Limit of Blacks

Sticking to what is hot again today I headed straight to the deep wrecks where I have had tons of success lately. We anchored up in 220 feet and didn’t need to wait very long before we had bite after bite. Landing most and as always losing a few to the sharks and the wreckage. We ended up with a limit of Black groupers along with a few Mutton snappers. We also landed a few sharks and some Amber jacks that we safely released.

Last week of grouper season

More big fish on the deep wrecks today. The wreck fishing in Key West has been as good as it ever gets. We have been seeing lots of African pompanos and Mutton snappers. With just a few days left in the grouper season the Black groupers have been biting. Hooking and landing these Blacks in the deep is no easy task but what a sweet reward it is to get one in the boat.

Snapper afternoon slay

I ran a fun little 4 hour charter in the morning catching a few Yellowtail snappers, Barracudas, and sharks. I then headed out again with some great guys form Pennsylvania. We head our sights set of catching enough fish to feed the wedding party of 16 people. With some hard work we had more than enough fish to get the job done. We landed lost of big snappers and even a few bonus fish including one nice African pompano.

Halfrican Pompano

The wreck and reef action has been red hot as of late. Today we fished a 6 hour charter with a father and son duo. We started our day on the reef in search of some Yellowtail snappers. With more than a few Yellowtails in the box we headed deeper to a great wreck in 170 feet. We had a great steady bite for the next few hours. We caught 1 big Mutton snapper, 1 Black grouper, Amberjacks, sharks and half of an African pompano. We had an awesome day filled with action and lots of laughs.

If its blowing patch reefs we going

With winds still a bit high we again put our time in on the patch reefs. We had non stop action catching fish after fish. We started the morning off catching some big Yellowtail snappers. Later we focused on bottom fishing and caught lots of Mutton snappers, Dog snappers, Mangrove snappers, Red groupers, and sharks. With just a few minutes left before heading home we hooked a big Goliath grouper on light spinning tackle. After a long and dramatic fight we were super luck to land a near 100 pounder.

Patch reefs paid off

With the seas still a bit choppy we stayed close to home and put our time in on some patch reef spots. We had fish after fish all trip long. Landing over 15 mutton snappers and at lease 6 groupers and countless other species. Keeping only what we needed and letting most go we still came home with a nice pile of meat. By far our best catch of the day was this monster Mutton snapper that was every bit of 15lbs.

 

Snappers snapping

Today we headed out at 8am for a morning 4 hour fishing trip. We started out on a section of reef that is one of my favorites. The action was uncommonly slow so after 20 min we headed to a wreck in 90 feet hoping to change our luck. We didn’t have to wait very long and the fishing was red hot. We caught snapper after snapper as fast at we could put a line out. During our trip we also caught a few small sharks and some Barracudas on the side.

 

Fish eating after Eta

Today we fishing an evening 3 hour trip from 3:15 pm to 6:15 pm. We had an absolutely beautiful trip. We had lots of action calm seas and plenty of fish for dinner.

We fished the reef and landed lots of snappers and even one big Red grouper. We come home just after sunset and I sent my charter to dinner with the freshest fish possible.

birthday girl and big fish

Today I got to take Elizabeth and her awesome family out for a morning half day charter. We started on the reef catching some bait and a few Yellowtail snappers for the cooler. We then headed to a deep wreck for some big Amber Jack action. After rigging the lines and setting our drift we got what we came for in a big way. Hooking and landing a few before the sharks moved in and ate the last 3 we hooked. We had a blast landing big fish and making memories before heading in for some fresh fish for lunch.

Monster Sharks

Today I headed out at 4 pm. on a sunset charter with 2 clients. We had our sights set on catching some groupers and snappers off the deep reef 6 miles south west of the island. After anchoring the boat and putting out the chum is was just a few minutes and the fish were responding. Little did I know at the time that the sharks we also responding in a major way.

After catching a nice Yellowtail snapper we sent him to the bottom on some very heavy tackle for a big Black grouper. Getting the bite we were after in just a few minutes. We had the fish off the bottom and were gaining line when a huge shark grabbed our fish and started dumping line off the reel. The shark cut through the line shortly after and we lost the fish. Knowing the sharks were there it was time to go on the offensive. We tossed a few nice snappers in the box and then put a big Blue runner freshly caught down again on the grouper rod with wire this time. On our next bite same story but this time we had the shark on wire he was going nowhere. After a long fight we had him boat side it was a monster Bull shark all of 300lbs.

We tried once more for grouper and this time the shark bit first and we landed another big Bull this one 250lbs. With need of a new strategy we moved off the reef to the edge near by in search of Mutton snappers. We had better success with less sharks we landed 2 out of our 3 Muttons and a few extra by catch fish before heading back to home. As we headed in we had a beautiful Key West sunset off our port side. Was a great ending to a great after noon.