It has been mostly tunas for me offshore, but other boats have also done well with wahoos and dolphin. I haven’t been offshore the last few trips as the winds and seas have been substantial. Hawk channel has provided steady action with snappers, groupers and sharks. Hopefully the winds will subside this week and we can get back out to the blue water. If you’re looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor Williams
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
Lately we've been doing a lot of mixed trips depending on the weather. The reef has been the most productive area, but if there isn't a breeze it's been hot! Yellowtail snappers, sharks, jacks, barracudas, groupers and muttons have kept people busy lately. Most people are opting to catch some dinner and go swimming to cool off. Lobstering has been good also this year. Offshore there have still been a few dolphin and tunas, but it's hit or miss lately. If you want something big, there are plenty of sharks on the reef lately, and the tarpon season is still going also. Give me a call at 305-923-6977 to schedule a trip! Capt. Taylor
We've had good weather and good fishing this past week in Key West. There seem to be more dolphin offshore, and even had luck on the afternoon trips with them. The reef continues to be excellent with the mangrove snapper spawn, big jacks, and plenty of sharks. If you're looking to get out this week, I have a few spots open. 305-923-6977 Thanks, Capt. Taylor
We had a great 6 hour trip yesterday and ended up catching a box full of great eating fish! 2 keeper dolphin, a blackfin tuna, cero mackerel, 8 big mangrove snappers, a mutton snapper, yellow jack, and a few bonitos & barracudas! It was a little bouncy, maybe 2 ft, but it was worth it to catch a variety of fish! If you're looking to get out I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor
I had a bunch of good trips this past week both offshore and inshore. We had nice weather all week, and caught some nice fish on each trip. Offshore the dolphin fishing has been steady, but the schools have been spread out. Most of the fish are small, but there have been a few bigger fish and billfish mixed in. There are weedlines from the reef to 30 miles out, some patches bigger than football fields. The snapper spawn is starting to happen, and they should be gathering up on the reef with the full moon. There are still some nice sized snappers in the harbor, with some tarpon schools around also. The reef has been tough for yellowtails with no current, so I've mostly been fishing the channels where we have tide movement. The weather and sea conditions have been fantastic! If you are looking to get out, I can be reached at 305-923-6977. Thanks! Capt. Taylor
We finally have some more normal weather in Key West and the fishing has improved greatly. Offshore there are some dolphin being caught with an occasional billfish. The reef has been good for snappers and barracudas. The tarpon bite has improved inshore also. I had a great trip with Jason Rosenbalm and his family last week. We caught some yellowtail snappers, big barracudas, a yellow jack, mackerels, and Jason got a big tarpon which he fought for over an hour. Way to go! I have some days available next week, but the last week of the month is pretty full. If you are looking to get out on the water in Key West, give me a call at 305-923-6977. Thanks, Capt Taylor Williams
It's been rainy the last few days, but we managed to get out and pull on a few fish. Sailfish, dolphin, tuna, and lots of bonitos lately. Hopefully the rain will ease up for the coming week. Offshore fishing has been improving, but it has been rough once you get into the current around 600-700 feet. There have been some big dolphin caught up to 60 lbs lately, but it's been a roller coaster. Inshore the reef fishing has been slow with little to no current out front. Tarpon fishing has been slow with the fish under a lot of pressure. Too many boats and bull sharks are keeping them moving and finicky. We have managed to hook a few lately when we find a school away from the constant bay boat assault. Call me at 305-923-6977 to reserve a day. 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
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
On Wednesday afternoon I did a quick half day of fishing offshore. We ran out to around 700ft where we saw some frigates working, and started catching dophin. We managed to catch around a dozen keeper fish in the 5-15 pound range and let the rest go. There was a nice weedline full of structure holding lots of fish. Whenever we got close to a crate, rope ball, or piece of plastic in the line, all of our baits would get attacked by either dolphin or various small jacks. It was a little breezy out there making the seas in the 3-5ft range. All in all a nice half day.
After a long wait and what felt like an even longer labor, baby Ayla arrived on September 9th at 10:29 am! She came in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches long. Samantha and I are ecstatic to have this wonderful baby girl in our lives. Thank you to all of the nurses, doctors, midwives and family friends who have helped us so much along the way. We couldn't have done it without you! We can't wait to take Ayla on her first boat ride! Needless to say I haven't been out on the water much lately. I did get to take some friends from Coppertail brewing out during Brewfest for a nice half day. We caught a few nice bottom fish in the deep water. The weather was perfect for drifting live baits and the fish were on them until the tide changed at around 11am. There has been some current out near the reef making the fishing more productive for yellowtail snapper,muttons and grouper. Offshore there have been a few nice weedlines producing dolphin, a mix of blackfin and skipjack tuna, and an occasional wahoo. I can't wait to get back out when we get settled in with our new baby girl!