You're in Florida. You're surrounded by the blue of the sea, the indigo sky and the sweet smell of a fish just ... More
Capt. John's Greyhound V
You're in Florida. You're surrounded by the blue of the sea, the indigo sky and the sweet smell of a fish just caught. You've just entered the gates of fishing paradise. Go on, aboard the 65 feet boat yacht with Capt. John Battillo. Don't fret about the fishing licenses, or the fact that you have to touch a yucky worm for bait. It's all a part of the game. Enjoy your day lazing about on the large sun deck charters with worms for company. It's a pirate free zone. Guaranteed!
I had a nice time with my wife and 14 yr old son. The trip was out to two or three anchor up spots. The regulars brought different bait and caught the majority of fish. I would have preferred to be able to buy different bait is we wanted. For the most part the trip was fun and productive. next time I'll bring my equipment and my own bait. Otherwise it was a good trip.
For pure fishing fun this is the boat to choose. We've tried lots of party boat charters but this one is the best!
Fisherman (both men & women) are an interesting lot. This applies to the Capt & Mate as well as the regulars & rookies aboard. The Greyhound V provides an outstanding experience that's a part of life ... learn from it and enjoy it! Great fishing plus a great boat ride out and back. A truly great experience for the kids.
Tip: Find a 'regular' on board and ask them how to fish that particular day. Can't wait for our December 2011 trip back to KW and multiple fishing trips on the Greyhound V.
We had a great time fishing. Mate Jeff kept things moving along, entertaining and educating us as we pulled fish out of the sea. Afterward he cleaned them (2 for a $1). Definitely worth doing even if you don't think you'd like fishing.
Key West is not cheap! Spending a day in Old Town can get pretty pricey. The attractions are fun, but you don't get much for your money. Ticket prices for the tours and museums add up quick. Why not round everybody up for a day of fishing? You've read the comments from the haters, but I'm gonna give it to you straight. Captain John and First Mate Jeff take you on a relaxing boat trip out to sea and then excite you with hours of fishing fun. It's a great trip just to get everybody out on the water and enjoy laying on the top deck during the cruise. When the boat stops, the anchor drops! First Mate Jeff comes alive like a comedic football coach and gets you in spirit of fishing. He does the work, you have the fun! He'll even take the hook out of the fish if you want. Jeff likes to tell jokes and educate anglers about fish species. You will be catching fish as fast as you can real them in. The fish frequently steal your bait, but that's life. The Greyhound V fishing vessel is big and able to handle choppy seas with ease. The hull is a fiberglass-over-wood construction for a softer ride and reduced vibration. The top deck overhangs the fishing deck for protection from the sun and heat. This is a nice feature you don't see on the other party boats. There are plenty of booths with tables in the cabin for relaxing out of elements or playing a game of cards. They have a limitted snack bar with candy and crackers. You are welcome to bring coolers with food and beverage. Yes, you can bring beer.
This is the second time I have gone out on the Greyhound,and will go out everytime I am in Key West. Mate Jeff could do stand-up comedy, but he runs a good boat. Every one catches fish, and when the bite slacks off they move the boat and find fish. An excellent value, and a great wat to spend a day in the Keys.
Went to Key West with a friend to get away from the cold and do some snorkeling and fishing. It was a very short trip (4 days). Thanks to the reviews here and elsewhere, we decided that Capt. John's Greyhound V was the only party boat worth considering of the three in Key West. My friend and I both decided it was more fun than any party boat we've been on before. The mate Jeff was a comedian, the captain made sure we all caught fish (I caught 6 different species). If you like to fish - this is the boat for you!
Be careful though - get directions to the boat before you go. I almost missed the boat because my GPS did not have amberjack pier on it and I went to a location my friends iphone gave us which was incorrect. Fortunately a phone call to the boat got us in touch with the captain's daughter, Jennifer, who gave great directions and held the boat five minutes for us to get there. Thanks to Jennifer, the captain, Jeff and the regulars on the boat - I almost missed out on one of my two reasons for going there, but instead had a great time.. It was my first trip to Key West, but I want to go back just to go fishing on the Greyhound V again.Coming to Marathon in June with my wife and kids and hope to get them on the Greyhound V (even though Marathon is supposed to have a good party boat). My friend said he doesn't think he even wants to fish on party boats in NJ anymore since the experience doesn't come close to comparing to fishing on the Greyhound V.
I have been fishing in Key West for over twenty years and during this time I have found that Capt. Johns Greyhound V is the place for Party boat fishing.
Capt. Johhny Potter trys his hardest to get you on the fish! He changes locations if they are not bitting unlike other party boats that sit in the same spot for 2 hour clips even if they are not bitting so they don't use as much gas,(They also don't catch as many fish either!)
Cha Cha the Capt's wife has always treated me great, she is very hard working and on occasion cooks up goodies for the passengers when they get back to the dock. (Man can she cook!).
First mate Jeff knows his fish and the numerous bird speices that are found around the Keys, He is always trying to keep people laughing or groaning at his jokes!
I highly recomend the Capt. Johns Greyhound V for a great day on the beautiful waters surrounding Key West, You sometimes see bottlenose Dolphins swimming on the bow of the boat, Sea Turttles on the surface!
Capt. J.P. will do his best to get you on the fish at times staying out late but you have to remember some days they just are not bitting, thats why they call it fishing and not catching!
We set reservations via their website 3-4 weeks in advance. Imagine our surprise when we showed up at the dock on Saturday morning only to find a sign that read "next trip, Sunday night." It is very disappointing that we did not receive a phone call or an e-mail to let us know. We could have made other plans instead of wasting our morning preparing for the fishing trip that never was.
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