Imagine this…. Sitting in a chair on the deck of a boat with a 150 year old brick fort as your back drop enjoying the sunset as you rest your weary arms from a full day of fishing some of the best waters in all of the United States if not the world. You look down into the water and there under the boat are two 300 pound Goliath Grouper waiting to be fed. Off to your left you hear the birds on the nesting island giving their goodbyes to the light of the day and settling in to roost for the night. You look out and all you see is water set ablaze by the colors of the dying sun and beyond that is the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen… This is the Dry Tortugas.
Located over 70 miles away from Key West, the Dry Tortugas escapes the normal fishing pressure of the Florida Keys. Therefore the reefs surrounding the area are absolutely loaded with fish. Not just any fish, HUGE fish and plenty of them! These reefs are home to very large Mutton Snapper, Flag Yellowtails and big Grouper along with other species.
Now for how this trip works…
We leave the dock on Saturday morning at 7am loaded with ice, bait and groceries. The trip out to “The Fort” is approximately 3 1/2 hours depending on sea conditions. When we arrive and have the fort in sight we can branch off and hit our first spot. The main focus is our reef species (Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper and Grouper) and our deep reef and ledge species ( Yellow Eye Snapper, Scamp Grouper, Black Grouper). We fish till Sunset catching monster Yellowtail 15-30 inches, Muttons up to 25 pounds as well as nice grouper… Then we head back to the fort where we can dock and tour the island as we watch the sunset. With the failing light we jump back on the boat and anchor up a couple hundred feet from shore inside the harbor. There we break out the gas grill, fillet some of our fresh catch and have an outstanding dinner enjoying the sounds of the ocean. Now comes something quite fun… We take whats left of the fish that was filleted, hook it up on a big rod, and feed it to the hungry 300+ pound Goliath Grouper lounging beneath the boat. All you can do is hold on as this massive fish takes whatever strength you have left from the day. These fights usually last 30 minutes to an hour and end with a photo and one angler out for the count. When all the fun is had everyone retires to the air conditioned cabin where we have bunks, and a freshwater shower. In the morning you can choose to sleep in and relax or hit hard nice and early the ch0ice is yours. The second day of the trip will consist of fishing until noon or slightly after as we then will make our way back to civilization.
This is a sample of what this trip can be for you although you are welcome to custom tailor it as you wish. We can spend more time at the Fort or add snorkeling to the endeavor, it is all up to you.
Staying the nights on the boat inside of the cabin is what most people prefer. If you’d rather stay on the island in the camp site, it can be arranged.
What you have for your meals is up to you. We will gladly grill fresh fish from the days adventure or if you’d rather we can bring along other meat that does not swim in the sea such as beef or chicken.
What you can expect from this trip….
An unbelievable fishing experience that will leave you out of breath and wanting for more. Along with plenty of fresh fish to take home.
Truly a trip you will never forget…
One Night $3400