Offshore Charter Fishing Trips
We consider offshore charters as fishing off the anchor with the motors running. This typically involves hunting for pelagic fish that are on the move, such as Tuna, Dolphinfish (Mahi), and Sailfish. Offshore fishing charters are very popular in the Florida Keys since the fish you catch offshore are generally bigger than the ones on the reef. When Billfish or Mahi are hooked, you often get to witness some exciting acrobatics. A large school of Dolphinfish behind the boat can also make for some chaotic but very fun moments!
In the Florida Keys, we catch Dolphin Fish a.k.a Mahi Mahi throughout the spring and summer.
The season and weather dictate the Main Attraction Team’s offshore fishing techniques throughout the year. Our Captains use tall towers to sight-fish for species 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 to February, the baitfish 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 going as far out. Having offshore fish closer to land works out great in winter, as winds are usually higher and the waves are larger. Higher winds and a disturbed surface on the water can work fish into a frenzy!
When the conditions are suitable, our crews also utilize these winds to fly kites on the reef and catch various offshore fish while actually on anchor or live bait bump trolling just a few miles out. We catch Sailfish, Kingfish (King Mackerel), Cero Mackerel, and other species using kites during the fall and winter. Since the winds often come from the North this time of year, our Captains can use the island as a natural barrier to keep the trip comfortable.
October through February is a fantastic time to combo your offshore experience with reef fishing. After you catch your delicious reef fish, we can take you offshore to look for Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and Cobia.
Sailfish are one of our favorite targets during the Winter and Spring.
Wreck Fishing Trips
Wreck fishing is a fun way to get on some big fish action without going 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 usually involve using the anchor and the motors run continuously throughout each drift.
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 giant Sharks that weigh hundreds of pounds and the occasional Goliath grouper that can reach up to 800lbs!
We fish the wrecks year-round when the conditions are right for it. Always let your Captain advise you on what type of fishing is most likely to succeed 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.