I had a few great trips this week with the Hanhela family. We went offshore the first day and caught dolphin in the morning, then finished up on the reef with some huge yellowtail snapper. The next day we live baited for sails , but didn’t have a bite. We went back to the reef and got some big mutton and yellowtail snappers. We finished up looking for tarpon, but only managed a big barracuda. It was great having you guys! If you’re looking to get out fishing in Key West, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
We’ve had some windy, rainy and rough conditions lately. My last couple trips have had to cancel due to the crappy conditions. Today is a different story! The winds have died and the sun is shining. The temp is still a bit chilly at 70 degrees but it should continue to warm up this week. Trips this month have mostly been on the reef or inshore, as it was too rough to do much offshore fishing. We had good action with snappers and groupers on the reef. Also there have been some mackerels, jacks, sharks and barracudas to pull on. Hopefully we can get out there tomorrow on my 6 hour trip. If you are looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor Williams
Happy New Years to everyone and thanks for a great holiday week! We caught a few tunas and wahoos offshore christmas week, and fished the gulf for snappers after the new year. There have been some dolphin and a few sailfish as well offshore. Yesterday we had lunch at Ballast key and delivered the mail. It’s been hot but we are supposed to get a cold front tonight. If you are looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks! Capt Taylor
December has been great so far with some nice conditions offshore. The blackfin tuna and wahoo bite have been pretty steady. Also deep drifting has produced some nice snapper and grouper. We have a few more days of wind, then hopefully a nice Christmas week. I have a few open spots if you are looking to get out over the holidays. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
The last few days have been great for blackfin and skipjack tunas off Key West. I took The Luhns fishing on their honeymoon trip and they caught a load of tuna to take home. They also caught jacks and one dolphin to go with their tuna haul. It was a little bouncy as the day went on but they really did a good job casting at fish and keeping them tight. They had 7 ziplock bags to ship home at the end of the trip which is always a plus! If you’re looking to get out I can be reached at (305)923-6977. 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
I had a lot of great trips the last week of March. Offshore the tunas, sailfish and a few dolphin have been increasing in numbers. The reef and patch reefs have been great with snappers, groupers, big kingfish, amberjacks, cobia, and assorted other species. It's almost grouper season as May first is just around the corner. If you would like to schedule a trip, call me at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt. Taylor.
We have started the new year off in Key West with mixed weather, and good fishing. The offshore fishing has been hit and miss, with a few dolphin and tunas around. The edge of the gulfstream is close and the water looks great. Yesterday we saw multiple sailfish on or inside the reef chasing ballyhoo, but couldn't get one interested in our live baits. It's hard to get them to come off of the bait they're keyed onto to take one on the hook. The Blackfin tunas have been biting later in the day, and in good numbers. Bottom fishing has been good on the reef, inside on patch reefs, and in the channels. Lots of snappers, groupers and sharks around to bend rods and make people smile. The weather was beautiful yesterday, but rainy and windy today. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow for the Mischke family. They fished with me Monday in 25-30 knot wind, and had great action in the channels west of Key West with snappers, jacks and some big sharks. Hope everyone has a good year and can come fishing! Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Awseome day this week with the Littens. We caught over 100 fish, snappers, groupers, sharks, jacks, a 40lb cobia and 40+lb king. Way to go guys! Last week the offshore fishing was a little rough, so we stuck to the inside patch reefs and had great results. The weather is improving, and we aren't supposed to have another front until the end of next week. There are still some dolphin offshore, a few sailfish, and some tunas. Call 305-923-6977 to set up a trip! Thanks,Taylor
Need to fill a couple split charters for next week, specifically Wednesday and Thusday the 18th and 19th. Split trips are for up to two people and the cost is half of the trip. Wednesday I have a couple that wants to split a half day, and Thursday I have a writer from a European fishing magazine that wants to split any length trip. Let me know if you would like to fill in the spots! Thanks, Taylor
It's still hot in Key West, but there is a noticeable change in the morning air. A little less humidity makes it seem a little cooler. It's a good sign that things are starting to change. There have been more blackfin tunas being caught the last few days. The tricky schools of small sailfish have also started to show. On the reef edge there has been a mix of snapper, mackerel, and the occasional dolphin swimming into the chum line. There has been a nice westerly current, very clear water conditions, and a light breeze. Winds are supposed to pick up this weekend, and I can't wait to get some kites in the air. Fall fishing can be fantastic the next few months. Wahoo, sailfish, dolphin and tuna will start to show up in better numbers closer to home. If you're heading down this fall, give me a call at 305-923-6977 to schedule a trip. Thanks, Capt. Taylor
Fishing has been great the last couple of days! The weather has been beautiful with light winds, calm seas, and clear conditions on the reef. On Friday I did a half day with a split group from Colorado and Michigan. We caught a few dolphin offshore, then headed to the reef to catch some cudas, jacks, and yellowtail. Saturday I did a 6 hour trip with Jonathan and Stephanie from Miami. It was their 2 year anniversary. We went offshore in the morning to catch some dolphin and came back inshore in the afternoon to play with the tunas and bonitas. The conditions have been perfect for running long distances and covering lots of ground. Hope to get back out there soon!
Another great four days fishing and diving with the crew from Tampa! We caught lobsters in the gulf the first few days, then switched it up and went fishing on the south side. The reef bite was on fire with mangrove snapper, sharks, cudas and jacks. We quickly filled the cooler with snappers and three big yellow jacks, then headed in to do some diving. Hawk channel was clear and we hit a few coral heads in the 15-20ft range. We found some big lobster, hogfish and also shot a nice black grouper. It was still early, so we decided to head to a Ballast Key and have a few cold ones before heading home. Big thanks to Rob and Britton for joining the crew this weekend!
I had a great time with everyone who came down for mini season, and the lobsters cooperated. Great weather, clear water, and plentiful bugs made it a blast! Big thanks to the Gaffneys, Lees, and Zimmermans for coming down. We also got a little spearfishing and hook and line fishing in, catching some big mangrove snappers out on the reef. We shot a good number of hogfish, red groupers, and assorted snappers. No one got a net stuck on their head this year, and we managed to keep the lobsters from stealing any nets!