Little bit of everything

Today we had one hell of a day today fishing with Donald and his family. We left Key West on a full day 8 hour charter at 8 am and headed south west. We started fishing on the reef in about 60 feet where we caught some monster Yellowtail snapper and one big Mutton on light tackle. After the reef we moved out to a wreck in 130 feet where we had lots of success. We caught 2 big Blackfin tuna, Mutton snappers, Sharks, and even a big Black grouper. Today went exactly to plan and was one hell of a good time.

camo on camo

Today I got to take out my friend and long time customer Will. He brought a few of his buddies along with him this time. We had a great time catching fish all day. We hooked and lost a Sailfish and caught a few King Mackerel along with a monster Blackfin tuna. When the later part of the trip came around we stopped on one of my favorite wrecks in 120 feet just off the reef edge. I had hoped we would catch some nice Mutton snappers but the Black groupers had a deferent plan. We caught 5 monster Black groupers one after the other. All the  fish were over 25 pounds. It was a crazy bite and so fun to be apart of. Sadly we had to let them all go but we had enough meat in the cooler anyway so it was all really just a bonus.

Big snappers and grouper on the half day

Today Scott his son and I headed out from Key west on a half day fishing charter. We headed straight to a wreck in 150 feet and never needed to move. We caught our first Black grouper of the new year. Witch we safely released. We also landed lots of Barracudas. Half way through the trip Scotts son Matt hooked a huge shark that took the both of them and about 30 minutes to land. In the midst of all this action was our coolest fish of the day. Scott hooked and landed a beautiful Cubera snapper in the 20lb range. Cubera are one of the toughest fish to not only hook but also to land.

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.