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ONE LOVE Sportfishing
Captain Rex Witkamp
ISLAMORADA SPORTFISHING CHARTERS
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What's Biting | The Boat | The Captain | The Trips
Be sure to review our Islamorada Fishing Calendar. It is loaded with helpful information by month to show you what species are usually found biting and when.  We have compiled the information with first hand knowledge and experience to bring you the most helpful fishing and Islamorada vacation planning bite calendar known. 
The Boat - ONE LOVE
46' Hatteras Convertible Sportfish
Twin Detroit Diesel 6V92TAs
35' Triple Spreader Outriggers
Full Electronics, Radar, + Dual VHF Radio
Live Bait Well
Fusion Bluetooth Stereo with Speakers from the Tower Down to the Cockpit
All USCG Safety Equipment
The Captain - Capt. Rex
Captain Rex Witkamp is a Master 50-Ton Near Coastal U.S. Coast Guard-Licensed Captain, Florida native and an expert saltwater NOAA Blue Star Fishing Guide within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Capt Rex is a retired Firefighter/Paramedic who lives a lifestyle of his fishing passion dedicated to providing the best fishing experience for you and your family on the water. No high pressure attitude, just a relaxed Keys fishing trip doing what he loves to do. Easy Livin'!
The Trips - Fishing Excursions
Half day fishing charters are typically reserved for 7am-11am or 1pm-5pm time slots though we can be flexible. This charter offers less time on the water but there is still ample opportunity to land the fish of a lifetime on any given trip.

3/4 day fishing charters maximize the captains ability to locate where the fish are biting, while allowing you to stay close to shore. This trip is advised for visiting guests from out of town who may not fish very often in the open ocean, many miles from shore. You have the opportunity to catch many different species using a variety of techniques.

Full day (7am-3pm) fishing charters ensure the greatest value among the fishing trips we offer. Full day trips maximize the captains ability to locate where the fish are biting and the length of time on the fishing grounds which allows you to catch many different species using the most variety of techniques. By far our best value charter is the full day adventure!
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What's Included?
  • Premium Rods & Reels, Fishing Gear and all Premium Tackle
  • Live Bait, Lures
  • Fresh Water, Snacks
  • Hard Working Professional First Mate Working for You!
  •  All Applicable Fishing Licenses and/or Permits are Covered
  •  Fuel & Insurance (No Fuel Surcharges)
  •  You Will Leave the Dock, Hunt Down Live Bait, Then Get to the Fishing Grounds
  •  You Will be Targeting Different Species Depending on the Time of Year, Check our Bite Calendar Here
  •  Some Trips Include Fishing Deeper Waters
Cancellation Policy
Free outside of 14 days in advance. Cancellations within 14 days of charter forfeit entire deposit. Balance accepted only in Cash or PayPal. No Checks are accepted. Trips cancelled by the Captain before going underway are deposits fully refunded. Captain reserves the right to cancel or cut short charter due to worsening surface or weather conditions for safety of the vessel, crew, and all guests without refund. We can plan a great day out on the water, but can not predict the weather! Check out our Weather Page.
Gratuities
The Private & Fishing Vessel Charter industry standard is 18-20% of charter cost. The Captain and crew work hard to prepare the boat before and after your tour, ensure the best baits, and find the best spots so that you fully enjoy and create lasting memories during your tour. The workers of our industry survive on tips! Cleaning your fish, storing, and bagging fillets are also done with pride! Music selection, photo ops, and local knowledge of area waters and fishing techniques are also shared with guests. Stale pirate jokes are free of charge 😂
Here's What Our Charters Are Saying:
We booked this charter with Capt Rex and let me tell you it was the best fishing we have done in a long time! Not only was he very knowledgeable as a captain and fisherman but as an overall person he is delightful and knows a lot about fishing and how to catch them! The conditions weren’t ideal for Mahi but we did have some bites. Then we went in for bottom fishing and we gotta put on some big muttons and yellowtail. We did get some big bites but broke off a few times . And Captain Rex also exceeded our expectations and made a great memorable family trip. I would recommend to anyone whether a novice or an experienced fisherman.
Mark, Florida, July 2018
Capt Rex took us out for a morning Mahi Mahi trip and we had a blast. Rex was patient as we are nowhere near expert fishers. We hooked one of the largest Mahi Mahi I’ve ever seen however he got away. We made up for it with a couple of keepers later in the morning which Capt Rex prepared and froze our fillets for us after our trip, and we picked them up the day we left. Would strongly recommend going fishing with Capt Rex for anyone considering a great day of fishing. 
Jay, Virginia , July 2018
We had a great day fishing, the fast boat took us out to the fishing grounds in no time. Captain Rex knew exactly the locations where to find the different types of fish making it an exiting day out full of fish fights. Can’t wait to be back for another day of fishing! An amazing sports fishing charter in Islamorada!
Mel, Netherlands, May 2016
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The Ultimate Charter aboard the ONE LOVE!
1/2 day
4-hr Patch Reef Fishing
Charter Price: $750
Half day fishing charters are typically reserved for 7am-11am or 1pm-5pm time slots though we can be flexible.

