January fishing

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

Mid December fishing report

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

    

November fishing report

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

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July offshore report

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

May Fishing so far

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

March trips and the beginning of April

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

Christmas and New Years

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 

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week has been windy (again) but the fish didn't seem to mind.  I had some great trips with the Matts, and Burys. Offshore fishing has been slower, but the reef fishing has been good.  The yellowtail snappers seem to like the wind and waves, and the inshore fishing has also been decent. We had good action this morning on the reef with yellowtail and mangrove snapper, a 40 lb amberjack on 15lb test, and a big hammerhead.   If you're looking to get out, give me a call at 305-923-6977.  Happy Thanksgiving!   Capt. Taylor

Fall Bottom Fishing

As the weather cools off  in Key West, bottom fishing can really turn on.  I fished the reef yesterday morning and had good action with yellowtails with Brian Hormel and his group from Naples.  We came in for lunch and spent the afternoon in the back country  where the mutton snappers, sharks and groupers kept us busy.  The guys had a pile of fish to take home and loved catching the big snappers on light tackle.  All in all a great day!  If you're looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977.  Thanks, Capt. Taylor

Fall Sailfish

   Here's a nice sized fall sailfish caught  and released by Bill and Jackson Visciano Tuesday on board the Reef Runner.  I was running the boat for Capt. Anthony while he was up in Georgia hunting (LUCKY).  We had a nice half day with one out of two sailfish raised, a bunch of bonitas and a few cudas.  It was still rough offshore, but today seems to be better. Hopefully the trend will continue into the weekend.  The sails this time of year are generally smaller than the spring fish, but can come in bunches or wolfpacks as we call them.  They fight really well and always put on a show.

Fantasy Fest and the rest of October

Fantasy Fest came and went but the winds are sticking around. We still have 15-25 knot winds out of the Northeast making it pretty rough around Key West.  It seems the clouds have  finally cleared out, and the sun is shining for the first time in 4 or 5 days.  It was a gloomy, windy week for Halloween, but we made the best of it.  I took the Overmans out for a 3/4 and had a lot of action on the reef with snappers, mackerels, yellow jacks, bonitos, and other assorted reef dwellers.  We did a few loops offshore in the rougher water and picked up a couple of decent sized blackfin tunas.  After that we came back and anchored up on the reef, caught some live ballyhoo and had more reef action on the live baits.  Last week I also took out the Debow family for a 3/4 day.  It was really cranking, and hawk channel was 4-5 ft.  We anchored well inside the reef line and had good action with groupers,snappers, sharks and porgies. We came back in to drop off a young one that wasn't feeling well and headed back out.  We hit 3 more spots, and caught a few more fish before calling it a day.  Offshore there are still a few sailfish around as I write this, and hopefully the winds will start to settle down soon.  If you are looking to book a trip for this fall or early next year, I can be reached at 305-923-6977.  This time of year fills up fast, especially around Christmas and the new year so try to book early.  Thanks, Capt. Taylor