Captain Garrett Frey is the owner and operator of ALL IN Fishing Charter. Although originally from Indiana, Frey was born to be a fishing captain in beautiful Key West, Florida. While growing up, Frey would fish locally at a pond near his home. His love for fishing began at the age of two, with his first catch being a bluegill. The dream of running a charter began at the age of 14, when Frey met a woman at the pond who asked if he could help her son catch fish. The woman offered Garrett 20$ for his services. It was in this moment it all clicked.
Frey spent six and a half years working on the Second Nature as first mate and captain. The time spent on the Second Nature provided him the opportunity to really learn the waters around him and prepare himself for one day running his own charter. During these years, he found his specialty in bottom fishing for snappers, groupers, and sharks.
TYPE OF FISHING CHARTERS
Deep water wreck and reef fishing
Deep water wreck and reef fishing is the most common type of fishing charter that I run. About 8 out of every 10 days fishing will be spent anchored near a ship wreck or drifting over it with live bait. Most of the deep wrecks are within 15 miles from the dock. The most shallow wreck I fish is in about 90 ft., and the deepest is in over 300 ft. of water. The reason I fish this way so often is due to how consistent the action is. I also love the hands on nature of bottom fishing. You, the charter, are in full control; holding the rod, feeling the bite, and hooking your own fish. Not only is the action great, but the pure size of fish we are landing is amazing.
Key West is home to some of the best and most diverse shark fishing in the world. With such a vast area of reef and tons of wrecks, the sharks are always lurking. We see bull sharks, hammerheads, lemons, tigers, sandbar, Caribbean reef, and even from time to time we see Mako sharks. We often see and land fish well over 200lbs. Shark fishing is by far one of my favorite trips I personally offer. Most sharks are just catch and release but some can make great table fare or that once in a lifetime trophy.
The best time to catch a tarpon is during the early spring months. These tarpon migrate their way down to Key West by the thousands. Most of our tarpon are caught on live bait or chunked pinfish. Though purely a catch and release, fish tarpon put on quite a show tail walking and jumping out of the water.
The permit can be found year round here in Key West. However, the best months for targeting permit are late spring to early summer. During this time, permits gather in massive schools to spawn on the reef and wrecks offshore. We typically “sight fish” for the permit and use live blue crabs as bait. Often times you can even watch them eat your bait, which can be very exciting.
Offshore trolling fishing
The offshore/trolling is second to none here in the late spring/early summer months. May, June and July are probably the best 3 months for landing that Mahi Mahi you have always wanted. We also see Wahoo, Tripletail, Barracuda, Blackfin tuna, and Billfish. The best time to land that trophy sailfish is in April, when we see a large migration throughout the Florida Keys.
All ages are welcome, and whether you have never fished before or are an avid angler, Captain Garrett Frey will always make sure we have a great trip!