This week we've seen some cold windy conditions, but it didn't keep us from having some great action in calm water. There are always a few hidden protected areas to fish. If the winds are out of the north, we fish close on the south side of the islands and vice versa. We had great action with some big mutton, mangrove, lane and yellowtail snappers. We released a lot of sharks, including one big bull shark we had to chase down. We also released a kingfish in the 40 lb range and some nice black, red and gag groupers. The groupers aren't legal to keep in the south atlantic until May 1st. The patch reefs have been very active also with big jacks, bluefish and porgies also. Its been a great way to catch a bunch of fish and dinner without getting beat up lately. If you are looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
We had some great trips both offshore and inshore this past week in Key West. We caught some nice blackfin tunas up to 25 pounds, bonitas, mahi mahi, and a couple of sailfish. When the winds were too strong, we stayed inshore and caught a bunch of lane, mangrove, yellowtail and mutton snappers, porgies, groupers, mackerels and sharks. The groupers have to go back until May 1st, but the snappers are plentiful right now. There are a lot of ballyhoo up on the shallow patch reefs, and they are great baits for larger snappers. Inshore the Tarpon have arrived. They have been picky with all of the dirty water in the harbor, but do bite on the outgoing tide when it warms up. We're getting another cold front today and I don't expect to be fishing for them until the temps go up and the winds come down. If you're looking to get out, give me a call at 305-923-6977. I have some free days each week, but am filling in the gaps each day. Thanks, Capt. Taylor Williams
We've had a late cold front come down this past weekend dropping the temperatures into the low 70s and the winds continue from the north at 15-20 today. We had some great days this past week catching tunas, sailfish, and a few dolphin out front, while the gulf was good also with big kingfish up to 45 lbs, snappers, groupers, jacks, barracudas, and a handful of sharks. The tarpon fishing was good until the winds picked up again. It should get better this week as the winds shift back around and come down. The color change out front is beautiful and full of bait. The moon has just passed full, and fishing should steadily get better this week. If you're looking to get out fishing this month, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor Williams
The winds have come down and the warmer weather is starting to return. This week I did a few trips out to the reef and did well on snapper, grouper, oodles of mackerels and kingfish, a few tunas, and a few picky sailfish. The blue water has been slow with few dolphin and weedy conditions. If you like action, the reef has been the place to be. There are tons of ballyhoo getting chased by everything that swims. We have seen the big pelagics up in as shallow as 10 feet chasing bait. It is really exciting to see a big tuna or sailfish crashing bait on the shallow reefs. If you want to come chase some fish, give me a call at 305-923-6977. Thanks! Capt. Taylor
Another front has blown us out for a few days. The weather went south a couple nights ago and it looks like this weekend will be windy. The shrimp boats are hiding out in front of Key West on the south side, biding their time like the charter boats. It can be frustrating turning down trips, but I'd rather have people come back than go on a rough crummy day. Hopefully this wind will blow through by next week and we can all go back to fishing! If you would like to get out next month or beyond, I have some openings. I can be reached through email on the home page or call 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
We finally had a break in the wind this week, and I was lucky enough to have a few charters booked during the beautiful weather. The fishing was great! We caught tunas up on the reef and offshore, snappers, groupers, kingfish, jacks, sharks, and had a shot at a sailfish yesterday. Thanks to everyone who has come down fishing after the hurricane, it has helped out tremendously. Hopefully the next cold front won't be as bad and the fishing and weather continue to be good! If you're looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
So far this year we have seen some windy and rainy days. The cold that has overtaken the US has reached us finally, and the fishing conditions are changing. Our temps have been in the high 50's in the morning to low 70's in the afternoons. As the cold push weakens our winds will turn more southerly and warm. It should be back into the high 70's in a few days. The fishing has been good for the few people venturing out. The reef is still active with lots of baitfish, and offshore there have been blackfin tunas and a few sailfish around. I have a few spots open this week if you're looking to get out. I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
The fishing continues to be good in Key West. The reef has been the place to be with mutton, grey and yellowtail snappers, mackerels, groupers, sharks, jacks, and an occasional sailfish or tuna. The offshore fishing has been a little better this week, but the boats doing well are going quite far to the west. Inshore fishing has been good also with bottom fish and a few big kingfish mixed in. We nabbed this 40+ pounder in a channel this week close to home. If you are looking to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks and Happy New Year! Capt Taylor
Last week started off cool and has ended hot. Temperatures are back up to 80 and there isn't another front coming for the foreseeable future. The last few fronts did change up the fishing a bit. We have been catching more kingfish on the Atlantic side, and the gulf is full of bait fish schools. This combined with the dirty water left over from hurricane irma makes the bottom fishing really good. We had some nice catches of yellowtail, mutton and mangrove snappers, combined with king, spanish and cero mackerels. Also on the rough days, we tried fishing closer to home and the channels produced some nice fish. Muttons, yellowtails, grouper and porgies kept us busy just a few miles away from the harbor. These trips are a great way to spend a half day as there is hardly any travel time, and there is a lot of action.
