4, 6 and 8 hour trips: $700 / $825 / $950
Trolling is a style of fishing that involves dragging baits behind the vessel while in motion. The baits can be anything from dead ballyhoo, lures, feathers, skirted ballyhoo etc. We can troll these baits as slow as a 1 knot drift with live ballyhoo for Sailfish or as fast as 10-12 knots with feathers for tuna. The bait, the speed.. it all depends on what we are targeting. Blue water species are our main focus. This group includes dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, blackfin tuna and sailfish.
REEF & WRECK
The reef and wreck bite is one of our staples here in the Florida Keys because it’s usually always good! Probably one of our most productive forms of fishing , chumming the reef. What this entails is we use our chart plotter and bottom machines to find our ledges or patches of reef that have large quantities of fish on them. The primary species that we target are snapper and grouper. Yellowtail snapper being the most common catch. These fish average 12-18 inches just south of Key West and the larger fish can be anywhere from 20-28 inches. They are a schooling fish that will come up from the reef in masses to eat the chum from the back of the boat. We use light spinning rods with 12 pound test line for these fish and we primarily use a tactic called free-lining. Free-lining consists of a small hook on a 15-20 pound leader baited with either a live shrimp, or a chunk of dead bait (ballyhoo, squid, etc.). The idea is to imitate the chum. Letting back your bait to drift in the current the same speed of the chum. Once your bait drifts into the school of yellowtail that are eating the chum WHAM! They eat it and fish on! This style of fishing is very consistent and very involved, ending up with a bent rod for most of the day. But this is only part of the reef bite. While this yellowtailing is going on we like to put a live bait down on the bottom. We usually use a larger spinning rod equipped with 20 pound test line. The rig is as follows: a 4 oz weight, then a swivel attached to 6-10 feet of 40 pound leader, and that is attached to a 4/0 circle hook. Pinfish are by far our favorite bait for this bottom bite. We send the bait to the bottom and wait. This style of fishing can result in less fish but much larger and more prized species. The primary species consist of mutton snapper (5-20 pound average), black grouper (10-50+ pounds) and red grouper (8-20 pounds). All of which are very hard fighters and excellent to eat. Although grouper do have a closed season for harvest in both the South Atlantic (Jan 1st-May 1st) and the Gulf of Mexico (Jan 1st-April 1st). The reef bite does have a certain by-catch category that we catch often but do not specifically target. Barracuda and sharks being our two most common. Barracuda have a tendency to eat the yellowtail as they’re being brought in. These fish can be anywhere from 3 feet in length to over 5 feet. They’re known for blistering runs and big big teeth and are a blast to catch on a spinning rod. We have a large population of sharks here in the Florida Keys. The most common species include black tips, spinner sharks, bull sharks, lemon sharks and hammerheads. Spinner sharks are extremely acrobatic and will jump 5-10 feet out of the water multiple times in a fight, they average 5-6 feet long. Hammerheads are one of the largest species of sharks we find on the reef averaging 8-10 feet long and can be found 14 feet or more. Sharks can be hooked up by either sending back a strip of fish on a wire rig or by the shark eating the fish you are bringing up. They are sure to give you a great fight and can be targeted specifically if that is what you are looking for.
THE WRECK AND DEEP LEDGE BITE
Here in the Florida Keys we have a number of ship wrecks and rubble piles that hold large amounts of very large fish. These wrecks are in depths from 140 feet out to over 400 feet deep. We fish these wrecks two different ways. We can drift it with live bait and vertical jigs or we can anchor on the shallower wrecks. Along with our wrecks, we fish some deep ledges with cut bait. These ledges hold an abundance of yellow edge grouper, snowy grouper, blue line tilefish and yellow eye snapper.
The Reef and Wreck Bite — The most fun you’ll ever have!
What is a patch reef? Patch reefs are small humps of reef found in between shore and the main reef line. They’re usually surrounded by sand and grass and can be absolutely loaded with fish! The depth surrounding them is around 25-30 feet and the humps come up as high as 10 feet from the surface. These reefs are commonly overlooked by the average fisherman and can be a great staging area for fish that migrate out of the Gulf of Mexico. The most common species found on the patch reefs are mutton snapper, black grouper, gag grouper, red grouper, yellowtail snapper, cero mackerel, lane snapper and multiple species of sharks in the winter time. The main goal of this type of fishing is to bring the fish out of the reef and into the sand either in front or behind. We do this by anchoring on either side and chumming. patch reef fishing is a great way to bend the rod and bring fish home to eat. Plus they can be as close as two miles from shore making travel time less and fishing time more! This is the kind of trip to bring your buddies or your family and really have a great time.
These vessels are designed to provide you with a very comfortable and relaxed time out on the water while also providing you with a fishing experience you’ll never forget.
Flats Skiff Trips
Key West and the lower Keys are surrounded by some of the best flats in the world. They are home to gamefish like the permit, bonefish, tarpon as well as many others like barracudas, sharks and jacks. All of these fish are available in the calm clear water that the flats have to offer.
These types of trips can be enjoyed by the whole family and can include the sunrise or sunset to enhance your time out on the water.
Many people come down to the Florida Keys and would love to fish. But what if you’re here alone and don’t want to charter a whole boat. Join us on a half day aboard one of our vessels with other people just like you.
Dry Tortugas Trips
Imagine sitting in a chair on the deck of a boat with a 150 year old brick fort as your back drop while 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.