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The “Secret” to Successful Mahi Fishing Trips in the Florida Keys

Whether you call them Mahi-Mahi, Dolphinfish, Dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, "Maui," or any of the other dozens of names we have heard this fish called, most agree that Mahi are an extraordinary fish. The voracious appetite of Dolphinfish combined with their ability to reach sexual maturity within 2-3 months allows them to reproduce at incredible rates. Mahi are the fastest-growing fish in the sea, capable of growing more than 2.5 inches per week, reaching lengths of 4 feet, and weighing up to 40lbs within the first year of life! Dolphinfish are also a blast to catch, offering fun and [...]

ECA 36th Annual Fishing Tournament – Hawks Cay Marina

Florida Keys summertime means two things, hopefully, lots of Dolphin Fish (Mahi) and fishing tournaments. Every year, we look forward to participating in these Florida Keys fishing tournaments. The Engineering Contractors Association or ECA holds their annual Dolphin & Wahoo tournament out of Hawk’s Cay each year. Last year it was suspended, due to COVID, so we were excited it returned in 2021. Patches of floating grass and weeds are home to many small fish which attracts hungry Mahi. Main Attraction has been fishing this tournament for years, for a wide variety of companies over the years. [...]

May 24th, 2021|Categories: Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi), Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main One, Offshore|Tags: |

The “Secret” to Successful Yellowtail Fishing Trips in the Florida Keys

Here in the Florida Keys, one of the most sought-after fish to catch on the Reef is the Yellowtail Snapper. People love them because you don’t have to travel very far to catch them and they are delicious to eat! Another bonus of Yellowtail fishing is that since they are smaller fish, we use light tackle to make the fight fun and challenging. These lighter rods are much easier to handle making this fishing style universally compatible with anglers of all ages and skill levels. When the conditions are right, some days the fish are practically jumping in [...]

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Reef, Secrets to Success, Yellowtail Snapper|

Springtime Wreck Fishing in the Florida Keys

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, no it's not Christmas, it's springtime in the Florida Keys!  Florida Keys springtime fishing offers a wide variety of species to be caught, along with an equally diverse set of fishing conditions. This time of year we aren’t typically fishing as far from land as we do later on in the year. When it comes to fishing in the Spring, less travel time means longer fishing time! While Yellowtail Snapper are delicious to eat and can still be found on the Reef in the springtime, many of our customers [...]

Blackfin Tuna – Spring 2021 Fishing Report

Ken Cardiff and his son show off some of the Blackfin Tuna they caught trolling the edge of the reef with Captain Steve. Springtime fishing in the Florida Keys is one of the best times to catch a variety of species without having to travel far offshore. When baitfish push in closer, so do predators, and our travel time is reduced. The Blackfin Tuna bite has been incredible this past week. The seas have been kind to us lately (although this looks to be changing soon) and we have been able to catch lots of [...]

March 11th, 2021|Categories: Blackfin Tuna, Florida Keys Fishing Charters|Tags: |

Inshore Variety – March 2021 Fishing Report

The Reel Attraction is our 32’ center console which is one of our most versatile boats in the fleet. Typically, Captain Steve runs the Reel Attraction, but he had the day off and the boat wasn’t booked, so Captain Marty Lewis took his wife, young daughter, and his mate Lance, to fun fish inshore for a few hours. Katie and Lance with a Grouper. The fishing had been kind of slow the previous few days, but there is an old saying “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day in the [...]

March 5th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Inshore, Main Attraction|

Meet The Crew 2021 – Part 3

For our third and final installment of the 2021 meet the crew series, we are focusing on Captain Marty Lewis and his wife Katie, the owners and operators of Main Attraction Sportfishing Charters. Captain Marty Lewis – Main One Captain Marty runs the Main One, our largest sportfishing vessel, however with his decades of experience, he can run any of the vessels in the charter fleet. He is on the water 300+ days a year fishing, and when he isn’t fishing you can usually find him in the boatyard maintaining all of our vessels during the off-season. Many [...]

