4 hour reef/wreck action

Its always great when clients of mine come back to Key West a year later and the first thing on there list is to fish with me again. I had a blast taking out Jamie and his wife out again this year. We started our day on the reef with our focus on yellowtail snappers. The bite was great but after catching a hand full we set our sights on some bigger snappers and groupers. Turns out that’s exactly what we found. We headed to a somewhat shallow wreck in 90 feet where we landed a nice horse eye jack and on beautiful black grouper. After a few more minutes we landed a beautiful mutton snapper before heading in for some fresh caught fish for lunch.

Fishing Charters Key West Florida

Dont party before you fish

Today we had a morning half day charter with a great couple from Texas. We left the dock at 8 am and headed south to a wreck that has been red hot for me the last few weeks. Half way to our destination I could tell my crew was not looking so good. I asked if there were okay and they insisted they were fine but were hurting from all the parting they did the night before. Let me tell you the last thing you want to be is hungover on a rocking boat out in the sun. Please save the partying for after the trip and celebrate then.

I got the boat anchored on the spot and in just minutes we were hooked up. Our crew had to take turns on every fish. One would fight the fish as the other was blowing chunks then they would switch rolls. I will say they did hang in there for a good hour. At that time we managed to catch 3 big blacktip sharks and a few small jacks. It could have been an amazing day on the water but a little to much fun last night shut us down. With tired arms and empty stomachs, I took them home hours early. Glad to be back on solid ground we said our goodbyes and made plans to do this all again another day and do it right this time.

Key West Party Boat

Afternoon action

Today we got a little extra sleep since we were leaving the dock at 4 pm on a half-day charter. I love fishing evenings the last four hours of light are just as good if not better than the first four. We started our day on the edge of the reef in search of some snappers and sharks. The current was nonexistent and that’s not good for fishing on the reef.

We did manage to catch a few small fish in our short time on the reef before pulling anchor. We then moved to a wreck in 170 feet and had no need to move after than. We caught Blacktip sharks as fast as we put a line in the water. We also landed lots of blue runners and a few Bonita before heading home to Key West.

 

Mahi and Sharks

Today we headed out early with our sights set on catching Mahi Mahi. We started fishing on a nice weedline in 700 feet and had no luck. I also found 2 huge bamboo logs, in 1100 feet of water, that should have been loaded with fish. Just before we were about to give up ,we got the bite we had been hoping for. After a good fight, we boated a nice 25 lb Mahi Mahi. We gave it another 30 minutes hoping to strike gold again, but it was not meant to be. After 4 hours, we decided to head in and fish a wreck with the last bit of time we had left. After setting up on the wreck in 170 feet we started getting bites right away. We ended up landing a few smaller sharks and a nice sized Black Tip shark before heading home.

Big Bites at Sunset

Our trip today was an afternoon/evening run. We left the dock at 2 pm and would be coming back around 8 pm when the sun was setting. We started our trip on the reef in search of Yellowtails and sharks, but unfortunately the current was less than conducive for this style of fishing. We didn’t stay there long, so we switched gears and tried the edge of the reef. On our first deep stop, we landed a few small sharks and one big Sandbar shark about 120 pounds.

Key West group fishing charters

We had a blast with the sharks, but now had our sights were set on catching snappers and groupers. We ended up moving a few miles and re-anchored the boat in about 130 feet on a small wreck. This wreck was just a few hundred feet off the edge of the reef. We didn’t get a lot of bites but the ones we did get were all worthy fish. We first landed a beautiful Black grouper in the 25 pound range. Next, we landed a monster Lemon shark in the 300 pound range. With just a few minutes left to fish, we hooked a slob Mutton snapper that was easily 15 pounds or more. After a quick picture, we pulled anchor and headed home with a beautiful front row view of the world famous Key West sunset.

4 Hour Fun

We headed out this morning at 8 am. from Garrison Bight. Today I was running a charter for my old boss whom I worked for for almost 7 years. We headed South and anchored the boat in about 60 feet of water. We put the chum in the water and had our sights set on Yellowtail Snappers. In addition, we also had lines out for grouper and sharks.

Half-day Fishing Key West

It was not long until we started catching some nice Yellowtails. As a bonus, we also got a few big Nurse sharks (close to 200 pounds), a nice Mangrove, and Mutton snapper. With more than enough snappers for dinner and some tired arms from sharks, we decided to switch it up and do some trolling. I headed out just off the edge of the reef in about 120 feet and we put the lines in. We landed a few small Bonita and one big one before packing it in and getting back to Key West in time for lunch.

4 Hours Tuna and Sharks

We got to the dock early and left Key West at around 7am. It was then that we pointed the bow south and charged offshore in search of Mahi Mahi and Tuna. It was not long until we found a great weedline, but were disappointed that there were no Mahi on it. We pushed further offshore and found some birds feeding on the water. These birds led us to a few Bonita and one nice Skip Jack Tuna. Usually anything you find floating offshore is covered in Mahi and all sorts of other life but not today. There were even two huge bamboo sections that ended up being empty.

Tuna Fishing Key West

After catching a few short Mahi throughout the morning, the action was just not what I had hoped. It was then that we pulled the lines in and headed for one of my favorite wrecks for better action. We got to the spot, anchored the boat up, and put the lines out. It was no more than 5 minute and we finally had the action we were looking for. We caught a lot of sharks and jacks (we even lost a few groupers in the wreck) before packing it in and heading for port back on Key West.

Father Son Fun

Today was an absolute blast! I got to take a very enthusiastic young man and his dad out fishing. We started on the reef for a bit of Yellowtail Snapper action as a warm up. After that, we moved out to a wreck in 170 feet where we started catching Blacktip sharks one after the other.

Sport fishing in Key West Florida

In between the sharks, we also got a big Barracuda witch was an awesome surprise. Today was a great day here in Key West. We had perfect condition which is obvious from the pictures. It is so much fun to take young anglers that have such love for fishing. Its a nice reminder of how I was as a child. I could hardly go more than a day with out wetting a line and seeking that thrill of a bite.

Mini Season Day 2

After catching more lobsters than we could eat in a week on day 1, we decided to spend day 2 of mini season fishing. We headed out away from all the madness and parked the boat on my favorite Yellowtail spot in about 55 feet. We tossed the chum in the water and, in no time, we were catching some nice tails for dinner. After putting more than enough in the cooler for dinner (and a few in the livewell), we headed to a deep wreck in 160 feet of water. We landed a lot of Barracuda, few sharks, and even a nice Mutton Snapper before heading in to filet our catch. Another mini season in the books and what a blast it was! I hope to see the same awesome crew back next year.

Mini Lobster Season Day 1

Mini lobster season here in the Keys is as big as New Years Day everywhere else. These are some crazy fun days to be on the water or even just in town. The dive shops are packed with people getting last minute gear and the marinas are packed with boats in every slip. Mini season consists of 2 days, Wed and Thurs, starting about a week before the regular season opens.

While is it definitely not easy, catching lobster can be so much fun. I would say, though, that you need to be comfortable in the water with both swimming and snorkeling. The more freediving experience you have, the better. Most of the spots I go to hunt for lobsters are between 8 and 15 feet deep. This depth can make it tough for some get down to the bottom if they don’t know what to expect.

This year, I had a husband and wife with their 2 boys and we has a blast! The boys and their father were very comfortable in the water, but the Mrs stayed in the boat, drank wine, and took a lot of pictures. By days end, we had just shy of our limit, leaving many legal lobsters behind for tomorrow. It was another perfect day on the water with calm seas and lots of smiles.