This charter offers less time on the water but there is still ample opportunity to land the fish of a lifetime on any given trip.

We will target Yellowtail Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, and Black Grouper.

Morning and Afternoon Trips Available. Kid and family friendly trip while staying close to shore and returning soon.
Trip Duration 4 Hours, 6 Anglers Max
For 6 people, that's just $150 per person & includes 1st mate's tip.
Inquire about $100/night accomodations.
3/4 Day
6-hr Offshore Fishing Charter
Charter Price: $1000
3/4 day (7am-1pm) Offshore fishing charters ensure the most time to enjoy the nearshore reef fishing grounds for longer. 

This trip maximizes the captains ability to locate where the fish are biting, while allowing you to stay close to shore.

This trip is advised for visiting guests from out of town who may not fish very often in the open ocean, many miles from shore. You have the opportunity to catch many different species using a variety of techniques.

We will target nearshore reef species such as yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, black grouper, and red grouper, seasonal species such as sailfish, wahoo, tuna, and mahi-mahi.
Trip Duration 6 Hours, 6 Anglers Max
For 6 people, that's just $200 per person & includes 1st mate's tip.
Inquire about $100/night accomodations.
Full Day
8-hr Offshore Fishing Charter
Charter Price: $1400
Full day (7am-3pm) offshore fishing charters ensure more time to enjoy the offshore fishing grounds for longer.

Longer trips maximize the captains ability to locate where the fish are biting, and allow you to catch many different species using a variety of techniques.

We will target seasonal migrations of Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna, Cobia, and Tarpon. We head to deepest water first, then fish our way back to the reef.

We will head back to the reef line to drop down some baits and target nearshore reef species such as yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, black grouper, and red grouper, as well as seasonal species such as sailfish, wahoo, tuna, and mahi-mahi, cobia, and shark.
Trip Duration 8 Hours, 6 Anglers Max
For 6 people, that's just $280 per person & includes 1st mate's tip.
Inquire about $100/night accomodations.
Types of Fishing

Marlin

No one claims that Islamorada is a world's hotspot for Marlin, but they are here. Usually we don’t target Marlin specifically, they just sort of happen while offshore fishing for Dolphin and Wahoo. Here in Islamorada we find White and Blue Marlin. The White Marlin are smaller ranging from 50 to 100 pounds, where as the Blue Marlin can grow much larger. An average Blue Marlin for the area is between 150 and 175 pounds but on occasion we see fish up to 400 pounds. The boat is fully rigged with tackle  to help ensure you that if you’re lucky enough to hook one, your chances of catching and releasing it increase. Marlin are normally caught in depths of 600+ feet.

Sailfish

When live baiting I usually only run 4 baits at one time. If you can’t get their attention with 4 you won’t get it with 10. Using lighter set ups we will bump the boat in and out of gear moving very slowly, I call it a bump troll. In the Winter and Spring time there is a large migration of Sailfish and Tuna to the area and we target them from depths of 80 feet to 200 feet. Sailfish jump and put on quite a display during the fight. We even offer custom taxidermy service to immortalize your trophy catch with us. Mounts are made to order and will ship to your house after your trip.

Wahoo

Wahoo are strong near the full moons in November, December, and January. We also get a strong Wahoo presence during the late summer way offshore in deep water. Known for their incredible speed this fish with range from 15 to 70 pounds and are one of the most powerful fighting fish you can find in the ocean.

