We fished with Cat. Tom and Jesse both were professional and courteous. We had a great afternoon catching black fin tuna. Jesse was a great first mate. This is a... read more first class charter boat.
January 18, 2023
I took my son fishing on the Linda D 5 with captain Billy and Jesse as our deckhand. I fished with Jesse before and he’s the best deckhand I’ve ever... read more dealt with. Billy put us on the fish in a way I would’ve never imagined. My son and I caught five sailfish during the day, including an eight footer that my son caught. We also had a stack of mahi for supper at a local restaurant when we were done. If you’re looking for the trip of a lifetime, I can’t recommend any stronger that you check out the Linda D 5.
January 5, 2023
Tight lines and a sure fire day! A huge shout out to Captain Billy and his 1st Mate Jesse! We had a banner day catching 2... read more trophy sailfish and 2 delish mahi-mahi. Jesse kept us entertained and awed by his amazing dexterity and endless enthusiasm for making sure we all were big fish! Billy orchestrated our fishing trip as if it was a symphony—masterfully guiding us to the absolute best opportunities to catch great fish. Our 11 year old grandson snared the first sailfish (5’6”!) and each of us end end up with an exhilarating experience reeling in at least one fine fish—the 11 yr old managed two!!!
Jesse, in addition to his abilities to connect with each of us individually (my husband, son and grandson), kept us safe, entertained, sun screened and hydrated as he never ceased managing the seemingly endless fishing lines.
I couldn’t recommend Linda Ds more highly! We look forward to another trip with them one day.
Bravo and tally ho!!!
January 1, 2023
We had an amazing experience with Captain Bobby Shultz and First Mate Tommy Ault. They were first class all the way and kept us on the bite all day. Even... read more with rough seas and a lot of wind, we caught a ton of fish. And, I caught the biggest fish I’ve ever caught, a sawtooth shark or saw fish.
December 29, 2022
I booked a day charter, had Captain Tom and Jesse, these guys were great. I will definitely be booking another trip soon.
December 11, 2022
Highly recommended! We went out for two days, seas were a pretty rough but it didn't stop us. Had a freaking great time and caught a ton of... read more fish. Captains and Mates are first class!
December 5, 2022
excellent day on the water... caught fish and we'll certainly book with them again. First mate Jesse was exceptional. Captain was helpful. A very fun day on the water.
November 29, 2022
Captain Billy and first mate Jesse were awesome! The weather was iffy so we said take us where we will catch fish. Yellow fin, king mackeral, cero makeral, jacks and... read more a bunch of fighting barracuda! Great day!
November 9, 2022
This was our first time fishing in the Keys and we had an amazing time. My friends are from the mid west and had never fished in salt water. The... read more captain and mate did a great job to enhance our experience. We caught about 10 fish, mostly mahi mahi. I would highly recommend Linda D's Sportfishing.
October 26, 2022
What a great experience on the Linda D!
The first time we went out with Captain Billy and Mate Jesse, we caught Wahoo that won 1st place in the Key... read more West fishing tournament...and had enough Wahoo and Mahi Mahi to bring home and eat for months. Captain Billy put us on the fish and Jesse hustled all morning to make sure we had an unforgettable experience. We absolutely did. Jesse also recommended we take some of our catch to Kayla Island Eats and they did a fabulous job with our fish. We loved it so much, we came back 10 months later and did it all again to celebrate our father's 75th birthday. After a trip on the Linda D, he said it was the best birthday he's ever had.
October 23, 2022
We fished for 2 days and had a great time both days were just a blast. Captain Billy put us on the fish and stocked the cooler. 1st mate... read more Jessie was just the best very personable and worked his ass off to keep us hammering the fish . I would suggest if your looking for a charter in key west book with the linda D uwont regret it. Made our trip a great time.
October 14, 2022
What a wonderful first fishing trip for my son with Jesse on the Linda D V. He was wonderful with him and the Captain did an amazing job finding spots... read more with loads of fish. We caught grouper, jackfish, barracuda, and a kingfish. It was a lovely morning out in beautiful Key West and we couldn't have been happier with the experience.
September 21, 2022
Great experience! Jessie was amazing with my son! We snagged a few Bonita, Barracudas 2 smaller dolphins and one monster dolphin to top off the day.
August 25, 2022
Big day out AGAIN with the Linda D V. I always have the best luck with her. First mate was awesome and worked his tail off all day. 14 Mahis... read more caught with one nearly 30 pound bull. 10 keepers
August 14, 2022
Great time, definitely repeating. Billy and Jesse simply the best. This was our kids first fishing trip and they absolutely loved it.
August 5, 2022
We had a wonderful day and made some great family memories! Jesse worked hard ALL day so that we could relax and just enjoy reeling in the fish. I would... read more not hesitate to used this company again.
July 23, 2022
Billy and Jesse each greeted us with enthusiastic and genuine appreciation for the opportunity to take us offshore to catch some fish. We wanted a half day trip and... read more received great advice as to the best use of our time. We caught a ton of fish while both Jesse and Billy assured out tackle and bait were constantly ready. We HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY Recommend Linda D!
