When the conditions are right, especially close to a full moon, our boats are trolling for Wahoo on the reef line and sight fishing for Sailfish.
Mark Busch (left) and Captain Marty Lewis (right) with a Wahoo caught near the full moon recently.
As for the Sailfish, the water color and lighting has to be suitable for Captain Marty to spot Sailfish from his tall tower. On other days they try to raise a Sailfish by kite-fishing. Sometimes higher winds can cause the water to turn a dirty green, which is not ideal for sailfish conditions but is excellent for Reef Fishing.
On those rare days when the winds really calm down, our Captains often like to shoot offshore, as it’s summertime. Captain Marty loves to deep drop for Queen Snapper and hit the Marathon hump for Blackfin Tuna. Keep in mind that the Marathon hump are home to many sharks; if they are hungry enough, they don’t allow the anglers to get the fish to the boat.
Jenny Ferels posing with a beautiful Queen Snapper caught this month on a calm day.
If live baiting is not working because the sharks are too ferocious, we also try trolling just outside the hump to target smaller Tuna that we can reel in faster. A few Mahi (Dolphinfish) are still around, but not in quantity like summertime.
So there is a wide variety of fish to catch right now, depending on the conditions. If you plan to visit the Keys, call us at 305-289-0071 or visit our contact page and let us know what you would like to catch. If the conditions are right, our Captains can get you on the species you are interested in or offer alternatives to give you the best chance of having a great catch and a fun adventure on the water!
McClain Moore (right) and his son (left) pose with a Greater Amberjack they caught on a sunken wreck.