Mahi Mahi

Dolphin are normally fished for in the Summer, although each year changes a little depending on the water temperature. Fish are caught from 250 feet to 1500 feet of water trolling a combination of dead baits and lures. The average size of a nice Dolphin is 12-15 pounds. They can be caught up to 65 pounds but the smaller ones school. Once we locate a school we can normally catch Dolphin in numbers of 10 to 50 over a 15 to 45 minute period.

Cobia

Cobia make appearances in December thru April, with January and February being the hottest months to target.  Cobia usually like to stalk other prey from underneath migrating rays. These fish are seen from the tower and can be targeted using live bait as well as casted to using custom cobia jigs. Anglers can work in pairs with a surface jig to entice the Cobia closer to the boat, while the second angler pitches a live bait once close. Cobia fishing is usually opportunistic fishing when encountered as these fish tend to challenge the readiness of the anglers aboard.

Blackfin Tuna

Blackfin Tuna are our most common Tuna, but we do also see Yellowfin Tuna mixed in. The average Blackfin is around 15 pounds and anything over 20 is considered a big fish. These "football" fish are great to eat and put up a great fight. Commonly if you catch one Tuna you can catch 3 or 4 or 5 at the same time because they tend to school up and look for food. Tuna can be caught year round but late fall through early spring are peak seasons.

Black Grouper

I use some deeper reef systems in the winter to find Black Groupers. Actually not as much the reef but the sand adjacent to the reef. Fish use this sand almost as a high way to travel to and from different bottom. Because you are nearly on top of the reef though fishing can be associated with it due to the overlap of species you can catch. Common catches also include Mutton Snapper, Triggerfish, Yellow Jacks, Bar Jacks, Kingfish, as well as Cero Mackeral and Sharks.. It is an absolutely amazing ecosystem and fishery.

Mutton Snappers

Some of the best eating and hardest fighting fish are the Mutton Snappers. These are usually found around the reef edge and around the wrecks. The have a keen eye for your hook and tackle, and will not bite if unless your rigging is just right. We have found the most ideal way to target these fish using proven tactics and methods for success. Common catches also include Black Grouper, Triggerfish, Yellow Jacks, Bar Jacks, Kingfish, as well as Cero Mackeral and Sharks.

Yellowtail Snappers

Some of the most prevalent species of reef fish are the Yellowtail Snappers. These are usually found around the reef edge and around the wrecks. The are usually chummed up with our special chum slick combination.  "If we chum, they will come."  We have found the most ideal way to target these fish using proven tactics, coupled with the appropriate size tackle and methods for success. Common catches also include Bermuda Chubs, Barracuda, Yellow Jacks, Bar Jacks, Kingfish, as well as Cero Mackeral and Sharks.

African Pompano

APs are usually a surprise catch when targeting other species, and since they are good to eat, it is usually a welcome surprise! Sometimes these fish can be caught using smaller blade jigs, and the larger ones usually take the live bait over the jig. Larger jigs will work if they are found deeper in the water column. As these fish make for a strong fight, taste great, and make for a great photo, they are a delight to every angler. 

Permit

Different times of years there are some unique things we can do on the reefs and wrecks. My favorite is sight fishing for Permit. Using my tuna tower for a better vantage point I can locate schools of Permit circling wrecks and instruct the charter or my mate where to cast a live crab. Permit range from 15 to 35 pounds and are one my favorite fighting fish. We try to release all caught permit back into the water, though they are legal to catch and harvest. Permit are one of Florida’s last great sport fish and many people wait many years to finally catch one on their own.

Sharks

If you are looking for a serious fight, targeting sharks may interest you. Not only do they make for an unforgettable memory, they make awesome trophies too. Shark fishing in the Keys can be pretty extensive. There are numerous species you can fish for ranging from 30 to 1000 pounds. Ill try to categorize them by size starting from small and working to big. The first that comes to mind is the Black Tip or Spinner shark. They range from 30 to 75 pounds and are a blast on light tackle. They are called Spinner sharks because they leap from the water and spin while you fight them. If the weather is right you can chum them up and catch them non stop some days. In the 100 to 200 pound class range you have Nurse sharks, Caribbean Reef, and Sandbars. These can be targeted on the shallow reefs or out on some deep wrecks by drifting them with whole dead bonitos. Bull, Lemon, Tiger, and Hammerheads fall into the 200-350 but the Tigers and Hammerheads can exceed those numbers easily. The Bulls and Lemons are most commonly found in deeper water near large structure. Drifting wrecks works well for these species too. Tigers can be found a lot of different places and they are a little more rare for Islamorada. In the winter we see a lot of large Hammer Heads on the surface. It's hard to mistake a 15 foot black object cruising through blue water. We can pitch a bait in front of their path and actually watch them eat. Hammerheads are not uncommon to reach 500 pounds. This shark that has the most potential for size is the Mako. A lot of times we catch these while sword fishing in deep water. Either way these fish can range from 200 to 1000 pounds. Another time you see a Mako is while trolling for other fish. Makos are fast and will chase down dolphin or tuna while you are hooked into them. Here we can pitch a rod rigged for the fish and watch him eat as well.

