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

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 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.

June 7

    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

May Fishing Report

  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

April 30

     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

April 10

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