Offshore has been slower. There have been a few sailfish up on the reef, but the dirty water has been a hindrance for us and them. There have been a handful of pelagics caught out in the blue water but this time of year the reef and out to 300 feet is the place to be. If you are looking for a trip around the holidays I have some open dates. I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks and Merry Christmas! Capt. Taylor Williams
We finally have some cooler weather in Key West. This should start moving fish down both coasts into the keys for our "wintertime" fishing. Temps will stay cool today, but return to the high 70's in no time. Lately the reef and inshore have been the place to be. Lots of big yellowtail snappers continue to bite, with occasional groupers, muttons, mackerels and sharks. Offshore has been slow, with most of the boats reporting few bites. If you're looking to get out, I'm available later this week. I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Just wrapping up a few things in the boatyard today and we'll be back in action. Fresh bottom paint, wax, zincs, oil and filter changes. One small leaky trim line to do and she'll be complete. Fishing continues to be good while I'm spotted with bottom paint. There have been more tunas offshore the last couple days. The reef and inshore bottom fishing continue to be productive as well. If you are looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks! Capt. Taylor
The reef continues to be excellent in Key West! Lots of big yellowtail snappers are biting with an occasional grouper, mutton, grey, and a multitude of sharks. Offshore has been slower, but a few wahoos have started to show up. Key West is still not as busy as usual, and the keys are still in the process of cleaning up and rebuilding. We need as many visitors as possible this season, so come on down! The weather has been great and hotel prices are as low as I've ever seen. The water is starting to clean up nicely for diving as well. If you would like to reserve a day, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
We've had our first few cold fronts in Key West, keeping the temps down a few degrees. There are still some tunas and dolphin offshore with an occasional sailfish. The reef has been excellent when the current is moving. We've had some days with a mixed bag of yellowtail, mackerels, tunas, and an occasional shark if someone wants to pull on something big. We had a shark steal a big yellowtail on a lure, only the shark got greedy. A while later we dropped a live ballyhoo down for a big grey snapper, only to have him get grabbed also. The shark finally let him go and when we got the fish to the boat, the lure we had lost earlier was stuck to the side of the snapper! If you would like to get out fishing, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
It's been over a month since hurricane Irma came through the keys. We were very lucky in Key West, only having a few houses damaged by falling trees and wind. People a little further up the road, mainly from big coppit key to marathon fared much worse. Some are still sleeping in tents in their yards, trying to figure out what to do. My family and I evacuated and made it home safely. Our yard and most of the town was a mess, but a few weeks of chainsaw noise cleared it up quickly. Key West is open for business, and Fantasy Fest is only 2 weeks away.
