frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions For Compass Rose & Key West Florida Fishing With Captain Mike Weinhofer
Can I keep the fish I catch?

Any edible fish of legal size and limit are yours to keep. All in edible fish will be released.

What if I want a mount of my fish?

I am a representative for Gray Taxidermy one of the largest in the world. I would be happy to help you get a replica mount of your catch.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel 14 days prior to the trip you will receive a full refund. If the trip is canceled by the captain(weather, mechanical, sickness) you will again receive your money back.

What about tipping?

Tipping is not mandatory but it is appreciated. A normal tip is just like wait staff in a restaurant 15 - 20 % of the trip cost based of course on your service.

What about rough weather?

Key West's unique geography offers some great shelter from most winds but there will be some days that are not possible. In that case a full refund will be given, but weather calls are made by the captain.

What about safety equipment and your qualifications?

I am a 50 ton master operator. The compass rose is equipped with all coast guard required safety gear as well as epirb and extra gear.

Do I need to bring my own equipment?

You are welcome to bring your own but I do have gear from 8 lbs to 80 lbs.

What do I need to bring on board with me for my day of fishing?

You will need to bring whatever you want to eat or drink, I have coolers and ice. You will also need to bring sunblock, polarized sunglasses, light jacket, camera and bags to take your catch home.

What about the trip times and length of trips?

A half day is 4 hours a 3/4 day is 6 hours a full day is 8 hours and in reference to time of departure they often can be changed to fit your schedule.

What if we want to snorkel or dive?

Quite often we are not far from some great snorkeling spots (shallow water wrecks, reef) and it's easy and fun. I have some snorkel gear but try and let me know a head of time if that interests you.

Is rain gear necessary?

I have some basic rain ponchos but it's always a good idea to be prepared.

What experience level is necessary?

I fish anglers from age of 5 to 90. I enjoy all anglers. My motto is: Patience for the beginner and and competence for the expert.

How many anglers can I fish?

I am licensed for 6 but prefer 4. Certain types of fishing are more forgiving than others. Talk to me about it.

Are alcoholic beverages permitted?

Yes...It's your charter I just ask that you drink responsibly.

Are bait and licenses provided?

I provide the bait and the licenses.

What type of payment do you accept?

Visa, Mastercard, Money Orders, Checks.

How do I set up my trip?

First you call and make sure the day is available. Them send a check or give me a card card to hold the day.

What is your mailing address at Compass Rose?

Compass Rose Charters 22985 Calico Jack, Cudjoe Key, FL 33042

For any other questions or inquiries about fishing on the Compass Rose, you can call Capt. Mike. Phone number is (305) 395-3474.

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