When clients call or email to book a charter, they convey what type of fish they prefer to catch on their trip, whether it is going offshore in search of Mahi or Sailfish, deep dropping for Swordfish, or staying on the reef to catch Snapper. While we note this information at the time of booking, it is essential to understand that the time of year is not the only factor in what species you should target; the conditions on the day you are fishing are most important.
One Day the Mahi can be jumping in the boat the next they might not seam hungry, why? Conditions.
Conditions, i.e. the weather, the wind, the tide, the current, etc., play a huge factor in catching fish. Why is one day a banner day, where it seems as if fish are jumping into the boat, and the very next day, it seems slow?
The typical conditions can tell you a lot about the type of fish you may or may not catch on any given day, and the better a Captain is at reading those conditions, the more consistently he finds fish that are biting.
Since the weatherman isn’t always right and conditions can change throughout the day, your best chance of success is simply relying on your Captain to suggest the best course of action. That is one of the most exciting things about fishing in the ocean because you never know what you will catch until you go!
Our Captains are very experienced at recognizing fishing conditions and adjusting their plans accordingly. Usually, in the Keys, the conditions are right for catching something; the Captain’s job is to figure out what that is.
Below you will find a guide of some of the ideal conditions we found for fishing for specific species in the Florida Keys. These are general guidelines and not hard and fast rules. Sometimes Lady Luck is also a factor!