July 7, 2022
We have been fishing with Captain Billy Wickers for 8+ years and he always puts us on the fish. We use him every year we come down sometimes multiple times... read more a year. By far the most knowledgeable Captain as he is a 4th generation Captain in key west. His first mate AJ is the best there is! These guys are top tier and love what they do.
We had an absolutely amazing time on our charter! Tom and Bobby were truly phenomenal. The bite was slow but they never gave up and man did it pay off!!... read more My boyfriend caught a TROPHY Mahi Mahi that will soon be hanging on our wall. Tom talked him through the 45 minutes of reeling it in, giving great advice on how to reel in the biggest catch of his life. Meanwhile, Bobby constantly shouted tips from up top and made sure to keep the boat where it needed to be so that the line stayed tight, even on some pretty rough waters that day. I also caught a nice barracuda. We've been on many charters and this was by far, the best. We will be back and cannot wait to do it again with this duo from Linda D Sportfishing --Jessica and Joe
We had the BEST time on the water today!! Captain Billy and 1st Mate James were OUTSTANDING!!
They gave us dinner and a show! We caught 3 Sail Fish (over... read more 6ft long), one was tagged and all three got us logged into the Key West Sail Fish Tournament.
We caught two huge Mahi Mahi and on Mackerel. Nothing compares to ocean to table in under 2 hours!!
They gave us a full-day experience in 4 hours! FABULOUS!! I highly recommend!
Boat was well maintained and had a bathroom!!
Cheers to Linda D Sportfishing! We will be back next year!!
We had an amazing experience with Captain Bobby Shultz and First Mate Tommy Ault. They were first class all the way and kept us on the bite all day. Even... read more with rough seas and a lot of wind, we caught a ton of fish. And, I caught the biggest fish I've ever caught, a sawtooth shark or saw fish.
Once again, not disappointed. Captain William Wickers III & 1st Mate Jesse made it a trip to remember. First charter for them after Ian so totally unsure what would happen.... read more Mahi Mahi showed up to play. Will always use Billy no matter what. He & his 1st mate work like crazy to find fish. 1st class act all the way.
We were very pleased with Capt. Billy and Shane on Linda D V yesterday. Billy is 4th generation captain from Key West- he knows the water and where to find... read more fish! Shane works tirelessly to keep the rigs working for you. You will not find a better charter in Key West!
Today I went fishing on a charter boat with Captain Billy and Jesse with my family and had a great time. We did a half a day and caught so... read more many fish I was in shock. It was awesome and I'd definitely book your fishing trip with them!! I can't say anything but positives.
Tom and Shane made our experience everything we had hoped. They worked tirelessly, and between my son and I we landed 12 fish. I highly recommend the Tom/Shane team on... read more Linda D.
Had a great fishing adventure today off the coast of Key west. Captain Billy and Deck hand Ryan were extremely knowledgeable as well accommating . The Linda D was referred... read more to us and I booked the trip based on that reference. We all enjoyed our trip and brought home our catch.
Had a great day out on the water with Captain Billy and Patrick. With one drop of the line we hooked on to a huge shark. We caught a ton... read more of yellow tail. If the fish stopped biting, we were taken to different locations and immediately started catching fish in the new spots. Both Billy were super friendly and helpful teaching me the ropes as it was my first time fishing. I highly recommend the Linda D!
Look no further.
Took my two adult daughters deep sea fishing for the first time - a lifetime of memories were created. Captain Tom and first mate Patrick exceeded expectations... read more on all fronts. Patrick worked like a dog keeping all rods working...captain Tom kept us in fish the whole time. Check photos for results - they speak for themselves- especially for a 4 hour afternoon fish in august! (Note: Released a handful more)
Best fishing day ever! We caught more fish than all the other boats combined that day. Captain Billy knew where to find the fish and our fist mate Patrick worked... read more diligently all day helping us. Great experience
Best fishing experience ever!
You know it's going to be good when captain Tom introduced himself and said "it's going to be a great day of catching today!"
We had more... read more fish on than we had people I think. Seriously- I've fished a lot of places and this has been the best!
I went out on a full day fishing charter aboard the Linda D V with my father this past Monday. Our captain for this trip was Captain Jay and our... read more first mate was Patrick. We were set up to leave Charter Boat Row at 7 AM and actually ended up arriving around 20 minutes or so earlier. After a short talk with Captain Jay we pushed off early and were quickly trolling for some fish. Whenever you book the boat they ask what you are looking to catch and I had noted that starting out with some mahi before trying for something bigger would be nice although anything was good for us. Even if it was by coincidence, we ended up following that script exactly with some mahi on not too long after getting the lines into the water. We ended up getting mahi on a number of times throughout the day which was nice. First mate Patrick talked to us throughout the day and worked hard making sure that there wasn't any seaweed on any of the lines. With the amount in the water that day he was almost constantly bringing one line or another in to get rid of some seaweed it had collected. That seaweed also meant that we couldn't fish with any wire which was a problem later in the day whenever they thought that they had a wahoo bite. Unfortunately we never did end up getting that big fish on although it wasn't from the lack of Patrick and Captain Jay trying to get us one. At the end of the day we ended up with 11 dolphinfish caught and 3 more that we had let go due to them being small. Overall it ended up being a fun day for both my dad and myself and we left with a bag full of mahi which would be dinner that night for our group.
