Mahi and a deep drop bonus

Today we headed out again on a 6 hour Mahi fishing charter. We headed about 13 miles out before we found a nice weed line to follow. We were catching Mahi Mahi as fast as we pit the baits in the water. The only downside was all of our fish we on the smaller side and we searched and searched for the monster bull Mahi but came out short. With about an hour of fishing time left I suggested we try a little deep dropping to break thing up. The deep dropping exceed all expectations we landed a few big Blue line tilefish and on our last drop we landed a big Snowy grouper. That was the cherry on top to an amazing day on the water. Just look how calm it was out there!!

Monster Yellowtails

Today we fished a 6 hour charter looking for some nice fish for dinner. We started our day fishing some deep reef looking for Mutton snappers. The bottom bite was slow so we switched our focus to Yellowtail snappers. It was the right move as we were not disappointed. The fish were smart and the sharks were lurking below but we bested more than a dozen 3lb or larger Yellowtail snappers. After the box was loaded we headed to a beautiful reef  called Western Dry Rocks to do a little snorkeling. After my charters refreshing dip we did some deep dropping in 500 feet for some tilefish and grouper. It was a near perfect day on the water as he headed back to beautiful Key West Florida.

Summer in Key West is fishing Heaven

The weather has been truly spectacular as of late here in Key West Florida. The waves have been less than 2 feet for the last week and 0 feet some days. The water has been clear blue and full of life as these last 3 trips will show. I have been starting the day on the reef in about 50 feet catching snappers and sharks then moving out to the deep wrecks. The action on both has been nothing short of perfect. We are catching ( Yellowtail, Mangrove, Amber jack, Almaco jack, Lemon sharks, Blacktip sharks and many more)

On my offshore days I have been Mahi Mahi fishing and doing great. When we had had out fill of catching Mahi we have been doing some deep dropping with electric reels in 500 to 800 feet of water. When deep dropping we are catching ( Snowy grouper, Blue and Golden tilefish along with lots of Blackbelly rosefish )

Key West deep wrecks

With the water starting to get warmer its time to start working the deeper wreck. Bigger fish in my opinion leave the shallow reef and wrecks and go deep as summer sets in. That is why I have spent my last few trips hitting the deep wrecks hard. This is just a taste of what we have been getting this week. Fish species include ( Red snappers, Bonita, Mutton, Amber jack, Barracuda, Sharks and more)

Spearfishing trip

Had some guys call me up early this morning looking to do a little spearfishing. I was all about so I hopped out of bed and headed to the dock. We loaded up and got off the dock around 10 am. My divers today were very skilled so we spent most of the day diving in 60 to 80 feet of water. We had some issues with water clarity but managed to shoot a few nice fish. For a late start and battling dirty water I was proud of my crew and the had work it takes to do those deep dives.

Jacks and sore backs

Today my crew said ” Cap. put us on some big fish”. I was more than happy to oblige this request. When it comes to big fish in the ocean be careful what you wish for you just might get it. We stared small catching Yellowtail snapper for lunch and Bar jacks for the livewell. After we had the live bait and dinner covered we headed for a deep wreck that has been red hot as of late.

Today was no different we landed Amber jacks one after the other. We had caught 4 or 5 nice sized jacks in the 30 lb to 40 lb ranger. We made one last drift before heading home and sure enough that is when we got the big one. With tired arms already all 4 of my anglers took turns on the reel to bring in the last fish. After a good 10 min fight it was over and a beast of a jack lay on the deck no less than 60 lb.

Sundown slay fest

Today I ran a half day charter in the late afternoon. We left the dock at 4 pm and would be back at 8 pm. We started off on the reef in 60 feet where we loaded the livewell with Bar jacks. We then made a half mile move to our first wreck in 160 feet of water. We caught lots of  big barracudas only minutes after being on the spot. We then moved 4 miles to our next wreck in 300 feet of water. We beefed up our tackle size and sent some big live Bar jacks down. We were not disappointed as we hooked big Amber jacks as fast as we get the baits down. After catching 4 or 5 big jacks we got an awesome bonus King mackerel on a vertical jig. With tired backs and arms we headed in one a gorgeous evening.

Heavy Tax day

The mutton snappers are done spawning but that doesn’t mean they stop eating. We fished hard today bouncing around on some spots close to Key West. We lost more than a few to the sharks today but that happens. When it comes to bottom fishing there can be a heavy tax you have to pay some days. We still managed to get a few beauties by the toothy critters. We also landed lots of Amber jacks and Barracudas to pass the time between snapper bites. Nothing like a good workout before heaving a delicious snapper dinner.

Lures and lunker’s

What a great day to be on the water with light winds and minimal waves we had it made. We spent most of our time today hitting some of the deeper wrecks. We caught countless fish drifting over several wrecks but one fish towered over the rest in size. We were on a wreck in 300 feet and had caught a few Amber jacks and a few Red snappers already. We set up in front of the wreck once more and dropped down our lines. Moments later Nick who was working a vertical jig hooked into a monster fish. After a 30 minute fight for the ages Nick had the biggest Amber Jack ever landed aboard the “ALL IN “. The fish was no less than 72 inches and over 100 lbs. It was truly a fish of a lifetime and the fact it come on a vertical jig makes it that much cooler.