Swordfish

Swordfish are, in my opinion, Florida’s last great sport fish. After decades of commercial fishing bans the fish stocks have rebounded to an incredible level. Swordfish can be targeted two different ways, day and night. Each way presents you with pros and cons and each style has its own difficulties. Day time swordfishing has become very popular in South Florida and here in the Florida Keys. During the day Swordfish stay in deep depths, 1800 to 2200 feet of water. The difficulty here is obviously dropping baits down to their depths and getting them back up. With recent improvements on the tackle electric reels have made this issue almost go away. Electric reels come in handy when you want to check your bait or make a short move and fish different grounds. Before electrics, it would take over a half hour just to bring up a bait, now it's a matter of minutes. Another positive to sword fishing is you drift in deep water where other pelagic species live. It is not uncommon to catch 40 and 50 pound dolphin while drifting for swordfish, you also may spot a Blue Marlin you get to pitch a bait to. It seems that the daytime swords are larger than the ones caught at night as well.
With night time sword fishing, you don’t have to drop your baits all the way to the bottom. At night the swordfish come near the surface to chase squid. We set out a large underwater light and drift with a 2 or 3 baits waiting for the bite. Sometimes you have swordfish and dolphin swim right up to the boat and you can watch them eat your bait, there isn’t much more exciting than that.
Other Fishing Techniques

Bluewater Trolling

Trolling is the most diverse style of fishing in some senses. While trolling the boat always keeps moving at a speed between 6 and 14 knots and adjust course and depth in relation to the fish. We will fish with anywhere between four to eight lines at a time. You can catch everything from Yellowtail Snapper and Black Groupers on the reef to 50 pound Mahi Mahi and 400 pound Blue Marlins in the blue water. Depending on the time of year, conditions, and targeted species we will troll in depths of 45 to 1500 feet of water. The main species we target on the troll are Grouper, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, White Marlin, and Blue Marlin.

Wreck Fishing

Another thing to do is jig the deep wrecks. Certain months are better than others and I prefer to fish wrecks from 185 feet of water to 400 feet of water. Using long lead jigs with hooks we drop them near a wreck and drift past it while the mate or charter works the lure. This is very, very productive. This technique catches Wahoo, Tuna, Dolphin, Grouper, Snapper, Jacks, and Cobia.

Patch Reef Fishing

A common 1/2 day fishing excursion is to fish the nearshore patch reefs that are out to the ledge. These patch reefs often hold a variety of different species of fish including, yellowtail, mangrove, and mutton snapper, grouper, barracuda, kingfish, cero mackeral, and with the right conditions, even sailfish are seen shallow.

Live Baiting

When the conditions allow, live bait fishing can be very productive here in the Florida Keys. Every type of fishing has its time and place, pros and cons. If you are looking for Sailfish and Tuna, a majority of the time live baiting can be the most productive route.  Common baits used live are Pilchards, Thread Herring, Ballyhoo, Goggle Eyes, Blue Runners, and Speed-O’s. For Sailfish I prefer Goggle Eyes or Pilchards, and for Tuna, lots of Pilchards.
You Are GUARANTEED to experience an unbelievably FUN time aboard the ONE LOVE! Treat yourself to Islamorada's Premier Luxury Fishing Charter. 
  •  USCG Master 50-Ton License: License #4551406
  •  Firefighter/Paramedic (ret.): Former Firefighter/Paramedic CPR Certified
  •  NOAA Blue Star Guide: Local Guide for Local Environment
  •  Kids & Families Welcome: No high pressure yelling, just a relaxing & fun trip
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