right behind the
boat! 5..10 and sometimes whole pods of fish will be right
behind the boat it can get pretty wild in a hurry!
Summer fishing- Dolphin time!
this time of year we head offshore and fish any
where from 10 to 30 miles out and will be looking for birds working over
fish and/or debris floating in the water. We troll lures and rigged baits
aboard the Gold Reserve and we will also have live bait for the more
finicky fish. The Captain will get in the tower and chase them down to
position the boat in front of them and then we will bait them up. The the
schoolie dolphin can be in schools of 10 to 200 fish at one time and will
follow us while you hook them up. The bigger dolphin (slammers) are also
in packs of 2 or more and we will also cast spinning tackle to them get
them and hook them up and then gaff them into the cooler. Summertime can
also bring Wahoo and Tuna, and the occasional billfish
About the Florida keys
If you are coming to the Florida keys and you want to really see the
keys, the best way is to take a skiff out around the island and into
Florida bay and back into the everglades. You will be amazed at the
natural beauty of this place. Most people that come here miss this aspect
of the Keys; this is what the keys are truly all about. Fishing aside,
just the trip will be worth the price of the charter. Some things you
might see: Sharks, Manatees, Crocodiles, Sea Turtles, Dolphin and
Stingrays. Bird enthusiasts might also catch a glimpse of: Roseate
Spoonbills, White Pelicans, Great White Herons, Blue Herons, and Ospreys
catching and eating fish plus there are and many other species too
numerous to list.
Fishing the Backcountry
Your options are:
1-push the flats for bone fish and sharks.
2-fish the channels and bridges for tarpon,
3-go back to flamingo (Florida bay, everglades) for trout, redfish. snook,
sharks and tarpon
4- weather permitting, big permit on the offshore wrecks depending on the
time of year and the tides we will decide what is the best option for you
and depending on length of trip, we are open to multiple options.
About the Flats Boat
My Flats boat is a 18 foot Hewes Red Fish with a 115 Yamaha. It
has everything you should need to get the job done right in comfort, VHS,
GPS, Polling platform, Live Wells, Trim tabs and is excellent shape.
OFFSHORE FISHING- I have been fishing
these waters for 18 years, and have many repeat customers year after year.
This can result in the boat being booked up well in advance, especially in
peak times, if you would like to ensure a fishing trip with me, I
recommend you book well in advance.
Capt. Kevin Brown
Prices are subject to change
depending on the season and method of payment, please contact Capt.
Kevin for current pricing
$700-$800 Half-day (4 hours)
$850-$950 Three quarter-day (6 hours)
$1000-$1100. Full-day (8 hours)
$450 Evening Trips (3 hours)
Capt. Kevin & Wife Elisabeth
- $450. Half-day (4 hours)
- $650. Full-day (8 hours)
- Evening Shark/Tarpon Trips $450 (3