Fishing has been decent since the storm. Offshore there are some dolphin and tunas. The reef bite has been good when the tide is running. Lots of nice yellowtails and ceros around. I have mostly been commercial fishing with a friend to stay busy. No charters on the books until next month, but my boat is ready to go. I just need to replace a cup holder that blew away! If you're looking to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
The offshore dolphin and tuna bite has been good this past week with lots of schoolies around. There are some big schools of skipjack tunas offshore as well. Our last trip we had a few dolphin and a bunch of tunas up to 20lbs. The weather has been great for the long runs. The reef has been good as well with yellowtail snapper, grouper and an occasional blackfin tuna in close. I haven't tarpon fished this week, but I've heard it's about the same. Lots of fish with only a few bites. If you'd like to schedule a day, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
Fishing in key west has been pretty good lately. We've had decent dolphin action offshore with an occasional billfish, wahoo and tuna mixed in. Inshore the fishing has been excellent in the harbor with some big mangrove and mutton snappers, sharks, cudas, and massive tarpon. Our last one I estimated at 150 lbs, he took almost 90 minutes to get boat side. Painful fight but the guys took turns and pulled hard when they could. Other fish like the one in the pic take 10-15 minutes and they're spent. Remember to bring your gatorade! It's been hot! I can be reached at 305-923-6977 for reservations. Thanks, Capt Taylor
We started out windy as usual this month, but the last few days have been nicer. It has finally calmed down, and the fish are starting to respond. Offshore there are more dolphin and tunas being caught, with an occasional sailfish or marlin mixed in. Grouper season is now open, and the Tarpon are stacking up in the channels. With all of the wind the last few weeks, I've done a lot of inshore trips and had some luck with Tarpon, sharks, snappers, groupers and barracudas. The permit should start spawning on the reef soon, and the snapper bite has been good on the reef also. Yesterday morning I took a group from Europe that wanted to do some deep jigging on the wrecks. The current was very strong and the few fish we did find wanted nothing to do with jigs or live bait so we switched it up and started trolling for tunas. We caught 4 nice fish before the time was up and had enough tuna to feed a dozen people. If you are looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
Springtime in Key West can be windy, and this year seems to be no exception. Last month we had mostly windy and rough conditions offshore, and as of today the winds continue to blow. There are a few sailfish, cobia, tunas and dolphin being caught offshore, but it has been rough. Inshore fishing has been calmer, and the snapper bite continues to be good. The tarpon are starting to show up inshore, but the bite has been either early morning or late afternoon until sunset. We had a nice fish in the 80lb range on Wednesday and saw a few other followers. Hopefully the tarpon bite will just get better as the weather gets better! I have some openings in April and May. If you are looking to get out, give me a call at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Its was a very busy month in Key West. I had a lot of good trips with great customers. Dan and Michelle came back and had a great day, catching a huge sailfish on the reef, a mutton snapper for dinner, and various other snappers and groupers we released. These guys always bring the good luck. The Marshfields also got a sail on the reef with me last weekend. Dave and Jess Hepler came down for 3 days of fishing and tore it up. We caught some big tunas, snappers, jacks, mackerels, battled the sharks, and a few exotic species we have down here. They left my house this morning stuffing their suitcases with frozen tuna slabs! I love having these guys and hope we get to do it again soon. Offshore there are still some tunas around, a few sails, and an occasional dolphin and wahoo. The last front really stirred up the waters out to the reef, but hopefully it will settle quickly. Inshore fishing has been good with muttons, sharks and some big kingfish. I had an excellent morning half with Patrick McDonald catching 2 kings over 40 lbs and 2 legal muttons close to home. Big thanks to everyone who came down this month. Keep sending pictures! If you'd like to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
It was a great end of the year with lots of familiar faces and good fishing, even when the weather didn't cooperate. Offshore fishing has been hit and miss, with more tunas than anything else lately. The reef has been good for yellowtail snappers if the offshore bite slows. On the windier days, we've been doing more inshore channel fishing, which has been consistently good. Lots of keeper sized muttons and yellowtail snappers, jewfish, sharks, jacks, and assorted other species. I did 2 inshore trips with the Balsamo family this week, we stayed close on the first trip and caught a bunch of mutton snappers and a big blacktip shark. The second day we went for variety out at the marquesas and had tons of action with snappers, jacks, grouper, and some big sharks. We had numerous nurse sharks and a big bull shark around 200lbs. Charles Jr. fought the fish while I chased it around the lobster traps with the boat. After about a 45 minute fight, we got the leader and let her go. Big thanks to everyone that came down to fish with me this year! Looking foreward to next year!
Riding out with the Littens.
Tunas, dolphin and amberjack
Mutton snappers close to home
Steve fighting a big mutton
The Balsamo family with a mixed bag on their second day of fishing
A few tunas and nice yellowtails on the reef
Sometimes the sharks take their share
Susan with a nice mutton
Cathy with a nice yellowtail on a beautiful day