Offshore Charter Fishing Trips
Offshore Charters generally describe fishing off anchor with the motors running. This typically involves hunting for pelagic fish that are often on the move. Offshore fishing charters are very popular in the Florida Keys since fish caught offshore are generally bigger than on the reef. When Billfish or Mahi are hooked, you often get to witness some exciting acrobatics. A large school of fish behind the boat can make for some chaotic but very fun moments. The season and weather dictate what Offshore fishing techniques the Main Attraction Team utilizes throughout the year.
In the Florida Keys, we catch Dolphin Fish a.k.a Mahi Mahi throughout the spring and summer.
Our Captains use tall towers to sight-fish for species that are often on or near the water’s surface such as Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi), Sailfish, Cobia, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Marlin. These towers are often referred to as tuna towers and they not only help our Captain’s see fish, but they also help them see weed lines and floating objects that can hold bait and attract fish. At the Main Attraction we have gone out of our way to retrofit extra-tall towers on our boats to give us even more of an edge.
From October – February the baitfish that are often found further offshore are now closer to land, near or on the edge of the reef. This creates exciting opportunities to catch offshore fish without having to go as far out. Having offshore fish closer to land works out great in the wintertime, as winds are usually higher and the waves are a bit larger. Higher winds and a disturbed surface on the water can work fish into a frenzy!
When the conditions are good for it, our crews also utilize these winds to fly kites on the reef and catch a multitude of offshore fish while actually on anchor or live bait bump trolling just a few miles out. Sailfish, Kingfish (King Mackerel), Cero Mackerel and other species are often caught from our kites during the fall and winter months. Fortunately, the winds often come from the North this time of year, allowing your Captains to use the island as a barrier if the wind picks up during your trip.
Because of these reasons October – February is a fantastic time of year to combo your offshore experience with reef fishing. Catch your delicious reef fish and then head offshore to look for Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and Cobia.
Sailfish can be caught throughout the year in the Florida Keys, but we target them mostly from December through May.
Wreck Fishing Trips
Wreck fishing is a fun way to get on some big fish action without having to go very far. A quick ride from the dock gets you in depths of water from 130-300 feet deep. In these depths, we know the locations of all sorts of interesting structures that hold large fish.
Wreck fishing involves dropping baits near the bottom and drifting those baits across the underwater structure. Wreck fishing is considered an offshore activity as it does not involve using an anchor and the motors are continuously running throughout this process.
These wrecks harbor some very large fish that we target including Amberjack over 100lbs, Mutton Snapper from 15-20lbs, Black Grouper 20-40lbs, African Pompano 40-50lbs, and Permit 10-25lbs.
Also on the wrecks, we occasionally hook into huge Sharks that weigh hundreds of pounds and the occasional Goliath grouper that can reach up to 800lbs!
Wreck fishing can be done year-round for different species but it only works great when the conditions are right for it. Always let your Captain advise you if it is a good idea to Wreck fish on the day of your trip.
For more information on how we fish the wrecks in the Florida Keys, see our Springtime Wreck Fishing Article and our Winter Wreck Fishing Blog Article.