The bottom line for me is that I wouldn't hesitate to book with Linda D Sportfishing again in the future. We caught a number of mahi which was nice and they tried hard to land us that bigger fish which both my dad and I appreciated.
We had an awesome time on our trip! Tom and Alan did a wonderful job getting us on the fish. We enjoyed our time with them and the great conversations.... read more Alan's ability to help me with my skills and catching the biggest fish of the day was super! We left with more knowledge and experience in deep sea fishing than we started with. If your considering alternative STOP book here with Linda D it was the highlight of our trip. Ask for Alan and Tom! Thank again Alan our southern brother from another mother
No wonder it's an award winning crew! Captain Wickers knows where the fish are and puts you to catch! Mate AJ made everything look too easy! It's nice to go... read more catching with people who truly love what they do and it showed. I'll be back 100%!
Captain Johnny and mate Patrick love giving fishing tours and were good at knowing where the fish were. Also very good with nonprofessionals! Best fishing charter in a dozen over... read more the years. We had a great time.
WHAT A TRIP! One is never sure what their experience will be but can only have high hopes.
Well, if we were hoping for a 5 STAR experience, we set ouR... read more sights too low. If a sixth star was somehow a 'thing', Billy and AJ would have sure earned it.
There were 3 main reasons they FULLY EARNED the 5-STARS plus the BONUS star.
1. FAMILY Friendly for young ladies. Fishing is frequently a guys-trip with booze, burping, and coarse language. Coming with my father, wife, and 2 young daughters, I was curious to see how the dynamic would play out. Well, I could not have been more pleased. Before we even left the dock, First Mate AJ made my 11-year old feel super special by showing her around the boat before the rest of us boarded. AJ's fun-loving optimism only made the trip more enjoyable as the trip progressed. They were respectful and pleasant with all of us.
TOTALLY impressed and relieved that Billy and AJ were so adaptable to their guests.
2. Flexible and GRACIOUS. After being about only 30 minutes into open water (1 hr into the trip), my wife started feeling ill and it became clear to them that, even though she was willing to tough it out, for her to continue would not only be unpleasant for her but could actually be dangerous. At Billy's confident prompting, we turned around and headed back to the dock. She felt better once we got back into calmer waters, but all agreed that thinking anything would be different if she tried again would be foolhardy. She decided to stay on land and we ventured back out for open water. We were about 2 hours behind schedule and in my younger years, I may have been frustrated. Now, I trust God's plan as being better than mine and for some reason this was it.
3. We CRUSHED IT on the water. Well, no fishing trip is top-notch without catching a mess of fish. Even though we got a late start and maybe BECAUSE we got a late start, we found ourselves finding some fortune quickly, pulling in close to 50 pounds of Mahi Mahi within the first hour and my 11-year old catching a 23-lb Bull Dolphin! What an amazing experience for her and as her father... it was a great memory for me as well.
My daughter then wanted to see if we could go reef fishing before the day was done. Upon that request, Billy pointed to boat back towards the island yet suggested we keep trolling. That was sage advice and we subsequently caught another 50 lbs or so of Dolphin bringing us to a subtotal of about 100 lbs across 14 fish.
On the way back in, Billy planted us on top of a wreck to do some quick bottom fishing. We pulled up a 20 lb Black Grouper in just a matter of minutes. Dropping the line back down yielded similar results, boating another large Black Grouper. Upon finding such quick success, AJ suggested we sit tight and keep working the wreck rather than head to the reef where the results would likely yield smaller bounty if anything at all.
AS the day was rounding out, we boated another large Black Grouper and a couple of awesome sized Jacks! All in all we brought in over 20 or so fish for 200+ lbs.
Billy is a gracious and masterful boat Captain. Everything we tried, WORKED. Not only did he keep putting us on the fish, but he also put us on the fish we specifically requested. Seriously? Wow.
AJ worked tirelessly throughout the day keeping 6 or more lines baited and untangled. He was a master with the gaff which is hugely important. (If you have ever lost a prize fish from a missed gaff, you know what I am talking about.)
If you found this review helpful, give it a thumbs up and make sure you book your trip with the Linda D - you will be glad you did (and YOU TOO WILL WONDER why they don't charge more than they do).
We. Will. Be. Back.
The worst experience of one of our many Keys trips. This guys are crooks, It looks like they are good from the site and reviews but they took our money... read more and never took us out. We listed who was going on sign up and with our big family of 5 kids they said we had to leave one behind, even though we stated exactly how many people were coming. I talk to the owner Bill Wicker and he had the nerve to ask if I could read...Lol Then said he was keeping our $1060 we paid in advance, keep in mind with full knowledge of the people coming. That goodness for Credit Card disputes. This guy is a bum.
Excellent charter service! Capt. BILLY and 1st Mate Shawn hooked us up within 15 mins of putting bait out. They set the bar very high for our next charter on... read more Thursday, that may be hard to reach for competitors! Boat was ready to go when we arrived, clean and loaded.