What an odd few months it has been for all across America and throughout the world. The Florida Keys have been shut down since mid-March. As many know, from February through August, the Keys rely heavily on tourism to support their businesses for “season”. With tourists being banned, that means no income. However, the fish didn’t get the memo, and fishing has been incredible! Although we haven’t had clients to entertain, the Main Attraction crew has taken advantage of less fishing pressure, specifically sailfish, and have put up some record-setting numbers.
There are two ways to catch sailfish, sight fishing when the conditions are right, and kite fishing. Our team is one of the most consistent sight fishing sailfish teams around. Captain Marty has been breaking his records for years. Back in 2003, Captain Marty caught 25 sailfish in one day, which was unheard of at the time. Two short years later in 2005, he caught 36 sailfish in one day, breaking his previous record. Then in 2018, Captain Marty and first mate Digger released 61 sailfish. Flashback to Easter Sunday 2020, and Captain Marty and the Main Attraction crew broke yet another record putting 70 on the board in a single day. From April 12th to May 8th our fleet managed to release 309 sailfish. Take into account, our fleet has only been fishing for fun and fuel money has been coming out of our pocket, so just think what we could have done if we had charters and fishing EVERY SINGLE DAY. Consistency is key, which is why we have kept fishing throughout this ordeal, to keep our crews and vessels in top shape.
The bottom fishing has also been really good. Mutton Snapper fishing has been fantastic on the wrecks, along with the opening of Grouper season. Offshore the bigger Blackfin tuna have been hungry and surprisingly enough, we have been able to get them past the sharks. The Mahi are starting to show up, as they typically do this time of year, just in time for the June 1 Reopening of the Florida Keys!
We are looking forward to getting back to some type of normalcy and getting clients back on the water, to enjoy the beautiful FL Keys atmosphere and fishing. We hope everyone has stayed safe during this shutdown and we look forward to seeing our clients again in the near future! To book your next Florida Keys fishing adventure call us at 305-289-0071 or visit our contact page.