February 26th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main One|

Barrelfish, Rare Creatures Of The Deep – 2021 Fishing Report

Katie Lewis with the first Queen Snapper of the day. Earlier this week Main Attraction had a day open for the Main One, their 49-foot sportfishing vessel. Owners Captain Marty and Katie Lewis decided to take it out for a day of fun fishing with some crew members, friends, and family. They headed offshore on a very calm day and decided to drop some baits down to the bottom in deep water. Katie’s friend Carlin, father Fred, and son Alex had never caught a Queen Snapper and wanted to cross that species off their [...]

February 16th, 2021|Categories: Bottomfishing, Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main One, Offshore, Videos|

Meet The Crew 2021-Part 2

For our second installment of this year's Meet The Crew series, we are focusing on our First Mates. While our Captains’ primary roles are maintaining our vessels, keeping them fueled up, and finding fish for our customers to catch, our Mates have equally important roles to fill. Our Mates' responsibilities include keeping the vessels clean, maintaining fishing gear, managing tackle inventory, as well as assisting the customers in catching and boating fish. And as always at Main Attraction, ALL crew members catch live-bait! Lance Doire – First Mate Main One Lance with a beautiful Queen Snapper. [...]

February 7th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main Attraction I, Main Attraction II, Main One, Offshore|

Meet The Crew 2021 – Part 1

With 2021 in full swing it is time to introduce you all to our 2021 crew! In this multi-part series over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to our new crew members, and provide updates on our returning Captains as well as the owners of Main Attraction. Captain Steve Fitzgerald – Reel Attraction Captain Steve loves to catch Grouper! Captain Steve Fitzgerald is a one-man show, most of the time, running Reel Attraction, our 32’ center console vessel by himself. The Reel Attraction is our most versatile boat, as it can fish reef, wreck, [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main Attraction II|Tags: |

The “Secret” to Successful Mahi Fishing Trips in the Florida Keys

Whether you call them Mahi-Mahi, Dolphinfish, Dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, "Maui," or any of the other dozens of names we have heard this fish called, most agree that Mahi are an extraordinary fish. The voracious appetite of Dolphinfish combined with their ability to reach sexual maturity within 2-3 months allows them to reproduce at incredible rates. Mahi are the fastest-growing fish in the sea, capable of growing more than 2.5 inches per week, reaching lengths of 4 feet, and weighing up to 40lbs within the first year of life! Dolphinfish are also a blast to catch, offering fun and [...]

ECA 36th Annual Fishing Tournament – Hawks Cay Marina

Florida Keys summertime means two things, hopefully, lots of Dolphin Fish (Mahi) and fishing tournaments. Every year, we look forward to participating in these Florida Keys fishing tournaments. The Engineering Contractors Association or ECA holds their annual Dolphin & Wahoo tournament out of Hawk’s Cay each year. Last year it was suspended, due to COVID, so we were excited it returned in 2021. Patches of floating grass and weeds are home to many small fish which attracts hungry Mahi. Main Attraction has been fishing this tournament for years, for a wide variety of companies over the years. [...]

May 24th, 2021|Categories: Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi), Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main One, Offshore|Tags: |

The “Secret” to Successful Yellowtail Fishing Trips in the Florida Keys

Here in the Florida Keys, one of the most sought-after fish to catch on the Reef is the Yellowtail Snapper. People love them because you don’t have to travel very far to catch them and they are delicious to eat! Another bonus of Yellowtail fishing is that since they are smaller fish, we use light tackle to make the fight fun and challenging. These lighter rods are much easier to handle making this fishing style universally compatible with anglers of all ages and skill levels. When the conditions are right, some days the fish are practically jumping in [...]

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Reef, Secrets to Success, Yellowtail Snapper|

Springtime Wreck Fishing in the Florida Keys

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, no it's not Christmas, it's springtime in the Florida Keys!  Florida Keys springtime fishing offers a wide variety of species to be caught, along with an equally diverse set of fishing conditions. This time of year we aren’t typically fishing as far from land as we do later on in the year. When it comes to fishing in the Spring, less travel time means longer fishing time! While Yellowtail Snapper are delicious to eat and can still be found on the Reef in the springtime, many of our customers [...]

Blackfin Tuna – Spring 2021 Fishing Report

Ken Cardiff and his son show off some of the Blackfin Tuna they caught trolling the edge of the reef with Captain Steve. Springtime fishing in the Florida Keys is one of the best times to catch a variety of species without having to travel far offshore. When baitfish push in closer, so do predators, and our travel time is reduced. The Blackfin Tuna bite has been incredible this past week. The seas have been kind to us lately (although this looks to be changing soon) and we have been able to catch lots of [...]

March 11th, 2021|Categories: Blackfin Tuna, Florida Keys Fishing Charters|Tags: |

Inshore Variety – March 2021 Fishing Report

The Reel Attraction is our 32’ center console which is one of our most versatile boats in the fleet. Typically, Captain Steve runs the Reel Attraction, but he had the day off and the boat wasn’t booked, so Captain Marty Lewis took his wife, young daughter, and his mate Lance, to fun fish inshore for a few hours. Katie and Lance with a Grouper. The fishing had been kind of slow the previous few days, but there is an old saying “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day in the [...]

March 5th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Inshore, Main Attraction|

Meet The Crew 2021 – Part 3

For our third and final installment of the 2021 meet the crew series, we are focusing on Captain Marty Lewis and his wife Katie, the owners and operators of Main Attraction Sportfishing Charters. Captain Marty Lewis – Main One Captain Marty runs the Main One, our largest sportfishing vessel, however with his decades of experience, he can run any of the vessels in the charter fleet. He is on the water 300+ days a year fishing, and when he isn’t fishing you can usually find him in the boatyard maintaining all of our vessels during the off-season. Many [...]

February 26th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main One|

Barrelfish, Rare Creatures Of The Deep – 2021 Fishing Report

Katie Lewis with the first Queen Snapper of the day. Earlier this week Main Attraction had a day open for the Main One, their 49-foot sportfishing vessel. Owners Captain Marty and Katie Lewis decided to take it out for a day of fun fishing with some crew members, friends, and family. They headed offshore on a very calm day and decided to drop some baits down to the bottom in deep water. Katie’s friend Carlin, father Fred, and son Alex had never caught a Queen Snapper and wanted to cross that species off their [...]

February 16th, 2021|Categories: Bottomfishing, Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main One, Offshore, Videos|

Meet The Crew 2021-Part 2

For our second installment of this year's Meet The Crew series, we are focusing on our First Mates. While our Captains’ primary roles are maintaining our vessels, keeping them fueled up, and finding fish for our customers to catch, our Mates have equally important roles to fill. Our Mates' responsibilities include keeping the vessels clean, maintaining fishing gear, managing tackle inventory, as well as assisting the customers in catching and boating fish. And as always at Main Attraction, ALL crew members catch live-bait! Lance Doire – First Mate Main One Lance with a beautiful Queen Snapper. [...]

February 7th, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main Attraction I, Main Attraction II, Main One, Offshore|

Meet The Crew 2021 – Part 1

With 2021 in full swing it is time to introduce you all to our 2021 crew! In this multi-part series over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to our new crew members, and provide updates on our returning Captains as well as the owners of Main Attraction. Captain Steve Fitzgerald – Reel Attraction Captain Steve loves to catch Grouper! Captain Steve Fitzgerald is a one-man show, most of the time, running Reel Attraction, our 32’ center console vessel by himself. The Reel Attraction is our most versatile boat, as it can fish reef, wreck, [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Florida Keys Fishing Charters, Main Attraction II|Tags: |
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