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About Key West Fishing Connection and Captain Daniel Zier

About Key West FishingFor the last 34 years, I have fished the full stretch of the Keys from the Dry Tortugas up to Miami and the Bahamas. I spent my first 20 years in Key Largo and the rest of my time has been right here in Key West. Growing up on the islands of the Florida Keys fishing was like second nature to me. All I think about every day is fishing! It has been that way my entire life. My first job was on a 65 ft party boat out of Key Largo. During my 7 years in that job, I learned how to fish the deep reefs for big snapper and grouper. Now, I own and operate my 37 ft charter boat. I have had my USCG Captainís License for over 8 years. What is most important to me, is that fishing is not just a jobÖ it is what I LOVE TO DO.

I love to fish even on my days off. Just to let you all know how much we love our job, we even fish when we go on vacation. Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bahamas, North Carolina and Massachusetts are just a few places we like to go. If you would have asked me when I was a boy what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would have told you that I wanted to be a Charter Boat Captain in the Florida Keys.


About The Crew

Most every day you will have me, the owner Daniel, as your Captain and Garrett as your First Mate. We are an owner-operated business!! A few weeks throughout the year I take some time for myself and fish a few different places around the world. I usually take these trips during our slow time of September, October and November. I have at least 4 different Captains / Mates that work with me when I need them. These are not only good friends, but fisherman that I have personally trained and fished with over the years. Captain Grant, Fish Sean, Pirate Sean and even my father David Zier will help out from time to time.

The full-time First Mate on the boat is Shawn Smith. I was born and raised in Brandon, Florida outside of Tampa. I grew up fishing the Tampa Bay for snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, and tarpon. I also did a lot of offshore fishing for gag grouper, red grouper, red snapper, gray snapper, scamp, and amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico. I have landed 199 species of freshwater and saltwater fish combined so far in my lifetime. I am a military veteran serving 6 years in the United States Coast Guard. I have an A.S. degree in Aquaculture. I met Captain Dan over ten years ago and have been fishing with him on and off. I have been full-time since May 2017. I have a passion for fishing and love teaching others about this great sport. I am looking forward to fishing with you and helping you catch fish of a lifetime!