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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
We had a few beautiful days this weekend and now the winds are blowing again. It hasn't stopped the fish from biting. I took this picture this morning at Sand Key. There have been sailfish, wahoo, tunas, and a few dolphin offshore with some boats getting up to 10 shots at sails in a half day trip. The reef has been great for snapper and grouper with only about 7 weeks left of grouper season. The backcountry has beeen good for shark fishing and there are still a few tarpon around. As it cools off in the back, we should start to see more trout and redfish. The winds may stick around this week until the next front moves closer to south florida this weekend. November is usually a transition month with temperatures cooling off. Our fall sailfish run has started off well, and more tunas and dolphins will start to show up soon. We could have a run of wahoo this month (fingers crossed) and we should start seeing more kingfish if the next few cold fronts are stronger. It should be a great rest of the year! If you're looking to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977 or Tay87@aol.com. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
With the tougher conditions offshore this week, the wrecks have been producing some nice fish. We've been pulling on Amberjacks, Almaco jacks, African Pompano, Red, Mutton, and mangrove snapper, bonitas, and a few crevalle and horse eye jacks. We've caught fish mostly on vertical jigs and live bait. There hasn't been much current out front to anchor up and chum. There are a few dolphin and sailfish around, but there has been more action on the wrecks and reef. The tarpon continue to be picky, but if you put in some time it will pay off. We jumped a few and caught some big bull and lemon sharks the last time I tried it. If you would like to schedule a trip, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Tropical storm Colin swept by us yesterday bringing some rain and gusty wind. I think we fared better than most of florida. We still have some wind out of the southwest, but not as bad as predicted. I think only one boat went out offshore yesterday morning before the squall came through. They caught a blackfn tuna and some bonitos before coming home.
The last few weeks have been pretty good on the Sea Change. We've had some dolphin, tuna, and plenty of bonitas offshore. Most of the dolphin have been small, but there are some bigger fish mixed in. The blackfin tunas are averaging anywhere from 5-15 lbs. The reef has been spotty with snappers and groupers. There wasn't much current to the west before this storm came through but i'm sure that will change. Fishing the patch reefs and channels has been good for grouper and snapper. Tarpon fishing has been decent, with lots of fish on the gulf and atlantic sides of the island. The sharks are mixed in with them and we've caught a few bull and lemon sharks while tarpon fishing. All in all a pretty good month! Once the remnants of Colin clear out, I think June will be a great month. If you are coming down and want to get out on the water, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
This month we have seen some nice fish offshore, on the reef, and in the harbor. The tarpon season continues to be good with a large number of fish around. The morning outgoing tide this week has been tougher, but the fish are still eating. Offshore has been hit and miss, lots of dolphin at the beginning of the month and now a lull. There are still a few sails around. The wave of fish that came through in the beginning of the month was pretty nice with some 40lb plus fish mixed in. It's just a matter of time until the next wave swims through. The reef and wreck fishing has been great. Every wreck I've been to lately has a big school of amberjacks on it. The yellowtail and mangrove bite has been good with an occasional mutton and grouper mixed in. We are coming up to the mutton spawn, so the numbers should increase steadily. A lot of boats have been shark fishing lately also with the tough conditions offshore. I have a split charter available for this saturday, the 21st. The cost is $400 for up to 2 people. If you would like to schedule a split or private trip, I can be reached at 305-923-6977 or Tay87@aol.com. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Fishing has been good the last week of April with the Tarpon bite kicking into high gear yesterday. The mass of fish in the harbor finally decided to start eating. It has been difficult to get bites the last few weeks as the school was settling in, but they are finally ready to feed. Offshore fishing has been pretty steady with dolphin, with the majority of the fish being caught a good distance from home. The gulf stream has been 18-20 miles offshore, and the fish are a little further that that. There have been some sails and tunas mixed in also. The reef has been great with lots of nice yellowtail and mangrove snappers, and the occasional mutton; There is good current and dirty water which makes bottom fishing productive. The permit spawn is happening now. This is a great time to catch one if you never have. Also the South Atlantic Grouper season starts tomorrow. It really is the best time of year for fishing right now with so much going on. The weather has been good with some wind to keep the temperatures down. The forecast is steady at 10-20 from the southeast for the next few days with little chance of rain. If you would like to get out fishing, give me a call at 305-923-6977. I had a group cancel this week due to family illness, so I have openings. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Offshore fishing has improved since the last front went through. There have been more sailfish, dolphin, wahoo and tuna caught this past week by the fleet than previous weeks. We have been getting some wind and rain the last couple of days, but the forecast looks like things will clear up this weekend. The tarpon fishing has also been good. There are plenty of fish in the harbor, backcountry, and atlantic side.
I've got a bit of tweaking left to do on the boat today, as I just installed a new hydraulic steering system on the boat. After finishing the electronics, I noticed the steering ram was starting to drip from a corroded fitting. Rather than patch up a 20 year old hynautic system, I went ahead and ordered a new ram, hoses and helm. There's nothing like new when it comes to equipment. Hopefully this system will last as long as the previous one did.
I have availability this coming week for private trips and also a split half day trip Tuesday the 26th of April and the 27th of May. Split trips are for up to 2 people and the cost is $300. I can be reached at 305-923-6977 or email Tay87@aol.com. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
The weather this past week started out windy. I had a few trips with the Connelly and Walker families that produced some nice snappers, amberjacks, and assorted bottom fish. On Friday the winds dropped and I took Dan Whitney and his wife out for a 6 hour trip. It was a flat calm beautiful day and we managed to put some nice fish in the boat. We caught an amberjack, big barracuda, a nice mutton, and assorted mackerels and kings drifting live baits and anchored in the deeper water. Offshore fishing has slowed down with the blue water pushed offshore. Many of the boats out looking for dolphin and sails were heading back to the reef to get a bite. I only heard of a few boats out of the fleet that caught fish offshore. Hopefully this wind shift will bring in a new batch of pelagic fish. It's blowing pretty strong right now with winds out of the ENE at 15-20 kts. Not as bad as the 20-30 predicted a few days ago, but a little bouncy out there. It looks like the winds should die off on Tuesday. The tarpon bite is getting better with the warmer weather also. It seems the last few fronts haven't changed the water or air temps significantly, and the tarpon like warm sunny days. I'm currently getting my electronics updated on the boat, which has been keeping me busy with wiring diagrams, nema connections and adapter cables. It's hair pulling fun, but needed to get done. I probably removed 40lbs of weight between the old depth sounder and gps units, wires, and antennas.Im currently using my trusty standard horizon gps, until the new garmin arrives tomorrow! SeaChange will be ready to roll! If you would like to reserve a trip I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor